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Aggie guard Evanne Turner (15) makes a move on Long Beach State’s Cydnee Kinslow, while Woodland-native and Beach guard Shanaijah Davison (21) looks on in Thursday’s 57-55 Big West Conference win for UCD. Owen Yancher/Enterprise photo

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Aggie women survive scare on home floor

365体育官网You won’t find this game strategy on any UC Davis women’s basketball chalk boards.

365体育官网Leading by 9 points with less than 5 minutes remaining, the Aggies stumbled their way to 29 turnovers, fell behind by a point then held way as visiting Long Beach State failed to get a shot off during the final 9 seconds and went home a 57-55 loser.

You read that right … Twenty-nine365体育官网 turnovers.

365体育官网“It was a bit uncharacteristic of us,” explained UCD head coach Jennifer Gross afterward. “That’s something we’ve done really well all season, protecting the ball. But they sped us up … and to their credit, that’s what they do.

365体育官网“But to turn the ball over like we did and still find a way to win says as lot about our group and our defense.”

Davis — winners of three straight Big West titles — improved to 2-1 conference and 7-9 overall. The Beach — as it is now known — fell to 6-10 and 1-2.

365体育官网Sage Stobbart, the 6-foot-3 post from North Vancouver, B.C., stoked the Aggie fire early when she scored 6 of her team’s first 9 points. On the night, the redshirt sophomore would score 10 and collect 10 caroms.

Leading, 17-11, after one quarter, on three separate occasions UCD would go up by 11. But those darn turnovers kept this one from being a blowout. With Justina King and former Pioneer High standout Shanaijah Davison pressing the issue, the Beach erased a Davis 47-38 lead at 4:43 of the final stanza to actually go ahead, 48-47, when Cyndee Kinslow scored her only basket of the evening.

365体育官网However, immediately thereafter, Aggie Cierra Hall made up for an eight-turnover night by drilling a 3-pointer. Davis never trailed again, but it was sketchy to the end. It wasn’t until King missed a shot in the paint and the ball found safe harbor with Stobbart at the buzzer that Aggie Nation breathed again.

365体育官网Fontana freshman Evanne Turner was Davis’ top scorer with 11. She also had a steal and five rebounds. Turner was 3 of 5 beyond the arc as UCD hit 7 of 21 from long distance.

Hall contributed 6 points and six boards, and Katie Toole added 9 points. It marked the first time all season that the Utah State transfer was held under double digits.

Woodland’s Davison had a game-best 24 points before fouling out with 40 seconds left. King added 15.

365体育官网Next up for Davis is a trip to UC Santa Barbara next Thursday.

Notes: One thing Gross wanted to work on after her squad lost its first Big West outing was rebounding. Since getting clobbered on the glass in a 75-70 setback at UC Riverside, UCD has out-caromed Hawaii and Long Beach by a collective 90-56 (44-34 on Thursday). … CSUN went to 3-0 in league by beating Cal State Fullerton, 63-57. Hawaii clocked UCR, 80-57, and Santa Barbara got past UC Irvine, 65-61.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or call 530-320-4456.

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