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Santa Barbara Overwhelm Northridge 77-43

January 17, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lindsay Taylor scored 16 points and Brandy Richardson grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 18 UC Santa Barbara beat Cal State-Northridge 77-43 on Thursday night for its sixth straight win.

Santa Barbara (12-2, 5-0 Big West Conference) led 42-17 at halftime and was never seriously challenged in the second half.

Ofa Tulikihihifo and Brezya Rhodes scored 17 points apiece for Cal State-Northridge (1-14, 1-3). The two accounted for all but nine of the Matadors’ points.

UC Santa Barbara got off to an unusually slow start and led just 8-6 at the 14:01 mark. But the Gauchos went on a 24-4 run to go up 32-10 with 5:31 remaining in the half.

No team has finished within 14 points of the Gauchos during their winning streak.

Cal State-Northridge went stretches of 5:24 and 3:32 without scoring in the second half and shot just 29.8 percent (14-of-47) for the game.

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