December 7, 2011

Gauchos Continue Homestand vs. UNLV on Saturday at 4 p.m.

• The Schedule
Saturday, December 10, 2011,  at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV (7-2)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Rebels – 9-26
Streak – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Rebels – L, 71-62 (@ UNLV, 12/30/01)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here
Live stats available here
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Friday, December 16, 2011,  at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine (5-3)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Waves – 13-13
Streak – Lost 3
Last time out vs. the Waves – L, 68-56 (@ Pepperdine, 11/12/10)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here
Live stats available here
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• 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
• UNLV, 12/10
The Rebels are 7-2 with its losses coming to No. 21 Georgetown and Cal, which is receiving votes in the latest poll. The Rebels, who average 63.8 points per game, are led by Kelli Thompson, who averages 15.2 points per game. Jamie Smith averages 9.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while Lenita Sanford scores 10.4 points per game. Kathy Olivier is in her fourth year as head coach.

• Pepperdine, 12/16
The Waves are 5-3 thus far and hold a 2-1 edge over Big West foes. Pepperdine is just 2-2 on the road and is led by Jazmine Jackson's 18.0 points per game. The Waves, who have defeated UCSB three straight times, are also paced by Katie Menton (13.6 points per game) and Lauren Bell (13.1 points per game). Julie Rousseau is in her eighth season at the helm.

• Tenacious D
UC Santa Barbara is continuing its defensive dominance this season, holding opponents to just 51.0 points per game, ranking the squad 19th in the nation. The Gauchos are also allowing opponents to shoot just 35.8% from the floor.  This shouldn't be a surprise because 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.

• Under 50 is Nifty
Over the past four games, UCSB has not allowed any of its opponents to reach the 50-point plateau and have held the four foes to shoot just 32.9% from the field. Over that stretch, UCSB is allowing just 45.0 points per game. The last time UCSB held four straight opponents to less than 50 points came Dec. 28 to Jan. 8, 2008-09 when UCSB went 4-0 and allowed just 40.8 points per game.

• Pouring It In
Senior guard Kelsey Adrian has been the lone Gaucho to score in double figures in each of the team's past three games, averaging 11.3 points per game in that time. Adrian's career-high for consecutive double-digit points efforts was five games in a row from Nov. 20 to Dec. 14 last season. The Langley, B.C. native is averaging 6.7 points per game, which is fourth on the team.

• On The Rebound
Junior Kirsten Tilleman set a career-high when she pulled down 16 rebounds in the victory over USF and she is third in the Big West with 8.1 boards per game. She trails teammate Sweets Underwood, who is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game, a mark that is second in the conference and 67th in the nation. As a team UCSB is averaging just 36.7 rebounds per game, but that is a mark that is +1.1 better than its opponents.

• Z is for Zornig
Sophomore guard Melissa Zornig tied her career-high when she poured in 17 points in the win over USF. The Coto de Caza, Calif. native canned a career-best five three-pointers in the win. The last time Zornig, who is averaging 6.3 points per game, had 17 points was Jan. 13, 2011 at UC Irvine.

• Three for Three
Thanks in part to Melissa Zornig's shooting, the Gauchos are hitting 31.7% of their three-point attempts, which ranks the team fourth in the Big West. However, it's Kelsey Adrian and Emilie Johnson who rank among the conference's best as the duo both average 1.43 three-pointers made per game, tied for eighth in the Big West. Adrian's 45.5% clip from downtown is the third-best mark in the league.

• Remember When?
The last time Kathy Olivier was in the Thunderdome was December 17, 2005 when the now-UNLV coach was coaching UCLA. Jessica Wilson made a driving layup before the buzzer to send the game to overtime and it allowed UCSB to knock off the No. 24 Bruins, 90-81. That was the last time a Gaucho squad defeated a team ranked in the Top-25.

• Movin' On Up
With six more points last week, Emilie Johnson is closing in on a top-20 mark in the school's all-time scoring book. Johnson needs just 25 more points to surpass Jess Hansen (1999-2003) for 19th place in school history and she is 28 away from overtaking Jessica Wilson (2004-08) for 18th all-time. Johnson has 11 20-point games in her UCSB career and her 9.9 points per game lead the team.

• 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.


• Dishing It Out
Sophomore guard Nicole Nesbit, an All-Big West Freshman Team selection a season ago, leads the team with her 3.0 assists per game mark. She is also eighth in the Big West with her 1.24 assist-to-turnover ratio. Nesbit is third on the team with her 9.0 points per game.

• How Sweets It Is!
Junior forward Sweets Underwood has recorded three double doubles in the Gauchos' first seven games, nearly matching her entire total to this point in her career. Entering this season the Compton, Calif. native had tallied four total double doubles. She is averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

• Turning Things Around
In an odd twist, UCSB is averaging 16.7 turnovers in each of its wins and 14.3 in its losses. As a team the Gauchos turn the ball over 15.3 times per game – the 54th lowest mark in the nation. It's a far cry from just two seasons ago when the Gauchos committed 649 total turnovers in the 2009-10 season, the eighth-highest mark in program history.

• 30 For 30
In UCSB's losses to Washington and Northern Colorado, the Gauchos tied a dubious feat in program history. By not breaking the 40-point barrier in either defeat, it marked the first time since 1976-77 that a Gaucho team lost consecutively-scheduled games without scoring at least 40 points.

• Baby, It's Cold Outside
In both losses, UCSB failed to make at least 30% of its shots, hitting just 22.6% against Washington and 28.8% at Northern Colorado. The last time a Gaucho team failed to hit at least 30% was Nov. 22, 2009 vs. LMU when the team shot 29.8%.


• Dubious Accomplishments
It's not something to be known for, but unfortunately it must be noted. Each of the previous two games have left a mark on the UCSB program's record books. In the defeat to Washington, UCSB's 11 first-half points were the second fewest in a first half in school history. The 22.6 shooting percentage tied for the second-lowest in single-game history and the team's 12 field goals were second-fewest in program history. In the loss at Northern Colorado, the Gauchos scored just 14 second-half points, tying it for the lowest second-half point total in history (also 14 at UNLV on Feb. 17, 1990). The 15 field goals at Northern Colorado also tied the team for 10th fewest in school history (also 15 at UC Irvine, Feb. 7, 2009).

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F     1    Sweets Underwood - 9.3 rebounds per game is second-best mark in Big West
F    2    Kelsey Adrian - Has reached double figures in her last 3 games
G    10    Emilie Johnson - Just 24 points away from 19th all-time in UCSB history
G     22    Melissa Zornig - Tied career-high with 17 points in win over USF; Made 5 three's
F/C    32    Kirsten Tilleman - Set career-high with 16 rebounds vs. USF

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G     3    Nicole Nesbit - Leads the team in assists (3.0 per) and assist to TO ratio (1.24)
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 - 20 of her 38 total minutes have come in the last 3 games
G    24  Angelei Aguirre - Is a perfect 2 of 2 from floor since returning from injury
G    33    Destini Mason - Had 2 steals in 6 minutes vs. USF

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