Game #9-138: California-Davis at Sacramento State HornetsNovember 20, 2012 10:35 pm
College basketball has plenty of classic rivalries based on proximity like the Battle of the Boulevard. Sac State and UC Davis are separated by the Yolo Causeway, which serves mostly as a floodplain.
Sac State started as Sacramento State College in 1947 to help soldiers utilizing the GI Bill. In 1955, the Hornet Nest was constructed. UC Davis started as the University Farm, the agricultural extension of UC Berkeley, better known in the sports world as Cal. To honor their heritage, their moniker is the Aggie and the mascot, a Gunrock
, a tribute to a US Army donation that helped develop cavalry horses. Sadly, most of you reading might be more familiar with Davis due to a protest of tuition increases
or the meme
In basketball, this local rivalry happened on the court until 1998, including during the brief existence of the American West Conference
. Once UC Davis came up to D-I in 2004, the two schools renewed their rivalry. Since then and like many other rivalries, competitions in all sports now contribute to the school with the most overall points earning a trophy. Coming into this game, Davis lead Sac State 35-7.5. Depending on how the game went, Davis could clinch their fifth year with the cup before the end of the year.
Figuring this game would be packed, I took in a double header as the Sac State Women's team took on Utah Valley
. It was truly an uptempo game as both teams had 84 possessions. Senior Kylie Kuhns broke the school record for rebounds, getting 12 for a total of 934 career rebounds.