Feb. 12, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Yes, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team still remembered very well what happened last time they played UC Riverside.
And, yes, the Gauchos took out their month-long frustration on the Highlanders.
After a 33-point defeat a month ago in Riverside, it was the Gauchos' turn to do the embarrassing. Four players scored in double figures and UCSB held UCR to just 23.1 percent shooting in a 59-37 victory on Saturday, the team's fourth win in five games.
The Gauchos improve to 14-10 overall and 8-4 in the Big West while UCR falls to 13-10, 6-4. The victory moves UCSB into at least a second place tie depending on the outcome of the UC Davis-Long Beach State game.
"I couldn't be more proud," head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "As a regular season goes, this has to be up there one of the best in awhile - for reasons people outside our locker room don't even know. We had a struggle down there. To come back and beat them today doesn't just happen today. It speaks to the commitment and the players sticking together. We've had some bumps along the way, but they've been dialed in."
For Valentine, it was her ninth double-double this season and the 18 rebounds tied a season-high. She has grabbed double-digit rebounds in five of her past seven games and is averaging 10.2 boards per game this season. In conference play, it's an even better 12.5 per game.
UCSB made sure not to just avenge its 81-48 defeat to UCR, but to get revenge from it. The Gauchos brought an intensity from the opening tip and turned it into a double-digit lead midway through the first half. Santa Barbara went up by 13 on Valentine's layup with 6:32 to go and Nicole Nesbit's three-pointer at the buzzer gave UCSB a 30-17 lead at halftime.
"This shows we can play with anybody as long as we play as a team and play with energy," sophomore forward Sweets Underwood said. "We can still get better. There's a lot of areas we can still improve. But we're playing some of our best basketball."
UCSB pushed its lead to 20 points on an Underwood layup with 7:23 to go and had a double-digit lead for all but one possession of the second half.
Nesbit scored 10 of her points in the second half in setting a new career-high. Johnson had four assists, two blocks and two steals and Underwood added nine rebounds.
UCSB outrebounded UCR, 50-28 and had 15 second-chance points. The presence of Valentine and Underwood in the post also helped UCSB score 18 of its points in the paint.
Santa Barbara travels to Cal State Fullerton next Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Josh Suchon will be broadcasting the pregame show live online by clicking here and on the air at AM 990 KTMS.
The Gauchos return home with a 2 p.m. game vs. Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 20 in what will be the team's annual Pink Zone game. Please click here for information on the event.
Tickets are available online by clicking here or by calling (805) 893-UCSB (8272).
Four Score in Double Figures as UCSB Buries UCR
May 19, 2011 UCSB Names Carlene Mitchell New Head Coach
May 9, 2011 Women's Basketball Golf Tournament is May 19
April 29, 2011 Women's Basketball Team Adds Two More Players for 2011-12
April 25, 2011 Lindsay Gottlieb Named Head Coach at Cal
April 13, 2011 Gauchos Have League-High Four Receive All-Academic Honors
April 11, 2011 Mekia Valentine Chosen by NY Liberty in WNBA Draft
March 17, 2011 Gauchos Fall to Trojans in WNIT Opener
March 15, 2011 Gauchos Play at USC on Thursday in WNIT
March 14, 2011 UCSB Receives Bid to WNIT; Plays at USC on Thursday
March 7, 2011 Four Gauchos Honored by Big West
March 7, 2011 Emilie Johnson's not sitting still at UCSB
March 7, 2011 Mekia Valentine Named Big West Player of the Week
March 3, 2011 Gauchos Travel to SLO With Big West Title on the Line
February 28, 2011 Emilie Johnson Named Big West Player of the Week
February 26, 2011 Johnson's 27 Points Leads UCSB Past CSUN
February 24, 2011 Kristen Mann Named Legend Of The Dome
February 23, 2011 Gauchos Host Long Beach, Northridge in Final Two Home Games
February 22, 2011 Mekia Valentine Named Golden 1/UCSBgauchos.com Athlete of the Week
February 21, 2011 Valentine Named Big West Player of the Week
February 20, 2011 UCSB Tops Seattle University During Annual Pink Zone Game
February 17, 2011 Gauchos Outlast Fullerton, 73-70
February 16, 2011 Gauchos Go For Win No. 37 in a Row vs. Fullerton on Thursday
February 12, 2011 Four Score in Double Figures as UCSB Buries UCR
February 11, 2011 Nicole Nesbit: Against Tall Odds
February 10, 2011 UCSB Shoots Past Anteaters, 70-56
February 9, 2011 Gauchos Host UC Irvine on Thursday, UC Riverside on Saturday
February 9, 2011 UCSB Announces Pink Zone Event for Feb. 20
February 5, 2011 Sharp-Shooting UC Davis Tops Gauchos
February 3, 2011 Johnson's Career Night Leads Gauchos Past Tigers
February 1, 2011 Gauchos Head North to Battle Pacific, UC Davis
January 29, 2011 Gauchos Use Big Second Half to Defeat Cal State Northridge, 71-48
January 27, 2011 Gauchos Unable to Blemish Mustangs' Perfect Mark in Narrow Defeat
January 27, 2011 Sweets Underwood: A Great Example
January 26, 2011 UCSB Hosts First-Place Cal Poly on Thursday
January 24, 2011 Underwood a Sweet option for UCSB
January 22, 2011 UCSB Annihilates Fullerton, 69-32
January 21, 2011 The Gauchos' floor general
January 21, 2011 Tickets On Sale for 2011 ampm Big West Tournament at Honda Center
January 20, 2011 Gauchos Host Fullerton on Saturday
January 15, 2011 Gauchos Unable to Stop UC Riverside
January 13, 2011 Gauchos Topple Irvine Behind Great Defensive Play
January 12, 2011 Transfer Finds Family in Gaucho Gold
January 12, 2011 Gauchos Face Stiff Road Test This Week
January 8, 2011 Reserves Spark Gauchos in Victory
January 6, 2011 Gauchos Fall to UC Davis, 63-55
January 5, 2011 UCSB Returns Home to Face UC Davis, Pacific
December 30, 2010 Gauchos Open Big West Play by Throttling Long Beach State
December 28, 2010 Gauchos Open Conference Play at Long Beach on Thursday
December 22, 2010 Gauchos Blow Past Siena for Sixth Win in Eight Games
December 21, 2010 Have Breakfast With the Gauchos on Wednesday as UCSB Faces Siena
December 19, 2010 UCSB Hangs Tough with No. 18 St. John's, but Unable to Pull Off Upset
December 18, 2010 Johnson Continues Hot Streak to Help Gauchos Win
December 17, 2010 Gauchos Head to East Coast for Three
December 14, 2010 Adrian Helps Gauchos Win Overtime Thriller
December 13, 2010 Gauchos Begin 5-Game Road Trip on Tuesday at Bakersfield
December 11, 2010 Underwood, Gauchos Roll Past UTEP
December 9, 2010 Gauchos Get a Rare Dose of Home Cooking
December 8, 2010 Join the Gauchos for a New York Women's Basketball Huddle
December 5, 2010 UCSB Dominates USF, 71-38
December 4, 2010 UCSB Looks to Get Back on Track at USF on Sunday
December 3, 2010 Gauchos Fall to Saint Mary's, 77-53
December 1, 2010 UCSB Heads North for Two Tough Tests
November 29, 2010 Valentine Named Big West Player of the Week
November 28, 2010 Mekia Valentine Records School's First Triple-Double in Victory
November 24, 2010 Gauchos Finish Homestand on Sunday vs. Northern Colorado
November 20, 2010 Idaho Outlasts Gauchos in Double Overtime
November 18, 2010 Portland State Needs OT to Top Gauchos
November 17, 2010 Gauchos Host Portland State on Thursday in 1 p.m. Game at Thunderdome
November 17, 2010 Women's Hoops Team Inks Two Top Players
November 14, 2010 No. 15 Bruins Too Much for Gauchos
November 12, 2010 Gauchos Drop Opener to Pepperdine
November 10, 2010 UCSB Starts 2010-11 Campaign With Two Road Tests
November 4, 2010 Valentine's Double-Double Not Enough for Gauchos in Exhibition
November 3, 2010 UCSB Women's Hoops Opens 2010-11 Season on Thursday
October 28, 2010 Valentine Tabbed as Preseason First Team Pick; Gauchos Picked Fourth
October 27, 2010 Josh Suchon Added to UCSB Broadcast Team