December 5, 2009

Gauchos Battle to 59-53 Victory Over Oregon State

Dec. 5, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - UC Santa Barbara (2-5) captured its second win of the season on Saturday defeating Oregon State, 59-53, at the Beavers' Gill Coliseum.

Meagan Williams led the Gauchos with a season-best 17 points in the victory and also led the squad with three assists. Emilie Johnson was second on the team with 15 points, scoring 13 in the second half. The sophomore also was perfect from the free throw line, sinking 5 of 5.

Mekia Valentine contributed 10 points of her own while leading the squad with eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Gauchos shot 43.4 percent from the field while holding the Beavers to 31.9 percent, a season-low for UCSB opposition. UCSB also tallied a season-low 13 turnovers with just four in the second half.

For the Beavers, Talisa Rhea led the charge, scoring 20 points for Oregon State while also posting four assists.

The game was a seesaw battle throughout and with 3:50 left to play, the game was deadlocked at 47 apiece.

Valentine began the final charge for the Gauchos when she was fouled and sunk both of her free throws. On the next possession, the fortunes appeared to be on the Gauchos' side when Brittany Kennedy's wide-open three-point attempt rimmed out.

On the other side of the court, Johnson was fouled outside the arc and proceeded to nail all three of her free throws, stretching the Gaucho lead to five points.

The closest Oregon State came the rest of the way was two points after Rhea hit a three-pointer with just over two minutes to go. UCSB closed out the game with a 9-3 run.

The win marked the first over a Pac-10 school in the Lindsay Gottlieb-era and the first since Nov. 11, 2007 when the Gauchos defeated USC.

"I am so proud of our toughness and our attitude," said head coach Lindsay Gottlieb after the win. "I was proud of them at the five minute mark, the 18 minute mark and the 39 minute mark. It was the quintessential team win."

UCSB will return home on Sunday, Dec. 13 to host Cal State Bakersfield at 2 p.m. in 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.

All women's basketball games can be heard on AM 990 in Santa Barbara or streaming online here.