March 3, 2006
DAVIS, CA - Information Courtesy UC Davis Media Relations
UC Davis rallied from 13 points down with less than five minutes to play on Thursday night to within one point with 17 seconds left, but Cal State Fullerton was able to hold off the late-charging Aggies for a 71-66 nonconference women's basketball win before 612 fans at The Pavilion.
UC Davis, which was led by a career-high 27 points from senior point guard Jackie Turpin, fell to 16-11 with the season finale against UC Riverside remaining on Saturday. She had 21 in the second half. Cal State Fullerton was led by 21 points from center Amber Pruitt and 16 points and 11 rebounds from forward Toni Thomas, improving to 11-16.
The Aggies, who played without starting post Lara Gray due to injury, were just 2 of 22 from beyond the three-point arc.
UC Davis trailed by 14 points at halftime and by 16 points early in the second half before rallying to cut the Titans' lead to just 46-43 midway through the second half. Cal State Fullerton rebuilt the lead to 62-49 with with 4:42 left but the Aggies made a final charge, cutting the deficit to single digits at 62-53 with 3:49 to go on a basket by Porshneva and later to 66-63 with 43 seconds left on another Porshneva basket.
Turpin's layup with 17 seconds to play brought UC Davis to within a point at 67-66 and, after a pair of free throws from the Titans' India McDaniel, the Aggies had a chance to tie the game with six seconds to go. However, Kimberly Smith's three-pointer from the top of the key hit high off the back of the rim and went out of play.
Cal State Fullerton hit all four of its free throw attempts in the final 16 seconds to help it record the win.
The Aggies led just twice in the game, both of them coming in the first couple of minutes, before the Titans capitalized on an eight-minute scoring drought by UC Davis for a 16-0 scoring run and a 19-4 lead with 11:30 left in the half. The Aggies trailed by double-digits the rest of the half, going into halftime with a 36-22 deficit.
"We made adjustments defensively, we settled down, I thought we rebounded generally pretty well but you've got to make shots," said UC Davis coach Sandy Simpson.
The Aggies made just 8 of 25 shots (32 percent) in the first half and finished the game making 40 percent. But a season-low tying two three-pointers - one each from Campbell and Heather Bates - frustrated UC Davis in its attempt to stay close to the Titans.
Turpin scored 21 points after halftime, making 9 of 13 shots overall. She broke her previous best of 22 points, which she tallied against Cal State Northridge last season. She had eight rebounds and a steal against Cal State Fullerton.
Campbell finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Porshneva grabbed 10 boards, blocked two shots and had three steals.
Pruitt hit a trio of three-pointers on her way to 21 points, also recording eight rebounds. Thomas had five offensive boards as part of her game-high 11 while Charlee Underwood finished with 12 points.
Guard Audrey Taylor dished out nine assists.
UC Davis, which is 11-4 against Big West Conference competition this season, will finish its 2005-06 campaign on Saturday against UC Riverside. The Highlanders enter the game with a five-game winning streak.