Feb. 10, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior center Jenna Green had another tremendous performance finishing with a game-high 18 points on 9-for-16 shooting to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 69-55 win over Long Beach State Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Chisa Ononiwu bounced back from an off day against UC Irvine with 16 points in the Gauchos' third consecutive victory in Big West Conference play.
With the win - the Gauchos' fifth in a row on the road and the 10th in the last 12 games - UCSB improves to 14-10 overall this season. Santa Barbara remains in second place in the league standings at 7-2, one game behind first place UC Riverside at 8-1. The 49ers fall to 5-20 overall (2-9 Big West) after losing for the seventh time in the last eight games.
Green was tremendous from the floor and the led Santa Barbara in scoring for the second consecutive game. The native of San Jose, Calif., who also tallied five rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots Saturday, has been the Gauchos' high scorer a team-high 14 times in 24 games this season.
Three other starters scored in double figures, including Ononiwu, who shrugged off an 0-for-5 performance in Thursday's win over the Anteaters with a 5-of-8 effort from the field against the 49ers. She made four of six attempts from three-point range, hauled in seven rebounds and dished out a career-high seven assists. She also tied a career mark with four steals. After scoring just four points in 19 minutes at UCI, LaShay Fears was aggressive offensively from the outset and finished 5-for-9 from the floor for 14 points, her highest total since netting 18 Jan. 6. Jessica Wilson scored all ten of her points in the second half, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, and recorded four assists.
Sophomore guard Karina Figueroa led LBSU with 15 points, despite shooting just 6-of-21, while Kaiti O'Brien added 13, and Brett Timmons chipped in with 11. The 49ers shot 31.4% (22-70) from the field and were just 1-of-4 from downtown.
UCSB continued to shot the ball exceptionally well from the floor, finishing above 45% for the fourth time in the last five games. The Gauchos shot 28-of-58, 48.3%, and made 5-of-11 (45.5%) three-point attempts. Santa Barbara had one of its better games in terms of sharing the ball, racking up 17 assists on 28 made baskets.
The Gauchos won for just the second time this season when being out-rebounded by their opponent after the 49ers claimed a 44-41 edge on the glass. Long Beach State recorded 18 boards on the offensive end, while UCSB grabbed just six.
Santa Barbara jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead on a mid-range jumper from Fears at the 15:55 mark of the first half. UCSB eventually increased its advantage to 20 at 33-13 with 4:24 remaining in the period after Long Beach had pulled to within three (14-11) on a Figueroa jumper. UCSB doubled up LBSU at intermission 40-20.
The Gauchos' lead hovered around the 20-point margin for the first 10 minutes of the second half before a Wilson jumper gave them their biggest lead of the game at 65-40 with 5:58 left on the clock. The 49ers closed the game on a 15-4 run keyed by five points from Timmons for the final 69-55 score.
UCSB never trailed by more than 14 in the second half.
The Gauchos now have a week off before returning to the Thunderdome to take on Cal Poly Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.