Road Swing Ends With Mid-Week Clash at Santa Clara

Junior forward Sydnee Fipps needs just 188 more points this season to reach 1,000 for her career.
 
Junior forward Sydnee Fipps needs just 188 more points this season to reach 1,000 for her career.
 

Dec. 17, 2013

THIS WEEK...
UC Davis (2-7) at Santa Clara (3-6)
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Leavey Center
Santa Clara, Calif.
Game Coverage:
Live Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video

The Last Meeting
Santa Clara59
UC Davis70
December 16, 2012
Davis, Calif.
Aggies Hold Off Broncos in 70-59 Victory
Sydnee Fipps scored 19 points to lead all scorers, Alyson Doherty grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as the UC Davis women's basketball team held off a late Santa Clara rally to claim a 70-59 victory on Sunday at The Pavilion in Davis. Doherty's 11 rebounds marked the first double-digit rebounding effort for any Aggie this season as she also finished with a career-high eight points.

TIP-OFF: The longest road trip in almost two decades for the UC Davis women’s basketball team finally comes to an end on Wednesday night (Dec. 18), as the Aggies (2-7 overall) head to Santa Clara for a clash with the Broncos (3-6) at the Leavey Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither Santa Clara nor UC Davis are ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today top 25 polls.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis Athletics by “liking” us on Facebook (facebook.com/UCDavisAggies) and following us on Twitter (@UCDavisAggies). You can also “like” the women’s basketball program on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/UCDavisWomensBasketball as well as follow them on Twitter (@UCDavisWBB) and Instagram (instagram.com/ucdaviswomensbasketball). Game Day in-game updates are also available on Twitter by following us @UCDavisInGame.

“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, live Internet audio will be available for Wednesday’s contest in Santa Clara, Calif., 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 year, 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 schedules or visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.

BIG WEST PARTNERSHIP FEATURES AGGIES: The Big West Conference announced on 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.

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.

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: The Aggies are in the midst of their longest stretch of road games in almost two decades beginning with their trip to the Holiday Beach Classic in San Luis Obispo on Thanksgiving Day weekend. 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 QUICK LOOK AT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the week with a 3-6 overall record, snapping a two-game losing skid with a, 64-61, victory at Utah Valley on Dec. 14... the Broncos are 1-2 against Big West Conference schools this season, falling to UC Riverside (90-80) in overtime and UC Santa Barbara (67-62), while defeating Cal State Northridge (66-61)... Wednesday will mark Santa Clara’s first home game since Nov. 23, competing its last four on the road... junior Nici Gilday paces the offense at 13.0 ppg to go with 4.0 rpg while leading the team with 17 steals... freshman forward Jo Paine is also averaging double figures, putting up 10.0 ppg and shooting .478 from the field... sophomore center Vanessa Leo leads the team at 7.1 rpg to go with 8.7 ppg and a .484 shooting percentage... the Broncos are averaging 66.6 ppg and shooting .409 from the field while allowing 72.1 ppg and .380 shooting from the floor.

THE SERIES: Santa Clara leads the all-time series with UC Davis by a, 9-8, count dating back to the 1971-72 season, but the Aggies have emerged victorious in four of the last five meetings, including a, 70-59, victory at The Pavilion last season... UC Davis is just 2-6 against the Broncos in Santa Clara (with the location of two games unknown), last posting a win by the score of 74-56 during the 2009-10 season... the Aggies have reached 70 points against the Broncos in each of the last four meetings after not having done so since the inaugural meeting in 1971-72 in an 81-13 win). 

CONFERENCE CALL: UC Davis is a combined 36-46 against the current alignment of the West Coast Conference, including 12-12 against former Big West rival Pacific... the Aggies have faced seven of the 10 teams currently in the conference, having met every team save for BYU, Loyola Marymount, and San Diego... UC Davis is 1-3 against Pepperdine, 5-6 against San Francisco, 10-11 against Saint Mary’s, 8-9 against Santa Clara, 0-2 against Portland, and 0-3 against Gonzaga... the Aggies are 0-3 against the WCC this season, having fallen to Pacific (86-78), San Francisco (69-67), and Saint Mary’s (88-71)... UC Davis has lost five-straight (and nine of their last 11) against the WCC dating back to a, 70-59, win over Santa Clara last season.

MILLENNIUM WATCH: UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps is rapidly closing in on a significant milestone with a standout junior season, needing just 188 points to become only the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 career points. With her 144 points this season, the forward enters the week with 812 to her name following a UC Davis sophomore-record 512 points in 2012-13 and would be the first Aggie to reach 1,000 career points since Kasey Riecks (1,071) in 2011-12. If she holds true to her current scoring average (16.0 ppg), Fipps could cover the remaining points and reach the millennium mark as soon as Feb. 6 at Cal State Northridge, and inch closer to Kendall Greene (1992-96), who ranks No. 15 on the all-time scoring list with 1,027.

BUMPS AND BRUISES: UC Davis’ “efficient” roster took a serious hit on Sunday at Saint Mary’s, taking the floor without sophomore starters Alyson Doherty (illness) and Celia Marfone (leg injury), who are both listed as “game-to-game” heading into the week. For Marfone, who appeared in all 30 games for UC Davis last season, it was the first missed game of her career while Doherty did not appear in a contest for only the second time in her brief collegiate career after playing in 29 of the Aggies’ 30 contests in 2012-13.

20-20(-20) VISION: Fipps reached the 20-point plateau for the third time this season (and the 10th time in her career), scoring 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half on Dec. 15 at Saint Mary’s. Held to just three points on 1-of-6 from the field in the first half, Fipps went off against the Gaels after the break, hitting 7-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line in 12 minutes. The junior, who also reached 20 points at Pacific (25) and against Akron (22), enters the week ranked fifth in the Big West Conference in scoring, raising her team-best scoring average to 16.0 ppg after her performance in Moraga.

BOUNCING BACK BIG: For only the second time in nine games this season, Fipps was held to single-digits in the Aggies’ game at Hofstra on Dec. 7, spelling certain doom for Saint Mary’s defenders as the junior rebounded for 23 points against the Gaels on Sunday. In her two single-digit scoring games this season, Fipps has averaged just 8.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg while shooting just 23 percent (6-for-26) from the field. However, in the two games following those contests, Fipps is averaging 24.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg combined while hitting 41 percent of her shots (12-for-29) and 88 percent (22-for-25) from the line. It’s a trend that dates back to her sophomore season in 2012-13, when she averaged 16.7 ppg and shot .475 from the floor in three “bounce back” games, and has averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and shot .449 (31-for-69) from the floor combined in such contests over the last two years.

GREUBEL GETS AFTER IT: Missing two starters at Saint Mary’s, sophomore guard Molly Greubel answered the call to fill the void, exploding for a season-high 17 points to go with four assists and four steals in 29 minutes against the Gaels. Greubel hit 5-of-10 from the floor -- including a trio of three-pointers -- and hit 4-of-5 from the line en route to her total, which eclipsed her previous season best of 10 set in the season-opener against USC and fell just one shy of her career-high 18 points accomplished at Pacific on Jan. 5 of last season. Her four assists tied a season best while her steals, field goals made, and three-pointers made, also set season standards, with the latter a new career-best mark.

BEYER BEWARE: The Aggies may have found themselves another rebounder after sophomore Lauren Beyer had a career day on the glass at Saint Mary’s. Beyer, coming off the bench to also hit 2-of-3 from the floor, crashed the boards to the tune of a career-best six rebounds -- matching her total from her previous five games combined and doubling-up her pervious career best of three set against San Jose State earlier this season.

MINUTES FOR EVERYBODY!: With an “efficient” roster of just 11 players, the Aggies have seen every member of the squad play at least one minute in six of the team’s nine contests this season and features six players averaging better than 22 minutes per game.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Although the sample size is small, the statistics show that the Aggies, clearly, cannot wait until they return home on Dec. 21 against Houston Baptist for only their third home game of the season. UC Davis is averaging 75.0 ppg and shooting .419 from the floor in its two home contests this season compared to just 61.3 ppg and .369 (145-for-393) from the field in seven games away from The Pavilion.

MISS CONSISTENT: Not only has Fipps been one of the Aggies most consistent scorers this season, the junior from Mariposa, Calif., has been one of the team’s top rebounders, grabbing exactly six rebounds in six of the team’s nine contests and standing just behind teammate Alyson Doherty (5.6 rpg) for the team lead with 5.2 rpg this season.

BALANCE ON THE BOARDS: Through nine games this season, the Aggies have had six players lead them in rebounding with Kelsey Harris, Sydnee Fipps, and Celia Marfone (twice each), the only “repeats” on the list, while senior Idit Oryon joining the club with her career-high seven rebounds at Saint Mary’s on Sunday. Eight different players have grabbed at least 20 rebounds this season with four of those players are averaging better than four rebounds per contest.

BLOCK PARTY: Doherty added two more blocks to her resume during the Aggies trip to the East Coast to give her 10 for the season -- one of just four players in the Big West to tally double digits in that category entering the week and ranking third in the league with 1.25 blocks per game. Her 37 career blocks stand just 19 back of Sarah Allen, who swatted 56 shots from 1998-03, for 10th on the school’s all-time list.

SALVATOR-THREE!: Junior forward Brianna Salvatore is the Big West’s top sharpshooter from three-point range entering this week’s contests, hitting 10-of-18 from long distance to pace the league with a .556 three-point percentage. Half of her 20 makes this season have come from beyond the arc as she leads all Aggie regulars in three-point shooting and stands second with a .488 field goal percentage overall (Alyson Doherty - .516).

BOMBS AWAY: Junior Kelsey Harris got back in the groove from beyond the arc on Sunday at Saint Mary’s, hitting 3-of-4 from long range to keep her among the Big West’s top threats from three-point land entering the week. Harris leads the conference with 2.78 three-pointers made per game and 25 makes from beyond the arc overall. Harris, who has made all but four of her baskets from long range this season, also ranks ninth in the league in three-point percentage (.385).

SWIPER, NO SWIPING: Stealing is bad, but try telling that to junior Brianna Salvatore, who has, clearly, been good at it this season. The Villa Park, Calif., native leads the team with 16 steals -- just five shy of UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain for the league lead entering the week -- and stands tied for seventh in the conference with 1.78 steals per game. Salvatore has at least one steal in each of the last four contests, and seven of nine overall, including a career-high tying four swipes against Akron on Nov. 30.

DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): The 58 points allowed in the Aggies’ 13-point win over Akron were the fewest scored by an opponent this season and the lowest point total for a UC Davis opponent since the Aggies held UC Irvine to just 43 points in a 47-43 victory on Feb. 28, 2013.

POINTS TAKEN: The 95 points scored against San Jose State on Nov. 26 were a season high and the most since the Aggies finished off a 102-62 win over the Spartans on Dec. 21, 2010. With its 71 points against Akron on Nov. 30, UC Davis reached the 70-point plateau for only the 11th time in the team’s last 38 games.