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Santa Barbara Swamps Northridge 73-41

January 8, 2003

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Lindsay Taylor scored 19 points to lead No. 21 UC Santa Barbara to a 73-41 victory over Cal State Northridge on Tuesday night, the Gauchos’ 15th consecutive home win and 29th straight over Big West Conference opponents.

The Gauchos (8-2, 2-0) held the Matadors (0-13, 0-2) to 19 points in the second half.

Cal State Northridge made just one of its first 12 shots, but closed the first half with an 11-6 run to get within 15 points.

Jess Hansen was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and had 12 points for Santa Barbara, while Lisa Willett had 15 points and eight rebounds. Brandy Richardson had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for UCSB.

Freshman Ofa Tulikihihifo had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals for Northridge.

The Gauchos have limited their last four opponents to an average of 45 points. Cal State Northridge shot just 31 percent for the game.

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