Gauchos Can't Slow Down Portland State In 73-58 Loss

Dec. 6, 2007

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Kelsey Kahle scored 26 points and hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds to lead Portland State to a 73-58 victory over UC Santa Barbara Thursday night in Concordia University's Cavalier Gymnasium. Kat Suderman led the Gauchos with 14 points in the defeat.

With the win, the Vikings improved 7-1 overall in 2007-08, while UCSB saw its two-game road-winning streak come to an end and fell to 3-4.

Because of flooding in Portland State's Peter W. Stott Center last week, Thursday's game was moved to Concordia University in Portland and Santa Barbara was never able to find its rhythm offensively in the tiny NAIA venue. After scoring a season-high 95 points and shooting 52.5% from the field in last week's win at Santa Clara, UCSB made just 24 of 68 shots, 35.3%, and scored 58 points against a team that had been allowing an average of over 68 in its first seven games.

UCSB also had 24 turnovers, with 13 coming in the second half, leading to 26 points for the Vikings.

Portland State shot 43.1% (25-58) and went to the free-throw line 16 more times than did the Gauchos. PSU finished with just 12 turnovers.

Kahle was an impressive 10-of-13 from the field for the game and scored all but seven of her points in the first half. The two-time All-Big Sky First Team selection also finished with three assists, a game-high five steals, and a block. Sophomore guard Claire Faucher went 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line on the way to 11 points and dished out 10 assists, while freshman Lexi Bishop also scored 11 and senior Delaney Conway added 10 to round out four players in double figures for the Vikings.

Suderman finished two points shy of her season-high of 16, finishing 6-of-14 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Sha'Rae Gibbons was 6-of-14 overall and 3-of-8 from 3-point range for 11 points to go with three assists and two steals. Senior guard Chisa Ononiwu added 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting and finished with eight rebounds.

Portland State raced out to a 12-2 lead following a triple by Bishop with 14:47 remaining in the first half, but UCSB responded with 14-4 run over the next five and a half minutes capped off by an Ononiwu jumper to tie the game at 16-16. The Gauchos then took their biggest lead of the game at 22-19 when Lauren Pedersen found Ononiwu open for a jumper on the wing with 7:08 left in the opening period.

Portland State took over from that point as Kahle scored nine straight points to ignite an 18-6 Viking run to close the first half and Santa Barbara went into the locker room at intermission trailing, 37-28.

Kelli Valentine opened the second half with a jumper from the left side and PSU outscored UCSB 17-9 over the first 4:24 to take a commanding 54-37 lead with 15:36 left on the clock. The Vikings led by as many as 19 points (58-39) with 12:05 remaining, before a pair of jumpers by freshman Margaret Johnson and a Gibbons three-pointer pulled the Gauchos to within 12 at 63-51 with 5:18 left to play.

But Conway hit her second three of the game less than a minute later and followed with a bucket inside and the foul to put the game out of reach, 71-53 with 2:50 remaining.

UCSB dominated the glass in the loss, out-rebounding PSU 53-32 for the game, with 25 rebounds coming on the offensive end of the floor. Thursday's contest marked the first time the Gauchos lost this season when out-rebounding their opponent.

Portland State more than made up for that disparity, outscoring Santa Barbara 26-2 on points off turnovers and recording 16 fast break points to none for the Gauchos. PSU was 11-for-15 from the foul line in the second half, while UCSB was just 3-of-6.

The Vikings recorded 18 assists on their 25 baskets.

The Gauchos will look to turn things around this Saturday when they take on the University of Oregon in the 10th Annual Papé Jam in the Rose Garden. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.