Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific
Records: Aggies, 9-16 (5-9); Tigers, 14-12 (8-6)
Where: The Pavilion
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: When Genevieve Costello takes the floor at the Pavilion Saturday night, she’ll be doing so for the final time.
The Aggies‘ lone senior, Costello will partake in the Senior Day festivities prior to the opening tip against Pacific. The Spring Valley, Calif. native is averaging 7.1 points per game and ranks second on the team with 54 assists.
Did you know? The Tigers are an impressive 12-2 inside the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center. They haven’t been as dominating on the road.
Pacific lost its first six games of the season away from home and has dropped 10 of its 12 road games. The Tigers won their last road game at UC Irvine on Feb. 14 by the score of 48-44.
Preview: Since UC Davis moved to Division I and started playing a Big West Conference schedule during the 2004-2005 season, Pacific has not left the Pavilion with a win in four chances.
The Aggies hope to continue that trend Saturday night.
Pacific beat UC Davis when the two teams matched up on Jan. 31, 63-60. The Aggies played even with the Tigers for most of the game, entering halftime trailing by only a point.
The second period of play saw much of the same, as UC Davis was able to take a lead with 8:40 remaining. Pacific then scored two baskets in a matter of 35 seconds to take the advantage – one it would not relinquish.
The Aggies did have the ball down by three points with 11 seconds left but failed to get off a final shot.
Sophomore Paige Mintun led the way for UC Davis, leading the team in points (17) and rebounds (six). Freshman Kasey Riecks added 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
– Max Rosenblum