UCSB Can't Slow No. 23 UCLA, Falls For First Time This Season, 87-62

Nov. 12, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 23 UCLA used a decisive 13-6 run in the final 4:12 of the first half to build a 12-point lead and the UC Santa Barbara's women's basketball team was unable to mount a comeback in the second half, falling 87-62 Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion.

Junior center Jenna Green led the way with 14 points for the Gauchos and Jessica Wilson and Jordan Franey chipped in with 12 apiece. Lindsey Plummer led the Bruins with a game-high 23 points.

With the loss, UCSB falls to 1-1 on the young season, while UCLA improved to 1-0 in its season-opener.

After the Bruins jumped out to an 11-3 lead at the 16:28 mark fueled by two early Gaucho turnovers, UCSB responded with a 13-6 run of its own after freshman guard Meagan Williams' three pointer at 13:17 to pull within one, 17-16. Santa Barbara took its first lead less than two minutes later at 19-17 after Franey knocked down the first of four treys Sunday.

The Gauchos followed with buckets from Green and freshman forward Ariana Gnekow and pair of free throws from LaShay Fears to take a 25-22 lead at 5:54, but UCLA countered with six straight points on a three from Amy Horton and a three point play from Amanda Livingston to pull ahead 30-25.

The Bruins then closed the first half on a 13-6 run--nine of which came from the free-throw line after foul trouble became an issue for Santa Barbara--to take a 43-31 lead into the locker room. Junior guard Jessica Wilson picked up her third personal with 8:57 on the clock and Williams was whistled for her fourth with 3:22 left to play. Franey and Fears was both charged with their third in the final three minutes of the half. A total of 18 personal fouls were called on the Gauchos in the first 20 minutes.

UCLA out-scored UCSB 15-8 in the first 3:37 of the second half following a lay-up by Livingston and the Gauchos' deficit increased to 19 at 58-39. Plummer's hit from downtown at the 14:08 mark gave the Bruins a 63-41 cushion and the home team's lead swelled to 85-59, the largest of the afternoon, following a lay-up by Tierra Henderson.

Wilson scored all of her 12 points in the second half, doing her best to keep the Gauchos in the game, but Santa Barbara could do little to stop UCLA offensively.

For the game, the Bruins shot 42.5%, making 31 of 73 shots, while the Gauchos shot just 32.8%, 22-for-67. UCLA out-rebounded UCSB 57-35, with 30 of those coming on the offensive glass. The Gauchos, who battled foul trouble the entire game, were able to keep four players on the court with four personals in the second half. Sophomore forward Whitney Warren fouled out with 10:17 remaining.

UCSB returns to the Thunderdome next week when the Gauchos host Oregon next Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.