Gauchos Go Cold in Reno, Lose 59-43 to Nevada

Nov. 16, 2009

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RENO, Nev. - A tough shooting night was the downfall for the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team on Monday night at the Lawlor Events Center as the Gauchos lost to Nevada, 59-43, while shooting a mere 26 percent from the floor. The Gauchos missed all 17 of their 3-point attempts.

UCSB has lost its first two games of the season for the first time since 2005-06 when the Gauchos lost their first five contests that season. Nevada improves to 2-0.

The first half on Monday was completely different from the way UCSB opened its season last Friday vs. Fresno State. The Gauchos shot a mere 18.5 percent from the floor while Nevada shot just 37.9 percent. Neither team made a 3-pointer, UCSB missing all nine of its attempts from downtown.

In the second half, things didn't get much better as UCSB was just 8-for-23 from the field, including 0-for-8 from 3-point land.

The trio UCSB may most rely upon this season to carry them offensively - Mekia Valentine, Jordan Franey and Emilie Johnson - combined to go just 1-for-15 in the first 20 minutes. However, Sweets Underwood kept the score close. The freshman had a first-half high seven points to go with three rebounds in 11 minutes of action.

"I thought we got out-toughed out there," UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said.

Valentine ended up with a team-leading 14 points, coming alive in the second half and finishing 5 of 8 from the field. Johnson went 3-for-13 from the floor while Franey was 0-for-11. The two combined to miss 12 3-point attempts.

Valentine, who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks vs. Fresno State, played just 10 first-half minutes because of early foul trouble and could never get into a rhythm early on. However she finished with seven blocked shots, which is second all-time in single-game school history. That comes on the heels of blocking six shots vs. Fresno State.

Emilie Johnson had a career-high seven steals, tying her for ninth all-time in UCSB single-game history.

The Gauchos begin a two-game homestand next Sunday when they host Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. in the Thunderdome followed by a noon game on Wednesday, Nov. 25 vs. Kentucky.

To purchase tickets, call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase tickets to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

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