Sypkens strikes from long range in UCD win

Ryan Sypkens delivered from 3-point range and scored 25 points Monday night as UC Davis won its home opener at The Pavilion, beating Holy Names 80-54, the Aggies reported.

Sypkens (Franklin High School) made 9 of 12 overall from the floor and 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. He fell one 3-pointer short of the school record he shares with Tyler Les.

Despite the absence of defending Big West Conference scoring champion Corey Hawkins, who had an injured hand, the Aggies breezed. They shot 60.9 percent (28 for 46), including 47.6 percent (10 for 21) from 3-point range.

Josh Ritchart had 16 points, and Brynton Lemar had 11 points for the Aggies (1-1), who took control with a 19-0 run. Holy Names fell to 0-2.

Pacific women 86, UC Davis 78 in Stockton – The Aggies shot 62 percent (13 for 21) in the first half but cooled off to 35 percent (9 for 26) in the second half and fell to the Tigers, according to the Pacific athletics website.

UC Davis overcame a 25-9 deficit and led 42-39 at halftime on Brianna Salvatore’s 3-pointer. The Tigers (1-0) regained the lead, 43-42, early in the second half and never relinquished it, although the Aggies (0-2) remained within striking distance.

Two free throws by Sydnee Fipps and one by Heidi Johnson brought UC Davis within 76-73 with 3:04 to play. But the Aggies came no closer as the Tigers closed the game with a 13-5 run sparked by Erin Butler’s 3-pointer.

Fipps led UC Davis with 25 points, making 17 of 20 free throws. Butler led Paci-fic with 17 points.

– Bee sports staff