Fipps hits 1,000-point milestone at UC Davis

editor@sierrastarFebruary 4, 2014 

Yosemite High School's 2011 graduate Sydnee Fipps, scored her 1,000 career point for UC Davis (9-11, 4-3 Big West Conference) Feb. 1, in the Aggies 82-70 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Fipps scored 21 points for her ninth, 20-point game of the season while becoming the 16th UC Davis player to top the 1,000-point barrier for her career on a 3-pointer with 10:53 to play in the first half.

With her 21 points, Fipps now has 1,018 for her career, just nine points back of Kendall Greene (1992-96) for 15th place on the school's all time scoring list. She became the first Aggie to hit the 1,000 point mark since Kasey Riecks finished her career with 1,071 points during the 2011-12 season.

The humble Fipps was oblivious to her milestone.

"I didn't even know," Fipps said after the game. "After the game my teammates said, 'Congrats.' I don't think it's that big of a deal. It's just a number. I go out there and do whatever I can for my team to win. I just thank my teammates for getting me the ball."

But coach Jennifer Gross wasn't shy about her praise for the 5-foot-10 junior.

"It shows what a special player she is,' Gross said. "I can't remember the last time we had a junior reach that milestone. Every opposing coach knows the ball is going into her hands. It just amazes me every time I look at the stats — she's 17, 20, 25 — her scoring is so consistent."

Against UC Santa Barbara, Fipps was 6 for 15 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

The Aggies play in the Big West conference and Fipps is averaging nearly 20 points a game. She has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and has led, or shared the team lead, in scoring in 14 of the team's 18 contests thus far.

She's also been a force on the boards for UC Davis, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. She has a team-best three double-doubles this season in scoring and rebounds.

While at Yosemite High School, Fipps was named a McDonald's High School All-America nominee after averaging 23.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game to conclude her outstanding prep career, playing for head coach Gary Blate.

She was a two-time D II All-State first team selection and was named to the All-Fresno Bee first team as both a junior and a senior. She averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2010 to finish as the third-highest scoring junior in the state. She led Yosemite to four straight North Sequoia League titles, earning league's MVP title in back-to-back seasons, and is the owner of numerous school season and career records.

Quick start

As a true freshman playing for the NCAA Division 1 Aggies, Fipps made her college career debut on Nov. 11, 2011, at Washington, scoring seven points and going 2-of-2 from long range, along with four rebounds.

She finished her her freshman season ranked third in the Big West Conference in 3-point shooting percentage (.373), and shot 41% from the field overall (55-133).

But it was her sophomore year last season, that Fipps was gaining the attention of everyone in the conference.

She led the team with 17.1 points per game and was ranked No. 2 in the Big West Conference in points per game. She set a new all-time UC Davis record for points by sophomore with 512 — Led the team in field goals, field goals attempted and field goal percentage, free throws made and free throws attempted with 164, 370 and .443, 138 and 169, respectively.

Fipps, who is majoring in exercise biology, finished her sophomore season with a team high 152 rebounds (5.1 per game), scored a career-high 29 points against Long Beach State, and had a career and season high 12 rebounds against Sacramento State.

She was the Aggies' leading scorer in 21 of the teams 30 games, and placed in numerous all-time UC Davis top 10 lists, including points (third), points per game (fourth), and three-pointers made (sixth), and earned a Big West Player of the Week honor one time.

The Aggies play at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Northridge and Friday at UC Irvine. The team will return home for a Jan 13 match-up with Cal State Fullerton.

Follow Fipps by goggling UC Davis Aggies and going to women's basketball.

Fipps is the daughter of Kenneth and Linda Fipps of Mariposa.

TV coverage

The Big West Conference has announced that the Aggies' Feb. 20 contest at Long Beach State will be one of three women's regular season games to be broadcast live on ESPN3. The league's championship game will be shown on FOX Prime Ticket.

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