Posted March 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Kirsten Tilleman scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading UC Santa Barbara to a 63-54 victory over Long Beach State on Saturday and giving the Gauchos the Big West Tournament title. Melissa Zoring had 14 points for UCSB (17-15) and Sweets Underwood added 11, including a clinching 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining. The seventh-seeded 49ers (14-18), coming off Friday's 51-48 semifinal upset of No.1 seed Cal Poly, were playing in their 11th Big West Conference championship game and first since 2001. Alex Sanchez scored 17 points and Devin Hudson had 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was only second time in the history of th Big West women's tournament that none of the top five seeds played for the title.
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