Gauchos Host Washington on Wednesday

Gauchos Host Washington on Wednesday

• The Schedule
Wednesday, November 23, 2011,  at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Washington (2-1)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Huskies – 0-1
Streak – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Huskies – L, 75-49 (@ Seattle 12/21/93)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming live by clicking here

Sunday, November 27, 2011,  at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Northern Colorado (1-2)
at N. Colorado's Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (5,000)
Series record vs. the Bears – 1-0
Streak – Won 1
Last time out vs. the Bears – W, 63-54 (@ UCSB, 11/28/10)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming live by clicking here

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 990 KTMS and will stream live online by clicking here with the pregame show starting 30 minutes prior to tipoff.

• The Opponents
• Washington, 11/23
The Huskies have only played the Gauchos once in history, earning a 75-49 win at a December tournament in 1993. UW is led by new head coach Kevin McGuff, who came over from Xavier. The Huskies are without senior Kristi Kingma, who led the team in scoring last season, after she tore her ACL. Six-foot-3 center Regina Rogers leads Washington with 14.7 points per game.

• Nothern Colorado, 11/27
The Gauchos defeated the Bears in the team's lone meeting last season, 63-54 at the Thunderdome. Northern Colorado is led by Lauren Oosdyke who is scoring 13.0 points per game and D'shara Strange, averaging 12.0 points per game. Last season Oosdyke and Strange scored 9 and 12 points, respectively in the loss to UCSB.

• Doing Good, Underwood
Junior forward Sweets Underwood has three double doubles in the Gauchos' first four games, nearly matching her entire total to this point in her career. Entering this season the 6-foot-0 Underwood had four total double doubles. Her 10.5 rebounds per game rank her third in the Big West and her 11.8 points per game rank her 11th. Last season Mekia Valentine was the first UCSB player since Erika Kienast in 1991-92 to average a double double for the season.

• Two for the Show
With two wins last week, it marked the first time since the 2003-04 season that UCSB has won consecutive games in November.

• Seeing 20/20
Through four games thus far, guard Emilie Johnson has two 20-point games. That gives the senior from Loomis, Calif. 1,120 career points, placing her just 34 points behind Jess Hansen (1999-2003) for 19th place in school history and 37 away from tying Jessica Wilson (2004-08) for 18th all-time. Johnson has 11 20-point games in her UCSB career and her 14.8 points per game rank her fourth in the Big West.

• The D is the Key
Picking up where they left off a season ago, UCSB is once again playing great defense. UCSB leads the Big West in scoring defense, allowing just 56.5 points per game. But this shouldn't be a surprise: last year UCSB led the conference in field goal percentage defense (18th in the nation) at 35.5%. In 2009-10, UCSB allowed opponents to shoot 36.3%, which was 31st in the nation, and in 2008-09, the Gauchos allowed opponents to hit 34.6% of their shots, ranking eighth in the country.

• Back to Even
Although Carlene Mitchell, the fifth head coach in women's basketball program history, tarted the season 0-2, it's not unprecedented at UCSB.  All but one coach – Mark French in 1987-88 – had a few speedbumps in their first seasons. Bobbi Bonace lost seven of her first eight games on the sidelines in 1972-73; Darla Wilson dropped 21 of her first 22 games in the 1983-84 season and Lindsay Gottlieb lost three of her first four games in 2008-09. That means that only French, who won his first eight games as coach, all had losing first months. Mitchell, who served the previous 10 seasons at Rutgers, and the Gauchos have two more games in the month of November.

• Filling Up the Box Score
Though she's come off the bench the past two games, maybe Nicole Nesbit has found her niche as the Gauchos' sixth player. The sophomore from Northridge, Calif. scored 27 points in the two games – including a career-high tying 15 vs. Saint Mary's – and is third on the team with her 10.0 points per game. Nesbit, an All-Big West Freshman Team pick last season, leads UCSB with 13 assists giving her 3.25 per game. That mark is eighth in the Big West.

• On the Rebound
After sitting out all of last season due to NCAA transfer rules, junior forward/center Kirsten Tilleman has been solid, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. That mark is second on the team and is tied for the ninth-most in the Big West.

• We're a Boarding School
Despite not having a player taller than 6-2, UCSB has been outrebounding its opponents by a +2.2 mark, which ranks them third in the Big West. Last year UCSB led the Big West in both rebounds per game (40.2) and rebounding margin (+4.9).

• Big West Champs
The Gauchos have won 14 of the last 16 Big West titles, including last year's regular-season title and the third time in the past four years they have captured a title.

• Biggest in the Big West
The Gauchos have dominated the conference for more than a decade. Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 226-31 (.883) in Big West games.

• At the Polls
In the preseason media poll, UCSB was picked to finish second in the Big West behind Cal Poly despite receiving the same number of first place votes (11) as the Mustangs. Cal Poly had 200 total points to UCSB's 191 followed by UC Davis (169 points, two first place votes) and UC Riverside (120).

• Top-10 Time
Entering her senior season Emilie Johnson ranks in the school's all-time Top-10 in three-pointers made (177, 4th), three-pointers attempted (524, 3rd; 45 behind Stacy Clinesmith for second) and free throw percentage (.827, 2nd).

Johnson was recently named one of the 30 nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, given annually to a senior who exhibits high standards on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Both Emilie and Orlando Johnson were nominated from UCSB, just three players from the same school to be nominated this year.

• Team USA
Senior guard Emilie Johnson recently returned from the United States National Team as part of the 12-person roster for the Pan-American Games. Johnson, the Gauchos' fourth Team USA representative, helped the squad to a seventh-place finish at the games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The native of Loomis, Calif. started all four games and averaged 5.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She shot 44.0 percent from the field and her 22.8 minutes per game were fourth on the team.

• Putting the Biscuit in the Basket
UCSB returns five of its top six scorers from last season's squad, giving the team an average of 44.2 points per game returning to the team.

• First Class
Last Wednesday UCSB officially signed three players to National Letters of Intent. Joining the team for next season will be guard Jasmine Ware, ranked as the No. 85 guard in the nation according to ESPN, from Sacramento, post player Kendra Morrison from Sammamish, Wash. and forward Jessica Pino from Temecula, Calif.  This is the first class signed by new coach Carlene Mitchell and her staff.

• 0-2? No Problem!
UCSB started the season 0-2 for the third straight year, and the fourth time since 2005-06. However, don't count the Gauchos out – in two of the previous three seasons UCSB has opened 0-2, the team has played in the postseason.


The Carlene Mitchell File
  Carlene Mitchell was hired as UC Santa Barbara's head coach on May 19, 2011 after a very successful tenure at Rutgers. Mitchell, the fifth head coach in program history, is in her first head coaching job.
  Prior to joining UCSB, Mitchell served 10 years as an assistant coach at Rutgers, with the final three years spent as the team's associate head coach.
  Under the tutelage of Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer, Mitchell has helped direct the Scarlet Knights to an NCAA berth in nine straight seasons and a spot in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in five of the past seven seasons. Mitchell, who served as the program's recruiting coordinator since 2004, consistently landed the top talent in the nation, including four top-15 recruiting classes and the nation's top recruiting class in 2006-07.
  Prior to Rutgers, Mitchell spent the 2000-01 season as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State. Prior to her stop in Stillwater, Mitchell coached for two seasons at Western Illinois University.  Mitchell started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1997.
Mitchell was the starting point guard as a senior at Kansas State during the 1995-96 season. She received a bachelor's degree in social science from the school in 1996.


• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F     1    Sweets Underwood - Has three double doubles in the first four games
G    10    Emilie Johnson - Scored 35 points in the two wins
G     22    Melissa Zornig - Is 3-18 from downtown, 6-14 from inside the arc
F/C    32    Kirsten Tilleman - Second on team with 7.0 rebounds per game
G    33    Destini Mason - Has started three straight games

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F    2    Kelsey Adrian - Avg. 3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game
G     3    Nicole Nesbit - 15 points in win over St. Mary's tied her career high
G    5    Madeline Campbell - 12 minutes in win over LMU was a season-high
F    15    Adaeze Okolie - Injury has kept her sidelined thus far
F    21    Jackie Luna-Castro - One of just 5 players with a blocked shot
G    24  Angelei Aguirre - Injury has kept her sidelined thus far