UC Davis Returns To Action With Causeway Rivalry

UC Davis travels over the Causeway to face Sacramento State on Saturday. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
UC Davis travels over the Causeway to face Sacramento State on Saturday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Dec. 12, 2008

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DAVIS, Calif. - The Causeway rivalry becomes front and center for the UC Davis women's basketball team on Saturday when the Aggies return from a break for final exams to face Sacramento State in a nonconference matchup at the Hornets' Nest at 2 p.m. in the second of a season-long five straight games away from The Pavilion.

Saturday's game can be heard on KDVS (90.3 FM) or through by clicking here.

UC Davis, 4-2 after beating Saint Mary's 85-69 at Moraga last Saturday, has won two of its first three games on the road this season. Sacramento State is 1-6 overall and on a four-game losing streak but has a pair of one-point losses in that time and has dropped the quartet of matchups by a total of 12 points.

The teams are meeting for the 48th time overall with the Hornets holding a 26-21 all-time advantage. The Aggies posted a 68-39 season-opening victory last year at The Pavilion giving them four wins over the past five meetings.

The game also offers 10 points toward the Causeway Cup, an all-sports competition between the institutions. UC Davis currently leads the race for this year's trophy 32.5-20.0 with the winner needing slightly more than 55 points to secure the championship each school has won twice.

A victory by UC Davis would also deliver head coach Sandy Simpson the 200th of his 12-year career. Simpson, 199-117 (.630) overall, is also within striking distance of becoming the program's all-time winningest coach. He trails only mentor Jorja Hoehn who had 205 wins during her nine seasons.

The Aggies will play three games over an eight-day span, embarking on a roadtrip to the midwest where they will face South Dakota State - a program receiving votes in this week's national polls - on Wednesday and at Creighton on Saturday. Creighton was a 21-game winner last season, advancing to the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

UC Davis is hoping to continue a recent trend which has seen it heat up from beyond the three-point arc. The Aggies shot just 23.2 percent from long distance in their first four games before making nearly 54 percent against No. 25 Arizona State on Dec. 3 and then canning a season-high 12 treys versus Saint Mary's three days later. They started just 1 of 7 from the three-point territory before draining six of their last eight to help overcome an early 15-point deficit for a three-point halftime lead.

Post Paige Mintun, who had a career-high 18 points against the Sun Devils and then tied that with 18 against the Gaels, leads UC Davis in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (6.3). Wing Haylee Donaghe, ranked 18th nationally in steals (3.4 pg), is also scoring in double-figures with an 11.8 average.

Atty Boyer (13.4) and Charday Hunt (11.6) pace the Hornets in scoring with Boyer (7.3) and Hunt (5.1) providing strong rebounding support as well. Erika Edwards leads the team with a rebounding average of 8.7 pg.