Dec. 2, 2006
College Park, Md. - The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team suffered its fifth consecutive loss Saturday as top-ranked reigning national champion Maryland rolled to a 105-44 victory at the Comcast Center in front of 8,069 fans.
With the win, the Terps remained perfect on the year at 9-0 and matched their best start to a season since their 1991-92 campaign. Maryland entered the game as the unanimous No. 1 squad in the nation as it has topped both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls since the preseason.
For UCSB (1-5), the 61-point defeat was its worst loss since Feb. 12, 1987 when the Gauchos were downed 115-50 at Long Beach State. Tonight's game marked the sixth-largest margin of defeat on record for Santa Barbara.
Sophomore forward Marissa Coleman, the 2006 ACC Rookie of the Year, clearly did her part in the victory as she posted the first triple-double in school history with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Coleman was one of six players in double figures for the Terps. Laura Harper was 7-for-7 from the field and scored a game-high 19 points, while Crystal Langhorne had 18.
Maryland, which has scored 80-plus points in seven of its nine games this season, forced 15 Gaucho turnovers. UCSB lost the ball on six of its first seven possessions of the game, leading to a 17-2 run by the Terrapins. Overall, Maryland scored 21 points off of turnovers.
After shooting just 26% in the opening half, the Gauchos found themselves down 45-17 heading into the locker room at halftime.
For the game, UCSB shot 32% (18-56) and made just two of 12 three-pointers. Maryland shot an impressive 64% (40-63) from the field and owned the boards, out-rebounding the Gauchos 51-17.
The last time UCSB gave up 100 or more points to an opponent was in a 103-90 overtime loss at Wisconsin in November of 1998. The last time the Gauchos surrendered 105 points or more was in November of 1997 when they fell 107-74 at Arizona.
"It's always interesting when you play the number one team in the country," said UCSB head coach Mark French. "When looking on tape, you always think that there are weaknesses and things that you can attack, but obviously things did not turn out that way tonight. They were awesome on the offensive boards, an awesome rebounding team."
It was just the second-ever meeting between the two teams. The all-time series is even as UCSB picked up a 68-52 win to open the 1995-96 season.
UCSB continues its East Coast road trip as the Gauchos take on the Atlantic 10's Richmond Spiders Mon., Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. PT.