LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Marymount women’s basketball team (8-2) defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-9) 67-61 on Monday night at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions were originally scheduled to play this game at UC Santa Barbara on Monday, Dec. 7, but the matchup was cancelled due to poor air quality caused by nearby fires and later rescheduled to be played at LMU tonight.
UCSB started off the game on a 5-0 run but LMU bounced back and held the Guachos to just six points the remainder of the quarter to outscore UCSB 16-11 in the opening frame. Cheyanne Wallace posted five points in the first while Gabby Green and Andee Velasco each added four.
After zero three-point attempts in the first quarter, the Lions went 4-for-4 from long range in the second, behind three triples from Makenzie Cast and one from A. Velasco. Cast’s three second-quarter three-pointers all came within a three-minute stretch from the 4:54 mark to the 1:37 mark.
Cast led the Lions in scoring in the half with nine points as LMU held a 34-26 edge over UCSB. A. Velasco and Wallace each posted seven points in the half, while Gabby Green added six points, four boards, three assists and two steals through two quarters. Sarah Porter of UCSB led all scorers with 11 points after two.
Wallace and UCSB forward Drew Edelman battled in the third quarter as LMU edged UCSB 19-18 in the period and the Lions held a 53-44 lead heading into the fourth. Wallace scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter while Edelman posted eight of her game-high 21 in the frame.
Edelman continued her strong play in the final quarter, adding eight points and helping the Gauchos outscore the Lions 17-14, but it was not enough to get past LMU in the end. A. Velasco netted three clutch free throws to seal the win for the Lions in the game’s final minute.
Wallace secured her third double-double of the season as she added 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists to her 16 points. A. Velasco added 15 points while Cast posted 11 and Bree Alford tallied 11 points and six rebounds. Green racked up seven points, eight boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks in the win.
“I thought Andee was a spark plug tonight,” LMU head coach Charity Elliott said. “We hit free throws down the stretch when we needed to. We just have to keep getting better.”
UCSB shot 33 three-pointers on the night and finished eight of them on 24.2 percent shooting while LMU went 5-for-12 (.417) from long range on the night.
The Lions held a commanding lead on the boards, outrebounding the Gauchos 43-31.
LMU travels to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. PT in the team's final matchup before conference play begins. The Lions' first WCC matchup will occur at home on Thursday, Dec. 28 when LMU hosts the Saint Mary's Gaels at 7 p.m.
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