November 17, 2007

UCSB Suffers 66-42 Defeat At No. 14 Arizona State

Nov. 17, 2007

Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jill Noe scored a game-high 12 points and dished out eight assists to lead No. 14 Arizona State to a 66-42 victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. Jenna Green also scored 12 to the Gauchos in her season debut.

With the loss, UCSB falls to 1-2 overall this season, while ASU improved to 1-1 after winning its home opener.

Noe finished 4-of-7 from the field and scored nine of her 12 points in the decisive first half. The senior guard also hauled in a game-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Briann January tallied all of her 11 points in the first 20 minutes and shot 4-of-11 for the game. Sophomore Dymond Simon chipped in with nine.

Green returned to the lineup after missing Santa Barbara's first two games with a back injury and shot 4-of-8 from the field to go with three rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes. She was the only player to reach double figures. Junior point guard Sha'Rae Gibbons made just the second start of her career after scoring a career-high 19 points in last Sunday's win over USC and scored seven points while sophomore forward Jordan Franey finished with six points, going 3-of-6 from the field.

Guards Jessica Wilson and Chisa Ononiwu were a combined 3-for-10 with just seven points between them.

After the Gauchos battled the Sun Devils close for the first 15 minutes, Noe sparked a 13-0 run late in the first half that helped ASU take a 37-19 halftime lead. She hit a pair of free throws and then nailed a 3-pointer after UCSB had closed to within 21-15 on a Green layup with 6:13 left in the first half. Noe then assisted on the next three plays as the Sun Devils opened up a 34-15 advantage with 2:17 before the break.

The Gauchos missed seven of their first eight shots and were just 7-for-25, 28%, from the field in the first half.

The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 14-4 run to put the game out of reach, leading by as many as 28 in the second half. Santa Barbara never got any closer than 22 points the rest of the way.

UCSB shot much better in the second half, making 11 of its 25 shots, 44%, but could do nothing to slow the Sun Devils' offense. The Gauchos finished 36% (18-for-50) for the game, while ASU went 25-of-57, 43.9%.

Arizona State held a commanding 46-26 rebounding advantage and grabbed 19 offensive boards.

The Gauchos will look to bounce back at Loyola Marymount Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

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