UC Davis has its last finals today, then the men's basketball team will have perhaps an even tougher test Saturday at Stanford.
The Aggies (1-5) haven't played a game since falling to San Jose State on Dec. 5. Coach Jim Les gave them Sunday and Monday off, and their practices have been limited to 90 minutes to "knock the rust off," Les said, before the Aggies play Stanford (6-3).
"Other than the exhibition games, we don't schedule any Division II or D-III teams because I like to challenge our team," Les said. "Once we're into the Big West (Conference) part of the schedule, I want our guys to be ready, and I think they're up to the challenge."
The Aggies open Big West play at UC Irvine on Dec. 29.
The UCD women and the Sacramento State men's and women's teams limited practice during finals week.
"We're beat up mentally and physically," Sac State men's coach Brian Katz said. "So this break comes at a great time. The players can concentrate on their finals and rest a bit, while I can get a better chance to look at every team in the (Big Sky)."
Katz said the Hornets, who open league play against Montana State on Wednesday, had Sunday, Monday and Thursday off. It's the first time the players had off two days in a row this season, Katz said.
The UCD women (2-4) will end a 10-day break from games when they host Santa Clara on Sunday.
"We have players who are just as competitive in the classroom as they are on the court," UCD women's coach Jennifer Gross said. "They are driven academically, so when we did practice, they were high-intensity but of shorter duration."
Hornets women's coach Jamie Craighead gave her team Sunday and Monday off, and they'll have Saturday off, too. The Hornets (4-4) open Big Sky play Thursday at Montana State.
A Rose is a Rose Ashley Rose, who set the William Jessup season scoring record in 2010-11 as a freshman, soon will become the first player at the college to go over 1,000 points overall.
Rose, who has 929 points, is averaging 16.7 points for the 5-6 Warriors.
Last Friday in Fullerton, Rose scored 10 points in a 74-73 victory over Hope International, and her layup with 17:01 left in the second half made her the college's all-time scoring leader, eclipsing the 905 career points set by Rachelle Russell (2007-11).
Rose had 16 points in Saturday's 64-60 win over La Sierra in Riverside.