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Friday, March 1, 2024

Women’s Basketball preview

Teams: UC Davis at Southern Utah

Records: Aggies, 0-0; Thunderbirds, 0-0

Where: Centrum Arena – Cedar City, Utah

When: Today at 6 p.m.

Who to watch: Having scored in double figures in the Aggies’ two exhibition games this season, junior Haylee Donaghe looks to continue building on her success from last year.

The Atascadero, Calif. native was named to the All-Big West Conference team in 2007. She led UC Davis with 85 steals and was second on the squad, averaging 12.3 points per game while starting all 31 games.

Did you know? The Aggies scored a combined 205 points in their two exhibition games. They outrebounded their opponents 95-50 over that stretch.

Preview: The preseason is over for UC Davis and the regular season will be in full swing starting tonight.

The Aggies open up their season with two road contests. The first of those away games has UC Davis matched up against Southern Utah, a team that split their two exhibition games.

The Thunderbirds will have their work cut out for themselves, as the Aggies are coming off a successful preseason showing.

“I thought the exhibitions went very well in terms of what you’re trying to get out of exhibitions, which is to learn more about your team,” head coach Sandy Simpson said.

Now that the Aggies are better acquainted with each other, they will begin the season looking to build upon their impressive second-place finish in the Big West last season, which earned them an invitation to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Aggies will look much different this season, as the team has lost five players due to graduation.

The UC Davis roster, however, is loaded with young talent. The squad has seven freshmen, including Lauren Juric and Vicky Deely.


Max Rosenblum


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