Aggies Finally Home to Host San Jose State

Junior Brianna Salvatore has hit nearly everything from the field thus far this season, shooting 77 percent (10-of-13) from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.
 
Junior Brianna Salvatore has hit nearly everything from the field thus far this season, shooting 77 percent (10-of-13) from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.
 

Nov. 24, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

THIS WEEK...
GAME 4: San Jose State at UC Davis
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.
The Pavilion
Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage:
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The Last Meeting
San Jose State60
UC Davis80
November 16, 2011
Davis, Calif.
Aggies Cruise to Third Straight Win
Behind four players in double digit points, the UC Davis women's basketball team cruised to an 80-60 victory over San Jose State in the Aggies' home opener on Wednesday at The Pavilion in Davis. UC Davis won its third straight game to improve to 3-0 while San Jose State drops to 0-2.

NOTE: Women's game is the first of a doubleheader with the UC Davis men's team, which hosts Sacramento State at 7 p.m. The UC Davis men's and women's basketball teams are partnering with the Yolo Food Bank for its annual canned food drive on Tuesday night. Fans who donate a canned or non-perishable food item will have the opportunity to purchase a $5 general admission ticket to Tuesday's doubleheader. For more information, please click here: Canned Food Drive Set for Nov. 26 Hoops Doubleheader.

TIP-OFF: In one of the rare appearances for the UC Davis women’s basketball team (0-3 overall), the Aggies finally come home for only their second home contest of the young season on Tuesday (Nov. 26), returning to The Pavilion for the first time in almost three weeks to host Bay Area rival San Jose State at 4:45 p.m. The match up is the first of a doubleheader with the UC Davis men’s team, which will later host Sacramento State at 7 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither San Jose State nor UC Davis are listed among the Top 25 as of Nov. 24.

LOOKING AHEAD: Tuesday’s contest will be the start of a busy week for the Aggies, who head to San Luis Obispo, Calif., for the 2013 Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly. After the Thanksgiving holiday, UC Davis will meet San Francisco on Friday (Nov. 29) before taking on Akron on Saturday (Nov. 30). Both games tip-off at 5 p.m.


 

 

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS: Take in as much as you can of the Aggies on Tuesday night... it’ll be the last you may see of them for a while. UC Davis’ contest with San Jose State will be its last until almost Christmas, embarking on a season-long six-game road trip beginning the day after Thanksgiving in San Luis Obispo. The six-game “roadie” is the Aggies’ longest since making the jump to Division I in 2007-08 and the longest since they played seven-straight away from home in 1994-95, posting a 6-1 record during that trip.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE SPARTANS: San Jose State enters the week with a 4-2 overall record after splitting its game last week with a win over San Francisco (98-79) and a loss to San Diego (88-60)... Tuesday’s game at UC Davis will be only the Spartans’ second road contest of the year, winning at Santa Clara in a shootout, 97-93, back on Nov. 12... a run-and-gun San Jose State squad is averaging 86.5 ppg and has four players averaging double figures: Ta’Rea Cunnigan (20.5 ppg), Rebecca Woodberry (14.8 ppg), Jasmine Smith (13.5 ppg), Classye James (12.0 ppg)... Cunnigan has reached double figures in all six games this season, including a high of 29 in a win over Santa Clara, while Smith has posted three-straight double-doubles (four overall)... the Spartans’ defense has allowed 87.8 ppg this season while opponents have shot 42 percent from the floor... Head Coach Jamie Craighead is in her first season at the helm after spending the previous four years as the head coach at Sacramento State.

THE SERIES: Tuesday’s contest will be the third time in the last four years that the two programs have met following a five-year hiatus despite the two schools being separated by just 105 miles (as Google Maps flies)... UC Davis leads the all-time series by an 8-5 count since the 1974-75 season, having won the last two meetings following four-straight losses... the last meeting resulted in an 80-60 victory for the Aggies at The Pavilion on Nov. 16, 2011, behind four players in double figures... UC Davis is 3-1 against the Spartans at home with the location of three games in the series unknown. 

STANDOUT HIGH SCHOOL QUINTET JOINS AGGIES: UC Davis head women’s basketball coach Jennifer Gross announced that five high school standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Aggies beginning with the 2014-15 season.

Among the group of recruits, three are California natives, one more hails from Oregon, and the final signee will join UC Davis from Canada. Morgan Bertsch (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa HS), Pele Gianotti (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg HS), Dani Nafekh (Oakville, Ontario, Canada/Oakville Trafalgar HS), Rachel Nagel (Cerritos, Calif./Whitney HS), and Lauren Seyranian (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont HS), will join the Aggies’ roster beginning next season.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the quality and character of the five student-athletes joining our Aggie family next season,” Gross said. “This is an extremely exciting class with talent, size, and versatility, that gives us depth at every position. Each individual provides a unique skill set on the court that will help our program compete as one of the top teams on the West Coast in the coming years.

“However, they also have a few things in common. In addition to being great people, who completely buy into the ‘team’ culture that we pride ourselves on here at UC Davis, they are tremendous students who are highly motivated to succeed both on and off the court.”

For more information on the Aggies’ signees, the complete release is available at http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/111913aac.html.

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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 Tuesday’s clash with San Jose 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. Log on to www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly event schedules or visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.

“HI, MOM!”: The Big West Conference announced Tuesday (Nov. 19) that the Aggies’ contest at Long Beach State on Feb. 20 will be one of three women’s regular season games to be broadcast live on ESPN3 thanks to the league’s new partnership with the network. In addition to the Jan. 18 game featuring UC Riverside and Hawaii and the Feb. 22 contest between Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, six of the women’s conference tournament games will be carried on ESPN3 leading up to the championship game, which will be shown on FOX Prime Ticket. For a complete schedule, visit the Big West Conference’s website at http://www.bigwest.org//story.asp?story_id=17352.

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 team-high 14 points and the visiting Aggies held host and No. 3-ranked Stanford to its second-lowest field goal percentage of the season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a double-double by the Cardinal’s Chiney Ogwumike in a 66-48 Stanford win at Maples Pavilion. Junior Kelsey Harris added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds while the defense held high-scoring guard Amber Orrange, who entered the day averaging better than 20 points per game, to just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Sophomore Molly Greubel and Fipps had the Aggies tied at six and, following an 11-0 run by the Cardinal, UC Davis climbed back to within seven following baskets by Brianna Salvatore and Fipps and trailed by the same number with just over 10 minutes to play. However, a 6-0 run by Stanford to close out the first half grew to 13-3 burst in the early part of the second half allowed the Cardinal to pull away.

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 22-16 against the current Mountain West Conference alignment, having faced six of the league’s 11 teams... the Aggies have won two straight against the Mountain West (both against San Jose State) dating back to a two-point, 58-56, loss against Boise State in 2006-07... UC Davis holds winning records against league members Air Force (3-1), Nevada (8-1), and San Jose State (8-5), while trailing in the series with Boise State (1-2), Fresno State (1-5), and San Diego State (1-2).

CAN’T MISS: Apparently a year off did junior Brianna Salvatore some good, as the Villa Park, Calif., native has shown off some scintillating shooting to start the season. Salvatore, who shot a career-best 33 percent (38-for-114) from the floor as a sophomore in 2011-12, has opened her junior campaign by hitting 10 of her first 13 from the field (including 5-of-6 from three-point range) and leads the Big West Conference with a .769 field goal percentage thus far. 

McGUIRE ON THE BOARD: Freshman Taylor McGuire became the first Aggie newcomer to collect her first career points this season, draining a three-pointer late Sunday afternoon the UC Davis’ contest at No. 3 Stanford. McGuire, a four-year letterwinner from Buena HS in Ventura, Calif., was a two-time All-Channel League first-teamer who averaged 16.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg as a junior.

JOHNSON ON THE SPOT: And that spot has been from long distance. After just three makes in 28 games from beyond the arc as a freshman, Heidi Johnson has already sunk four from long range this season and is second only to teammate Brianna Salvatore in three-point percentage (.444 to Salvatore’s .833) this season. Johnson came off the bench to have a career game at Pacific, scoring 17 points in 21 minutes against the Tigers on 6-of-9 from the floor.

THREEEEEE-CO-LA: If there’s one thing that the Aggies haven’t been shy about is hoisting up the three-pointer this season. UC Davis ranks second in the Big West Conference with 22.3 attempts per game as well as second in the league with 6.3 makes per contest.

CAN WE START OVER?: UC Davis’ 0-3 start to tip-off the 2013-14 season is its worst since the Aggies opened the 2006-07 campaign with three-straight losses in its final reclassifying year prior to making the jump to the Division I level. The good news? UC Davis followed that up with a dominating 34-point win to snap its skid in game four, avoiding its first 0-4 start since the 1987-88 squad opened the year 0-5.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: After scouring the record books it was uncovered that Fipps’ 17 free throws made at Pacific on Nov. 11 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 on Nov. 11 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.

POINT TAKEN: The 78 points scored at Pacific on Nov. 11 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 33 games that UC Davis has topped the 70-point plateau.

RECYCLED NOTES
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... 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.

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.