Gauchos Rally But Can't Overcome UC Davis

Gauchos Rally But Can't Overcome UC Davis

Feb. 6, 2010

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Emilie Johnson, Chris Spencer and Ariana Gnekow all scored in double figures for UC Santa Barbara's women's basketball team on Saturday but it wasn't enough to overcome UC Davis, as the Gauchos' two-game winning streak ended with a 62-54 loss.

Despite UC Davis (15-7 overall, 7-2 in the Big West) jumping out to a 17-2 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, UCSB (8-14, 5-5) clawed its way back into the game, trailing by just two at halftime. Davis pushed its advantage to eight points with 12:28 left in the game, but again the Gauchos got back into the game.

Spencer hit a 3-pointer and Johnson followed with a layup and a trey of her own to equal the game, 43-43 with 8:38 remaining. However the Aggies 15-6 run to put the game away.

Johnson led the Gauchos with 17 points, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Spencer equaled her career-high with 14 points while Gnekow scored a career-high 12 points to go with six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals.

Lately the Gauchos had been minimizing their turnovers, a larger problem earlier in the season, but UCSB had 27 on Saturday, which Davis turned into 21 points. The Gauchos were also outrebounded, 34-32 after dominating the boards in the two teams' first meeting, 46-19.

UCSB will continue its longest home stretch of the season when it faces UC Riverside on Thursday in the Thunderdome at 7 p.m. The game is the first of two women's basketball "Legends of the `Dome" and is also the Gauchos' Pink Zone game, which is an annual event to raise breast cancer awareness. The game airs live on AM 990 and will stream live online at

For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the `Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend, Carrick DeHart, was unveiled on Jan. 23 before a win over Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.

And UCSB Athletics is proud to announce the "Legends Pack" of tickets for $40. Fans will receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas to any of the upcoming Legends games. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.