Gauchos Set School Record in Loss to UCLA

Dec. 15, 2009

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Take away the final margin and the box score from Tuesday night's women's basketball game leans heavily in UC Santa Barbara's favor.

After all, the Gauchos set a school record with 13 blocked shots, shot 42.2% from the floor, dished out 16 assists and had fairly even distribution throughout the lineup.

But, games are measured on the final score and UCLA had UCSB in that one, defeating the Gauchos 61-49 at the Thunderdome and snapping UCSB's modest win streak. The Gauchos fall to 3-6 while UCLA improves to 5-3.

Mekia Valentine had seven blocks - tying her season mark, which she's now done three times - and Meagan Williams had a career-high five swats. But, Williams wasn't just active on the defensive end, even though she had a team-best three steals.

The senior from Sacramento had a season-best 18 points and 6 of 9 shooting and pulled down six rebounds. Jordan Franey had 14 points and six boards while Emilie Johnson had seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Valentine finished with two points and five rebounds as the junior battled foul trouble throughout the game.

The Gauchos opened the game on a 12-4 run, but UCLA quickly woke up, turning a nine-point deficit with 11:53 remaining in the first half into a 27-24 halftime lead. UCSB wouldn't lead again.

UCSB kept the second half close and trailed 46-43 with 4:18 to go. But, Doreena Campbell hit a three-pointer that broke the Gauchos' back and UCSB never got closer.

The Gauchos conclude their homestand this Sunday vs. Pepperdine at 2 p.m. Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website,