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#1 Cal Poly, #4 UC Davis Advances to Title Game Of 2011 ampm Big West Tournament

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3/11/2011

Top-seeded Cal Poly and fourth-seeded UC Davis came away with semifinal victories Friday, advancing to play each other in the ampm Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center.

#1 Cal Poly Advances To Title Game of 2011 ampm Big West Tournament

Rachel Clancy scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 1-seeded Cal Poly to a 70-55 victory over No. 7-seeded Pacific Friday in the semifinals of the ampm Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center.

Cal Poly (18-11) advances to play UC Davis game in Saturday’s title game at 1 p.m. on FSN-Prime Ticket.

Abby Bloetscher added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, who had beaten Pacific twice in the regular season by 10 points.

Danielle Peacon scored 17 points and  grabbed 7 rebounds and Kendall Rodriguez had 15 points for Pacific, which finished its season 9-22.

The Mustangs bolted from a 32-32 halftime tie, scoring the first 11 points of the second half – 5 by Jonae Ervin and 4 by Bloetscher.   Pacific twice pulled within 7 points but Bloetscher hit three free throws to cap a 6-0 run for a 53-40 advantage that remained double digits.

Cal Poly won the rebounding battle, 43-32, and committed only 12 turnovers to 20 by Pacific.

The opening half featured a number of streaks and 18 points and 8 rebounds by Clancy.  Pacific used a 6-0 run to build an early 15-8 lead but Cal Poly scored the next 9 points for a 17-15 advantage.  The Tigers countered with 7 unanswered points to lead, 22-17, but a Clancy 3-pointer and two free throws by Caroline Reeves knotted the score at 22.  From that point, neither team led by more than 3 points and the half ended even.

Cal Poly post-game with coach Faith Mimnaugh, Rachel Clancy and Abby Bloetscher
Pacific post-game press conference with coach Lynne Roberts


#4 UC Davis Outlasts #3 UC Riverside, Advances To 2011 ampm Big West Tournament Title Game

In a rematch of last year’s conference tournament championship game, UC Davis prevailed this time around as they defeated UC Riverside 44-39 to advance to tomorrow’s 2011 ampm Big West Women’s Tournament championship game at the Honda Center.
The Aggies (23-8) will play Cal Poly (18-11) for the title at 1 p.m. in a game that will be shown live on FSN Prime Ticket. The Mustangs advanced by virtue of their 70-55 victory over Pacific earlier in the day. The winner will earn the Big West’s automatic bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Paige Mintun scored a game-high 15 points as UC Davis avenged last year’s71-67 defeat to the Highlanders in the 2010 championship game and in the process ended a four game losing streak to Riverside.

UC Davis head coach Sandy Simpson, who announced prior to the season that this season will be his last, will lead the Aggies in the quest for their first-ever NCAA berth. Cal Poly will also be seeking its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Leading 20-15 at halftime, UC Riverside (19-12) maintained control of the game early in the second half as they built a 30-24 lead with 15:20 remaining. But the Aggies came back and went on a 10-2 run to take a 34-32 advantage; their first lead since 7-5. Minton scored on a beautiful spin move for a layup that gave UC Davis the lead.

After a basket by the Highlanders’ Rheya Neabors, the Aggies scored eight consecutive points capped off by a running five-foot jumper by Hana Asano to give Davis a 42-34 lead. It was part of an 18-4 decisive run by the Aggies.

UC Davis' defense in the second half earned them the right to advance to play for the elusive championship. The Aggies held UC Riverside to only three field goals the last 15 minutes of the game as the Highlanders shot 6 for 23 (26.1%) in the second half.
Brittany Waddell (13 points) and TreShont Nottingham (12 points) led UC Riverside as the Highlanders were outscored 29-19 in the second half.

The first half saw both teams come out of the gate in a defensive battle as the offenses struggled to find any kind of rhythm.  Riverside and Davis combined for just 10 total points through the first eight minutes of action.

With Riverside trailing 7-5, Nottingham made a 12-foot baseline shot with 9:42 remaining that jumpstarted the Highlanders on a 13-0 run. Nottingham scored seven points during the run as UCR took a commanding 18-7 lead, holding the Aggies to without a point for over seven and a half minutes.

Minton broke the cold spell for UC Davis when she grabbed her own miss and scored on a two-foot put back that cut the deficit to nine. A three-pointer from the right wing by Kasey Riecks and a layup by Heidi Heintz contributed to an 8-2 run by the Aggies as they entered the break down only 20-15 despite shooting a poor 6 for 27 (22.2%) from the field.

The Aggies kept the game close by forcing 18 Riverside turnovers in the first half alone.

UC Davis post-game with coach Sandy Simpson, Paige Mintun and Hana Asano

UC Riverside post-game with coach John Margaritis


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