Dec. 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The road continues to be unkind to the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team, which fell 79-52 Sunday afternoon to Loyola Marymount in Gersten Pavilion.
The Gauchos are winless in five games this season played outside of Santa Barbara, and fell to 1-6 overall. Meanwhile the Lions ended a five-game skid to improve to 2-6 in 2005-06.
UCSB scored the first five points of the game on a quick Jenna Green jumper followed by Jessica Wilson's three-pointer, but that would be its only lead of the afternoon. LMU quickly answered with a 15-0 run spanning the next six minutes, nine points of which came from sophomore guard Amanda DeCoud. The visitors were unable to stop the Lion attack, as LMU pulled ahead to a 26-8 lead with 9:35 to play in the first half on another fastbreak layup by DeCoud. A DeCoud jumper gave the Lions a 30-10 lead at 8:21, but the Gauchos would fight back. Kat Suderman's free throws at 3:29 cut the Loyola Marymount lead to 12, 34-22, but the home team went on a 9-2 spurt to end the first half and take a 43-24 lead into the locker rooms.
DeCoud's 15 first half points led all scorers. Rachael Ziemann had seven points in the period, as LMU shot 60% from the field. The Lions limited the Gauchos to just 32.1% shooting and outrebounded Santa Barbara, 24-12. Jessica Wilson had six points in the first half to lead UCSB.
While the Gauchos held LMU scoreless for the first three-and-a-half minutes of the final period, they could not find the bottom of the net themselves for an even longer period of time. Loyola Marymount led by at least 20 points for the entire second half, while Jevay Grooms' jumper at the 12:57 mark made the scoreboard read 56-26 in favor of the home team. Santa Barbara showed some signs of life with an 11-3 run capped by Erin O'Bryan's three-pointer that brought the visitors within 71-50 with 3:52 to play, but it was too little, too late.
Green scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season, tallying 10 of her 16 points after halftime to lead all Gauchos. No other UCSB player reached the 10-point plateau, while Autumn Nichols and Kat Suderman each grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Santa Barbara has still not committed more turnovers in a game than any of its opponents in 2005-06, coughing the ball up 19 times to LMU's 21 miscues.
DeCoud - whose previous career-high of 11 points came last season vs. the Gauchos - led all scorers with 17. Grooms and Ziemann were the other Lions in double-digits with 11 points apiece. In addition to out-shooting UCSB 56.4% to 30.2%, Loyola Marymount owned a 42-33 rebounding edge.
The Gauchos will look to regroup during their season-long five-game homestand, which begins on Saturday, Dec. 17 when 22nd-ranked UCLA comes to town for a 2:00 p.m. showdown in the Thunderdome.