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UC Davis Stretches Winning Streak to 13, Topping Cal Poly 87-54

UC Davis Stretches Winning Streak to 13, Topping Cal Poly 87-54

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis extended its winning streak to 13 games on Wednesday night, as Cal Poly closed its 2018-19 season with an 87-54 loss to the Aggie women's basketball team inside The Pavilion.

Mustang freshman guard Maddie Willett sank a 3-pointer off an assist from senior forward Katie Nunnelley just over six minutes into the first quarter, cutting the Aggies' lead to 10-9.

UC Davis (22-6, 14-1) went on a quick 8-0 run, however, before taking a double-digit lead (20-10) on a Sophia Song jumper at the 1:32 mark, en route to a 20-14 advantage heading into the second.

Cierra Hall then capped an ensuing 7-0 quarter-opening spurt, as her layup provided a 27-14 lead with 7:53 remaining until intermission.

Cal Poly senior point guard Dye Stahley knocked down a 3 to get the deficit back to a 10-point margin, but Davis — which recently secured its third-straight regular-season Big West title — answered with six straight points, ultimately heading to the break up 39-21 thanks to a Song 3-pointer on the half's final possession.

After the squads returned to the floor, senior center Devin Stanback sank a pair of free throws before Nunnelley made a jumper, as the Mustangs (6-21, 3-13) began the third quarter pulling to within 14 at 39-25.

Hall responded with another basket in the paint, though, prior to Song adding another 3 to push the gap to 44-25, on the way to carrying a commanding 60-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Cal Poly, which last weekend was eliminated from contention for the Big West Tournament for the first time since 2005, was held to 25-percent shooting (18-for-72) by the No. 6 field-goal percentage defense throughout the NCAA.

Kayla Konrad gave UCD — ranked No. 22 in the latest CollegeInsider Mid-Major Top 25 — a 69-39 lead via a jumper with eight minutes remaining, before a Cierra McKeown 3 pushed the gap to as many as 36 (82-46) with 4:42 left.

Stahley led Cal Poly with 14 points, while junior forward Alicia Roufosse added 11 and Willett finished with 10. The Mustangs will graduate a class of three seniors in Stanback, Stahley and Nunnelley.

Stahley finishes her career among the top 15 in school history for both assists and steals, as she graduates with 341 assists (No. 6 all-time) and 159 steals (13th). Stahley, who came into the week as the Big West leader in both categories, may finish as the conference's second player in more than 35 years to lead the league in both, pending on games around the Big West Thursday & Saturday.

Stanback, meanwhile, finishes her collegiate career with 755 points to go with 363 rebounds. She entered the day No. 2 in the Big West in field-goal percentage (.517) and 10th in conference play for blocks (10). Nunnelley, a starter in all 27 games this season, was the Big West's 11th-leading rebounder for 2018-19, averaging 5.8 per game.

Senior forward Morgan Bertsch, who on Monday set a conference single-season record with her sixth Big West Player of the Week accolade in 2019, paced the Aggies with 19 points. The nation's fourth-leading scorer, Bertsch shot 6-for-11 in her 22 minutes.

File Photo © David E. Holmes