Event: Big West Conference Tournament
Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Northridge
Records: Aggies, 11-17 (7-9); Matadors, 7-22 (4-12)
Where: Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, Calif.
When: Today at 6 p.m.
Who to watch: Lauren Juric made the play of the game last time out against Northridge.
With the Aggies up 51-50 and only 20 seconds remaining in the game, the freshman from Grass Valley, Calif. grabbed an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw, drew a foul and hit both shots from the line to extend the lead in an eventual UC Davis win.
Juric had 10 boards in the contest. On Monday, she was selected as the Big West Freshman of the Year.
Did you know? Exactly two months separated the Aggies‘ and Matadors‘ first and second matchups of the season, but only a week will come between their second and third meetings.
Last Wednesday, UC Davis held off Northridge 53-50 to clinch the No. 5 seed in Big West Tournament. The Matadors picked up the eighth and final spot.
Preview: It is a new season for the Aggies, as only four games separate them from March Madness.
For now, UC Davis will take it one game at a time, as it will match up with Northridge in first-round action tonight in Anaheim.
The Aggies routed the Matadors 86-66 in the teams‘ first matchup of the season, giving coach Sandy Simpson his 200th win in 12 seasons at the helm of the UC Davis women’s program.
Sophomore Paige Mintun had a career-high 25 points while also contributing 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Juric, who scored 12 points, joined Mintun as two of the five Aggies that scored in double figures.
In the second meeting of the season, the Aggies escaped the Matadome with a narrow three-point margin of victory, giving Simpson his 206th victory, most in program history.
Mintun led all scorers with 18 points in the contest.
– Max Rosenblum