Nov. 15, 2013
TIP-OFF: After a pair of down-to-the-wire contests for the UC Davis women’s basketball team (0-2 overall in 2013-14), the Aggies remain on the road in search of their first victory this weekend, but the test is a stiff one as they will take on perennial national power and No. 3/5 Stanford on Sunday (Nov. 17) in Palo Alto, Calif. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
IN THE POLLS: Stanford enters the weekend ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following the opening weekend of play... UC Davis is unranked.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford enters the week with a 1-1 record after defeating Boston College (83-71) in its season opener and falling to top-ranked Connecticut (76-57) on Veteran’s Day... Sunday’s match-up with the Aggies will be the second of two-straight against the Big West Conference for the Cardinal, who host Cal Poly on Friday night (Nov. 15)... senior forward Chiney Ogwumike and junior guard Amber Orrange lead the offense averaging better than 20 points per game apiece while Ogwumike adds a team-high 13.5 rebounds per game... both shoot better than 60 percent from the field... Head Coach Tara Vanderveer is in her 35th season as a head coach, winning nearly 900 games during her career.
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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 Sunday’s clash with Stanford 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. 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.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Junior forward Sydnee Fipps finished with a game-high 25 points and two other Aggies finished with career highs on the night, but a run by host Pacific to open the second period erased a halftime deficit and lifted the Tigers to an, 86-78, win over UC Davis in Stockton. The Aggies had rallied from a 16-point hole in the first half, using a 19-5 run over a five-minute span capped by a three-pointer with three seconds to go by Brianna Salvatore to take a, 42-39, advantage into the locker room at the break. UC Davis’ defense clamped down after Pacific opened the game shooting 10-of-11 from the floor, holding the Tigers to just 4-of-18 from the field to close out the second half. Pacific, however, came out of the locker room firing, scoring 13 of the first 14 points in the second half and the race was on. The Aggies closed back to within one point with 12 minutes to play, but the Tigers used a 10-2 burst to close out the game and pull away.
CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 19-20 against the current alignment of the Pac-12 Conference as Sunday’s meeting with the Cardinal will be its second against the league this season... UC Davis has faced all but four of the Pac-12’s current roster of schools, having not faced Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado... the Aggies are 0-2 against Arizona State, 6-3 against California, 9-8 against Stanford, 1-1 against USC, 0-2 against UCLA, 0-2 against Oregon State, 2-1 against Washington, and 1-1 against Washington State.
FIPPS FOR FREEEEEEE: Junior forward Sydnee Fipps tallied her first 20-point game of the season earlier in the week at Pacific, ending the contest with a game-high 25 points -- just four shy of her career high set last season against Long Beach State -- to go with six rebounds in 35 minutes. Her total was built largely on her performance at the line where the Mariposa, Calif., native hit a career-high 17-of-20 from the stripe, nearly outshooting the entire Tigers’ squad, which was 20-of-33 for the game.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: After scouring the record books it was uncovered that Fipps’ 17 free throws made were a school record, breaking the previous mark of 15 set by Jackie Turpin against Cal Poly on Feb. 9, 2006. Fipps’ 20 attempts from the line were just off the school record of 22, currently held by Lisa Jo Kellogg against Chico State set on Feb. 15, 1991.
20-POINT VISION: Fipps’ 25 points at Pacific marked the junior’s first 20-point game of the season and the eighth of her career dating back to last year. Fipps’ seven, 20-point games as a sophomore were most by an Aggie since UC Davis made the transition to Division I when Jessica Campbell had nine, 20-point games in 2007-08.
BOUNCE BACK: After being held to just eight points in the season opener against USC, Fipps found a way to put points on the board against Pacific, continuing a trend of “bouncing back” that started last season. In the three games in which she was held to single digits as a sophomore in 2012-13, Fipps responded by averaging 16.7 ppg and shooting .475 from the field, including a high of 23 points at UC Riverside on Jan. 26, 2013.
THIS ISN’T CHARITY: We need those points. UC Davis has gotten off to a solid start from the line this season, shooting a combined 77 percent from the charity stripe in its first two contests. The Aggies hit 21-of-28 against USC and 27-of-34 against Pacific -- the team’s highest totals since hitting 27-of-35 in the 2012-13 season opener against Pepperdine on Nov. 9. The two performances have catapulted UC Davis to the top of the conference in the category in the early-going.
BRIANNA GOES BIG IN STOCKTON: After missing the majority of the 2012-13 season, junior Brianna Salvatore shook off the rust against USC in her debut and had herself quite a night against the Tigers in the Aggies’ last outing, going off for a career-high 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting while also setting career bests in assists (4), three-pointers made (3), and minutes (30), while tying her best in steals (3). Her scoring total was well past her previous high of eight, last accomplished at Oregon State on March 15, 2012, marking her first career double-digit scoring performance.
JOHNSON ON THE SPOT: Not to be outdone by her teammates, sophomore Heidi Johnson put on a scoring display of her own, coming off the bench to add 17 points and three rebounds in a career-high 21 minutes for the Aggies against the Tigers, hitting a career-best 6-of-9 from the floor for the contest. Her shooting touch was also in effect in Stockton, hitting a pair of three-pointers against the Tigers after making just three from long range all of last season.
POINT TAKEN: The 78 points scored at Pacific on Monday night were a season-high and the most for the Aggies since they poured in 79 in a 10-point win against Cal Poly on Feb. 9, 2013. It marked only the ninth time in the team’s last 32 games that UC Davis has topped the 70-point plateau.
DECADE OF DOMINANCE AT THE PAVILION: The Aggies have defended the home court well over the last 10 seasons, winning nearly two-third of their contests at The Pavilion to the tune of a combined 87-48 (.644) record dating back to 2003-04. In that span, UC Davis has suffered a losing home record only twice in 2008-09 (5-8) and 2012-13 (5-9) while posting double-digit win totals four times, including a high of 12 victories against only three defeats in the 2010-11 campaign.
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.
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 (New York) and Moraga and Santa Clara, in search of victories... YEEEEEAAAAHHH! 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.
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 3.5 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.