Nov. 8, 2012
Game 1: UC Davis vs. Pepperdine
Friday, Nov. 9 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion - Davis, Calif.
UC Davis finished the 2011-12 season with a 17-13 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Big West Conference... The Aggies advanced to the first round of the Big West Tournament as the No. 4 seed, losing to Pacific 59-51.
UC Davis earned a trip to the WNIT, marking the third consecutive postseason appearance for the Aggies who faced Oregon State in Corvallis... The Beavers claimed a 66-48 victory.
The Aggies return seven letterwinners to the 2012-13 team including seniors Cortney French and Blair Shinoda... UC Davis also welcomes six newcomers, including junior transfer Kelsey Harris from Iowa State... She will sit out the year due to NCAA transfer rules.
Friday marks the first home opener for UC Davis in four years... The 2007-08 season marks the last time the Aggies opened the year within the friendly confines of The Pavilion.
UC Davis defeated the University of Redlands 78-46 in an exhibition contest on Nov. 1... Sydnee Fipps posted a double-double in the win with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Pepperdine was 14-15 overall in 2011-12 and finished fifth in the West Coast Conference with an 8-8 mark... The Waves return one starter and eight letterwinners and welcome six newcomers to the 2012-13 roster which features just four upperclassmen.
The Waves lost their lone exhibition match of the season, dropping a 67-60 decision to Westmont on Oct. 30... Bria Richardson scored a team-high 22 points in the loss.
Friday's game marks the fourth meeting between UC Davis and Pepperdine with the Waves holding a slim 1-2 series advantage.
The teams last met at Pepperdine during the 2010-11 season with UC Davis claiming a 70-62 victory.
Jennifer Gross begins 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' 1000th career point and Samantha Meggison and Hannah Stephens' selections to the All-Big West Conference team.
Julie Rousseau begins her ninth season with Pepperdine in 2012-13... The former head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks took the Waves to the postseason in just her second season in Malibu as Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006... The Waves also achieved back-to-back WNIT appearances under Rousseau in 2010 and 2011.
PEPPERDINE SCOUTING REPORT
Pepperdine graduated four of its top five scorers from a 2011-12 season that saw the Waves finish 14-15 overall and 8-8 in WCC play.
The team returns senior Kelsey Patrick who averaged 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds as a junior... Shay Cooney-Williams is the only other senior on the Waves' roster... She averaged 4.8 points and 1.2 rebounds last season, appearaing in 29 games with five starts.
Sophomore Bria Johnson scored a team-high 22 points in the 67-60 exhibition loss to Westmont on Oct. 30, hitting 10-of-20 from the field... She also had four steals in 35 minutes of action.
The Waves welcome give freshman to the 2012-13 roster... Amanda Lovely scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in Pepperdine's exhibition game against Westmont on Oct. 30 while Kelsey Brockway grabbed three rebounds off the bench for the Waves.
Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll.
Friday's contest will feaure an internet-only audio broadcast with Ben Taylor and Greg Cotta on the call beginning at 6:30 p.m... The broadcast will be streamed on ucdavisaggies.com via Game Central by Stretch Internet.
Gametracker live stats will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
Fans can track the action live via Twitter by following @UCDavisAthletics.
Single-game tickets for Friday's contest against Pepperdine are on sale through the UC Davis Ticket Office and start at just $4... Reserved tickets are $10... Visit ucdavisaggies.com or call (530) 752-AGS1.
Season ticket packages are also available through the UC Davis Ticket Office.
LET'S GET IT STARTED
UC Davis has won its last five season openers, four of which were played on the road.
Last season, the Aggies opened the 2011-12 season with a thrilling 69-68 victory over Washington in Seattle... The win sparked a 5-0 start to the year.
Friday's game marks the first home opener for UC Davis since the 2007-08 season... That year UC Davis easily defeated crosstown rival Sacramento State 68-39 at The Pavilion.
The Aggies have not lost a home opener since the 2006-07 season when they fell 73-56 at Boise State.
AGGIES AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
UC Davis and Pepperdine's league, the West Coast Conference, have always matched up evenly... UC Davis has faced all but three of the teams in the WCC: BYU, Loyola Marymount and San Diego.
The Aggies are 23-29 overall against the WCC... This year the Aggies will face Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and San Francisco, all of which are WCC teams.
UC Davis welcomes five freshman as well as junior transfer Kelsey Harris, who played at Iowa State for two seasons, to the 2012-13 roster.
Harris advanced to two NCAA Tournaments with Iowa State... She appeared in 27 games as a sophomore in 2011-12 and shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc... She made two starts as a freshman in 2010-11 and hit 24 three pointers.
Freshman Molly Greubel hails from Foothill HS and was a teammate of current Aggie Blair Shinoda when Foothill won the CIF Southern Section Division III State Championship in 2008-09.
Alyson Doherty, a 6-foot-3 freshman, was an All-CIF Division IA first team selection who averaged 15.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per game as a senior at El Toro HS in Lake Forest, Calif.
Heidi Johnson led Buchanan HS in Clovis, Calif. to its first Tri-Rivers Conference championship in 18 years, averaging 7.8 points per game as a senior.
Aniya Baker was a McDonald's High School All-America honorable mention after averaging 19.8 points and 7.3 assists per game at Perris HS in Perris, Calif.
Celia Marfone was the CIF 3AA Player of the Year after leading Laguna Hills HS to the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA Girls Basketball title last season.
NOTABLE NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
After hosting Pepperdine, UC Davis takes to the road for three straight games, including a trip to Houston for the Husky Classic hosted by Houston Baptist.
The Aggies host Final Four participant Stanford on Nov. 30 to open a three-game homestand which also includes Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.
UC Davis will also participate in the Women of Troy Classic, hosted by USC at the Galen Center in Los Angeles... The Aggies will play alongside Duke, USC and CSU Bakersfield.
In a rematch of last year's thriller in Seattle, UC Davis hosts Washington on Dec. 28 at The Pavilion.
The Aggies close their nonconference slate of games with a Causeway Cup matchup at Sacramento State on Dec. 30.
THE WILD, WILD BIG WEST
UC Davis opens the Big West Conference schedule on Jan. 5 with three straight road games.
Hawai'i returns to the conference after 16 years in the Western Athletic Conference and comes to The Pavilion for a Jan. 19 contest... That game is part of a stretch where UC Davis will play six of eight league games in Davis.
The regular season concludes on Mar. 9 against Pacific.
The Big West Tournament has a new format for the 2012-13 season... Tournament play opens on Mar. 13 at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine... The semifinals and championship game will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim Mar. 15-16.
UC DAVIS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN BIG WEST
UC Davis was selected to finish seventh in the Big West Conference in the preseason media poll.
Cal State Northridge was labeled as the preseason favorite to win the Big West title, picking up six first-place votes... The Matadors finished just two points ahead of Pacific which received five first-place votes.
UC Davis had the third-highest three-point percentage in the Big West last season, shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc.
With 7.1 three pointers per game, UC Davis made the most treys of any team in the Big West... They hit 214 from beyond the arc... Pacific had the next highest amount of three pointers at 182 (5.7 treys per game).
The Aggies also return two of the best three-point shooters in the conference in Cortney French and Sydnee Fipps... The duo ranked second and third, respectively, in the Big West.
French hit a team-high .387 clip from three-point range, knocking down 46 treys... Fipps shot 37 percent from long range as a true freshman last season, hitting 31-of-83.
UC Davis prides itself on its defensive excellence and the 2012-13 squad should continue that into this season.
The Aggies ranked third in scoring defense last season, allowing just 61.5 points per game.
UC Davis also limited opponents to a .315 clip from beyond the arc, ranking the Aggies third in three-point field goal defense.
For the second consecutive year, UC Davis led the league in steals, averaging 10.6 per game... That led to a league-best turnover margin... Aggie opponents committed 19.9 turnovers per game while UC Davis made only 16.1 turnovers, resulting in a +3.80 turnover margin.
COMING UP NEXT
UC Davis begins a three-game road trip at San Francisco on Wednesday, Nov. 14... Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
The Aggies then travel to the Husky Classic, hosted by Houston Baptist, Nov. 23-24 in Houston.