Gauchos Perfect From The Line In 90-64 Win Over UC Davis At The Thunderdome

Laura Thomas led UC Davis with four three-pointers and 16 points. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Laura Thomas led UC Davis with four three-pointers and 16 points.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 3, 2007

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Guard Chisa Ononiwu posted game-highs with 20 points and nine rebounds on Saturday afernoon while UC Santa Barbara set a school record by making all 23 of its free throw attempts in a 90-64 nonconference women's basketball game over UC Davis at The Thunderdome.

UC Davis, which made 17 of 19 of its tries from the line, fell to 9-14. Guard Laura Thomas paced the Aggies with 16 points while Genevieve Costello, Kirsten Commins and Haylee Donaghe each scored 11. Jenna Green added 17 points and Jordan Franey came off the bench to score 14 as UCSB, which had five playes in double figures, improved to 12-10.

The previous school record for free throws was 20 for 21 against UC Irvine in 1999. The Gauchos entered the game shooting 68 percent from the line. They complemented their performance from the line by making nine three-pointers.

"I thought Santa Barbara really moved the ball well," said UC Davis head coach Sandy Simpson. "I thought they were making that extra pass and when a team is sharp like that, it's tough. They're talented and when they're playing well it's a pretty lethal combination."

UCSB made just one more field goal than UC Davis in the first half but converted all 16 of its free throw attempts to help in a 42-32 halftime lead. The Aggies stayed close to the Gauchos for most of the first half, falling behind by four points three times before taking a 13-12 lead on a pair of free throws from Bates with 12:36 to go. It was the second advantage of the game for UC Davis, which also led 4-2 in the early going.

A jumper by Meagan Williams returned the lead to UCSB which eventually stretched it to 21-15 on a three-pointer by Ononiwu just past the midway point of the half. The Aggies continued to stay within striking distance thanks to Donaghe's layup that made it 21-17 less than a minute later.



However, Green and Franey each made two free throws and Franey hit a layup as UCSB went up by double-digits at 27-17 with 6:47 left. Despite later trailing by 12, UC Davis cut into the lead, using a 5-0 run to bring it to within 33-27, a deficit that shrunk further after Thomas' trey brought the score to 35-30 with 2:09 remaining.

Leading 37-30, UCSB grew the advantage thanks to a three-pointer by Franey and two free throws from LaShay Fears. Thomas made two free throws for UC Davis, providing the 42-32 halftime score.

Thomas' trey early in the second half helped bring the Aggies to within nine while Anna Harp's layup with 14:42 to go made it 53-45 but the Gauchos went up again by 10 on Franey's jumper and UC Davis would not get closer the rest of the way. The Aggies still only trailed by 13 points midway through the second half but a 7-0 UCSB run gave it more security.

The teams combined for a free throw exhibition with UC Davis making its first 15 attempts before missing.

Ononiwu, who also had 20 points in the Gauchos 77-53 win against the Aggies on Jan. 13, was 9 of 15 from the floor and 2 of 5 from three-point. Fears had 12 points for UCSB while Jessica Wilson added 11.

Thomas hit four three-pointers for UC Davis, the sixth time she's had at least that many in a game this season. The Aggies were 7 of 25 from long distance in the game.

UC Davis, which has lost its last three games is off until hosting Pacific on Feb. 15 at The Pavilion.