Nov. 15, 2007
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
OPENING TIPS: UC Davis, coming off a 68-39 win over Causeway Classic rival Sacramento State on Sunday, travels 2,460 miles to play in the round-robin Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic at the University of Hawai'i... The Aggies are just beginning their first official year of NCAA Division I status although this is the fourth year they have been playing a Div. I schedule... When UC Davis plays Washington on Sunday, it'll be the first of six opponents who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season... The Aggies are just one of four Big West Conference schools to have recorded wins so far this season (Pacific 2, UC Santa Barbara 1, Cal Poly 1)... UC Davis is also in its first season as an official member of the Big West... W Jessica Campbell needs just 48 points to reach 1,000 for her career, joining teammate P Ellen Porshneva who reached the milestone in 2005-06.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. TOURNAMENT FIELD: UC Davis has very little history with the three opponents this weekend... The Aggies are facing Northern Arizona and Washington for the first time while facing Hawai'i for the first time since 1976 when the Rainbow Wahine won 53-47.
A QUICK LOOK AT NORTHERN ARIZONA: The Lumberjacks are off to a quick 2-0 start, its best beginning since a 5-0 mark during the 2001-02 season... NAU won 64-50 against UT-Arlington last Friday before winning 75-68 against North Dakota State on Sunday... Both games were at home... C ASHLEY INGLE was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after averaging 16.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 6.0 blocks... The Lumberjacks, picked by its league coaches to finish fifth after winning 20 games last season, are also led by F/G LAURA DINKINS who is scoring at a 16.0 ppg clip so far and averaging 7.0 rpg.
A QUICK LOOK AT HAWAI'I: The Rainbow Wahine are the only tournament team yet to play... Hawai'i's likely starters feature a pair who started at least 17 games last season... C TANYA SMITH averaged 10.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg while starting 28 of 29 games while G SAUNDRA CARIAGA started 17 games and avearged 5. 1 ppg... Smith ranked No. 44 in the NCAA in rebounds (9.2) and was second in the Western Athletic Conference... Hawai'i finished 15-14 last season and is picked sixth in league in both the WAC coaches and media preseason polls... The Rainbow Wahine play 13 pre-conference games, all of them in tournament action.
A QUICK LOOK AT WASHINGTON: The Huskies are 0-2 after opening with a pair of road losses at Kansas State on Saturday (88-61) and at Gonzaga on Monday (91-72)... Washington is coming off an 18-13 season last year which earned them a bid into the NCAA Tournament... UW is picked sixth to finish sixth in the preseason Pac-10 coaches poll... The Huskies return a pair of starters and seven letterwinners from that squad, including G EMILY FLORENCE (5.4 ppg/5.2 rpg) and F/C ANDREA PLOUFFE (10.0 ppg/3.5 rpg).
UC DAVIS 68, SACRAMENTO STATE 39: UC Davis opened its season on Sunday with a convincing 29-point win over its local Causeway rivals after opening the game with 12 consecutive points... W Jessica Campbell scored a game-high 14 points and post Paige Mintun added 10 for the Aggies, who opened a 31-7 lead in the first half before going into the break with a 35-15 advantage... UC Davis had 17 assists on 24 field goals, shot 45.3 percent from the floor and mad 87.5 (14 of 16) percent from the line... The Aggies led by as many as 33 points in the second half.
WELCOME TO NCAA DIVISION I: UC Davis begins its first season as an official member of Division I and the Big West Conference... The university announced its decision to reclassify to its new division in March 2003 and then began a four-year transition period in which it was ineligible for NCAA Championships (in most sports)... The Aggies are members of the Big West Conference for 17 of its 26 sports... UC Davis played partial Big West schedules in most sports in 2004-05 and have played full schedules each of the past two seasons... The Aggies became official members of the league on July 1.
SUCCESS AGAINST THE BIG WEST: UC Davis is no stranger to Big West Conference competition having competed against the league's teams each of the past three seasons, including the last two when the Aggies played full 16-game round-robin schedules... The Aggies have done well against their new league-mates... They went 11-5 in 2005-06, beating every team in the conference at least once, and would've tied for the regular-season Big West title had they officially counted in the standings... UC Davis finished 8-8 against Big West teams last year.
DYNAMIC SENIOR DUO RETURN TO LINEUP: W Jessica Campbell and P Ellen Porshneva are back on the court again as seniors after redshirting last season... Campbell was a planned redshirt for 2006-07 while Porshneva suffered a season-ending injury during preseason drills and sat out the year... The pair were integral parts of the Aggies' success during their first three seasons, with Campbell averaging 11.3 ppg in 2005-06 on her way to All-Division I Independent honors and Porshneva averaging 11.8 ppg... Had UC Davis been eligible to be officially ranked in the Div. I stats during that season, Campbell would've ranked 10th in free throw percentage at .894, and Porshneva would've been 13th at .881.
BATES BECOMES `SUPER-SENIOR': W Heather Bates led UC Davis in scoring (12.7) and rebounding (6.7) last season and was named to the All-Div. I Independent second-team... She also enjoyed a memorable senior tribute during the Aggies' final home game against Long Beach State...However, Bates will receive more senior accolades this season after she was granted another year of eligibility this summer under new NCAA rules governing medical hardships... New rules increased the amount of games an individual could play in a particular season and still be eligible to apply for a hardship...Bates, who began her collegiate career at UC Riverside, played eight games for the Highlanders in 2003-04 before being injured... Under previous NCAA rules, she didn't qualify, but did under new ones... She was also helped by the fact the NCAA made the rule retroactive.
HARP DOUBLED AVERAGE AGAINST BIG WEST TEAMS: G Anna Harp began her freshman season last year with modest numbers for a first-year player, averaging 6.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 0.7 apg... But after moving into a starting role during most of the Big West portion of the schedule, Harp sharply increased her output... She averaged 12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 2.1 apg in 16 "league" contests... Harp's points and rebounds were second-best on the team... She went on to be named to the Div. I All-Independent honorable mention and newcomer teams.
UC DAVIS TO BE TESTED WITH SCHEDULE: The Aggies will face their toughest schedule ever in 2007-08 by playing six teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season, two of which are also ranked in preseason polls this season... Four of those games come during a five-game stretch in the early season... The Aggies will play Washington on Sunday, are at Stanford (ranked 7th by AP) on Dec. 2, host Gonzaga (WCC champion) on Dec. 6, and then travel to Arizona State (ranked 12th by AP) on Dec. 9... UC Davis will also play at NCAA-qualifier Drake on Dec. 30 and play home-and-home Big West games with UC Riverside on Jan. 5 (home) and Mar. 6 (away)... ASU advanced to a regional final last season... Stanford and ASU are picked first and second, respectively, in this year's preseason Pac-10 polls.
MINTUN ALSO BACK IN THE AGGIES' LINEUP: P Paige Mintun came to UC Davis with an impressive prep resume which included two years on the All-San Diego Section team and was expected to make major contributions to a young Aggie squad in 2006-07... The 6-foot-2 post from Valley Center, Calif., began the year strong, starting her first two games and averaging 9.0 ppg in that span... However, a foot injury in the second game of the season at Gonzaga - after she scored 12 points and blocked two shots - sidelined her for the rest of the year with a medical hardship... She returns as a redshirt freshman and is again expected to be a major part of the Aggies' plans.
CAMPBELL CLOSING IN ON 1,000-POINT CLUB: W Jessica Campbell is on pace to become the 13th Aggie player to reach 1,000 career points... She currently has 952 points and with her career average of 11.3 ppg, could reach the milestone during the Aggies' sixth game at Stanford on Dec. 2... P Ellen Porshneva was the last UC Davis player to score 1,000 career points, doing so in the 2005-06 season.... She is currently ranked No. 8 at UC Davis with 1,110 points... Porshneva should move up the scoring ladder as well, potentially finishing as high as No. 2... She needs 308 to do so - passing STACI STEVENS (1,417; 1985-88) and would do so in the final games of the season if she keeps her current average of 11.8 ppg.
PORSHNEVA AND CAMPBELL HAVING A BLOCK PARTY: P Ellen Porshneva and W JESSICA CAPBELL are both among the top eight shot blockers of all-time at UC Davis.... Porshneva currently has 70 swats and ranks fifth, needing 17 to tie current assistant coach Des Abeyta, who had 87 from 1996-2000... Campbell has 44 and is No. 8 with Sarah Allen (1998-2003) next in her sights with 56... Both are tied for second in single-game blocks with six, which both accomplished early in their freshman years.
IT WAS RAINING THREE'S LAST YEAR: UC Davis had an ability to shoot the three-pointer as well as anyone in the country last year... The Aggies made a school-record 189 three-pointers during the 2006-07 season on a school-record 563 attempts... Included was a 17-trey effort against Cal Poly on Jan. 11 on 33 attempts, both of those school marks as well... Two graduated seniors - G Lindsey Jones and G Laura Thomas - made seven and five, respectively... W Heather Bates had 40 three-pointers to lead returnees to this year's squad.
RADIO/INTERNET COVERAGE: ANDREW TOMSKY (play-by-play) and MARVIN DINOZO (analyst) combine to provide coverage throughout the year on KDVS (90.3 FM)... A free simulcast can be heard on www.ucdavisaggies.com... Live stats and a subscription-based video feed of home games is also available at the site.