Gauchos Escape with 59-52 Win at Fullerton

Gauchos Escape with 59-52 Win at Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. – Drew Edelman notched her third straight double-double and fourth in the last five games after a 22-point, 11-rebound performance to help the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team escape with a 59-52 victory at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.

It was a key victory for the Gauchos (9-13, 6-5 Big West) to ensure a split of the two-game road trip after a tough loss to UC Riverside on Thursday night. Meanwhile, with the loss, Cal State Fullerton drops its seventh straight game and falls to 7-16 overall and just 2-8 in conference.

The Gauchos, who shot 42.6 percent (23-for-54) from the field, jumped out to an early 10-2 lead behind early buckets from Edelman. After the Titans bounced back to cut the deficit to three, UCSB spurted ahead on a 12-0 run, featuring baskets from five different players to go ahead 27-12.

UCSB took a 32-18 lead into the half behind strong play from Edelman as well as an early 11 points from Sarah Bates on 3-for-5 shooting from downtown.

Edelman started the second half off with back-to-back baskets to give the Gauchos their greatest lead of the game at 36-18, but Cal State Fullerton would mount a 16-3 run throughout the third quarter to make it a 39-34 game.

Sparked by three-pointers from Aliceah Hernandez and Makala Roper towards the end of the quarter, UCSB took a 47-38 lead heading into the fourth.

Another big run however, this time a 14-4 run, gave the Titans the lead 52-51 with just 2:28 remaining.

On the next possession, none other than Edelman scored the go-ahead basket and the Gauchos never trailed the rest of the game.

With UCSB leading 55-52, CSF had one last possession to try to tie the game, but Danae Miller came up with a clutch steal and sank her free-throws to put the game out of reach.  

After Edelman's 22, Bates finished with 12 as the only other Gaucho in double-figures. Miller and Tal Sahar finished with a game-high four assists while Miller also tallied three steals.

The Titans were led by 13 points from Hannah Thompson.

The Gauchos will face Cal State Fullerton again in their next game, this Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome.