EUGENE, Ore. – UCSB's (1-2) disruptive defense kept the Gauchos competitive in stretches during the opening half, but Oregon (3-0) broke away in the second half in defending home court with a 79-51 decision on Sunday afternoon.
Jasmine Ware and Chaya Durr both hit season-highs against Oregon with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Coco Miller netted 10 points for the second game in a row. Miller delivered UCSB's opening basket with a step back jumper and went on to score all her points in the second half, including two three-pointers.
The Gaucho defense frustrated the Ducks throughout the game, as UCSB recorded a season-best 18 steals and forced Oregon into 27 turnovers. Santa Barbara was quick to turn its defense into offense, as the team recorded 25 points off the Ducks' turnovers.
Oregon opened the game on a 14-2 run through the first six and a half minutes, but the Gauchos closed out the period with a 10-5 run to get back within seven points.
During that stretch, UCSB produced six steals and took them all in for scores. Jasmine Ware picked up three of those swipes, as she netted two points and dealt two assists with those opportunities.
Onome Jemerigbe was the first to pick up points during that run with a 2-2 trip to the free throw line, which were the first of nine unanswered UCSB points. After knocking down her foul shots, Jemerigbe picked Jordan Loera's pocket and found Ware for an uncontested lay up. The score prompted an Oregon timeout, but when the players returned to the floor, Ware came up with another steal and found Chaya Durr for a lay up.
Ware continued to keep the pressure on and poked the ball out of Liz Brenner's hands and set up Coco Miller for a transition three-pointer that moved the Gauchos within three at 14-11.
UCSB stayed busy on the defensive end of the floor in the opening three and a half minutes of the second quarter with three more steals and stayed within five points at 23-18.
However, the Ducks defense was relentless as well in limiting the Gauchos to three points until the halftime break, while scoring 14 points on offense.
That 14-3 run gave them a commanding 37-24 halftime lead and they maintained their double-digit advantage for the rest of the way. Oregon netted most of their points during that stretch in the paint and at the foul line. By the end of the game, the Gauchos sent Jillian Alleyne to the charity stripe for 12 shots, as she made nine of them. Alleyene completed the contest with game-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Gauchos will be back in the Thunderdome on Tuesday to host the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticketing Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, over the phone at 805.893.UCSB (8272), and online.