Jan. 9, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. - In its seventh attempt this season, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team notched its first road victory of 2005-06 on Monday evening, a 71-60 decision over UC Irvine in the Bren Center.
With their previously-elusive road win, the Gauchos improved to 7-7 overall and 3-1 in Big West Conference action. The Anteaters - who have now lost 10 straight games at the hands of UCSB - fell to 2-12 and 0-2.
Holding a slim 23-18 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, Santa Barbara pulled away thanks to a 13-2 run that included a pair of driving layups by sophomore guard Jessica Wilson and Erin O'Bryan's three-pointer. UCI would manage just three more points the rest of the way, and when sophomore Kate Suderman connected on the last field goal of her perfect seven-for-seven shooting half, the Gauchos held their widest cushion at 38-21. Kalee Davidson then scored on the period's final possession to trim the home team's deficit to 38-23 at intermission.
The visitors maintained a double-digit advantage for much of the second half, opening a lead as wide as 61-43 with 6:54 remaining courtesy of a fluid low-post move and layup by sophomore center Jenna Green. However, UCSB began piling up the turnovers as Irvine rallied within 66-57 at the 1:54 mark on Kelly Cochrane's lay-in. Green answered right back with a basket, and was then send to the charity stripe with 28 seconds left to seal the victory.
Suderman enjoyed career highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds for her second career double-double, burying eight-of-10 shots in the process. Those 13 boards were the most by any Gaucho in a single game this season. Green scored in double-figures for the 13th time in 2005-06 with 16 points, followed by O'Bryan with 10. O'Bryan earned her first start of the year in place of senior guard Karena Bonds who was out with an ankle injury. Without arguably their top ball-handler, the Gauchos committed a season-worst 27 turnovers.
UCI junior guard Angie Ned scored all but two of her game-best 18 points after halftime, while Cochrane was the only other Anteater in double-digits with 13. Irvine shot just 34.3% from the floor and was soundly out-rebounded, 51-32.
The Gauchos return home on Sunday, Jan. 15 to host future Big West member UC Davis in the Thunderdome at 7:00 p.m.