January 14, 2010

Hot-Shooting 49ers Down Gauchos

Jan. 14, 2010

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team had pretty much owned Long Beach State for the better part of the last 20 years, winning 40 of the team's 43 games in that span and taking an 18-game home winning streak vs. the 49ers into Thursday's contest.

Well, things changed.

Long Beach State had four players score in double figures, including senior Karina Figueroa's double-double of 16 points and 10 assists as the 49er won in the Thunderdome for the first time since Jan. 19, 1991, beating the Gauchos 78-63.

The defeat was UCSB's first home loss in a Big West game since an overtime defeat to UC Davis on Feb. 23, 2008.

UCSB falls to 5-11 overall and 2-2 in the Big West while Long Beach is now 7-9, 3-1.

The Gauchos had three players score in double figures as Emilie Johnson had 17 points, Jordan Franey chipped in 11 and Ariana Gnekow had a season-high of 10.

However it was not enough to overcome the hot shooting of the 49ers, who sank 51% of their shots, including an impressive 54.5% of their 3-point attempts. Lauren Sims had 22 points, mostly coming from beyond the arc as she sank 6 of 8 from downtown.

UCSB, meanwhile, made a season-best eight 3-pointers, but did it 23 attempts. The Gauchos did shoot 44.6% for the game and outrebounded LBSU 32-28.

The 49ers put the game away on a 20-7 run in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the second half, turning a six-point halftime advantage into a 57-38 lead.

UCSB will face UC Riverside on Saturday in Riverside at 5 p.m. The game airs live on AM 990 and will stream live online by clicking clicking here..

UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

UCSB Athletics is proud to introduce GKids - its new official kids club! GKids members will receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the new GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.

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