Feb. 12, 2014
Cal State Fullerton (8-13, 4-4) at UC Davis (10-12, 5-4)
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Davis, Calif. (The Pavilion)
Game Coverage: Gametracker | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video | UC Davis Notes | Fullerton Notes
TIP-OFF: It’s a light week ahead for the UC Davis women’s basketball team (10-12 overall, 5-4 in the Big West Conference for a third-place tie), which welcomes Cal State Fullerton to The Pavilion on Thursday (Feb. 13) at 7 p.m. in its only contest.
IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal State Fullerton, nor UC Davis, are ranked in the national polls entering the week.
BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis Athletics by “liking” us on Facebook (facebook.com/UCDavisAggies) and following us on Twitter (@UCDavisAggies). You can also “like” the women’s basketball program on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/UCDavisWomensBasketball as well as follow them on Twitter (@UCDavisWBB) and Instagram (instagram.com/ucdaviswomensbasketball). Game Day in-game updates are also available on Twitter by following us @UCDavisInGame.
“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, live Internet audio will be available for Thursday night’s game, as well as broadcast locally on KDVS 90.3 FM with Greg Wong and Sammy Meckler on the call. Visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com to access the links.
“YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE...”: Bringing together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West Conference’s nine member institutions, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews, and features, including every home and conference contest. Now in its 10th year, BigWest.TV will again air all of the Aggies home and conference clashes FOR FREE during the 2013-14 campaign. Log on to www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly schedules or visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats are available for all of UC Davis’ home games, as well as selected road contests, throughout the year. Follow along by accessing the links on the women’s basketball schedule at UCDavisAggies.com.
BIG WEST PARTNERSHIP FEATURES AGGIES: The Big West Conference announced on Nov. 19 that the Aggies’ contest at Long Beach State on Feb. 20 will be one of three women’s regular season games to be broadcast live on ESPN3 thanks to the league’s new partnership with the network. In addition to the Jan. 18 game featuring UC Riverside and Hawaii and the Feb. 22 contest between Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, six of the women’s conference tournament games will be carried on ESPN3 leading up to the championship game, which will be shown on FOX Prime Ticket.
GOT TICKETS?: All-session tickets for the 2014 Big West Conference women’s basketball tournament are now on sale for $69 with premium all-session tickets located in the first four rows of seating available for $149. The women’s first-round (March 11) and quarterfinal (March 12) games will be played at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., with the semifinals (March 14) and championship game (March 15) to follow at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.bigwest.org/sports/wbball/info/champs/.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the weekend with an 8-13 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big West Conference play for seventh place... the Titans will travel to Hawaii on Saturday to finish out the weekend... Fullerton split its two contests last week, hosting UC Riverside (W, 60-57) and Cal State Northridge (L, 76-54)... the Titans have rebounded after opening the year with losses in eight of their first nine games... junior guard Chante Miles leads the offense, averaging 13.4 points per game (12th in the league) and dishing out 4.43 assists per contest (2nd in the Big West)... senior Alex Thomas (12.8 ppg) and junior Kathleen Iwuoha (10.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) are also in double figures... Fullerton is averaging 61.1 ppg and shooting .372 from the field as a team while allowing 66.2 ppg and .435 shooting on defense... Head Coach Daron Park is in his first year at the helm of the Titans.
THE SERIES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton by a slim, 10-9, margin dating back to the 2004-05 season following its 69-67 overtime win in Orange County back on Jan. 18... entering the year, the Aggies and Titans had split the regular season series in each of the last five years dating back to the Aggies’ first Division I season in 2007-08, when UC Davis swept the series from Fullerton during its inaugural Big West Conference season... the Aggies are just 3-6 against the Titans at The Pavilion, having lost their last three home games dating back to 2010-11, including a 60-42 decision last season... UC Davis’ last home win over Cal State Fullerton came in the second meeting of the 2009-10 campaign, riding a double-double from Paige Mintun to an, 80-52, victory and its first Big West Conference championship.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Thursday’s contest against Cal State Fullerton, the Aggies will split their contests next week, traveling back to Southern California to take on Long Beach State in an ESPN3 contest on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., before returning home to host Hawaii on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first meeting this season between UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton provided fans with one of the more fantastic, edge-of-your-seat, finishes you may ever see (watch how it played out courtesy of Big West TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXFoxJpRD-I). With the Aggies leading by three with 2:31 remaining following a pair of free throws by Sydnee Fipps, the Titans' Alex Thomas took off on a personal 7-0 run for Fullerton, draining a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to tie it and, then, sinking a pair of free throws after UC Davis was called for a foul with 0.5 left on the clock for a 59-57 lead.
After three-consecutive timeouts, the Aggies had the ball out of bounds with one last chance when Greubel stepped in front of the Titans' Natalie Williams, drawing the foul, and sending the sophomore to the line for two. Greubel sank both and Fullerton missed on a half-court heave at the buzzer to send it to overtime.
In the extra period, UC Davis started quickly building a five-point lead with 1:32 to play in the contest, but Fullerton would rally back. Chante Miles hit two from the line and Tailer Butler came up huge with a deep three from the right elbow to tie the game once again at 67-67 with 1:15 to go. Out of a timeout, the Aggies got the ball to Fipps, who drove and laid it in for the go-ahead basket with less than 30 seconds to play.
Playing for the last shot, the Titans got the ball into the hands of Thomas, whose game-winning attempt was just off the mark, and Greubel grabbed the rebound as time expired to seal the win.
WE SURVEYED 100 PEOPLE...: And the top three Aggies are on the board. Three UC Davis players are listed among the NCAA’s top 100 individuals in various categories, while UC Davis (as a team) also stands among the top 100 programs in three statistical rankings entering the week. Junior Kelsey Harris stands among the best in two different categories: ranking 38th in the nation in three-pointers per game (2.77 pg) while standing 52nd in three-point percentage (.396). Molly Greubel adds to the list, ranking 51st in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.853), while teammate Sydnee Fipps is 92nd in scoring at 17.8 ppg. As a team, the Aggies are ranked eighth in the country in free throw percentage (.775), 46th in three-pointers per game (7.5 pg), and 97th in field goal percentage (.419).
AWW, SHOOT!: The Aggies were almost lights out from the floor at Cal State Northridge last week, setting season highs in all three shooting percentages against the Matadors en route to their, 82-74, victory. UC Davis shot 60 percent overall (the highest since they shot the same at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 24, 2013) from the floor, 50 percent from three-point range (the best since Feb. 9, 2013, at Cal Poly when they also shot 50 percent), and .893 from the line (the highest -- minimum 15 attempts -- since they hit 18-of-20 vs. UC Irvine on Feb. 26, 2011).
GREUBEL NOT GREEDY: Sophomore Molly Greubel is here to help... a lot. Enough so that she went ahead and decided to take down a UC Davis single-game school record that had stood for 24 years with her career-high 14 assists on Feb. 8 at UC Irvine. Greubel, who had 11 assists in the first half alone, broke the previous mark held by Sara Lillevand, who had 13 assists at Cal State Stanislaus on March 10, 1990, and became the first Aggie with at least 10 assists in a game since Kim Omer finished with 10 against San Francisco State in 2004.
21: Great to hear when you’re in Las Vegas and, even better, if you’re Sydnee Fipps, who finished with 21 points in the scoring column for the third-consecutive game last weekend at UC Irvine after reaching the mark against both UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 1) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 6). The two performances last week marked the 10th and 11th games of 20-or-more points for the junior this season and the Mariposa, Calif., native’s second-longest 20-point scoring streak of the year after Fipps reached that plateau in five-straight contests from Dec. 15-Jan. 2.
MILESTONE ACHIEVED: The 16th player in the history of the women’s basketball program at UC Davis to accomplish the feat, junior Sydnee Fipps reached the milestone 1,000 career points on Feb. 1 with a three-pointer in the first half against UC Santa Barbara at The Pavilion to become the first Aggie to reach 1,000 career points since Kasey Riecks (1,071) in 2011-12. A complete list of UC Davis 1,000-point scorers is below:
1. Carol Rische (‘79-83) - 1,711
2. Staci Stevens (‘85-88) - 1,417
3. Jessica Campbell (‘03-06, ‘07-08) - 1,413
4. Paige Mintun (‘06-11) - 1,382
5. Aimee Conner (‘89-93) - 1,261
6. Ellen Porshneva (‘03-06, 07-08) - 1,251
7. Kari Sivesind (‘92-96) - 1,145
t8. Jennifer Gross (‘93-97) - 1,143
t8. Lisa Jo Kellogg (‘88-91) - 1,143
10. Colleen Turnbull (‘99-03) - 1,137
11. Brenda Wyneken (‘81-84) - 1,103
12. Sarah Allen (‘98-03) - 1,089
13. Des Abeyta (‘96-00) - 1,080
14. Kasey Riecks (‘08-12) - 1,071
15. Sydnee Fipps (‘11-pres.) - 1,060
16. Kendall Greene (‘92-96) - 1,027
MOVIN’ ON UP: George and “Weezy” never had it this good. With her 21 points against Cal State Northridge last week, Fipps moved past Kendall Greene (1992-96) for 15th on the all-time scoring list and enters the week just 11 points shy of Kasey Riecks (2008-12) for the No. 14 spot following her 21-point night in Irvine. With another 21-point performance against the Titans, Fipps will take a big jump into 13th place on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing one of her mentors on the sideline in Assistant Coach (and Aggie All-American) Des Abeyta, who finished with 1,080 career points in a brilliant four-year stint at UC Davis from 1996-00.
GIMME FIVE!!!!!: It’s a lot easier to win a game when you get this kind of scoring. The Aggies finished with five players in double figures in their, 82-74, win over Cal State Northridge on Feb. 6 -- the first time that has happened this season and the first time since Jan. 2, 2011 (also against the Matadors), that UC Davis has seen that kind of offensive production. In that game, Vicky Deeley (22), Heidi Heintz (11), Paige Mintun (11), Blair Shinoda (11), and Samantha Meggison (10), all reached double figures for the Aggies in a 78-56 victory.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DOMINATION: With its five players in double figures against Cal State Northridge last week, the Aggies have had at least four players reach 10-or-more points in the same game for the seventh time this season. Shockingly, the Aggies have yet to lose one of those contests, improving to 7-0 when that happens in 2013-14.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Of UC Davis’ 1,178 shot attempts this season, 43 percent (507) have come from beyond the arc -- the highest percentage of any school in the Big West. This week’s opponent, Cal State Fullerton, is the closest to the Aggies, selecting a three-point shot just under 41 percent of the time (488 of 1,197).
NO MORE STREAKING: For only the second time since returning to the lineup from an illness that kept her out for three weeks, UC Davis sophomore Alyson Doherty was held to single digits in the scoring column at UC Irvine on Feb. 8, ending a run of nine-consecutive double-digit scoring performances for the Aggie post dating back to Dec. 28 against Sacramento State. Held to eight points and eight rebounds against the Anteaters before drawing her fifth foul with just over a minute to play in regulation, Doherty has continued to be a force inside for UC Davis in the 11 games since her return, averaging 13.1 ppg (buoyed by her back-to-back 20-point games against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara) and 6.5 rpg while shooting just over 60 percent (57-for-94) from the field.
SHE’S JUST ALY FROM THE BLOCK: Doherty enters the week having accounted for nearly half (23) of the team’s 49 blocks this season and ranks third in the Big West with 1.21 blocks per game. The sophomore’s four blocks against the Long Beach State on Jan. 11 were a career high and were the most since Lauren Juric knocked down four shots against Cal Poly on March 1, 2012. Doherty, who had 27 blocks during her rookie season, enters the week just six blocks shy of Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 10th on the UC Davis all-time list.
SIXTY IS NIFTY...: What a difference a point makes. When UC Davis scores 59 points or fewer this season, it has yet to win a game in six tries, thus far. However, when scoring that pivotal 60th point, the chances of an Aggies victory improve dramatically as they have gone 10-6 in those contests.
...BUT EIGHT(Y) IS GREAT(Y): Coupled with its 82 points in a win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 1, the Aggies’ 82 points against the Matadors gave them back-to-back 80-point scoring performances for the first time this season and the first time since Jan. 29 at UC Irvine (W, 91-72) and Feb. 3 vs. Cal Poly (W, 81-61).
SHE’S AT IT AGAIN: Even though her consecutive 20-point scoring games streak came to an end on Jan. 9 against Cal State Northridge, Fipps has still found a way to get hers, averaging 19.4 ppg over her last 14 contests (including nine, 20-point performances) since being held to single digits (eight points) at Hofstra on Dec. 8. Fipps has reached double figures in all but two games in 2013-14 (eight points in the season opener against USC being the other) and has led, or shared the team lead, in scoring in 16 of the team’s 22 contests thus far.
DOUBLE DIPPING: Fipps enters the week as one of six players in the Big West Conference who enter the week ranked among, both, the league’s top 15 in scoring and rebounding -- including four of the top-five scorers in the conference and the top three rebounders. Fipps, who ranks third in the conference in scoring and tied for 12th in rebounding, joins Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer, UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain, UC Irvine’s Camille Buckley, Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson, and UC Santa Barbara’s Destini Mason, on the list.
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH: However, there are such things as free points if you hit your free throws, which the Aggies have done with regularity this season. UC Davis enters this week of Big West Conference play shooting a league-high .775 from the line -- a total that also has them among the top 20 teams in the nation in that category (No. 8) as of Feb. 9. Sophomore Molly Greubel (3rd - .853) and junior Sydnee Fipps (5th - .816) rank among the top-10 individuals in the Big West and headline a group that has shot 75 percent (or better) from the line in a game 16 times in 22 contests overall.
SEE, WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS...: For only the second time in 10 such games this season, UC Davis lost a game when leading or tied at the break, watching as a 42-40 halftime advantage at Irvine turned into a 79-73 overtime loss. The defeat ended an eight-game winning-streak in those contests this season dating back to a loss at Pacific on Nov. 11 after holding a, 42-39, advantage at the break against the Tigers.
CHARITY CASE: A large part of UC Davis’ success against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 1 came via the free throw line where the Aggies were an efficient 31-for-36 (.861) from the stripe -- the most makes for the home team this season and the most in a single game for a UC Davis squad since they finished with the same total (coincidentally in the same number of attempts) against San Jose State on Nov. 16, 2011.
NO MAR-”PHONE”-ING IT IN: Don’t call it a comeback, but sophomore Celia Marfone has been a “jill of all trades” in the Aggies’ line up after missing six games due to injury, and she has not disappointed. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native is averaging an all-around line of 10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 2.88 apg, in the eight games since her return -- including a career-high 19-point effort at UC Riverside on Jan. 16 -- while shooting just over 54 percent (25-for-46) from the floor.
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): The 46 points allowed in the Aggies’ 32-point win over Simpson on Jan. 2 were the fewest scored by an opponent this season and the lowest point total for a UC Davis opponent since the Aggies held UC Irvine to just 43 points in a 47-43 victory on Feb. 28, 2013.
POINTS TAKEN: The 95 points scored against San Jose State on Nov. 26 were a season high and the most since the Aggies finished off a 102-62 win over the Spartans on Dec. 21, 2010.