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Long Beach women visit The Pavilion tonight

By January 13, 2011

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After a blistering nonconference run that had the UC Davis women\’s basketball team ranked as high as No. 8 in the CollegeInsiders.com Mid-Major Top 25, the Aggies have been up and down in their first four Big West games.

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UCD — which is still 12-4 overall and No. 14 in the most recent Mid-Major poll — split those four contests.

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Last week, the Aggies posted a strong 63-55 victory over UC Santa Barbara at The Thunderdome, only to lose a 74-65 decision against an injury-plagued Cal Poly squad that used just six players.

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If practice time is what head coach Sandy Simpson needs to get UCD back to the dominant level of play it has shown itself capable of, he is in luck. The Aggies are in a stretch where they play just two games in a stretch of 15 days.

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The first of those comes tonight as UCD hosts Long Beach State (3-14, 1-3) in a 7 p.m. matchup at The Pavilion.

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Even with the off night in San Luis Obispo, the Aggie defense is still the strength of the team as UCD\’s superior depth allows it to play aggressively at that end of the floor for all 40 minutes. The Aggies are ranked in the top 15 in the country in both turnover margin (7.6, 12th) and steals (13, 14th).

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Today, that defense will look to stop a 49er attack that features forward Courtney Jacob, who gets her team-leading 13 points per game on 50.4 percent shooting, a figure that is good enough for second in the Big West. She is supported by guard Brandi Henton, who puts in 12.5 points a night, but Long Beach\’s offense doesn\’t have much punch after that. The 49ers average just 59.5 points per game and will have the stingy UCD defense licking its chops.

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For the Aggies, leading scorer Paige Mintun (13.4 ppg) will look to reach double figures for the ninth straight game, with help from Vicky Deely (11.6 ppg) who is having a breakout season. Deely also leads UCD with 34 made 3-pointers.

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One trend the Aggies would like to see continue is turnovers, or lack thereof. UCD has coughed the ball up an average of just eight times over its past three games.

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Enterprise staff

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