Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Results
Saturday, March 15
(No. 1) UC Santa Barbara 68 vs. (No. 2) Pacific 50
Friday, March 14
(No. 1) UC Santa Barbara 83 vs. (No. 4) UC Irvine 50
(No. 2) Pacific 71 vs. (No. 3) Long Beach State 51
Wednesday, March 12
(No. 3) Long Beach State 76 vs. (No. 6) Cal Poly 62
(No. 2) Pacific 63 vs. (No. 7) UC Riverside 61
(No. 1) UC Santa Barbara 93 vs. (No. 8) Cal State Fullerton 58
(No. 4) UC Irvine 65 vs. (No. 5) Idaho 60
Big West All-Tournament Team
MVP: Lindsay Taylor, UCSB
Gillian dHondt, UOP
Jess Hansen, UCSB
Wendy Gabbe, UCI
Kristen Mann, UCSB
Glory Johnson, LBSU
UC Santa Barbara Advances to NCAA Tournament After Capturing Seventh Straight Big West Tourney Title
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos captured their seventh consecutive Big West Tournament championship, and advance on to the NCAA Tournament after defeating the University of the Pacific Tigers 68-50 at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 15, 2003
Pacific managed to keep their NCAA Tourney hopes alive in the first half, as they kept things close for 18 minutes. In a half full of 5 point runs the Tigers were standing toe-to-toe with the six time defending Big West Champion Gauchos hoping keep the upset alive. However, the 17th ranked Gauchos dug down deep and went on a 7-0 run in the last two minutes to close the half putting them in front 30-23.
UC Santa Barbara kept their momentum going in the second half as they opened with a 19-5 run. The Gauchos found their stroke as they hit 12 of 22, opening their led many as 23. Santa Barbara's aggressive defense also awoke in the second half as they held Pacific to 39% shooting for the half, putting the Tigers tourney hopes on hold for one more year.
Santa Barbara's Kristin Mann led the offensive explosion in the second half for the Gauchos as she scored nine of her 17 points in the half. The Gauchos had one more player in double figures as junior Lindsay Taylor added 16 points before falling out with 5:47 remaining.
Pacific's d'Hondt led all scorers with 20, and Nancy Dings added eight points of her own. As a team the Tigers shot 34% from the field.
Pacific Cruises to 71-51 Victory over Long Beach State to Advance to Championship Game
In what started out as a tightly contended game, Pacific went on a run midway through the first half to cruise to a 71-51 win over Long Beach State in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Women's Tournament. The 49ers Glory Johnson led all scorers with 19 points in a losing effort. She also had a game-high five steals.
The game flip-flopped through the first eleven and a half minutes with neither team taking more than a three-point lead. At the 8:36 mark in the first half Johnson dropped in a shot to put the score at 16-16 and give LBSU its last lead, or share of, of the game. With the score tied, UOP's Jasmine Ewing laid one in to give the Tigers a 18-16 lead that would not relinquish. Ewing finished with nine points, four rebounds, and one steal. Pacific outscored Long Beach State 20-6 to close out the remainder of the first half.
UOP added four more points to its halftime lead in the second half thanks to a great effort on the boards. The Tigers outrebounded the 49ers 44-30 on the game, 24-to-12 on the offensive end. Pacific's Gillian d'Hondt grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and the team added another 12.
UC Santa Barbara Advances to Championship Game for Eighth Straight Year
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (No. 1) downed UC Irvine (No. 4) 83-50 in the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals for their 20th consecutive tournament win. With the win the Gauchos improve to 25-5, while the Anteaters end their season at 17-12. UCI's Wendy Gabbe led all scorers with 17 points off of a 7-for-18 performance with three three-point baskets. UCSB was paced by Jess Hansen with 16 points, and Mia Fisher with 15.
Santa Barbara jumped out to quick 6-0 lead in the first 56 seconds with a pair of buckets by Fisher and another by Hansen. Gabbe put Irvine on the board a couple of seconds later with a quick layup in what proved to be the Anteaters' lone basket in the first four and a half minutes of play as UCSB ran up a 12-2 lead. Both teams battled back and forth for the next two minutes with UCI eating away at the Gauchos' lead until the 12:17 mark when UCI got as close as 15-12. Three points was as close as Santa Barbara allowed Irvine to get, as the Gauchos opened up to a 49-26 halftime lead.
Hansen went a perfect 5-for-5 in the first half, going 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc.
The second half was much of the same with UCSB outscoring UCI 13-2 at the start thanks to some solid Santa Barbara defense. The Gauchos held Irvine to 31.3% from the field for the game, and a meager 25.0% in the second half. UCSB, on the other hand, shot 53.4% from the field and an even more impressive 64.3% (9-14) from three-point land.
Brandy Richardson led the Gauchos on the boards with ten rebounds to go with her 11 points and game-high four steals and Kristen Mann finished with eight boards. Ashley Biggins led UCI with seven rebounds.
UC Irvine Holds On For, 65-60, Win
UC Irvine (17-11) held off a late Idaho surge to win its first Big West Tournament game since 1997, 65-60, over Idaho (10-18).
The Anteaters shot just 38 percent for the game, but held the Vandals to 38 percent also. Keisha Moore led the way for Idaho, scoring 25 on 8-of-14 shooting, including 12 rebounds. UCI got 18 from Wendy Gabbe on 7-of-20 shooting, including 3-of-7 from three-point land. Irvine also got a lift from Lauren Yadon, who scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.
UC Santa Barbara Rolls to, 93-58, Victory Over Cal State Fullerton
UC Santa Barbara (24-4) won its 19th consecutive Big West Tournament game with a 93-58 win against Cal State Fullerton (7-21). The Gauchos will be trying to win their seventh consecutive conference tournament championship this year.
The Titans got out ahead 7-2 in the opening minutes of the game, but surrendered a 20-2 run and never recovered.
UCSB had all five starters score in double-figures, led by Lindsay Taylor's 21. The Gauchos shot .600 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point land. The Titans were led by Rochelle Ortega, who had 11 points and six rebounds.
Pacific Comes Back to Defeat UC Riverside, 63-61
Pacific (15-13) came back from as many as 12 points in the second half to advance to the semifinals, 63-61, against UC Riverside (8-20).
Pacific's Corinne Wong made two free-throws with under a minute left to tie the score at 61-61. On the next possession, the Tigers held UCR and pushed the ball up the court with five seconds left. Wong passed to a slashing Jasmine Ewing, who laid in the game-winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Gillian d'Hondt and Corinne Wong with 18 points a piece.
The Highlanders were led by Casandra Reeves with 29 points on 13-of-23 shooting.
Long Beach State defeats Cal Poly, 76-62
Long Beach State (14-14) advanced to past the first round in the Big West Tournament for the fifth consecutive year with a, 76-62, victory against Cal Poly (10-17).
Candice Wilson and Glory Johnson led the way for the 49ers with 17 and 18 points, respectively. Johnson, who was selected to the All-Big West First Team, had 10 rebounds to go along with her 18 points. It was her 10th double-double this season, tops in the conference. Wilson shot just 4-for-11 from the field, but was 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Cal Poly was led by Heather Journey, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds.