Nov. 22, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The cold snap that affected the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team last week was supposed to stay in more frigid climates. Yet when the Gauchos returned home to sunny Santa Barbara, their shooting stroke didn't.
UCSB shot just 29.8 percent from the field and lost, 65-40, to Loyola Marymount on Sunday at the Thunderdome less than a week after shooting just 26 percent in a loss at Nevada. UCSB falls to 0-3 while LMU is 2-1.
The margin of defeat was the largest suffered by the Gauchos at home since an 84-59 loss to Stanford on Feb. 1, 2007.
"We're not doing enough winning things," UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "That's a team thing."
Playing without starting center and scoring leader Mekia Valentine didn't help. The 6-foot-4 junior, who is averaging 18.0 points per game, was out with an injury to her right hand. Emilie Johnson led UCSB with 10 points.
Chris Spencer, in her first game of the season after missing the first two with a foot injury, scored nine points while pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, UCSB out-rebounded LMU 37-33 as freshmen Sweets Underwood and Bree Richardson each had six.
LMU jumped out to a 12-point lead midway through the first half before UCSB cut it to five on Underwood's jumper with 6:46 left.
Trailing by nine to start the second half, UCSB saw the Lions go on a 16-6 run to open the second half and LMU followed it with a 12-6 run with 6:05 left.
UCSB will host Kentucky in a noon start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Thunderdome. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
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.
New this year, all men's soccer games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 KIST and available for free online via audio streaming, making UCSB the only school in the nation to broadcast men's soccer matches live on commercial radio. Fans from all over the world can also hear the Gauchos' run to the NCAA Tournament online by clicking here.
All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.