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Blair Shinoda
 

Feb. 21, 2013

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GAME 25
UC Riverside (11-12, 4-8) at UC Davis (10-14, 5-8)
Thu., Feb. 21 • 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (Davis, Calif.)
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GAME 26
Cal State Fullerton (7-17, 3-9) at UC Davis (10-14, 5-8)
Sat., Feb. 23 • 4 p.m.
The Pavilion (Davis, Calif.)

The Last Meeting
UC Davis61
UC Riverside49
January 26, 2013
Riverside, Calif.
Aggies Complete Weekend Sweep with 61-49 Win
Sydnee Fipps led all scorers with 23 points while Molly Greubel added 10 points as the UC Davis women's basketball team never trailed in a 61-49 win over UC Riverside on Saturday at the SRC Arena in Riverside.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis88
Cal State Fullerton44
January 24, 2013
Fullerton, Calif.
Aggies Catch Fire in 88-44 Win over Titans
Aniya Baker and Alyson Doherty scored 16 points each as UC Davis shot 60 percent from the field and a season-high 59 percent from three-point range and cruised to an 88-44 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at Titan Gym in Fullerton. Doherty and Baker each set career-high marks in scoring with their 16 points as the freshman duo combined to hit 12-of-16 from the field.



OPENING TIPS
• With just five Big West games remaining, the Aggie women's basketball team plays two crucial games this weekend against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, trying to hold off two of the teams behind them in the standings... UC Davis is a half-game in front of the Highlanders and 1.5 games ahead of the Titans but already owns a win over each team.
• UC Davis is coming off back-to-back games with less than 50 points scored for the first time this year... The Aggies are currently averaging 63.1 ppg., third-best in the conference.
• The Aggies continue to lead the Big West in three-point shooting at 6.9 pg.
• Freshman F Alyson Doherty averaged 14.0 ppg and went 9 of 12 from the line last weekend... Doherty has scored in double figures in three straight games, averaging 12.7 ppg during that span... It's her longest double-digit scoring run of the season.

•  The Aggies have used the starting lineup of G Blair Shinoda, G Cortney French, F Sydnee Fipps, F Celia Marfone and F Alyson Doherty for each of the last 10 games... UC Davis is 5-5 over those games.
•  The Aggies are second in the Big West in steals at 11.5 pg, barely behind Cal State Northridge (11.6)
F Sydnee Fipps had five steals at Hawai'i, the second time this season she's had that many in a game.
HEAD COACHES
• Jennifer Gross is in her second season as head coach of the UC Davis women's basketball team after leading the Aggies to their third consecutive postseason appearance in 2011-12... In her first year at the helm of the program, the Aggies saw several milestones including Kasey Riecks' 1,000th career point, and Samantha Meggison and Hannah Stephens' selections to the All-Big West Conference team.
• John Margaritas is in his eighth season as the UC Riverside Highlanders' head coach and owns a 138-132 overall record... He is 248-212 in 14 seasons overall having previous coached at Northeastern Illinois (1981-85), National-Louis (1988-89) and Cal State San Bernardino (12-15) previously... The Highlanders have won three Big West Tournament titles, been to three NCAA Tournaments and advanced to a pair of WNIT's.
• Marcia Foster is in her fourth season as head coach of the Titans and owns a 42-74 overall record... Her career record is the same.. She led Cal State Fullerton to a 15-17 record in 2009-10, her first season, and an 8-8 Big West record... It was the Titans' fourth .500 season in the Big West in five years.
MEDIA COVERAGE
• Both games will be broadcast on KDVS 90.3 FM with Ben Taylor and Greg Cotta on the call.
• An internet simulcast will also be available on ucdavisaggies.com via Game Central by Stretch Internet.
• A free live video stream will be available for via bigwest.tv or ucdavisaggies.com.
• Live stats will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
• Fans can track the action, including in-game updates, photos, video clips and more via Twitter by following @UCDavisAggies.
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
• The Highlanders enter the game having lost two straight and three of their past five...Ironically, they are having more success on the road (4-1) during the Big West season than at home (0-7)... Overall, they own a 7-2 road mark this season.
• UC Riverside is currently fourth in the conference in scoring (61.6), first in free throw pct. (.749) and fourth in field goal pct. (.396).
 • G TreShonte Nottingham leads the Big West in scoring (18.1) while Brittany Crain (13.0) is fifth and Natasha Hadley (11.1) is 13th... Four players are ranked among the top 15 rebounders, led by Hadley (6.4) who is 10th.
• Nottingham is also the league-leader in free throw pct. (.888) and second in steals (2.7).
ALL-TIME SERIES
• The Aggies beat the Highlanders 61-49, extending their all-time series lead to 27-19... G Sydnee Fipps scored 23 points, making 9 of 14 from the floor... UC Davis and UC Riverside are 2-2 against each other in their last four meetings on Hamilton Court.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
•  The Titans begin the week ranked ninth in scoring (54.9) and 10th in field goal pct. (.311), field goal pct. defense (.418), three-point pct. (.418) and three-point pct. defense (.327).
• Cal State Fullerton is third in rebounding defense (38.3 pg) and fourth in rebounding margin (+1.4)
• Kathleen Iwupha is ninth among Big West rebounders (7.1) while Chante Miles is fifth in steals (2.2)
• The Titans have lost eight straight games but do own an 83-74 win agaisnt Hawai'i, a team that's beaten the Aggies twice this year.
• They're 1-9 on the road overall and 1-4 away from Titan Gym in Big West games.
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
• The Aggies are 9-8 all-time against Cal State Fullerton after posting an 88-44 win at Titan Gym on Jan. 24... F Alyson Doherty scored a season-high 16 points while G Aniya Baker added 16 and G Cortney French finished with 14, making four three-pointers.
• UC Davis is 3-5 against the Titans in their all-time series.
LAST WEEKEND
• UC Davis made its longest roadtrip of the season, traveling to Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge for a  pair of Big West games... The Rainbow Wahine opened a 34-14 halftime lead and never looked back while the Matadors battled back from a late eight-point deficit to down the Aggies at the buzzer, 51-49.
• UC Davis shot just 31.8 pct. from the floor against Hawai'i, was outrebounded 39-26 and had just three assists... The Aggies were also just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc... F Sydnee Fipps scored a team-high 18 points while F Alyson Doherty added 13.
• The Matadors and Aggies were locked in a close battle two days later, despite Northridge owning a 54-41 rebounding advantage and holding the Aggies to just 28.6 pct. shooting... However, UC Davis had just 10 turnovers and limited the Matadors to 30.7 percent from the floor... Doherty led the Aggies with 15 points while Fipps hit double figures again, scoring 10 points along with nine rebounds.
FREE THROW SHOOTING SOLID
• The Aggies are shooting 74.1 percent from the charity stripe, a mark that ranks them second in the Big West and 40th among all NCAA Div. I teams.
• That figures has been helped over the past seven games when they've gone 106 for 136 (.779).
• They've made at least 12 each of the past six games and have not shot less than 70.8 pct. from the line.
• G Sydnee Fipps (.827) is third in the Big West while G Molly Greubel is fifth (.813)... In Big West games only, UC Davis is a league-best .782 from the line while Greubel (.872) is first.
NOTES AND TRENDS
• The Aggies had a season-low three assists at Hawai'i on 14 baskets... The 13 total for the weekend was their lowest in back-to-back games this season... The same trend stands for the 14 field goals they made in each game... UC Davis' one three-pointer at Hawai'i was its lowest total of the season.
• G Cortney French has 162 career three-pointers and needs 33 to break the record of Lori Hurlbut (194, 1997-2001).
• F Alyson Doherty needs six blocks to move into the Aggies' single-season top 10.
• UC Davis has six players who have made at least 15 three pointers: French (51), Sydnee Fipps (31), G Molly Greubel (18), F Idit Oryon (18), G Blair Shinoda (17) an G Aniya Baker (15).
YOUTH DOMINATES ROSTER
• UC Davis has a roster made up predominantly of underclassmen... The roster consists of five freshmen, one redshirt freshman and two sophomores... Three juniors are complemented by two seniors in G Blair Shinoda and G Cortney French... Of the 10 "active" players, have are true freshmen.
COMING UP NEXT
• UC Davis heads out for its final Big West roadtrip of the season, traveling to face UC Irvine on Feb. 28 and Long Beach State on Mar. 2... That'll precede the regular season finale against Pacific on Mar.9.