49ers, League-Leading Matadors Up Next for Aggies

Sydnee Fipps has the No. 2 three-point percentage in the Big West. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Sydnee Fipps has the No. 2 three-point percentage in the Big West. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Feb. 14, 2012

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Game 24: UC Davis (15-8, 7-4) at Long Beach State (10-14, 5-6)
Thursday, Feb. 16 - 7 p.m.
Walter Pyramid (4,200) - Long Beach, Calif.
Radio: KDVS 90.3 FM

Game 25: UC Davis at Cal State Northrige (14-10, 8-3)
Saturday, Feb. 18 - 2 p.m.
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
Radio: KDVS 90.3 FM

OPENING TIPS:
• UC Davis converted 26 UC Riverside turnovers into 26 points and claimed a 67-46 victory on Saturday at The Pavilion in Davis.
Blair Shinoda led UC Davis with 10 points and a career-high eight assists.
• The Aggies' defense held the Highlanders to just 46 points, the lowest output by any team UC Davis has played this year... The 26 turnovers committed by the Highlanders is second-most by any team this year.
• Long Beach State snapped a three-game losing streak with a thrilling double overtime 75-72 victory over Big West leader Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
• Cal State Northridge remains atop the conference standings with an 8-3 league record... The Matadors face Pacific on Thursday.
UC Davis moved into a third-place tie with Pacific in the Big West... Cal Poly is in second.

ALL-TIME VS. LONG BEACH STATE
• With a 78-62 victory on Jan. 14 in Davis, UC Davis tied the all-time series at 9-9.
• Last year in Long Beach, the 49ers edged out the Aggies 60-59 on a late free throw, marking their first win over UC Davis since the 2008-09 season.
• The Aggies are 2-2 at The Pyramid in their Div. I era.

ALL-TIME VS. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
• UC Davis topped Cal State Northridge 55-53 in a thriller in Davis after the Matadors used a 14-0 run with 10 minutes left to cut into a 16-point UC Davis lead.
• The Aggies are the only team to knock off the first-place Matadors in regulation during Big West play... The other two conference losses for Cal State Northridge have come in double overtime.
• UC Davis owns a 15-10 series advantage that dates back to the 1970-71 season and has won the last five straight meetings.

HEAD COACHES
Jennifer Gross was named UC Davis' head coach on Oct. 8, 2010 after Sandy Simpson announced his retirement after 14 seasons... Gross was a Kodak All-American honorable mention point guard for the Aggies during her senior season in 1997-98... Prior to her appointment as head coach, she was an assistant at San Diego State before returning to her alma mater in 2004.

• In just his second season as head coach, Jason Flowers has taken the Matadors from a 4-24 record in 2010-11 to a league-leading 8-3 Big West record in 2011-12... Cal State Northridge is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season at 14-10 overall... Prior to his stint with the Matadors, Flowers was an assistant coach at fellow Big West Conference affiliate UC Riverside.

• Jody Wynn is entering her third season with Long Beach State and has guided the 49ers to back-to-back postseason appearances in each of her first two seasons... The 49ers advanced to the Big West Tournament quarterfinals in her first year and had two players named to the all-conference team in 2010-11.

MEDIA COVERAGE
• Both games will air on KDVS 90.3 FM with Ben Taylor on the call... The broadcast will begin 15 min. prior to tipoff and will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com or www.kdvs.org.
• Live stats will be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
• All the action can also be followed via UC Davis' Twitter feed: @UCDavisAggies

WHAT'S IN A NAME
• The university is referred to as either UC Davis or University of California, Davis.
• Incorrect references include California-Davis, Cal-Davis, U.C. Davis, and UC-Davis... UCD is acceptable, although UC Davis is always preferred... Safe to say, there are no periods or hyphens anywhere in the name.

LONG BEACH STATE SCOUTING REPORT
• The 49ers snapped a three-game losing streak with a thrilling 75-72 double overtime win over Big West leading Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
• Long Beach State returns to Walter Pyramid after two weeks on the road and owns an impressive 8-2 home record... The 49ers are shooting 40 percent from the field when playing at home and are 4-1 in Big West home games.
• Tipesa Moorer is Long Beach State's leading scorer at 13.2 points per game... She has reached double figures in scoring in 20 of Long Beach State's 24 games, including two 20-plus point performances.
• The 49ers are hitting 5.6 threes per game which is second only to UC Davis... Freshman Lauren Spargo has made a team-high 27 threes.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE SCOUTING REPORT
• The Matadors sit atop the Big West standings with an 8-3 conference record, but snapped a four-game winning streak with a 75-72 double overtime loss to Long Beach State on Saturday.
• Senior Jasmine Erving posted her 11th double-double of the season in Saturday's loss, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds... She is the Matadors' leading scorer at 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and ranks No. 3 and 2, respectively, in those categories in the Big West.
• Ashlee Guay is averaging a league-leading 4.3 assists per game, dishing out a career-high nine assists in an 80-59 win over UC Irvine on Feb. 4.
• As a team, Cal State Northridge leads the Big West in blocks (4.5 per game) and steals (10.8 per game)... Jasmine Erving and Camille Mahlknecht have combined for 66 of the team's 108 total blocks this year... Ashlee Guay's 78 steals are the most in the Big West and she is 14th in Div. I with a 3.3 steals per game average.

LAST TIME OUT
• UC Davis cruised to a 67-46 victory over UC Riverside on Saturday at The Pavilion... Blair Shinoda finished with a team-high 10 points and a career-high eight assists.
• The Aggies' defensive game overpowered the Highlanders who committed 26 turnovers which became 26 UC Davis points... The Aggies turned the ball over just six times, a season low.
• UC Riverside's 46 points are the lowest output by a UC Davis opponent this season.

THE WILD, WILD BIG WEST
• Saturday's win moved UC Davis into a tie for third place with Pacific... Both teams are 7-4 in league play.
• Cal State Northridge remains in first place with an 8-3 Big West record.
• Cal Poly remains in second place with a 7-3 record.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
• In Saturday's win over UC Riverside, UC Davis played an efficient, well-rounded game on both ends of the ball en route to a 67-46 victory.
• The Aggies forced 26 Highlander turnovers, the second highest total of the season by an opponent, while committing just six turnovers of their own - a season-low mark.
• UC Davis' 14 steals on Saturday are the second-most by the team this season.
• The Aggies also limited UC Riverside to just 46 total points, the lowest output by any Aggie opponent this year.

BENCHMARK FOR SUCCESS
• UC Davis' bench players poured in 32 points in Saturday's win, while UC Riverside received just 13 points from their reserves.
• The Aggie bench has now outscored its opponents' bench by a 217-156 margin.
Sydnee Fipps currently owns the No. 2 three-point field goal percentage in the Big West and has come off the bench to shoot .383 from beyond the arc... She is averaging 5.2 points per game.
Cortney French averages 1.4 treys per game when she comes off the bench, ranking her seventh in the conference.
Brianna Salvatore tied a career-high with eight points on Saturday... She also grabbed two steals which also tied a career-high mark.

COMING UP NEXT
• UC Davis remains on the road for a lone weekend matchup at Pacific on Feb. 25... Tip off is set for 4 p.m.