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UC Davis Stays Atop Big West With 71-58 Home Win vs. Cal Poly

UC Davis Stays Atop Big West With 71-58 Home Win vs. Cal Poly

DAVIS, Calif. — Cal Poly's Sierra Campisano and Abbey Ellis combined for 38 points on Wednesday evening against defending Big West champion UC Davis, but the Aggie women's basketball team pulled away during the second half inside The Pavilion, ultimately holding on to sole possession of first place in the conference standings thanks to a 71-58 home win.

With the victory, UC Davis (8-2 BWC; 13-10 overall) improved its advantage over second-place Hawaii (7-3 / 13-10) to a full-game lead while moving to 47-6 at home over the past four years.

The Mustangs withstood a fast start by UC Davis, which sprinted out to a 16-4 lead a little more than six minutes in, stretching an early upper hand to a 12-point margin on a 3-pointer by Evanne Turner off an offensive rebound and kick-out. Cal Poly quickly recovered with an 8-0 run, however, as Campisano converted a layup, plus the foul for a three-point play, before Ellis connected from behind the 3-point line, and Campisano returned to knock down a jumper to bring the Mustangs within 16-12 with 2:02 left in the opening quarter.

A 3-pointer by Hannah Peterson brought Cal Poly as close as 22-20 with 1:34 elapsed in the second quarter, and the Mustangs stayed with the Aggies through the rest of the half, heading to the break down just 36-33.

The game swayed in the third quarter, which Davis started adding a layup by Katie Toole before tacking on a 3 thanks to Cierra Hall, en route to a 55-43 lead heading into the fourth.

In the final quarter, Campisano pulled the Mustangs to just nine points back with a free throw upon the 7:31 mark, but Sage Stobbart answered with a 3 for UCD to re-establish the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Ellis finished with a game-high 21 points while matching her season high for steals (3) in a 37-minute effort, while Campisano added 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting, plus five rebounds.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Brown corralled a team-leading eight boards for the Mustangs (3-7 BWC; 6-15) in 16 minutes off the bench.

Stobbart netted a squad-best 17 points for UC Davis, which made 11 of 28 attempts from 3-point range for the night.

Cal Poly returns home for this weekend, hosting Cal State Fullerton (4-4; 12-9) at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Feb. 15 is also Play4Kay Day at Mott Athletics Center, as free T-shirts will be given out to the first 100 fans in solidarity with support around the country for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

In addition, $2 from every ticket sold vs. the Titans will go directly toward the Kay Yow Foundation supporting cancer research.

File Photo © David E. Holmes