Gauchos Drop 80-51 Game at UC Davis

Taylor Farris (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Taylor Farris (Photo by Tony Mastres)

DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis (12-8, 5-2) opened the game with a 15-3 run and never looked back, as UCSB (7-14, 4-3) fell 80-51 in the Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

Onome Jemerigbe scored a team-high 15 points for the Gauchos and hit a pair of three pointers. Behind her was Makala Roper with 10 points, while she also led the team with five assists. Overall, the Gauchos struggled on offense with a 31.1 shooting percentage, while yielding a 59.3 clip to the Aggies.

The Gauchos won the rebounding battle 35-31 with Roper and Je Zhé Newton each grabbing five. They also finished with 18 offensive rebounds, the team's highest total in conference play and second overall to their total of 22 against Morehead State on Dec. 28.

In opening the second half, the Gauchos took off on a hot start with a 14-4 run through the first 5:28. Coco Miller first registered a three-pointer in UCSB's first possession and later made a pair of free throws. Jemerigbe made a three-pointer herself in buzzer beater fashion, while Newton got three points the old fashioned way in drawing contact on a hook shot. By the 4:32 mark, the score was 50-34 Aggies.

Davis was looking for a spark on offense and the team found it with Celia Marfone hitting an uncontested three-pointer at the top of the key. It was one of the team's only two downtown makes of the second half, but it sparked a 14-2 run to end the third quarter, giving them a 64-34 edge heading into the fourth.

The game opened with a combined three pointers from both teams. UCD's Pele Gianotti hit two of them with the first one coming during the game's opening possession, while Roper sunk one from the right corner following a Chaya Durr steal.

The score momentarily stood at 6-3 Davis, but the Aggies went on to tally nine more unanswered points to take a 15-3 lead before Jemerigbe stopped the run with a trip to the free throw line.

With Gianotti scoring 11 points by the end of the first quarter, her teammate Celia Marfone did the bulk of scoring in the second period with 12 points. She also hit a three pointer, which helped her team finish the first half 7-10 from the three-point line and shot 70.5 percent overall. Pacing the Gauchos was Jemerigbe, who finished the quarter with six points in going 2-3 from the field and 2-2 at the foul line. 

UCSB will be back at home next week to host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. followed by Hawai'i on Saturday Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticketing Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, over the phone at 805.893.UCSB (8272), and online