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Fipps receives preseason honors

UC Davis basketball standout Sydnee Fipps has received preseason honors from College Sports Madness as one of two players from the Big West Conference named to the All-Mid Major Second Team and has also been named to the preseason All-Big West Conference First Team.

A two time All Big West Conference First Team selection, Fipps was named to the all-conference first team for the second straight season in 2014. She ranked third last year in the league in scoring (17.7 ppg), and among the top 15 in four other offensive categories, while becoming the 16th player -- and only the third junior -- to reach 1,000 career points at UC Davis.

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 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.

Fipps 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.

Last season she reached double figures in all but three of her 31 starts, including 16 games of 20-or-more points, and set a season high with 25 points at University of Pacific.

Fipps has started in every game (51) since her sophomore year for Coach Jennifer Gross.

Last season she reached double figures in all but three of her 31 starts, including 16 games of 20-or-more points, and set a season high with 25 points at University of Pacific.

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.

Fipps currently holds eight girls basketball records at Yosemite High, where she played for Gary Blate, and lead the Badgers to a 39-1 league record in four seasons. She is only the second player in the history of the school to score more than 2,000 career points

While at Yosemite High School, Fipps was named a McDonald’s High School All-America nominee after averaging 23.4 points, and 7.4 rebounds per game.

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 the league’s MVP title in back-to-back seasons.

The Aggies open their 2014-‘15 season against nine-time defending national champion, and USA Today coaches poll preseason No. 1, Connecticut, at 7 p.m., Nov. 14.

For the Aggies schedule and ticket information, go to ucdavisaggies.com/tickets/wbbtickets.html.

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

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