Quick Turnaround has Aggies Headed to San Luis Obispo

Sophomore Lauren Beyer tallied her first career double-digit scoring performance with 10 points on perfect 5-of-5 from the floor against San Jose State on Tuesday.

Nov. 27, 2013

UC Davis at Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly
Nov. 29-30, 2013
Mott Athletics Center
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

GAME 5: UC Davis vs. San Francisco
Nov. 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
Game Coverage:
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GAME 6: UC Davis vs. Akron
Nov. 30, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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The Last Meeting
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San Francisco72
November 14, 2012
San Francisco, Calif.
Fipps Hits 26 to Lead UC Davis in Loss to Dons
Sydnee Fipps knocked down a career-high 26 points and collected five steals, but the UC Davis women's basketball team dropped a 72-65 decision to San Francisco on Wednesday at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. Fipps' 26 points is the highest scoring output for UC Davis since Jessica Campbell scored 29 points at San Francisco on Dec. 20, 2007.

TIP-OFF: Fresh off its first victory of the 2013-14 campaign, the UC Davis women’s basketball team (1-3 overall) packs its bags for the first of six-straight games away from the friendly confines of The Pavilion beginning this weekend, competing as one of four teams at the Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly on Friday (Nov. 29) and Saturday (Nov. 30) at the Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Aggies open against San Francisco on Friday before taking on Akron on Saturday, with both contests tipping-off at 5 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither San Francisco, Akron, nor UC Davis are listed among the Top 25 entering the week.

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Hopefully you were able to catch a glimpse of the UC Davis women’s basketball team during its win over San Jose State on Tuesday night, as the Aggies embark on their longest stretch of road games in almost two decades beginning this weekend in San Luis Obispo. The six-game “roadie” is the longest for UC Davis since making the jump to Division I in 2007-08 and the program’s longest since they played seven-straight away from home in 1994-95, posting a 6-1 record during that trip. The Aggies will not play in front of the hometown faithful again until Dec. 21, when they host Houston Baptist at 12 p.m., to open a five-game homestand (its longest of the season).

A LOOK BACK -- SAN JOSE STATE: A 24-0 run covering parts of each half helped the UC Davis women’s basketball team pull away from San Jose State on Tuesday as the Aggies posted a 95-61 non-conference victory on Hamilton Court at The Pavilion. A 14-0 run over a six-minute span late in the first half broke open, what was to that point, a two-point contest, but it was a larger burst of 24 consecutive points over the two periods that pushed the game out of reach. UC Davis opened the second half with 17 unanswered points and led by as many as 42 points in the contest. Junior Kelsey Harris led all players with a game- and career-high 17 points, pacing three teammates in double figures. Sophomore Alyson Doherty added 13 points and 10 rebounds while junior Sydnee Fipps (14) and sophomore Lauren Beyer (10) also finished in double figures. 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE DONS: San Francisco enters the tournament with a 1-3 overall record and has lost its last two dating back to an, 83-69, win on the road at Columbia... the Dons are 0-1 against the Big West Conference this season, falling in double overtime to Long Beach State on Nov. 17 by an 85-82 score... San Francisco features four players averaging double figures through four games thus far, led by junior guard Taj Winston’s 15.8 ppg... Rachel Howard (13.8 ppg), Zhane Dikes (12.8 ppg), and Jamie Katuna (12.0 ppg) are also in double figures... sophomore forward Taylor Proctor is averaging a team-best 7.5 rpg to go with her 7.3 ppg... the Dons’ offense is averaging a potent 77.5 ppg through four games, but the defense is surrendering an average of 83.0 ppg over that same span.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE ZIPS: Akron enters the tournament with a 3-2 overall record and is coming off a 72-56 win at Canisius on Nov. 22... the Zips are in the midst of a five-game road trip that concludes this weekend in San Luis Obispo and they will face host Cal Poly in the second game of the tournament on Friday... Akron’s offense runs through the senior tandem of forward Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh, who have combined to average 54.4 of the team’s 89.6 ppg through five contests this season... Tecca leads the duo, averaging a double-double of 28.2 ppg and 10.2 rpg, while shooting .576 from the field and notching a pair of 30-point games already this season... Luburgh, who also has a pair of 30-point outings this season, is averaging a robust 26.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg while shooting at a 48 percent clip from the floor... senior guard Kacie Cassell, who is averaging just 2.6 ppg, leads the team with eight assists per contest.

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 34-42 against the current alignment of the West Coast Conference and has faced seven of the 10 teams in the current alignment... UC Davis is 1-3 against Pepperdine, 5-5 against San Francisco, 10-10 against Saint Mary’s, 11-13 against newcomer Pacific, 8-9 against Santa Clara, 0-2 against Portland, and 0-3 against Gonzaga... Akron will be the first Mid-American Conference opponent for the Aggies in the history of the program.

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 both of this weekend’s contests from San Luis Obispo 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.

“HELLO, MY NAME IS...”: When the Aggies and the Zips meet on Saturday in San Luis Obispo, it will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs an one of five first-time opponents for UC Davis this season. Other newcomers to the Aggies’ all-time ledger this season include Connecticut (Dec. 5), Hofstra (Dec. 7), Houston Baptist (Dec. 21), and Simpson University (Jan. 2).

BOMBS AWAY: Junior Kelsey Harris was locked in from beyond the arc Tuesday night, draining five three-pointers and finishing with a UC Davis career-high of 17 points in the Aggies’ win over San Jose State. The five trey’s were just shy of the school record of seven shared by Lindsey Jones (vs. Cal Poly on Jan. 11, 2007) and Karen Boisvert (set and tied four times, the last coming in 1991).

CAN’T MISS: Junior Brianna Salvatore continues to hold the hot hand to start the 2013-14 season, finishing 3-for-3 overall from the floor and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc in Tuesday night’s win over San Jose State. 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 13 of her first 16 from the field (including 7-of-8 from three-point range) and entered the week leading the Big West Conference with a .769 field goal percentage. 

POINTS... PARTY OF TWO: Sophomore Lauren Beyer and freshman Brianne Yasukochi each scored their first points of the season in Tuesday’s win over San Jose State, coming off the sidelines to combine for 15 of the team’s 39 bench points against the Spartans.

THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR: The last time UC Davis opened a season with an 0-3 mark, the Aggies erupted for a 34-point win over San Francisco State in 2006-07 at home to put an end to that nonsense. Fast forward seven years and UC Davis did it again Tuesday night, ending an 0-3 start to the 2013-14 campaign with a 34-point win over another Bay Area rival in San Jose State at The Pavilion.

POINTS TAKEN: The 95 points scored against San Jose State on Tuesday night were a season high and the most since the Aggies finished off a 102-62 win over the Spartans on Dec. 21, 2010. Tuesday night marked only the 10th time in the team’s last 34 games that UC Davis has topped the 70-point plateau.

FIPPS-ING OUT: After being held to single digits in the opener, junior forward Sydnee Fipps has found a groove offensively over the Aggies’ last three contests, reaching double figures in all three games whlie averaging 17.7 ppg, shooting 40 percent (14-for-35) from the floor, and 80 percent (24-for-30) from the line.

THAT’S WHAT ALYSON DOHERTY’S ALL ABOUT: Sophomore Alyson Doherty came up huge against the Spartans in Tuesday night, tallying her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with a career high-tying three blocks in just 18 minutes as part of the Aggies’ 34-point win. The 13 points were just three shy of her career best set against Cal State Fullerton while the 10 boards were one back of her best of 11 set against Santa Clara last season.

WINDEX WOMEN: Tuesday night’s 51 rebounds against San Jose State were a season high and the most since the Aggies finished with 55 boards against Santa Clara on Dec. 16, 2012.

SHAKING OFF THE RUST: Having played in a grand total of 26 minutes in her career entering Tuesday night after suffering a devestating injury during her freshman year in 2011-12, sophomore Lauren Beyer shook off the rust to put forward her best game as a collegian on Tuesday night against San Jose State, finishing with a career-high 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field to go with three rebounds in 13 minutes.

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 88-48 (.647) 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.

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.

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.