UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB raced out to a 31-14 lead after the first quarter as they opened up the season with an 87-75 home victory over the University of San Francisco.
Senior Alexis Whitfield led UCSB with 22 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Whitfield made 9-of-13 shots and as a team the Gauchos shot 50.7% from the floor.
Fellow senior Alyssa Marin added 14 points and 7 assists while Skylar Burke and Jessica Grant each tallied 12 points.
The Gauchos led 53-34 at the half and outscored the Dons by six in the final quarter to seal the win.
UCSB is at Idaho State on Wednesday, November 15.