Davis, Calif. - Brittany Johnson led all scorers with 15 points and Myesha Broaden pulled down 11 rebounds, but the UC Davis (3-0) won the turnover battle, hit nine 3-pointers to the Spartans one and defeated San Jose State 80-60 on Wednesday night.
"At times we played well," head coach Tim La Kose said. "But we need to be more consistent throughout the game.
Sara Plavljanin hit the first bucket of the night and when the game reached the first media timeout, at 15:13, the score was 7-4 in favor of UC Davis. Neither team was very effective from the field. The Spartans shot 35 percent from the floor (9-of-26) while UC Davis hit 11-of 40 shots for 28 percent in the first 20 minutes.
With 6:30 to go in the half the Spartans (0-2) trailed 23-19, bit a 19-10 run gave the Aggies a 42-29 advantage as the teams went to the locker rooms.
The difference was the UC Davis' 18-to-5 advantage in turnovers, which they used to score 17 points in the first half.
With 18:02 to play a Ta'Rea Cunnigan layup cut the Aggies advantage to nine, 42-33. The teams went scoreless for the next three minutes. Then, a 20-6 run over a five minute stretch made the score 62-39 in favor of UC Davis inside 10 minutes.
The Spartans got the deficit inside 20 points in the last minute before falling 80-60.
San Jose State won the battle of the boards 56-39 and used that advantage to outscore UC Davis 20-11 in second-chance points. The Spartans also had a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint.
UC Davis used good defensive pressure to force 30 turnovers and had a 28-15 advantage in points off those miscues. In addition, they hit nine 3-pointers to the Spartans one and from the free throw line made 31-of 36 attempts (86 percent) to San Jose State's 22-of-31 (63 percent).
Rachel Finnegan and Ta'Rea Cunnigan came off the San Jose State bench to score 11 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman Christina Carlson, in her first action of the season, scored four points.
The Aggies were led by Samantha Meggison's 12 points. Hana Asano and Courtney French each had 11 and Blair Shinoda added 10.
The Spartans next opponent is UNLV. San Jose State travels to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels on Saturday, November 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.