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November 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Game thread: UC Davis at Seattle University

REDHAWKS WIN: Rhea attempted one last assist, this time to Kerfoot for a three-pointer in the waning seconds. She missed, but the Redhawks would have been short of a comeback, anyway, losing 66-62. Rhea led with 16 points and nine rebounds while Sowell added 15 points and 13 boards, doing some dirty work in the paint. SU was once down by 20 points, so the comeback was valiant. Still the correctable mistakes early will eat at them Sunday night. SU allowed 34 points off 25 turnovers and shot 29.2 percent in the opening half. UCD was led by Meggison’s 18 points, three players ending in double figures for them. They were outrebounded 46-29, 18-8 on the offensive glass. But composure late pulled out a sweep of the Seattle programs for UC Davis. And this time UCD didn’t throw a party, knowing it can hang.
OUT: Sowell fouled out with the Redhawks scrapping back. They’re down 64-62 with 8.2 left. Meggison made both ensuing FTs, though.
MISSED CHANCES: An open layin by Sylvia Shepard and airball three-pointers by Rhea and Kerfoot may put an end to this game. SU down 62-56 with 30.9 left in the game.
OUT: Riecks fouled out and SU is in the double-bonus. SU is 7-for-12 from the line. UCD leads 60-49.
BACK AT YOU: Stephens, a junior, is showing steady leadership and pose to help her team regain control of the game. She’s scored seven of the Aggies’ 9-0 run to pull ahead 58-49 with 6:22 left in the game. Players are starting to gasp more, but the pace of the game remains fast.
CREEPING: The Redhawks remain on the attack, pulling moves faster than the dance squad as it creeps within 49-43 with 9:25 on the clock. Teammates talked about how Rhea was a great passer and fans are seeing it Sunday, the senior behind every score. The SU defense is also forcing UCD into turnovers to stop its scoring.
PARTY OV’RHEA: OK, SU is unpredictable, especially sine the Redhawks never give up and play good defense (Bonvicini pulled out a full-court press). Rhea added some offense, hitting a NBA three-pointer and nice layin off her own steal to close the once massive deficit to 47-37 with 11:46 left in the game. SU also forced a turnover, which can keep the momentum going. Suddenly what once look impossible seems probable.
NO, IT’S NOT: SU’s offense is sputting, again. Coupled with turnovers, the deficit may be too much to overcome no matter how many shots Uc Davis also misses. Dillard-Brown nailed a trey and SU is down 47-31 with 13:26 left in the game. SU continues to fight, its best attribute.
IT’S ALIVE: SU’s offense is starting to show some life, Rhea hitting a three-pointer and finding Sowell open inside for a layin to cut the deficit to 38-23 with 16:59 on the clock.
SPOTTED: Washington Gs Mercedes Wetmore and Amanda Johnson are in the house.
SCOREBOARD: Gonzaga is leading No. 5 Stanford 32-31 at the break. The Zags outscored the Cardinal 18-7 for the small advantage
HALFTIME: The Aggies scored one FG in the final 6:07 of the opening half, but the Redhawks couldn’t make a real dent on the lead, trailing 31-16 headed into the break. Three reasons why, SU has allowed 19 points off its 16 turnovers, the team is 0-for-11 from the three-point line and Rhea isn’t looking for her shot — taking two attempts in the first half. Sowell leads the Redhawks with eight points while Shinoda leads the AGgies with eight points. The SU defense did help the team stifle UCD. And the Redhawks are fighting harder on offense to get attempts off. The hope is the ball dropping in the net in the second half, however.
CASHING IN: Two turnovers off Brown have led to scores by the Aggies. French nailed another three-pointer while Meggison took the ball coast-to-coast for a layin. UC Davis leads 25-9 with 7:21 left in the game. The Redhawks are making their shots (26.7 percent) or finding it hard to see passing lanes against the Aggies’ aggressive defense. UCD is playing with even more pep than Friday. Gross and Bonvicini are using a big rotation of nine players to keep the pace fast.
WHEW: Both teams just played an extended stretch with no whistle or timeout, UCD up 14-7 with 13:49 on the clock behind back-to-back three-pointers from Cortney French. The Redhawks are trying to get the ball inside, but the soft passes are getting picked off by the Aggies. UC Davis is moving the ball well, to find the outside shot. Bonvicini made substitutions, we’ll see if adjustments are made.
JUICED: UC Davis has started where it left off on Friday, Shinoda nailing a three-pointer and its “buzz” defense frustrating Seattle U. The Aggies lead 3-0 with 18-28 on the clock.
CONGRATS: The officials are making their rounds, shaking hands with the coaches. They’ve added a congratulations to UCD coach Jennifer Gross for the win against Washington. In a totally unrelated big congrats, former UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell is expecting her first child. She’s dating a former Oakland Raider.
SCOREBOARD: Washington State defeated UNC-Wilmington 72-60 in its second game of the Lady Lion Classic in State College, Penn. Trailing by three in the first-ever meeting with the Seahawks, the Cougs outscored UNCW 42-27 in the second half for the win. C Carly Noyes led with 16 points.
It’s a drastically different environment for UC Davis on Sunday, in the approximate 1,000-seat Connolly Center to face Seattle University. The Aggies scheduled two games in the city, playing Washington at the 10,000-seat Edmundson Pavilion on Friday. It was a successful matinee, booked last minute to help UW complete its schedule.
A smaller crowd is currently at Connolly, getting ready for both team’s second game of the young season. SU defeated UC Santa Barbara behind senior Talisa Rhea’s 20 points and 12 boards on Friday. UC Davis upset UW behind 12 points from PG Hana Asano, who also finds herself doing the center-jump at 5-foot-6.
No worries. The Aggies use three-pointers and a stingy zone defense to compensate for its size disadvantages. Its bigs, Emily Vann (6-1) and Lauren Juric (6-2) are all out due to injuries.
The Redhawks can hit the three, too, Rhea nailing three to get SU going on Friday.
Seattle U. hasn’t defeated UCD under third-year coach Joan Bonvicini (0-2). But the Redhawks also haven’t won their opener since Bonvicini took over. This could be the dawn of a new era. Let’s get you started for that or a possible UC Davis sweep of the Seattle programs with your starting lineups:
AGGIES
F Samantha Meggison
F Blair Shinoda
C Kasey Riecks
G Hana Asano
G Hannah Stephens
REDHAWKS
F Talisa Rhea
F Ashley Ward
C Kacie Sowell
G Elle Kerfoot
G Daidra Brown
Tonight’s officials are Wanda Szeremeta, Jim Morrell, and Michelle Russi.

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