Gauchos beat Long Beach State to clinch first-round conference tournament bye

Strong second half leads UCSB past 49ers in key women's league game

POSTED: 06:53 PM PST Mar 07, 2013    UPDATED: 12:05 AM PST Mar 08, 2013 
UC Santa Barbara, Calif. -

The path to another Big West Conference Tournament title got a bit easier for the UCSB women's basketball team after earning a first-round bye. The Gauchos beat Long Beach State 59-50 to secure the bye in next week's tournament.

Trailing by four at halftime, UCSB used a 7-1 scoring run to start the second half and never trailed again. Sweets Underwood recorded another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds while Angelei Aguirre added 13 points. Nicole Nesbit contributed 12 points and 8 assists for the defending Big West Conference Tournament champions.