Santa Barbara Athletics News
Jan 12, 2018
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Sarah Bates drained a career-high five three-pointers and finished with a team-high 23 points to lead the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team past CSUN on Thursday night at the Matadome.
With the win, UCSB (6-9, 3-0 Big West) has now won five straight games and begins conference play 3-0, its best start since the 2008-09 season when the Gauchos opened Big West action 8-0. The Matadors drop their first conference game and fall to 8-8, 1-1. In what was a seesaw affair all night, no team led by more than four points until CSUN took a six-point lead on a Tessa Boagni layup midway through the third quarter. Continuing the theme of the night, the Gauchos responded immediately with a 9-0 run, highlighted by a Sarah Porter three and a Natalia Bruening tip-in, to take a three-point lead, 48-45.
CSUN began to pull away once more, and took a five-point lead, 56-51, but a three-pointer from Sarah Bates and a Bruening jumper just before the buzzer, tied the game at 56-56 going into the final period.
In the fourth, UCSB started the frame on an 8-0 run behind three-pointers from Bates and Tal Sahar.
The Matadors continued to hang around until Drew Edelman made a key basket with just over a minute to play to put UCSB ahead by at least two possessions, 71-65. CSUN made it interesting with a late three, but Edelman knocked down a clutch free-throw to put the game away.
Bates led the Gauchos with 23 points on 6-of-11 from the field and 5-for-7 from downtown to go along with five assists and five rebounds while Porter responded from a scoreless game against Cal Poly and totaled 18 points with four three-pointers. Edelman also notched double-figures with 11 and Chaya Durr grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
CSUN was led by 25 points from Boagni and 21 points from …