SAN LUIS OBISPO -- USF’s Rachel Howard’s late 3-pointer gave the USF women a 69-67 victory over UC Davis on Friday in the first game of the Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly, UCD reported.
UC Davis (1-4) set a school record with 39 attempts from 3-point range and hit 15, two short of the school mark set in 2007 against Cal Poly. The Aggies had only five 2-point field goals.
UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps shared game-high honors with 17 points, and the Aggies’ Kelsey Harris and Alyson Doherty added 15 points apiece.
Howard led three teammates in double figures with 17 points as USF improved to 2-3.
Trailing by five points with just under seven minutes to play, the Aggies tied the score on a trio of 3-pointers by Harris, Fipps and Idit Oryon over the next three minutes. With under a minute to go, Fipps hit a jumper and Doherty sank two free throws to make it 66-66.
After a timeout, Howard wriggled her way across the baseline and found herself open in the left corner, rattling home her only 3-pointer of the game off a pass by Taj Winston for the lead.
Harris’ 3-point attempt was blocked to teammate Celia Marfone, whose short jumper wouldn’t go, either, but Brianna Salvatore leaped into the fray, tying things up with the possession arrow in UC Davis’ favor.
After a timeout, Salvatore was fouled on the inbound pass with 2.5 seconds remaining. She sank her first free-throw attempt and missed the second intentionally with the hopes of a put-back, but Taylor Proctor grabbed the loose ball for the Dons with three-tenths of a second remaining to seal the win.
Marfone led UC Davis with seven rebounds (four offensive) and was one of four Aggies with at least six. She added a career-high six assists.
Harris and Fipps tied career highs with five 3-pointers. Doherty grabbed six rebounds to go with her 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and career-high six free throws.
– Bee Sports staff