Santa Barbara Athletics News
Feb 10, 2018
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 …