Dec. 14, 2010
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kelsey Adrian hit two huge three-pointers in the waning moments of regulation and the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team completed a comeback from 18 points down in the second half to stun Cal State Bakersfield, 86-83, in overtime on Tuesday night.
The Gauchos watched as Bakersfield scored the first 11 points of the second half and pushed its lead to 53-35 with 16:24 remaining. However, UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb employed her team into a full-court press the rest of the way, forcing numerous turnovers and allowed the Gauchos to get back into the game.
That set up Adrian, playing her first season at UCSB after transferring from Cal, to hit a well-contested three-pointer from the left arch with 18 seconds left, cutting Bakersfield's lead to 73-71.
After Tyonna Outland made just one of two ensuing free throws, Adrian nailed another well-contested three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
"She even got a tip on the ball when I was shooting it," Adrian said of Roadrunner defender Kristine Herman. "I was just hoping it would get there and it went in. I was in shock. It wasn't a pretty shot but it went in."
For the Gauchos, it was beautiful.
With momentum, UCSB held off the `Runners in overtime as freshman Melissa Zornig calmly sank two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to finish the amazing comeback.
UCSB (4-5) has won three straight and four of its past five games. Five Gauchos scored in double figures - the first time that's occurred since March, 2008 when UCSB beat Cal Poly in the Big West Tournament - as Emilie Johnson led the team with 16 points, Nicole Nesbit had a career-high 13 points, followed by Sweets Underwood and Mekia Valentine with 12 apiece and Adrian had 11.
For Adrian, it marked the sixth straight game she has reached double figures. Valentine had her fourth double-double of the season with 11 rebounds while also adding seven blocked shots. Underwood finished with nine rebounds. Zornig had nine points and Destini Mason added eight.
Nesbit, who made her first collegiate start in place of the injured Angelei Aguirre, had five steals and four assists while going 6 of 7 from the floor. The 5-foot-5 freshman also had a blocked shot.
The Gauchos trailed 10-2 to open the game but took a 16-15 lead on one of Johnson's jumpers with 10:04 to go. It would be the team's last lead until Nesbit's fastbreak layup to make it 77-76 with 3:31 to go in overtime.
UCSB continues its five-game road trip on Saturday in the St. John's-Chartwells Holiday Classic in New York when the Gauchos face Fresno State at 12:00 p.m. PDT. The game will air live online by clicking here as Josh Suchon, as with every game, opens a pregame show 30 minutes before tip-off.
UCSB will host a New York-area basketball huddle on Saturday night. For more information please click here.
Santa Barbara does not return home until Jan. 6 when it hosts UC Davis.
Tickets to women's basketball games - and any home UCSB athletics event - can be purchased by calling (805) 893-UCSB or online by clicking here.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.