Gauchos Net Highest Point Total in Eight Years with 89-41 Toppling of La Verne

Coco Miller (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Coco Miller (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB (2-11) registered its best scoring effort in over eight years with an 89-41 blow out victory over La Verne (2-5) on Sunday afternoon in the Thunderdome.

It was the most point the Gauchos scored in a single game since Nov. 29, 2007 when they beat Santa Clara 95-82. With the win, UCSB ended an eight-game losing streak that started at Oregon on Nov. 22.

Coco Miller paced the Gauchos with 22 points and also tied a career-high with five assists. Makala Roper was behind her with 14 points, netting three of her five looks from three-point range, while also adding a career-high eight rebounds. Jasmine Ware led the reserves with 11 points and a team-high six assists in 27 minutes played off the bench. Taylor Farris also played a key role with career-bests of 11 rebounds and four blocks, while she also added nine points and five assists. In tallying their 89 points, every Gaucho who played scored at least two points.

The Leopards put in the first points of the game with a pair of free throws from Noelle Cobb during her team's first possession. Kendra Morrison, though, quickly put UCSB on the board with a jumper, sparking an 11-0 run. Morrison went on to score the team's following basket, while Roper poured in her first triple of the day. By the 5:21 mark, Farris registered her first basket with a long two-pointer to give her team an 11-2 lead. 

Still holding on to their lead midway through the second half, Roper put UCSB ahead by an overwhelming margin with back-to-back three pointers from the left corner. Initially holding a 21-11 lead, Roper knocked down a wide-open look from the corner after Jasmine Ware drew the defense inside on a drive. Similarly, Onome Jemerigbe set her up on the ensuing possession.

La Verne's Faye Osburn managed to answer each of Roper's shots with downtown makes of her own, but the Leopards would still remain behind by double figures.

Not to be overlooked, Miller also netted a pair of three-pointers herself  in the quarter, including one with seven seconds left that gave UCSB a 43-22 halftime lead.

While the Gauchos scored 47 points in the second half, they held Leopards to just 19 points. 

UCSB will taking a short break over the holidays, but the team will be back in action on Mon. Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. to host Morehead State in their final non-conference contest this season. Tickets are available at the Ticketing Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, over the phone at 805.893.UCSB (8272), and online.