SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Redshirt junior guard Coco Miller set a career-high in points with 33 as the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team (3-12, 0-2 Big West) dropped their second Big West Conference matchup against Cal Poly (4-9, 1-1 Big West) at the Mott Athletics Center on Saturday afternoon.
Cal Poly came out to a quick start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after two minutes of play and ending the quarter with an 18-10 advantage. Danae Miller scored the Gauchos' first seven points of the game.
UCSB would make up for their early deficit with a 13-5 run to start the second quarter, thanks mainly to a trio of three-point plays from Coco Miller.
Cal Poly began to distance themselves again toward halftime as four different players made shots to give the Mustangs a 7-point advantage at the interval.
Out of the break, UCSB erased the deficit within two and a half minutes as Coco Miller's fourth triple put the Gauchos up 35-33. Up to that point in the quarter, the Gauchos had held the hosts scoreless, but they went on a 23-10 tear the rest of the way to enter the fourth period with their largest lead yet of 13 points.
The lead widened to fourteen with 6:26 to go in regulation after Alli Hallberg's made three-pointer, but then the Gauchos came storming back with Anugwom, Danae Miller, and Coco Miller combining to cut the Cal Poly lead to 67-61 with 1:49 left in the game.
With both teams reaching the bonus, UCSB succumbed to Cal Poly's free-throw shooting in the final minutes as the Mustangs closed out their first Big West Conference victory.
The Gauchos begin a three-game homestand with their matchup against Long Beach State on Saturday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. A live stream will be available on BigWest.TV.