UCSB Concludes Non-Conference Slate with 73-51 Loss to Santa Clara

Alyssa Marin (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Alyssa Marin (Photo by Jeff Liang)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team was swept in its back-to-back series with Santa Clara after losing 73-51 to the Broncos on Saturday night at the Thunderdome.

Redshirt senior guard Doris Jones recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Gauchos (0-4) in their loss to the Broncos (3-2).

Jones, the Gauchos' leading scorer from Friday night's contest, opened her account with a corner three off the opening tip and a short jumper in response to Santa Clara's first points of the night on the other end.

The Gauchos and Broncos were within a possession of each other in the opening frame until freshman guard Alyssa Marin delivered a triple on the final made shot of the first quarter, lifting UCSB to a 19-15 lead.

Marin's points were the first in an 8-0 Gaucho run that carried over into the second quarter, followed up by a three-pointer from senior point guard Danae Miller and a second-chance jumper by junior guard Lauren Lee off a possession earned after forcing a Gaucho turnover.

Santa Clara answered immediately with an 11-0 run, taking the lead for the first time in the second quarter with 2:42 left off a Lexie Pritchard three-point basket.

Doris Jones shot a triple to snatch the lead right back on the next possession, and the Gauchos went on to grow it to a 30-26 advantage at the break.

UCSB kept the lead until Santa Clara's Ashlyn Herlihy and Ashley Hiraki scored on back-to-back possessions, tying the game with 4:59 to go in the third quarter.

The Gauchos and Broncos exchanged buckets in a scrappy finish to the frame, but it was Santa Clara that would emerge from the quarter with a 49-43 lead after a trio of key three-pointers in the final three minutes, two of which came from Lana Hollingsworth.

Santa Clara would never relinquish that lead, charging into the fourth quarter with a 15-0 run over the first five minutes, a scoreline it would ultimately extend to the 73-51 final score.

"I thought our bounceback in a quick turnaround was impressive, we were aggressive and handled the press in the first half as well. It was disappointing that we struggled when they became more aggressive and we didn't, but we did a lot of things well – we got open shots, moved the ball, kicked the ball, got on the glass – all things you'd need to do to get on the right end of this, but they grabbed the momentum with the run they made in the second half," said UCSB head coach Bonnie Henrickson.

The Gauchos pivot to Big West Conference play, beginning with a back-to-back with UC Irvine at home on Dec. 27 and 28, with start times to be announced. Both games will be streamed on ESPN3 and live stats will be available on UCSBGauchos.com.

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