SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Seven UC Davis players scored in double figures and the Aggies shot 60.6% to record the highest point total in their Div. I history and beat Sacramento State 110-78 on Sunday in The Nest.
UC Davis (7-3), which has only lost one game this season to a non Pac-12 team, recorded the largest margin of victory in a Causeway game during Sacramento State's Div. I era (1991-pres.). The Aggies took a 13-3 lead four minutes into the game and led by double-digits for the remainder, leading by at least 23 points for the entire second half.
"They played at a much higher level today and they have a very good basketball team," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "They hit shots, they play poised, and they are very well coached. I was proud that (our players) didn't quit. In our style of play we don't mind giving up open mid-range jumpers, but that's what they are great at."
Sacramento State (4-7) entered the game averaging 97 points and shooting 42% at home this season but shot just 32.1% overall and 27.9% from 3-point range on Sunday. The Hornets shot 3-of-18 (16.7%) in the first quarter and trailed 26-9 just 10 minutes in.
UC Davis was 11-of-18 (61.1%) in the first quarter and even better at 12-of-18 (66.7%) in the second. Sacramento State's shooting improved as the game went on but the Aggies shot 66.7% again in the third quarter and never gave the Hornets a chance to get back in the game.
UC Davis also dominated the glass, 51-36, and the Hornets scored just nine second-chance points despite 19 offensive rebounds. Sacramento State forced 21 turnovers but had 16 of its own and had just a 21-18 edge in points off turnovers.
Sacramento State did make 12 three-pointers but did so in 43 attempts. Junior Maranne Johnson posted her fourth 20-point scoring game in the last six contests, shooting 5-of-13 from 3-point range and finishing with 23 points and a game-high three steals. She entered the game ranked third in NCAA Div. I in made 3-pointers and posted her fifth game this season with five or more 3-point makes.
Senior Emily Easom was the only other Hornet in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Senior Margaret Huntington had five points and eight rebounds and senior Brianna Burgos, playing just her fourth game of the season coming back from injury, hit three 3-pointers for nine points.
Morgan Bertsch led the way for UC Davis with 18 points and eight rebounds. Marly Anderson added 16 points and eight boards as the Aggies made 5-of-11 attempts from 3-point range and were 25-of-27 (92.6%) from the free throw line. UC Davis totaled nine blocks, with four coming from the 6-4 Bertsch.
The Hornets are off until opening Big Sky Conference play Dec. 29 at Northern Colorado.