January 15, 2006

Short-Handed Gauchos Top UC Davis 70-55

Jan. 15, 2006

Final Stats

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Down to just eight healthy players Sunday afternoon, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team never trailed en route to a 70-55 non-conference win over UC Davis in the Thunderdome.

Despite missing three regular starters due to injury, the Gauchos were able to pull their overall record above .500 for the first time all season at 8-7. Meanwhile the Aggies - who join UCSB in the Big West Conference in 2007-08 - fell to 7-9 on the year.

The home team held UCD without a field goal for nearly five minutes to open the game, building a 9-2 advantage during that span. After Davis ended its early scoring drought, Santa Barbara embarked on a 9-0 run that included the first of sophomore guard Ana Onaindia's three first-half three pointers. The Gauchos maintained their double-digit cushion for the remainder of the period, opening a lead as wide as 18 points on several occasions including the 2:09 mark when freshman Whitney Warren connected on a driving layup. UCSB lead 36-22 heading into the locker rooms.

The Santa Barbara offense, however, stagnated to open the final half, while a 9-3 Aggie spurt capped by Jessica Campbell's three-pointer brought the visitors within 44-35 with 14:54 to play. Junior guard Erin O'Bryan answered with an off-balance lay-in on Santa Barbara's next possession before Warren scored on an acrobatic move, and UCD would never again mount a serious rally. When O'Bryan connected on the last of her four second-half three-pointers with 1:31 remaining, UCSB held its widest cushion at 70-51.

The junior guard from Gilbert, Ariz., finished with a career-high 23 points including seven-of-12 from beyond the arc, one shy of Erin Alexander's school-record eight trifectas set in 1996. Warren - making just her second career start - also enjoyed personal bests of 11 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore center Jenna Green led all players with 11 boards on the afternoon. Onaindia sunk a trio of three-pointers to give UCSB 10 total, also one off the school record.

Campbell paced the Davis scoring attack with 19 points, followed by 18 from Jackie Turpin. The visitors connected at a woeful 18.8% in the first half and finished at 28.3%, compared to 47.4% for the Gauchos.

UCSB will hope to have its full roster available when it resumed Big West play on Saturday, Jan. 21, hosting Central Coast rival Cal Poly in the Thunderdome at 2:00 p.m.

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