Nov. 1, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's basketball team will make its 2012-13 debut on Thursday when the Aggies host the University of Redlands in a free exhibition game at The Pavilion at 4:45 p.m.
The game is part of Community Appreciation Night and is the first game of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team which tips off at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Cruz.
KDVS 90.3 FM will broadcast all of the action live from The Pavilion with an internet-only simulcast available on ucdavisaggies.com.
Thursday's game is the lone preseason exhibition for UC Davis which officially opens the season on Nov. 9 at The Pavilion against Pepperdine. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and season tickets as well as single-game tickets are available by calling the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or on ucdavisaggies.com.
In her second year as head coach, Jennifer Gross looks to take a young Aggie squad back to the postseason after the 2011-12 season culminated in a trip to the WNIT, marking the third consecutive postseason appearance for UC Davis.
Seniors Blair Shinoda and Cortney French will lead the Aggies during the 2012-13 campaign. Shinoda averaged 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while adding 68 assists and 33 steals. French, the Aggies' resident three-point expert, shot 38 percent from long range, ranking her second in the Big West Conference.
The duo will be joined by fellow veterans Idit Oryon and Brianna Salvatore as well as sophomore Sydnee Fipps who emerged as a shooting threat in her debut season last year. Fipps appeared in all 30 games, averaging 14.3 minutes per game, and shot 37 percent from the floor, third highest in the Big West.
Six new faces join UC Davis for the 2012-13 season, including point guard Molly Greubel who played alongside Shinoda for one year at Foothill High School in Santa Ana. Greubel, the CIF Division 2A Player of the Year, led Foothill HS to the CIF State Regional Finals last season, averaging 17.2 points per game.
The Aggies will tackle a challenging schedule on their road back to the postseason in a mix of home and road games that features some of the best collegiate women's basketball programs in the nation.
Stanford, ranked No. 4 in the 2012-13 preseason Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, visits The Pavilion on Nov. 30 to kick off a three-game homestand that also features Saint Mary's (Dec. 6) and Santa Clara (Dec. 16).
UC Davis will travel to the Women of Troy Classic in late December, a tournament hosted by USC and includes CSU Bakersfield and No. 3 Duke.
The Aggies then return home for a rematch against Washington on Dec. 28. Last season, UC Davis won a thriller in Seattle, claiming a 69-68 victory after Shinoda hit a jumper in the lane at the buzzer.
Big West Conference action gets underway on Jan. 5 at Pacific.
The University of Redlands finished the 2011-12 season with an impressive 19-8 overall record and placed second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 12-2 league record. The Bulldogs return 11 letterwinners for the 2012-13 season, including senior Ashley Sevilla who set a school record with 74 treys.