Oct. 31, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
TIP-OFF: The UC Davis women’s basketball program ushers in the 2013-14 campaign this weekend, welcoming Humboldt State to The Pavilion for an exhibition contest on Friday (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free as part of “Community Appreciation Night” and will serve as the Aggies’ only tune-up prior to the start of the regular season, which opens on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against USC at home.
IN THE POLLS: UC Davis is not listed among the USA Today Coaches Poll to start the 2013-14 campaign, however, two of the Aggies’ non-conference opponents are: Connecticut (Dec. 5) enters the season as the No. 1 team in the land after clinching its eighth NCAA National Championship in 2013, while Bay Area rival Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the nation, reaching the third round last season before falling to Georgia by two points.
SO... HOW ‘BOUT THOSE AGGIES?: Under the direction of third-year Head Coach Jennifer Gross (UC Davis ‘97), the Aggies return three starters and seven letter winners overall off of last season’s squad that finished 12-18 overall and 7-11 in Big West Conference play (seventh place). UC Davis is led on the court by junior forward Sydnee Fipps, who ranked second in the conference in scoring at 17.1 ppg while starting all 30 contests for the Aggies, while Alyson Doherty (5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Celia Marfone (5.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg) also return to lead the charge.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE LUMBERJACKS: Humboldt State, an NCAA Division II member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association, returns two starters and seven letter winners overall off of last season’s squad that finished 10-18 and 6-16 in the CCAA... the Lumberjacks opened their campaign with a 100-89 exhibition loss to Oregon Tech on Oct. 26 and will meet Santa Clara in a final exhibition on Sunday (Nov. 3) following the contest with the Aggies... the senior duo of guard Kelly Kime and center Elle Anderson lead the charge after the Lumberjacks lost their top two-scorers from last season... Kime, who led the team with 16 points against Oregon Tech, averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting .488 from the field last season in 25 contests while Anderson posted averages of 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds to go with 21 blocks and a .459 field goal percentage... Head Coach Joddie Gleason is in her 10th season at the helm of the Humboldt State program.
THE SERIES: Former Northern California Athletic Conference rivals before the Aggies made the jump to Division I, UC Davis leads the all-time series with Humboldt State, 46-7, but the two programs haven’t met in a game that has counted in the records since 1997-98 when the Aggies and Lumberjacks split their regular season series with each team winning at home... Humboldt State posted a 74-64 win in the first meeting that year followed by a 72-43 win for UC Davis later in the season en route to a trip to the finals of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Record: 12-18 | 7-11 Big West (2012-13)
Last Game: March 12, 2013 (L, 61-40, vs. CS Northridge)
Coach: Jennifer Gross (3rd Year)
Career Rec.: 29-31 (2)
School Rec.: 29-31 (2)
vs. Humboldt State: 0-0
Record: 10-18 | 6-16 CCAA (2012-13)
Last Game: March 2, 2013 (L, 76-70, vs. CS Los Angeles)
Coach: Joddie Gleason (10th Year)
Career Rec.: 257-150 (14)
School Rec.: 140-105 (9)
vs. UC Davis: 0-0
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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 Friday’s clash with Humboldt State as well as broadcast locally on KDVS 90.3 FM with Greg Wong and Sammy Meckler on the call. Please 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 season, BigWest.TV will again air all of the Aggies home and conference clashes FOR FREE during the 2013-14 campaign beginning on Nov. 8 against USC. Log on to www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly event schedules or visit the women's basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats will be 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 page at UCDavisAggies.com.
AGGIES PICKED SIXTH IN BIG WEST PRESEASON MEDIA POLL: UC Davis was picked to finish sixth in the race for the 2013-14 Big West Conference crown according to a vote of the league’s media members released by the conference office on Oct. 23. The Aggies garnered 72 points to finish ahead of Cal State Fullerton (59), UC Irvine (54), and UC Riverside (38). Defending conference champion Cal Poly was the popular pick to defending its title, receiving 17 first-place votes and 177 points overall to edge out second-place Hawaii (three first-place votes, 159 points). Cal State Northridge (121 points), Long Beach State (120), and UC Santa Barbara (100), round out the top five.
FIPPS HONORED: UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps was one of six players named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team by the members of the media, one season after being named to the All-Big West First Team. Fipps started all 30 games for the Aggies in 2012-13, leading the team (and ranking second in the league) in scoring while pacing the team at 5.1 rebounds per game. She shot .443 from the floor, .319 from three-point range, and .817 from the line, while amassing the most points (512) by a sophomore in the history of the program. Fipps, who scored a career-high 29 points against Long Beach State on Jan. 31 of last season, led the Aggies in scoring in 21 of the team’s 30 contests.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!: UC Davis enters Friday night’s match up with Humboldt State having won its last nine consecutive exhibition contests dating back to a 43-41 loss to Sonoma State on Nov. 6, 2006. In what has become an “every other year” tradition, Friday will mark the fourth time during their current winning streak that the Aggies will meet the Lumberjacks in a preseason tune-up, having previously posted wins in 2007 (79-61), 2009 (83-73), and 2011 (72-54).
TOURNEY TESTED SCHEDULE: The Aggies will embark on yet another challenging campaign in 2013-14, facing two of the sport’s legendary programs in preseason No. 3 Stanford and top-ranked defending NCAA champion Connecticut, as well as nine schools overall that saw action in either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT postseason event last season. The Huskies completed their run to their eighth national championship with a finals win over Louisville while the Cardinal advanced to the third round of the tournament before falling to Georgia. Big West Conference Tournament champion Cal Poly is the third NCAA Tournament opponent on the slate for 2013-14 while six other opponents (Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Akron, Pacific, and Saint Mary’s) were WNIT qualifiers.
HOWARD DEAN WOULD BE PROUD: Not only are the Aggies going to Stockton, they’re going to Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo and Hartford and Hempstead and Moraga and Santa Clara, in search of victories... YEAH! UC Davis will be playing eight of its first 10 contests away from the friendly confines of The Pavilion to tip-off the 2013-14 campaign with only regular season contests against USC (Nov. 8) and San Jose State (Nov. 26) contested in front of the hometown faithful in that stretch. The Aggies won’t return home for an extended stretch until Dec. 21, beginning a season-long five-game homestand against non-conference foes Houston Baptist (Dec. 21), Sacramento State (Dec. 28), and Simpson University (Jan. 2), before opening Big West Conference competition against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 9) and Long Beach State (Jan. 11). In all, UC Davis will host just 13 of its 29 regular season contests at The Pavilion this season.
ALL OVER THE MAP: Aside from its requisite slate of Big West Conference contests, the Aggies will face-off against opponents from eight different conferences, including four from the West Coast Conference (Pacific, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara), two from the Pac-12 (USC and Stanford), and one each from the Mountain West (San Jose State), Mid-American (Akron), American Athletic (UConn), Colonial Athletic (Hofstra), Southland (Houston Baptist), and Big Sky (Sacramento State).
BY THE NUMBERS: With seven letterwinners coming back for the 2013-14 season, the Aggies return 65 percent (1,177) of their points, 75 percent (753) of their rebounds, half of their assists (182), just over half of their steals (173), and two-thirds of their blocked shots (67) from a season ago. What does that all mean? We don’t know, but numbers are fun.
“HELLO, MY NAME IS...”: UC Davis will welcome two freshmen and a now-eligible transfer to the lineup in 2013-14 as rookies Brianne Yasukochi and Taylor McGuire join Iowa State transfer Kelsey Harris in the rotation. An All-State, All-CIF, and All-Century League selection at Brea Olinda HS in Southern California, Harris helped the Cyclones advance to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments from 2010-12, averaging 1.9 points per game in 27 appearances and shooting 33 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore and 2.9 points and 1.2 rebounds as a freshman. Yasukochi... McGuire...
THEY’RE BAAAAAAAAACK!: Aside from the new faces on the bench, Head Coach Jennifer Gross will also regain the services of a pair of players who missed out on last year’s campaign due to injury as Brianna Salvatore and Lauren Beyer bounce back to compete once again in 2013-14. Salvatore appeared in only six games last season before going down, scoring six points and grabbing 20 rebounds a season after averaging a career-best 35 ppg and 2.7 rpg as a sophomore. Beyer, a 2011 McDonald’s High School All-America nominee as a senior after helping Bradshaw Christian School to four CIF Sac-Joaquin Section titles, has missed the better part of the last two years since suffering a season-ending injury just two games into her freshman season sitting out all of 2012-13 to recover.