Thursday, October 2, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

More to preseason than wins and more wins for UCD women

By
From page B1 | November 27, 2011 |

A nonconference schedule can be compared to a dress rehearsal.

It’s a chance to run through things, work out the kinks and get mentally prepared for the “real deal” — in this case, Big West play, out of which the conference tourney winner gets a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

“We’ve built a nonconference schedule that mimics our conference schedule as much as possible,” said Aggie women’s basketball coach Jen Gross. “We started on the road and wanted to play aggressive. When we’re on the road, let’s be determined to wreak havoc on people.”

UCD (5-0) has started the season by causing trouble for opponents both on the road and at home. The Aggies are still tweaking and fine-tuning, but Gross likes what she is seeing. Upcoming opponents Santa Clara (4-1) and Stanford (3-1), will have to deal with a UCD squad that started strong, and continues to improve.

“I really feel that (our record) really wouldn’t matter, if we were 2-3 … or 5-0,” Gross added. “The reality is we’re getting better. We feel really good about where we are at right now. I feel like we’re growing as a team.”

UCD, which has played its last three games at home, takes its act on the road Monday to face some of its toughest competition to date.

The Aggies face the Broncos on Monday in the Leavey Center at 7 p.m. UCD trails Santa Clara 8-7 in the all-time series but the Aggies have won the last three meetings, including a 70-54 victory last year.

“I think we match up pretty well with them,” Gross said. “We have a couple of post players (trying to come) back from injuries, so we’re a little smaller inside. They may have the advantage in the paint, but those kids are going to have to come out and guard us on the perimeter.”

Aggie senior guard Samantha Meggison is averaging 14 points per game and has been the leading scorer in the last four UCD wins. Five-foot-10 guard Blair Shinoda and the 5-11 Meggison each have 24 rebounds on the year to tie for the team lead.

For Santa Clara, 6-4 center Ruta Zurauskyte averages 8.2 rebounds per game, and is one of four Broncos scoring in double digits. Senior guard Alyssa Shoji leads the way at 17.6 ppg.

“They are a much-improved team from last year,” Gross said. “They’re playing really well.”

The Aggies will have a day to recoup and get some schoolwork done before heading to Palo Alto on Wednesday for a meeting with the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. No. 3 Stanford has defeated UCD five times in the past four seasons, most recently an 86-59 decision in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Though the powerful Cardinal will be an extremely tough matchup, the Aggie players have gained a familiarity with Stanford and will not be intimidated.

The Aggies actually hold an 8-5 all-time series edge over the Cardinal but haven’t won since the two schools rekindled their rivalry in 2007.

“When we played Stanford in that first game, there was a little trepidation; they were No. 2 in the country,” Gross said. “It’s a great opportunity to play them, a great opportunity to gauge ourselves. I’m excited every time we get to challenge a top team.”

Stanford comes into the game on the heels of an up-and-down week that saw the Cardinal fall, 68-58, to No. 2 Connecticut on Nov. 21, then handle Xavier, 80-64, on Friday.

Setting the pace for Stanford are sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike. Nnemkadi, a 6-2 senior forward, averages 25.8 ppg and 11.3 rpg, while Chiney, a 6-3 sophomore, averages 14.6 ppg.

“Thankfully, we’re in an area where (in a short) drive, you can find opponents,” Gross said. “You go on the road, but it’s just like a day trip, basically. We need to prepare teams to win on the road, and the only way to do that is go on the road.”

It’s just another dress-rehearsal run-through to prepare for the big show.

— Reach Kim Orendor at korendor@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Sunder wants to expand opportunities for all

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

 
At Davis intersections, let’s be careful out there

By Kim Orendor | From Page: C2 | Gallery

 
Third-graders face high-stakes reading targets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Learn how to ride a bike in Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Feinstein, Boxer depend on red-leaning Senate races

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A3

Gallery hosts poetry night

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Oktoberfest features Grand Isle Fire Brigade

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Sunder supporters gather on Sunday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Trokanski discusses new project on ‘Davisville’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Learn more about Boy Scouts during upcoming events

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

 
Tour gives opportunity to watch moonrise in the bypass

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

UC campuses aim to be more inclusive to LGBT students

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Check out Soroptimists at info night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Helping disabled ag workers stay in agriculture

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Register to vote by Oct. 20

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Parenting advice on radio show

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Archer event set for Sunday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Per Capita: Tales from the back burner

By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

 
Sunflower power at the Winters Community Library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Unitrans persists through changing times

By Lily Holmes | From Page: C6 | Gallery

 
Up for a fun day trip? Take a bike to Bike Dog

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: C8 | Gallery

Volunteers are trained to help with train questions

By Bob Schultz | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
There are plenty of fun activities around town

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C13 | Gallery

Getting from here to there by buses, planes and trains

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C14 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

‘Maupin’s Law’ 2.0: Prevention is better than punishment

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Choose Archer, Sunder, Adams

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Barbara Archer for school board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Vote for change on board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Poppenga considers all students

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Climate change is coming for you

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
A true vision for peace

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Drivers, just follow the rules

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Let’s fix the park deck

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Despite 168 points allowed, PSU defense may not be lousy

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bumgarner, Crawford help Giants slam Bucs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Cheung paces Devils past Pacers on the pitch

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS JV runners shine in varsity events

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Youth roundup: Diamonds swing to victories at Vineyard Classic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: DHS girls tennis goes three for three

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

.

Features

Davis robotics team pays it forward

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

Wineaux: Picking the last rosé of summer

By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A9

 
Natsoulas to host mural conference

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

Robbie Fulks will visit ‘Live in the Loam’ on KDRT

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Odd Fellows to screen classic Westerns

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Old Macs get new life at art exhibit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Woodland Opera House rounds up cowboy poetry, music

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Music for brass, choir and organ set at DCC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, October 2, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6