LOS ANGELES – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team (0-1) dropped its first game of the 2020-21 regular season in a 102-45 loss to 11th-ranked UCLA (3-1) at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon.
The Gauchos found themselves in a 14-2 hole early on as UCLA set the tempo with a pair of Michaela Onyenwere jumpers and Natalie Chou triples. A jump shot from redshirt junior guard Bri Anugwom and a Jones three-pointer closed the gap to seven, but UCLA kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the quarter, closing out with a 22-8 advantage.
The Bruins expanded their advantage in the following period and held it throughout the game, outscoring UCSB by 18 points to take a 56-24 lead into the halftime break, and following it up with a similar showing in the final 20 minutes to nab their third win of the season.
Miller finished as UCSB's leading scorer with 16 points, while Jones also finished in double-digits with 11. Senior guard Mira Shulman led the team with four assists and two steals.
The Gauchos will begin a five-game homestand on Friday night against California Baptist. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be streamed on Big West TV with Gerry Fall on play-by-play and Louis Reynaud providing analysis. Live stats will be available on UCSBGauchos.com.