IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine's sharp second half shooting proved too much for UCSB, as the team fell 58-46 at the Bren Events Center on Thursday night.
Also getting involved with the early scoring was Jemerigbe who was fouled on her drive through the key and sank both free throws. The point guard has now been to the foul line in 11 straight games.
Following Ware's jumper from the top of the key, Clair Watkins gave UCSB its eight-point lead with a short jumper in the paint followed passing out of a double team to Farris who finished at the glass uncontested.
In need of a spark on offense, UC Irvine found its answer in Irene Chavez who drained four triples in the first half alone. Coming off the bench, the guard's outside shooting paved the way for the Anteaters to gaining a 24-19 lead at halftime. She finished the night with a game-high 18 points.
In the second half, the Gauchos limited Chavez to just six points, but UC Irvine went on to shoot the ball 57.1 percent.
Though the Anteaters' lead swelled to double digits starting with the 14:39 mark in the game, UCSB still battled hard with no better example than Chaya Durr's put back bucket with 5:57 left in the game.
Durr picked up the offensive board following a missed free throw and muscled her way through two defenders, drew contact in finishing off the glass to put UCSB back within 10 points.
UCSB will continue its season on the road when it will play UC Davis on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be featured in the Santa Barbara area on KZSB AM 1290 and online at UCSBgauchos.com.