Review Category : Sports

Ball don’t lie

I dedicate this column to the infamous and mercurial NBA player Rasheed Wallace, who taught me about basketball justice. If you don’t know what I am talking about, a simple YouTube search for “Rasheed Wallace ball don’t lie” will bring up the famous video I am alluding to. For those of you who want a definition of this phrase, “ball don’t lie” is a belief in karma regarding basketball. If a ref makes a bad call and gives the other team a free throw, the belief would mandate that the opponent would miss the free throws. I am a firm believer in a slightly different version of the “ball don’t lie” philosophy. What you put in is what you get. If you start a small lineup, it’s only logical for your team to get outrebounded by 23. Wait, does that sound familiar? Oh yeah, the men’s basketball team was outrebounded by UC Santa Barbara by that margin. I’m not going to rant about the players, because — believe it or... ...

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News in Brief: UC Davis wins third MPSF Championship in four years

On Feb. 22, the UC Davis swimming and diving team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif. — the team’s third championship in four years. The Aggies finished first in a field of eight schools with 712.5 points, 74.5 more than second-place UC Santa Barbara. Senior Liliana Alvarez won her second career individual MPSF title, winning the 200-meter breaststroke in a pool-record 2:12:84. She previously won the 100-meter breaststroke in last year’s meet. Freshman Hilvy Cheung was named MPSF Freshman of the Year, and she finished second in the 200-meter fly with a time of 1:56:14. Senior Haley Porter also earned a second place finish in the 100-meter free with a time of 50:02 — the third fastest 100-meter free swim in UC Davis history. — Scott Dresser ...

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Men’s basketball graces ESPN2 against top-ranked Gauchos

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal Poly; vs. UC Santa Barbara Records: Aggies 8-19 (3-9); Mustangs 10-16 (6-7); Gauchos 18-7 (9-3) Where: The ARC Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 5 p.m. What to watch for: UC Davis men’s basketball is back on the national stage, with their game against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos being broadcasted nationally on ESPN2. The Aggies were featured on ESPN a season ago and played a thriller, losing to Big West Conference No. 1 Long Beach State after a game-winning jump shot circled the rim and fell out with time expiring. Watch UC Davis bring energy in front of what will likely be another sold out crowd as they hope to upset the now top-ranked Gauchos. Preview: The last time that UC Davis and Cal Poly met, the Aggies came away with their lone conference road win. UC Davis came out ahead due to an outstanding shooting night, making 48.9 percent of their shots and 45.5... ...

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Inside the Game with Georgi Funtarov

As one of the Aggies’ top recruits this season, freshman Georgi Funtarov has been given quite a lot of responsibility. Averaging 24 minutes per game, 8.4 points per game and leading the team with 4.6 rebounds per game, Funtarov has delivered for UC Davis this season. Due to time conflict and the Aggies’ trip to Hawaii for a road game, assistant director Eric Bankston asked the questions for The Aggie. How has the experience been transitioning to college life? In the beginning it was really different. I went to high school here in America, but college is totally different. Classes are different, it is lectures and school is a little different. Basketball-wise, the game is faster and more athletic. It took me awhile but now I feel more adjusted and comfortable. What are the differences between the college game and the high school game? In high school, you might have two or three guys who might be D-1 prospects. I went to prep school, we had six or seven. But... ...

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Aggies head south to face Mustangs, Gauchos

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; vs. UC Santa Barbara Records: Aggies, 11-14 (6-6); Mustangs, 15-11 (9-4); Gauchos, 8-17 (3-9) Where: Mott Athletics Center — San Luis Obispo, Calif.; The Thunderdome — Santa Barbara, Calif. When: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Did you know? Sophomore forward Alyson Doherty and Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer lead the Big West in field goal percentage, 56.2 and 55.3 respectively. Junior forward Sydnee Fipps is second in the Big West in points per game. After scoring 22 points against Hawai’i, she is now averaging 18.0 points per game. Who to watch: Sydnee Fipps has been on a scoring frenzy. She leads UC Davis in points and rebounds per game, with 18 points and six rebounds, and has scored 20-plus points in four of the last five games. Fipps has been dominant in February, and looks to lead the Aggies to victory this week. Junior guard Kelsey Harris has been shooting 47.3 percent behind the arc... ...

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News in Brief: Men’s basketball game to be televised on ESPN2 on March 1

The UC Davis men’s basketball team will host UC Santa Barbara, the top team in the Big West Conference, on March 1. The Aggies are 8-19 overall, with a 3-9 conference record at the publishing of this brief. The Gauchos are 18-7 overall, with a 9-3 conference record. Junior guard Corey Hawkins has been on a tear lately, leading the Aggies in scoring in the past five games, scoring 19 or more points per game in each. The matchup between the Aggies and Gauchos will be a real-life showdown between David and Goliath. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion, doors open at 3:30 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. — Kenneth Ling     ...

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Guest Opinion: Playing by the Rules

What is the real value of sports? For me, above all, sports are about respect. Respect for one’s self, one’s teammates, coaches, fans and, yes, one’s opponents. But also respect for the rules. You can change them, but no one gets to simply ignore them. Did you know that as an undergraduate you pay $650/year extra to fund the Intercollegiate Athletics Department (ICA)? All tolled that comes to $18 million each and every year. It’s the cash flow equivalent of a $400 million endowment. At no other D-1 institution is a self-imposed contribution by students as high. If UC Davis distinguishes itself from the usual approach to D-1, then in my opinion that investment is worth every penny. But it does so only to the extent it complies with the conditions of the 1994 Student Activities and Services Initiative (SASI) and 2003 Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI) ballot initiatives. Yet since 2010 this administration has not seen fit to respect those conditions. In fact, when mentioned at all they are characterized... ...

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Aggies hope to strike gold at home, on the road

Teams: UC Davis at Long Beach State; vs. Hawai’i Records: Aggies, 10-13 (5-5); 49ers, 13-11 (5-5); Rainbow Wahine, 12-10 (6-4) Where: Walter Pyramid — Long Beach, Calif.; ARC Pavilion — Davis, Calif. When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Junior guard Kelsey Harris has been one of the key offensive threats for the Aggies as of late. She has passed the 10-point mark four times in the past five games, only barely missing the mark against Cal Poly on Jan. 30., with eight points. The transfer from Iowa State has really found a home at UC Davis after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules. Harris is averaging 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season and has been efficient in her scoring. Her 42.9 percent field goal shooting is fifth on the team, and her 40.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc is good enough for second on the team. Harris’ ability to space the... ...

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Women’s water polo finishes solid home tournament; looks ahead to Irvine

Where: Anteater Aquatics Complex — Irvine, Calif. When: Saturday, Feb. 22; Sunday, Feb. 23 The UC Davis Aggies women’s water polo team completed a successful weekend in Davis, Calif. as they defeated Bakersfield and Cal State East Bay (CSEB) during Sunday’s final day of action at the 34th Aggie Shootout tournament. Freshman Carla Tocchini scored six total goals on the day,  and senior Alex Rawlinson scored four. The Aggies recovered from a 3-0 deficit to post a 10-6 win over Bakersfield in the first match of the day before blowing out CSEB 15-4 to close out the tournament. The Aggies went 3-2 during the tournament, scoring a win over Sonoma State, 14-6, on Feb. 15 as well as the wins over Bakersfield and CSEB. On Feb. 14, the Aggies lost a hard fought battle to No. 12 ranked San Jose State University (SJSU), 12-10, and then lost to No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 15, 17-5. Tocchini recorded a hat trick during Saturday’s action, while Rawlinson again posted good numbers as... ...

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UC Davis falls to Cal State Fullerton 65-62

A last-minute jumper by Cal State Fullerton’s Chante Miles helped the Titans pull away from UC Davis with a 65-62 victory on Feb. 13 at the ARC Pavilion. UC Davis was led by junior forward Sydnee Fipps, who scored 20 points, including five three-pointers, to notch her fourth-consecutive 20-point game. Sophomore forward Alyson Doherty added 10 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Kelsey Harris finished with 14 points. It was the second time that the Aggies played against the Titans this season; last time, UC Davis finished with a 69-67 overtime victory. This time, they weren’t so lucky, falling to the Titans and suffering back-to-back losses, including a tough overtime loss at UC Irvine. Back-to-back three-pointers by Fipps helped the Aggies gain an early lead, 13-9, with five minutes into the first half, but soon Cal State Fullerton’s Alex Thomas and Samantha Logan put the Titans ahead, 17-13, after knocking down back-to-back three-pointers. The Aggies would once again retake the lead, 30-22 with two minutes to play, by hitting... ...

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Corey Hawkins reaches milestone as road woes continue for Aggies

UC Davis men’s basketball split the season series as the Aggies (8-17) fell against Cal State Fullerton, 74-64. Junior guard Corey Hawkins scored his 1,000th career point against the Titans and led the Aggies with 21 points on seven for 14 shooting; he also recorded five rebounds and four assists. UC Davis kept pace with the Titans in the first half. The Aggies went 11-27 from the field and shot five for nine behind the arc. Senior guard Ryan Sypkens shot poorly, only scoring six points on two for six shooting, but he drained a three-pointer, assisted by junior forward Clint Bozner, which closed the Titans’ lead to one. However, the Aggies struggled defensively after that, and in the last 4:45 minutes of the first half, the Titans went on a 14-5 run to close out the half with a 10-point lead. Junior guard Avery Johnson was able to cut down the Titans’ lead to seven after a three-pointer to start off the second half. However, a series of turnovers... ...

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Aggies look to right ship in Moraga

Teams: UC Davis at Saint Mary’s, vs. Portland University, vs. Kansas State, Records: Aggies, 1-3 (0-0); Gaels, 1-3 (0-0); Pilots 1-2, (0-0); Wildcats 0-3, (0-0) Where: Louis Guisto Field — Moraga, Calif. When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Who to watch: Izaak Silva came through when the Aggies needed him most. The junior catcher hit a go-ahead RBI double in game one of UC Davis’ Feb. 15 doubleheader against Seattle to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead, which they hung on to for a 4-3 win. Then, in the series finale on Feb. 16, Silva again gave the Aggies a late-inning lead, this time connecting on a two-run single in the sixth to put the Aggies to cap a four-run inning that gave them a 5-4 lead. The Aggies later succumbed to an 11-run Seattle seventh inning and lost 17-5. Look for Silva to keep his clutch at-bats coming in the... ...

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Aggies head to Cathedral City tournament

Team: Syracuse; Notre Dame; UNLV; LIU Brooklyn; Oregon; UC Davis Records: Aggies 4-8; Syracuse 2-3; Notre Dame 6-1; UNLV 2-7; LIU Brooklyn 2-7; Oregon 9-1 Where: Cathedral City, Calif. When: Friday, Feb. 21; Saturday, Feb. 22; Sunday, Feb. 23 Who to Watch: The Aggies traveled south for Valentine’s weekend to take part in the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 14 to 17. Starting the long weekend off right, UC Davis came out with a first-game victory versus Western Kentucky. Several players established their dominance with both their bats and arms. Sophomore Kelly Zboralske tagged a two-run home run, her second of the season, in the 2-0 win over Western Kentucky On the other side of the field, freshman Dana Cruse hurled a near perfect game, throwing a full, seven-inning shutout. Cruse gave up two hits and two walks with three strikeouts, pitching an excellent first game for the Aggies in the long weekend tournament. Cruse holds a current earned-run average of 2.90, the second-lowest on the... ...

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Men’s Basketball takes on Long Beach, Hawai’i

Teams: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State; at Hawai’i Records: Aggies 8-17 (3-7), 49ers 11-14 (7-4), Rainbow Warriors 18-7 (7-4) Where: ARC Pavilion — Davis, Calif.; Stan Sheriff Center — Honolulu, Hawaii When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. What to watch for: In one week, UC Davis is going to see two of the better rebounding teams in the Big West Conference. Unfortunately, this is where the Aggies are weakest. Currently, UC Davis averages 29.4 rebounds per game as a team, good for no. 345 in the entire Division I. By comparison, the Rainbow Warriors grab 36 per game while the 49ers come in the top 100 with 36.7 per game. This means that the Aggies are going to have to see significantly better production on the glass from both their big men and their wing players. Junior guard Corey Hawkins has proven to be a good rebounder, averaging 4.5 per game, as has junior guard Avery Johnson. The UC Davis forwards, mainly... ...

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Softball hopes for Valentine’s victories in City of Angels

Event: Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament Records: Aggies 1-4; Bruins 5-0; Colonials 4-0; Hilltoppers 3-1-1 Where: Los Angeles, Calif. When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. Who to Watch: With the Aggies’ first games commencing on the road Feb. 7, several players are already entering the season on a high note with preseason accolades. Junior pitcher Justine Vela and sophomore outfielder Jasmine Lee each received All-Conference Honors prior to the start of the 2014 season. Vela, always a menace on the mound, nabbed one of only three pitching slots on College Sports Madness’ Preseason All-Conference Softball First Team, while Lee was one of only three outfielders named to the second team. Each of these athletes is expected to be a big part of the UC Davis’ success throughout this year. Adding to the team’s solid set of returners are several new faces that are already establishing their skills out on the diamond. Looking to add to the Aggies’ pitching... ...

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