Junior point guard Danae Miller had a career night for the UCSB women’s basketball team, scoring a career-high 31 points at the Thunderdome on Friday night, but San Jose State stole the win thanks in large part to a scoring outburst in the second half resulting in a 73-70 final score.
The Gauchos now drop to 1-2 to start the season while the visiting Spartans improve to 2-2 with their first road win of the season.
Miller shot just 2-of-7 from three against SJSU, she was 9-of-16 from the field and made 11 of her 14 attempts from the charity stripe. She did, however, commit five turnovers.
The Gauchos jumped on the Spartans early taking a 9-0 lead to start the game with Miller accounting for four of those points.
San Jose State then went on a 9-2 run to be within two points, but a timely three-pointer from freshman point guard Johnni Gonzalez gave some more breathing room to the home team.
Back-to-back threes from Gonzalez and then Miller gave UCSB its biggest lead of the night at 26-15 with 7:29 remaining before intermission.
The Spartans answered with an 8-0 run and a 12-5 run in the final 7:29 as a whole to go into the half down just four at 31-27.
UCSB got off to a quick start at home on Friday, shooting 45% from the field and 50% from three-point range to go into the half with a four-point advantage.
But, in the second half, it would be all SJSU, especially in the third quarter. In the third frame, the Spartans outscored the Gauchos 25-15.
Sophomore point guard Ayzhiana Basallo dealt most of the damage for San Jose State, scoring 14 of her team-high 26 points in the third. San Jose State led 52-46 at the end of the third quarter.
The Spartans were in complete control of the game up 69-60 with 2:53 remaining to go in the ball game. The Gauchos responded with a 10-0 scoring run capped off by a three from Miller to go up one 1:13 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, San Jose State scored to retake the lead with 41 seconds.
UCSB would turn the ball over in its next possession, and, after two made free throws put the Spartans up 73-70, the Gauchos got two more looks. Senior guard Coco Miller missed her first shot and then her follow up attempt was blocked in the final seconds to secure the win for the road team.