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After trailing 11-0, Aggie women win

By December 1, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

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Visiting St. Mary\’s hit three quick treys and managed an unguarded layup to jump out to an 11-point lead against scoreless UC Davis on Wednesday night at The Pavilion.

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Fans squirmed. Players looked at the clock: only 3:10 gone in the game. Yikes.

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For a minute, Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson said he saw “that deer look” in the eyes of some of his starters.

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But even Simpson should have known that this is the improved, mature, deep edition of the UCD women\’s basketball team.

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By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Aggies had weathered the Gaels, handing their guests an under-control 71-62 defeat.

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White-hot UCD improved to 6-1 on the year and gets a little break before heading off to Manhattan, Kansas, to meet the 6-0 Wildcats on Dec. 12.

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“I think this is the first year Davis has really taken that first step … beating teams like South Carolina, St. Mary\’s, Yale,” said forward Vicky Deely, who sparked the Aggies with 22 points off the bench. “We might have lost to (No. 13) UCLA, but it\’s those games that will get us more recognition.”

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After Simpson called a timeout to relax his troops, UCD guard Hana Asano had seen enough

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First, off a Heidi Heintz rebound, the former South Torrance High standout broke the drought with a layup.

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Then a couple of short jumpers by Asano — one thanks to a Heintz assist — got the Aggies to within six at 13-7.

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But the Aggies were having a tough time finding a solution to St. Mary\’s Jasmine Smith. A junior from Pinole, by way of Oregon State, Smith\’s 17 first-half points helped her school fashion a 23-17 bulge with 6:20 to play before intermission.

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Enter Deely …

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Her 3-pointer got the offense bubbling. When she forced a Louella Tomlinson turnover, the ball got to Heintz, who found Samantha Meggison underneath. Just like that, it was a one-point game.

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Meggison then assisted Deely on a layup and UCD would never look back, up 24-23 with five minutes until the break.

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When Heintz rebounded a miss by St. Mary\’s sharpshooter Kate Gaze, there was Deely at the perimeter, poised for another trey.

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Twenty seconds later, Lauren Juric knew a good thing when she saw it, passing to Deely who drained another 3-pointer. Boom! Aggies 30, Gaels 23.

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“When we sub, we don\’t drop,” versatile Aggie Blair Shinoda offered after playing an energy-filled 19 minutes where she did a little of everything. “When other teams sub, they drop. It\’s something we can advantage of.”

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Shinoda scored four points, had a couple of steals that led to five UCD points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.

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“The starters, they have so much energy … us coming off the bench try to keep it going. (We) do whatever we can to keep the energy (up),” Shinoda added.

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Leading 34-29 at the break, UCD rolled up a couple of 20-point leads in the second half before the Gaels started fouling on every late Aggie possession.

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The Aggies hit only 14-of-24 free throws (including missing a handful of 1-and-1 front ends), prompting Simpson to comment:

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“We hit those at the end and we have 80 points.”

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St. Mary\’s fell to 3-4.

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Notes: In scoring 13 points, UCD\’s Paige Mintun became the 14th player in program history with more than 1,000 points (1,001 to be specific). … Simpson was delighted to hold Smith to eight second-half points (25 for the game). He said his women made adjustments in the zone — “just knowing where she was and not (overreacting) was the key.” … Asano finished with 11 points, four assists and three steals, while shooting 5-for-7 from the field. … All-time leading NCAA shot blocker, Australian native Tomlinson, blocked but one UCD attempt and now has 537 for her career. The Aggies caught a break when she picked up three early fouls. … Gaze — another Aussie — missed the second half with a stomach virus.

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