Mintun's 20 Points Powers Aggies To Victory
DAVIS, Calif. — For the second time in three games, sophomore forward Ericka von Kaeppler matched her career-high scoring mark, but it was not enough to help the Yale University women's basketball team close out its West Coast trip with a victory.
The five-day trip to California gave von Kaeppler the chance to play a pair of games close to her home in Palo Alto. The Bulldogs played at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, which was an hour away from her hometown. Yale closed out the trip at UC Davis, just two hours away from home for von Kaeppler.
However, that's where Paige Mintun stole the show. The senior forward scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead UC Davis to a 73-62 victory Friday night over Yale, which lost its fourth straight game to fall to 1-4. The Aggies improved to 4-1 with the win.
All four of Yale's losses have come by double-digit margins.
After scoring only four points against Cal on Tuesday, von Kaeppler closed out her visit home in stellar fashion, coming off the bench to match her career-high with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and three assists in only 12 minutes of action to lead the Bulldogs.
Yale jumped ahead 12-8 on a 3-pointer from von Kaeppler with 13:36 to play in the first half, but UC Davis took over from there, using a 16-4 run to open up a 24-16 lead with 4:53 left in the half. Riecks scored eight of her 11 points in the first half to help the Aggies to a 34-27 lead by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.
UC Davis came out of the halftime break firing on all cylinders and put together another run to start the half. After scoring only seven of her points in the opening frame, Mintun scored nine of her 13 second-half points to fuel a 20-4 run over the opening 6:32 of the second half that gave the Aggies a 54-31 lead, their largest of the game.
The Bulldogs tried to chip away at the deficit to get back into the contest but they could get no closer than 11 points before the final buzzer.
Yale outrebounded UC Davis 36-34. It was the first time the Bulldogs outrebounded an opponent this season. However, they turned the ball over 19 times leading to 23 Aggie points.
Besides Mintun, Kasey Riecks added 11 points and six assists, while Vicky Deely chipped in with eight points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Yale is off until Wednesday when it travels to Rhode Island for a non-league game against Big East foe Providence at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity