Feb. 7, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Lauren Pedersen scored 16 points - and set a school record in doing so - and Whitney Warren added 12 points as the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team defeated UC Irvine, 51-38, on Saturday afternoon at the Thunderdome.
UCSB has now won 12 of its past 13 games and is 15-7 overall, 10-0 in the Big West. UC Irvine falls to 5-18, 2-8.
Pedersen went 7 of 7 from the free throw line and now has made 29 consecutive free throws, breaking Lindsay Taylor's mark of 28 straight set in 2003. Pedersen also knocked down 20 in a row to start the season.
Playing without starters Jenna Green and Sha'Rae Gibbons - each bothered by an ailment that made them unavailable - the Gauchos had to rely on other sources for their scoring. But the trademark defense remained intact as UCSB forced 23 turnovers and held an opponent under 40 points for the fifth time this season.
"The one thing I feel really good about is there was not one moment where I looked at them in the huddle and didn't think that we were going to get a win," head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "That being said, we need to do a lot of things a lot better."
UCSB led just 21-17 at the half and the Anteaters took a 26-24 lead with 11:51 to play in the second half. But the Gauchos went on a quick 11-2 run and kept UCI at bay for the remainder.
"We did make it a concerted effort in the second half of trying to break it open by getting to the rim," Gottlieb said. "Obviously there's no one better than Whitney at doing that."
Warren scored nine of her 12 points in the second half and Pedersen had 11 of her 16 then. Pedersen finished with five rebounds, six assists, three blocks and six steals. Warren went 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
UCSB won't play for a week, the team's next game on Feb. 14 at Cal Poly at 4 p.m. The Gauchos' next home game is Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. Oregon State, which is also UCSB's Pink Zone Night. Tickets are just $1 with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. Fans are asked to wear pink to the game and pink gear will be available for purchase and auctioned off.
Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, coming to the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking here.