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Career Nights Lead Women's Basketball Over UC Santa Barbara

Career Nights Lead Women's Basketball Over UC Santa Barbara

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Kyla Martin and Dru Toleafoa had career nights to lead Santa Clara women's basketball past UC Santa Barbara 68-63 Tuesday night in the Leavey Center.

Martin registered her first double-double with a career-high 17 points and a career-best 11 assists while committing no turnovers. Toleafoa also set a career-high with 17 points and went 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Taylor Berry added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

After the Broncos (1-1) started to pull away towards the end of the third quarter with an 8-0 run, the Gauchos (1-1) got back in it with a 9-2 stretch midway through the fourth and later in the period scored five in a row, capped by a layup from Sarah Porter with 36 seconds to go, to make it a one-possession game at 64-61.

Santa Clara responded with a pair of clutch free throws from both Martin and Toleafoa to put the game on ice.

Drew Edelman led all scorers with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. She also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. No other Gaucho scored in double-figures after having four accomplish the feat in a season-opening win that saw them score 96.

Martin's hottest stretch came in the first quarter when she scored eight in a row after the Gauchos had used a 10-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. She hit a jumper and slashed through the lane to spark the offense.

NOTES

  • Santa Clara is now 6-5 all-time against UC Santa Barbara.
  • The Broncos shot 47.1-percent from the field with 17 assists on 24 made baskets.
  • Martin also set career-highs in field goals (6) and field goal attempts (13).
  • Toleafoa had career-bests in free throws (9) and free throws attempted (11).
  • Andraya Flor hit her first career 3-pointer.
  • Alexis Brigham made her collegiate debut.
  • The Broncos were without their leading scorer Emily Wolph due to an injury.

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