Teams: UC Davis at UC Riverside; at Cal State Fullerton
Records: Aggies 6-9 (1-1); Highlanders 4-11 (0-2); Titans 5-9 (1-0)
Where: UC Riverside Student Recreation Center — Riverside, Calif.; Titan Gym — Fullerton, Calif.
When: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.
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The UC Davis women’s basketball team will head to Southern California the end of this week for a multi-game road trip, taking on UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
After a down-to-the-wire win against Long Beach State on Jan. 11, the Aggies evened up their conference record at 1-1 and hope for continued success this week. Returning from the road trip with two more wins would put them in good position atop the Big West Conference.
Especially hot from beyond the three-point line in the victory over the 49ers was junior Kelsey Harris, who racked up three three-pointers throughout the game with her most essential three-pointer coming in the final 14 seconds of the matchup. With the 49ers and Aggies tied up at 60 a piece, Harris got herself open in the left corner where she sank the final basket of the game. Harris’ three-pointer would take UC Davis to a 63-60 lead. Out of timeouts, Long Beach drove back down the court with enough time for two attempts for three-pointers. However, they were unsuccessful as the clock ran down to zero, giving the Aggies their fourth win in six games. Harris finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds, aiding in that 63-60 victory.
Other standout players on the court Saturday afternoon included junior Sydnee Fipps, sophomore Alyson Doherty and sophomore Celia Marfone.
Fipps recorded her third double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points, four steals and 10 rebounds, making this her third double-digit rebounding game so far this season.
Doherty finished the game with 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high four blocks.
Marfone, back on the court after missing the previous six games due to leg injury, returned in style, scoring seven points and collecting five rebounds.
After a long stint of home games, the women finally depart from UC Davis at the end of this week to take on UC Riverside on Jan. 16 and Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 18 in two essential Big West Conference matchups.
The Aggies first face the UC Riverside Highlanders, who currently hold an overall record of 4-11 and 0-2 in conference play. The athletes then travel to Fullerton, Calif., where they take on the Titans, 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the Big West. Returning to Davis, Calif. with two wins would boost the Aggie’s conference record to 3-1, putting them in excellent standing in the Big West and giving them eight wins in the past 10 games. UC Davis hopes to carry that high energy finish versus Long Beach State into their Southern California road trip, establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with this season.
— Sloan Boettcher