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Women's Basketball

2002 Tournament Recaps


UC Santa Barbara seniors Kayte Christensen and Kristyn Miller hoist the Big West championship trophy after the Gauchos defeated Pacific 64-53 on Saturday.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

UC SANTA BARBARA EARNS SIXTH STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT TITLE
Top-seeded UC Santa Barbara claimed its Big West record sixth consecutive tournament championship with a 64-53 victory over third-seeded Pacific at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,145 fans.

The Gauchos earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row and will learn their seeding and first round location on Sunday.

UCSB struggled in the first half, trailing 24-22 after shooting only 28.6% (8-for-28) from the floor. It marked the fifth consecutive game over the last two seasons that Pacific led at the half, only to witness a UC Santa Barbara second half comeback. Christensen paced the Gauchos with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore center Lindsay Taylor, who was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Taylor also tallied eight rebounds, two blocks and four steals.

Pacific was led by sophomore Nancy Dinges with 12 points and sophomore Gillian d’Hondt with 11.

UCSB hit 48.3% (14-for-29) of its shots in the second half. The Gauchos also excelled at the free throw line, making 19-of-22 attempts.

Following is the 2002 Big West All-Tournament Team:
Lindsay Taylor, UC Santa Barbara (MVP)
Kayte Christensen, UC Santa Barbara
Gillian d’Hondt, Pacific
Nancy Dinges, Pacific
Julie Shaw, UC Riverside
Crystal Givens, Long Beach State



Pacific's Dolinda Meeker battles UC Riverside's Crystal Harris for a loose ball during their tournament semifinal game on Friday. The Tigers won the game, 64-47.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

PACIFIC EARNS SPOT IN TOURNAMENT TITLE GAME
Pacific advanced to its first Big West Tournament championship game since 1996 with a convincing 64-47 victory over UC Riverside in the second semifinal on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers, who had lost in the first round of the tournament in four of the last five seasons, held UC Riverside to 35.2% (19-for-54) shooting for the game. The Highlanders shot just 29.2% (7-for-24) in the second half. Pacific also held a decisive 48-31 rebounding edge.

Sophomore Nancy Dinges scored a game-high 19 points for the Tigers and drained five three-pointers. Sophomore Gillian d’Hondt added 15 points and nine rebounds while senior Selena Ho had 10.

UC Riverside was led by senior Julie Shaw’s 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior Amy Houchens, one of the Big West’s top scorers, was stifled offensively and finished with just four points on 1-for-13 shooting.

The Tigers improved to 19-10 on the season while the Highlanders ended the year with a 16-13 record. Pacific has won six straight games.

Pacific will meet five-time defending tournament champion UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net West 2.



UC Santa Barbara's Mia Fisher drives to the hoop past Long Beach State's Glory Johnson in Big West semifinal action on Friday.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

UCSB WILL PLAY FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT TITLE AFTER DEFEATING LBSU
Top-seeded UC Santa Barbara advanced to the Big West Tournament championship game after knocking off Long Beach State, 83-65, in semifinal action on Friday.

The Gauchos will attempt to win their sixth straight Big West Tournament title on Saturday afternoon against either Pacific or UC Riverside. UCSB will take a 20-game winning streak into the contest. The Gauchos also have won 17 straight tournament games.

Senior Kayte Christensen paced UC Santa Barbara with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Lindsay Taylor, Mia Fisher and Lisa Willett all chipped in 12 points to aid the Gaucho cause. UCSB shot 49.1% (28-for-57) for the game from the floor and 65.7% (23-for-35) from the free throw line.

The game was a foul fest from the beginning, and both teams were whisted a combined 48 times and shot 64 free throws. Long Beach State was led by Glory Johnson’s 14 points and seven rebounds. Seniors Crystal Givens and Tamara Inoue tossed in 12 points apiece.

UCSB limited LBSU to 36.4% (20-for-55) shooting for the game, including 30.0% (9-for-30) in the first half.

The Gauchos improved to 24-5 while the 49ers ended their season with a 16-13 record.



Ekuah Ramsey scored a game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds to power Long Beach State to a 77-72 win over Cal Poly.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

LONG BEACH STATE USES BIG SECOND HALF TO PULL PAST CAL POLY
Long Beach State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit, shooting a torrid 58.8% in the second half, to sprint past Cal Poly by a score of 77-72 in the final Big West Tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

The 49ers opened the second half with an 18-8 run to tie the game at 48-48. They took their first lead since early in the game on a fast break layup by Crystal Givens at 50-48, then extended the advantage to 12 points, 65-53, on another Ramsey breakaway layup with 5:49 left. Cal Poly clawed back to trail by four, 74-70, but could not get any closer.

Senior Ekuah Ramsey led all players with 24 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field. She added 10 rebounds and two steals in a solid all-around game. Senior Crystal Givens posted 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots to aid the 49er effort.

Cal Poly was led by junior guard Kari Duperron with 21 points. Duperron went to the free throw line an incredible 19 times and made 13 of them. Sophomore Kate Valdes registered 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and blocked three shots.

Long Beach State moves on to face UC Santa Barbara in a semifinal at 12:00 p.m. on Friday.



UC Santa Barbara freshman Mia Fisher recorded 13 points and five assists in the win over Cal State Fullerton.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

UCSB HOLDS OFF PESKY FULLERTON, 73-62
Top-seeded UC Santa Barbara was hounded and challenged all night long by a tough-minded Cal State Fullerton team, escaping with a 73-62 victory in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament on Wednesday evening.

The Titans, who lost their two previous meetings to the Gauchos by a combined total of 77 points this season, trailed by a mere six points, 54-48, with 7:18 remaining in the game. UCSB embarked on a 10-2 run to increase its advantage to 14 points at 64-50, but CSF responded with a 7-2 run of its own to close within nine points at 66-57.

UCSB increased its winning streak to 19 games and have won 16 straight Big West Tournament contests.

Sophomore center Lindsay Taylor led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting. She also had four blocked shots and seven rebounds in only 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Jess Hansen tallied 15 points, hitting four three-pointers.

Cal State Fullerton received a solid performance from senior guard Lindsay Sotero, who knocked down six three-pointers and finished with a team-high 18 points.

UC Santa Barbara faces either Long Beach State or Cal Poly in a semifinal matchup on Friday.



Senior Julie Shaw had 15 points and nine rebounds for victorious UC Riverside.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

UC RIVERSIDE USES BALANCE TO UPEND UC IRVINE
Second-seeded UC Riverside toppled seventh-seeded UC Irvine, 63-53, in quarterfinal action of the Big West Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Highlanders picked up their first-ever win in the conference tournament and advanced to Friday’s semifinals against Pacific.

UC Riverside utilized a three-pronged attack with sophomore Crystal Harris leading the way with 18 points, while seniors Amy Houchens and Julie Shaw chipped in with 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Highlanders shot 48.0% (24-of-50) for the game, compared to a 34.5% (20-of-58) rate for the Anteaters.

The Anteaters, who trailed for almost the entire game, closed their deficit to three points as late as 2:49 left in the second half on a basket by Christina Callaway. However, UCR scored nine of the next 11 points to finish out the contest.

UCI was led by senior Cindy Oparah, who delivered her Big West-leading 13th double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Brandy Hudson added nine points and six rebounds.

UC Riverside meets Pacific in one semifinal on Friday.



Senior Dolinda Meeker helped Pacific to a victory over Idaho in Big West quarterfinal action.
Photo: Matt A. Brown

PACIFIC TIPS OFF WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT WITH WIN
The third-seeded Pacific Tigers defeated the sixth-seeded Idaho Vandals, 72-45, in the first game of the 2002 Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. Sophomore forward Gillian d’Hondt led all scorers with 15 points and made 6-of-11 shots from the floor. The Tigers took a 13-point lead into the half and shot 55.2% (16-of-29) in the second stanza to pull away from the Vandals. The Vandals shot just 19.2% in the first half and 28% for the game. Senior Darci Pemberton led the Vandals in scoring with 11 points.

Pacific senior Selena Ho chipped in 12 points and added a game-high five assists to aid in the winning effort.

The Tigers will next play a semifinal game on Friday, March 8, and face the winner of the UC Riverside/UC Irvine game.

 

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