Feb. 4, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Games like this don't come around often. And, don't think UC Santa Barbara's women's basketball team won't savor this one.
UCSB allowed Pacific just one first-half basket and easily rolled to a 71-34 victory Thursday night at the Thunderdome, making history throughout the evening. The 37-point differential marked UCSB's largest-ever win over Pacific and it also counted as head coach Lindsay Gottlieb's largest margin of victory in her career.
Also, the eight first-half points the Gauchos allowed to UOP is tied for second-fewest points in a half by an opponent in program history. The win was also UCSB's biggest since a 44-point victory over Cal State Northridge on Jan. 5, 2008.
Now, with three wins in the past four games, Gottlieb said "If we can use the energy and high of this game as a springboard, I think we can really do something."
Overall, UCSB is 8-13 with a 5-4 mark in the Big West. Pacific falls to 3-17, 1-8.
Led by Mekia Valentine's sixth double-double of the season, four Gauchos scored in double figures. Valentine had 12 points and 13 rebounds - one off her career-high - to go with five blocks. Meagan Williams and Emilie Johnson each had 14 points and Chris Spencer added 12 points. Ariana Gnekow added a career-high 11 rebounds.
On the season Valentine has 75 total blocks, already a single-season school record, and now placing her 10th all-time in UCSB's career history. She passed Brandy Richardson (2001-05) for that spot.
Charging out to a 15-0 lead, UCSB didn't allow Pacific a field goal until 8:15 was left in the first half. By that point, the Gauchos led 29-6. The lead ballooned to 44-6 as UCSB shot 51.7% in the first half.
On the other hand, Pacific was a miserable 1-for-23 from the floor in the first 20 minutes and shot 9 of 48 from the field for the game.
UCSB will continue its longest home stretch of the season when it faces UC Davis on Saturday in the Thunderdome at 2 p.m. The game airs live on AM 990 and will stream live online by clicking here.
To celebrate National Women and Girls in Sports Week, UCSB Athletics is proud to offer girls eighth grade and younger free admission to Saturday's game if they wear their youth team jersey. Click here for more details.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.