Dec. 9, 2011
Game 9: UC Davis (6-2) at Saint Mary's (5-4)
Saturday, Dec. 10 - 5 p.m.
Moraga, Calif. (McKeon Pavilion)
Radio: KDVS 90.3 FM
UC Davis returns to action after a week's break for final exams and travel to Moraga to face Saint Mary's on Saturday.
The short trip to Saint Mary's kicks off a four-game road trip for UC Davis who are currently in the midst of playing 6-of-7 away from Davis.
The Aggies are coming off of a Dec. 4 68-57 win over Sacramento State where freshman Sydnee Fipps scored a career-high 13 points in 14 minutes and shot 5-of-7 from the floor.
Saint Mary's fell to Cal on Thursday by a score of 65-55... Three Gael players finished with double-digit scoring efforts.
UC Davis has defeated Saint Mary's in each of the last four straight meetings, including a 71-62 victory in Davis last year.
The Dec. 4 victory over Sacramento State at The Pavilion marked the sixth straight win at home in a streak that dates back to Mar. 8, 2011... The Aggies are undefeated at home so far in the 2011-12 season.
UC Davis owns a 10-8 series advantage since the two teams first met in the 19787-79 season.
The Aggies and the Gaels played each other every year from 1978-90, then took a break until the 2004-05 season when the series resumed.
UC Davis has won the last four straight meetings with two of those wins coming by a double-digit margin.
Last season, the Aggies overcame an early 11-0 deficit with a 24-12 run to take a lead they would not give up en route to a 71-62 win at The Pavilion.
Jennifer Gross was named UC Davis' head coach on Oct. 8, 2010 after Sandy Simpson announced his retirement after 14 seasons... Gross was a Kodak All-American honorable mention point guard for the Aggies during her senior season in 1997-98... Prior to her appointment as head coach, she was an assistant at San Diego State before returning to her alma mater in 2004.
Paul Thomas is in his sixth season with Saint Mary's and took the Gaels to their second-straight postseason appearance in 2010-11... Last year Saint Mary's notched a 19-win season and advanced to the West Coast Conference tournament championship game, its first since the 2000-01 season... In 2009-10, Thomas led the Gaels to 21 wins, the most since the 2000-01 season, a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference and an appearance in the WNIT.
SAINT MARY'S SCOUTING REPORT
Despite three players in double figures, Saint Mary's dropped a 65-55 decision to Cal on Thursday.
Jasmine Smith leads the team with 14.6 points per game while Jackie Nared is averaging 12.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Saint Mary's owns the best free throw percentage in the West Coast Conference at .757, but are averaging 22.8 assists per game which is the worst in the league.
The Gaels were picked to finish fifth in the WCC and Smith was named to the Preseason All-WCC Team after averaging 16.9 points per game last season.
Sunday's contest will air on KDVS 90.3 FM with Ben Taylor and Steve Vote on the call beginning at 4:45 p.m.... The broadcast will also be simulcast on ucdavisaggies.com via Game Central by Stretch Internet as well as kdvs.org.
Live stats will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
A live video stream of the Saint Mary's-UC Davis game is available for a $7.95 monthly subscription fee... Visit www.smcgaels.com for more details.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
The university is referred to as either UC Davis or University of California, Davis.
Incorrect references include California-Davis, Cal-Davis, U.C. Davis, and UC-Davis... UCD is acceptable, although UC Davis is always preferred... Safe to say, there are no periods or hyphens anywhere in the name.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Sydnee Fipps scored a career-high 13 points in 14 minutes, hitting 3-of-4 three pointers in the second half to lead the Aggies to a 68-57 win over Sacramento State on Dec. 4 at The Pavilion.
UC Davis opened up a 15-2 lead in the first half, holding Sacramento State scoreless for over five minutes until the Hornets scored at the 13:06 mark.
The Hornets used a fast-paced full court defense to force the Aggies into turnovers and mounted a small rally, tying the game at 44 points with 8:49 left in the game.
Fipps regained the lead for UC Davis with her sharp shooting and pushed the Aggies into a double digit lead with under five minutes to play.
AGGIES MOVE TO #16 IN COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
With losses to Santa Clara and No. 5 Stanford, UC Davis dropped three spots in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25 poll and are now ranked 16th.
UC Davis is the only Big West team ranked in the poll, however.
Other UC Davis opponents featured in the poll include No. 20 Denver as well as Santa Clara and Seattle, which are receiving votes.
Last season, UC Davis was ranked as high as No. 8 and were a mainstay in the rankings throughout 2010-11... The Aggies were also consistently the highest-ranked Big West team throughout all of last year.
Freshman Lauren Beyer is out for the season with a knee injury.
UC Davis has had some players step up big behind the three-point line in recent games.
Most recently, freshman Sydnee Fipps hit 5-of-7 from the field, including three treys in the second half alone to help steer the Aggies to a double-digit win over Sacramento State on Dec. 4.
Fipps is the Big West's top three point shooter at .556 (10-of-18).
Prior to that, Hannah Stephens had a career night against No. 5 Stanford on Nov. 30, scoring 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting... The 19 points were a career-high and the largest scoring output by an Aggie this season.
In the Nov. 28 loss to Santa Clara, UC Davis posted its best shooting night of the year, making 29 field goals and shooting .468 from the field, season-bests in both categories... The Aggies also shot .444 from three-point land, another season-best mark.
UC Davis owns the third-best three-point field goal percentage in the Big West and are shooting .333 from beyond the arc... The Aggies are also shooting 72 percent from the free throw line, ranking them second in the Big West.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
UC Davis is in the midst of playing six-of-seven games on the road, beginning with the Nov. 28 matchup at Santa Clara.
Sunday's win at The Pavilion over Sacramento State is the lone home game for UC Davis during the stand, who will play the next four straight away from Davis.
After Saturday's game against Saint Mary's, the Aggies travel to Honolulu to compete in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout Dec. 18-20.
The Aggies' next home game is the Big West Conference opener on Dec. 31 against Cal State Fullerton.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
UC Davis' win over Sacramento State at The Pavilion on Dec. 4 kept the Aggies undefeated in Davis during the 2011-12 season.
The win also marked the sixth straight at The Pavilion, dating back to Mar. 8, 2011.
The Aggies saw a 13-game winning streak end on Dec. 31, 2010 at the hands of Cal State Fullerton... The run began on Jan. 7, 2010 with a 54-49 win against UC Santa Barbara and was tied for the 15th-longest active streak in Div. 1.
UC DAVIS IN THE NATIONAL SCENE
UC Davis is ranked with some of the nation's best in several categories in games through Sunday, Dec. 4.
The Aggies rank No. 7 in the country in three-point field goals per game with 8.8... The team ranks 47th in steals per game with its 11.8 average... With only 14.8 turnovers per game, UC Davis is 35th nationally.
1,000 POINT WATCH: Kasey Riecks
Senior Kasey Riecks scored a team-high 14 points against Sacramento State on Dec. 4.
Riecks entered the 2011-12 season with 825 career points and would become the 15th Aggie women's basketball player to reach the milestone.
She is currently at 897 career points.
CAREER WATCH LIST: Hana Asano
Senior guard Hana Asano officially moved into the all-time career list for steals in the UC Davis record books.
She now has 169 career steals and is eighth all-time.
Asano passed Paige Mintun's 159 career steals for eighth place on Wednesday... In seventh is Jackie Turpin (2002-06) who finished her career with 201 steals.
Asano is also in place to join the career leaders for assists... She currently has 229 and needs only 22 more to take sole possession of tenth-place on the all-time list.
Season and single-game tickets are on sale now through the UC Davis Ticket Office.
General admission season ticket packages begin at just $60 while general admission single-game tickets are $8.
Visit www.ucdavisaggies.com or call (530) 752-1915 for all ticket information.
COMING UP NEXT
UC Davis makes its longest trip of the season when it heads to Honolulu to participate in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout Dec. 18-20.
UC Davis will play Denver, Portland State and host Hawai'i during the tournament.
The Aggies open Big West play on Dec. 31 by hosting Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. at The Pavilion.