Feb. 26, 2014
UC Davis (11-14, 6-6) at Cal Poly (15-11, 9-4)
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Mott Athletic Center
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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UC Davis (11-14, 6-6) at UC Santa Barbara (8-17, 3-9)
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Santa Barbara, Calif.
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TIP-OFF: As the 2014 Big West Conference season enters its stretch run, the UC Davis women’s basketball team (11-14 overall, 6-6 in the Big West) begins the annual rite of jockeying for tournament position beginning this weekend as the Aggies hit the road for the final time during the regular season. UC Davis heads to the Central Coast to face a pair of opposities in the standings, taking on conference co-leader Cal Poly on Thursday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m., before heading to eighth-place UC Santa Barbara for a Saturday matinee (March 1) at 2 p.m.
IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, Cal Poly, nor UC Santa Barbara, are ranked in the national polls entering the week.
AGGIES “PLAY PINK”: The UC Davis women’s basketball team joined in the fight against breast cancer while honoring one of its own, hosting its annual “Pink Game” on Saturday, Feb. 22, during its Big West Conference clash versus Hawaii as pink clad fans showed up in support of the cause as the Aggies rallied for a, 56-52, victory over the Rainbow Wahine.
UC Davis has partnered with the UC Davis Health System to collect donations toward breast cancer research at its cancer center in honor of former Aggies’ women’s basketball player Genevieve Costello, who lost her brief but courageous battle with the disease on May 7, 2013, at the age of 26.
Those who wish to donate can participate by visiting https://secure.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/giving/donations/online.html, filling out all the required fields, selecting “Cancer Center” in the “Please Select Recipient” drop down menu, and adding “Genevieve Costello Breast Cancer Research Fund” under the “Special Instruction for This Gift” section.
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“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, live Internet audio will be available for both of this week’s games, 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.
GOT TICKETS?: Single session tickets for the 2014 Big West Conference women’s basketball tournament will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. via the Honda Center Box Office in Anaheim, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets range from $10-$22 for general admission seats for the women’s tournament games while Big West students with a valid student ID and youth ages 3-17 can purchase a ticket for $5 for the women’s first round and quarterfinal games in Long Beach. All-session tickets are also available 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 MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with a 15-11 overall record and a 9-4 mark in Big West play to share first place with Cal State Northridge... the Mustangs split a pair of games on the road last week, falling at Cal State Fullerton (78-77) before defeating UC Riverside (83-72) to snap a three-game losing streak -- tied for its longest of the year... Cal Poly is 9-2 at home this season, winning its first nine before falling to Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, respectively... senior Molly Schlemer leads a trio of Cal Poly players in double figures, averaging 17.8 ppg and 10.5 rpg while shooting .553 from the floor... Ariana Elegado (16.5 ppg) and Jonae Ervin (11.4 ppg) are also in double figures, each dishing out more than 100 assists apiece this season... the Mustangs are averaging 76.8 ppg and shooting .424 from the field as a team (both tops in the Big West entering the week) while allowing 77.6 ppg and a .406 field goal percentage by its opponents.
THE SERIES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Cal Poly, 24-21, dating back to the 1979-80 season and is looking for a split in the regular season series for the sixth time in seven years since the Aggies joined the Big West Conference in 2007-08... the Mustangs swept the only other regular season series in 2008-09... UC Davis has lost its last five trips to San Luis Obispo dating back to a 53-47 win in the second meeting between the two teams during the 2007-08 season... overall, the Aggies are just 8-13 against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo dating back to the 1981-82 campaign.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara, which faces UC Irvine on Thursday before hosting UC Davis, enters the week with an 8-17 overall record and holds on to the final Big West Tournament berth wth a 3-9 conference record -- just 1 1/2 games ahead of UC Riverside... the Gauchos split a pair of games last weekend, falling on the road at UCR (67-57) before winning at Cal State Fullerton (64-54)... Nicole Nesbit leads UC Santa Barbara at 15.8 ppg while shooting .430 from the field... Melissa Zornig (13.9 ppg) and Destini Mason (11.8 ppg) are also in double figures... the Gauchos average 64.9 ppg and shoot .411 from the floor compared to the opposition, which averages 70.0 ppg and shoots .453 from the field this season.
THE SERIES: UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 15-10, following the Aggies’ 82-70 win at The Pavilion back on Feb. 1... the win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Gauchos... UC Davis is 4-7 all-time in Santa Barbara (with the location of one game in the series unknown), but all four wins have come in its last six trips to the “American Riviera”... the Aggies last posted a win at UCSB in 2012, winning by a score of 51-47 in the first meeting of the year between the two programs... UC Davis leads the series, 8-7, since both have been members of the Big West Conference.
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. Sydnee Fipps (‘11-pres.) - 1,117
12. Brenda Wyneken (‘81-84) - 1,103
13. Sarah Allen (‘98-03) - 1,089
14. Des Abeyta (‘96-00) - 1,080
15. Kasey Riecks (‘08-12) - 1,071
16. Kendall Greene (‘92-96) - 1,027
NO BASKETBALL FOR YOU!: UC Davis’ nine turnovers against Hawaii last Saturday were a season low, and the fewest for an Aggies squad since they turned the ball over just six times against UC Riverside on Feb. 11, 2012.
DON’T CALL ME ‘JUNIOR!’: Already the school record holder for the most points scored by a sophomore in the history of the UC Davis women’s basketball program, Fipps is closing in on the mark for a junior as well, entering the week with 449 points and at least four games remaining in her 2013-14 campaign. Fipps, who is averaging 18 points per game this season, needing just 14 more points to match the record held by Staci Stevens, who scored 463 points during her junior season in 1986-87.
MOVIN’ ON UP: George and “Weezy” never had it this good. With her 37 points against Long Beach State and Hawaii last week, Fipps made a huge jump up the Aggies’ all-time scoring list, breaking a tie with Des Abeyta for 13th, and jumping past both Sarah Allen (1998-03) and Brenda Wyneken (1981-84) to move into sole possession of 11th. Fipps needs just 21 more to pass Colleen Turnbull (1999-03) and move into the top 10.
HARRIS HOISTS UP THE THREE: Of Kelsey Harris’ 93 field goal makes this season, 71 of those have come from beyond the arc, inching her closer to the top spot in the UC Davis single-season record books. Harris enters the week ranked fourth on the list, just one back of Kimberly Smith’s 72 makes in 2005, and five shy of Lori Hurlbut’s 76 three-pointers in 1999. The all-time single-season record is definitely within reach, held by Karen Boisvert and her 81 three-pointers in 1991.
SHE’S JUST ALY FROM THE BLOCK: Sophomore forward Alyson Doherty enters the week having accounted for nearly half (a career-high 28) of the team’s 57 blocks this season -- notching her fourth game of three-or-more blocks against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 13 -- and ranks second in the Big West with 1.27 blocks per game. Her four blocks against 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 one block shy of Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 10th on the all-time list, and two back of Jessica Campbell (2003-06, 2007-08) for ninth.
WELCOME BACK, BRI!: The Aggies, finally, got back to full strength last week against Long Beach State and Hawaii as junior guard Brianna Salvatore returned to the floor after missing eight games with a leg injury. In her first game back, it was almost like she never left, dishing out a career-high six assists against the 49ers off the bench.
CUTTING IT CLOSE: Each of the Aggies’ last five games have been decided by eight points or fewer, including losses of six (at UC Irvine in overtime), three (vs. Cal State Fullerton), and three (at Long Beach State), following back-to-back wins over UC Santa Barbara (+12) and Cal State Northridge (+8). In all, nine of UC Davis’ 14 losses this season have been by nine points or fewer, including five of its six losses in Big West Conference play.
WHO NEEDS ALL THOSE POINTS ANYWAY?: With their 56-52 win over Hawaii last Saturday, the Aggies won for the first time in seven games this season when being held under 60 points. UC Davis had lost its last nine such contests dating back to a 47-43 win at UC Irvine on Feb. 28, 2013. In contrast, when scoring that pivotal 60th point, the chances of an Aggies’ victory improve dramatically, as they have gone 10-8 when reaching that plateau this season.
STOP, OR I’LL SHOOT: This weekend’s games will feature the league’s three most-efficient teams when it comes to field goal percentages in Cal Poly (.424), UC Davis (.420), and UC Santa Barbara (.411) -- three of the four teams in the Big West which enter the week shooting better than 40 percent on the year. The Aggies have shot better than 40 percent from the field in each of their seven games -- including a season-best 60 percent at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 6 -- and are 10-6 overall when doing so this season.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Speaking of field goal percentages, of UC Davis’ 1,327 shot attempts this season, better than 43 percent (577) have come from beyond the arc -- the highest percentage of any school in the Big West. The Aggies are second in the league in three-point makes (188) and third in attempts, but rank ninth in field goal attempts overall -- 103 fewer than eighth-place Cal State Fullerton -- despite standing second in the league with a .420 field goal percentage.
MISS CONSISTENT: Since being held to single digits on Dec. 8 at Hofstra, Fipps has railed off 17 consecutive double-digit scoring performances with her 15-point effort at Long Beach State and 22 more against Hawaii last week, averaging 19.3 ppg over that span (including 11, 20-point performances) and has reached double figures in all but two games in 2013-14 (eight points in the season opener against USC being the other), leading, or sharing the team lead, in scoring in 19 of the team’s 25 contests.
20-POINTS OF LIGHT: Fipps registered her 13th, 20-point performance of the year (and 20th of her career) last Saturday in UC Davis’ win over Hawaii and, if she keeps it up, the junior could challenge the school record for most 20-point games in a season, currently held by Staci Stevens and her 18, 20-point performances during her senior campaign in 1987-88.
GREUBEL’S 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.
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 34th in the nation in three-pointers per game (2.84 pg) while standing 27th in three-point percentage (.420). Molly Greubel adds to the list, ranking 46th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.853), while teammate Sydnee Fipps is 87th in scoring at 18.0 ppg. As a team, the Aggies are ranked 14th in the country in free throw percentage (.764), 40th in three-pointers per game (7.5 pg), and 97th in field goal percentage (.420).
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 .764 from the line -- a total that also has them among the top 20 teams in the nation in that category (No. 14) as of Feb. 23. Sophomore Molly Greubel (3rd - .853) and junior Sydnee Fipps (7th - .805) 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 17 times in 25 contests overall.
DOUBLE DIPPING: UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps and Alyson Doherty both enter the week as one of six players in the Big West Conference who rank among, both, the league’s top 15 in scoring and rebounding -- including the top four scorers in the conference and the top three rebounders. Fipps, who ranks second in the conference in scoring and 13th in rebounding, and Doherty, who is 15th in the league in scoring and 12th in rebounding, joins Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer, UC Irvine’s Camille Buckley, Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson, and UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain, on the list.
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.
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.