UCSB Edged by Cal Baptist in 2OT Thriller, 85-81

Danae Miller (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Danae Miller (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Junior point guard Danae Miller scored 25 points and freshman center Ila Lane registered her third straight double-double with 24 points and 20 rebounds, but the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team fell in an exciting, end-to-end double-overtime affair with Cal Baptist on Saturday afternoon at CBU Events Center.

The Gauchos (2-3) led 23-22 at the end of the first quarter of play, thanks in no small part to Lane's dominant 10-point performance.

As much as head coach Bonnie Henrickson had her offense clicking, Cal Baptist (6-0) was feeling it from outside the arc in the opening stanza, going 6-of-11 as a team from three-point range, led by forward Lexy Ram's three treys.

That carried over in the second quarter for CBU as they put away three more triples on seven attempts, but the Gauchos kept the Lancers quiet elsewhere, as Danae Miller and freshman guard Johnni Gonzalez scored 10 of UCSB's 16 points to take a 39-35 lead into the half.

Santa Barbara defended its lead in the third quarter, limiting Cal Baptist to a 23.5% showing from the field and allowing no three-pointers.

The Gauchos didn't fare that much better, shooting 25% on 3-of-12 shooting, but they were able to get to the charity stripe often. Danae Miller, Gonzalez, and freshman forward Nyalam Thabach combined for an 8-of-10 mark from the free throw line to extend the lead to 53-46.

CBU flipped the script in the fourth quarter, shooting 6-of-12 from the field including two triples, and tacking on six points from free throws. Ram ran the show for Cal Baptist in the final period, earning 13 points and five rebounds to send the game into overtime tied at 77-all.

Neither team could outmatch the other in the first overtime, so it came down to the second extra period, in which the Gauchos went ahead by as many as five points with 4:08 to go after redshirt senior guard Tal Sahar's trey and a Lane layup, but CBU fought back to take the lead off a Tiena Afu layup from which the Lancers didn't look back to win 85-81.

"There's enough that's positive in getting us to those situations that we're in the game. But we've got to be better and turn the ball over less," said head coach Bonnie Henrickson after the game to play-by-play voice Steve Wendt.

The Gauchos have a quick turnaround, next facing San Diego State at home on Tuesday night for youth t-shirt giveaway night. The game will be streamed on BigWest.TV with the "Voice of the Gauchos" Gerry Fall on play-by-play and former UCSB men's basketball assistant coach Louis Reynaud on color commentary.

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