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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team (11-14, 6-6 Big West) completed its regular season sweep of CSUN (9-16, 4-7 Big West) with a 65-60 win over the Matadors on Thursday night at the Thunderdome.
Junior point guard Danae Miller led all players with 21 points and freshman center Ila Lane picked up her 16th double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 boards as the Gauchos, which led by as many as 19 at one point, won their third game in the last five outings and improved to .500 in conference play.
"Honestly, I think this team can go far. We have all the pieces and even our young players are starting to get the intentional details that we need [to put together] to get the win," said Danae Miller after the game to the "Voice of the Gauchos" Gerry Fall, "this conference is great competition every game. Everyone's in the running for it but I think we have a great chance of making it very far."
The start of the game was played at a snail's pace, with over six minutes passing before the Gauchos got their first bucket of the game, a Danae Miller triple that gave UCSB the 3-2 lead.
Over the course of the second period, the Gauchos would grow their lead to 17 points, holding a 32-15 advantage at halftime.
CSUN narrowed the deficit to six points with 2:14 left in the third, but Danae Miller and Lane helped restore the 11-point lead by the end of the quarter.
Santa Barbara came out firing after the break, outscoring CSUN 9-4 in the opening minutes of the final quarter to go ahead by 16.
CSUN chipped away at the lead throughout the rest of the game, eventually cutting it down to a four-point game with 16 seconds left after a three-pointer and-one from Deja Williams in front of the visiting bench.
Despite the Matadors' efforts, UCSB was able to close it out at the free throw line to claim its second-straight victory.
The Gauchos play UC Riverside on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their annual Pink Game. A live stream, produced by Fall Productions, will be available with Fall on play-by-play and former UCSB men's basketball assistant Louis Reynaud providing analysis. Live stats will also be available on UCSBGauchos.com.