UCSB Women's Basketball News

July 2, 2013
Carlene Mitchell to be Featured in ESPN Documentary
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball head coach Carlene Mitchell is featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Coach, which tells the story of hall of fame coach C. Vivian Stringer.

April 18, 2013
UCSB Signs Brance to National Letter of Intent
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball program has signed Kristine Brance of Chipola College to a National Letter of Intent it was announced by head coach Carlene Mitchell on Thursday.

March 21, 2013
UCSB's Season Ends in First Round of WNIT with 69-46 Loss to SDSU
San Diego, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara’s season ended in San Diego as the Aztecs walked away with the convincing 69-46 victory in the first round of the WNIT. Though the game will go down as a loss, Gaucho history was made that night.

March 20, 2013
Gauchos Head to SDSU for First Round of WNIT
UC Santa Barbara finished fourth in the Big West with an 11-7 record. Earning a bye through the first round of the BigWestTournament,the Gauchos defeated Cal State Northridge 45-31 in the conference quar terfinals. In the semifinals round, UCSB fell 62-43 to Cal Poly who would go on to win their first Big West Championship.

March 19, 2013
Gauchos to Play Postseason Basketball at San Diego State in First Round of WNIT
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball earned an at-large bid in this year’s Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and will visit San Diego State for the first round on Wednesday, March 20 at the Viejas Arena. Game time will be announces on Tuesday.

March 15, 2013
UCSB's Season Ends in the Semifinals, Falls to Cal Poly 62-43
Anaheim, Calif. – The first half battle was close, but it was Cal Poly’s hot start to the second half that ended UC Santa Barbara’s season. The Gauchos fell to the Mustangs 62-43 in the Semifinals Round of the Big West Tournament in the Honda Center.

March 14, 2013
UCSB Takes Care of Business in the Quarterfinals with 45-31 Win Over CSUN
Irvine, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara limited Cal State Northridge to just 31 points in a convincing victory in the Big West Quarterfinals at the Bren Events Center on Wednesday night. The Gauchos showed that they benefited from their first round bye by easily advancing to the Big West Tournament Semifinals with the 45-31 win over CSUN.

March 12, 2013
Gauchos Heading to Big West Tournament
UC Santa Barbara is the fourth seed entering this year’s Big West Tournament and will begin tournament play at approximately 8:30 tipoff time on Wednesday, Mar. 13th, at the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus. Coincidently, the Gauchos will be starting this year’s tournament in the same arena they started in last season’s Big West Championship run.

March 11, 2013
Underwood Named First Team All-Big West, Nesbit Garners Honorable Mention Notice
Senior forward Sweets Underwood was named First Team All-Big West and junior guard Nicole Nesbit earned honorable mention recognition, the league announced Monday.

March 9, 2013
UCSB Closes Out Regular Season Play with 49-41 Win Over Irvine
UC Santa Barbara ended the regular season on a high note as they downed UC Irvine 49-41 in the Thunderdome on Saturday.

March 7, 2013
UCSB Takes Down Long Beach State 59-50, Earns First Round Bye in Big West Tournament
The Gauchos overcame a four point halftime deficit to beat Long Beach State 59-50 and clinched a first round bye in next week’s Big West Tournament.

March 6, 2013
UCSB Set to Host Long Beach St, UC Irvine in Final Homestand
UC Santa Barbara will look to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming Big West Tournament with matchups against Long Beach State on Thursday at 3 pm and UC Irvine on Saturday at 2 pm.

March 2, 2013
Gauchos Bounce Back with 62-42 Win in Riverside
Riverside, Calif.– UC Santa Barbara won their final road game of the regular season in overwhelming fashion as they downed UC Riverside 64-42 on Saturday.

March 1, 2013
UCSB Struggles Against Fullerton
Fullerton, Calif.— UC Santa Barbara failed to find any rhythm on the road as they loss 46-38 in Titan Gym on Thursday night. The Gauchos were forced into 18 turnovers and were held to just 16 first half points by the Titans’ defense.

February 26, 2013
UCSB to Finish Road Schedule this Week
Game 27 Thursday, February 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. UC Santa Barbara (12-14, 8-6 Big West) at Cal State Fullerton (8-18, 4-10 Big West) All-time record vs. Titans: 49-21 Last meeting: W, 60-50 (Feb. 2, 2013) Streak: Won 40 Online Audio • Video • Live Stats Game 28 Saturday, March 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside (11-14, 4-10 Big West) All-time record vs. Highlanders: 31-15 Last meeting: L, 45-42 (Jan. 31, 2013) Streak: Lose 1 Online Audio • Video • Live Stats

February 23, 2013
UCSB Extends Streak Against Cal State Northridge with 65-55 Win
Thanks in part to a big afternoon from senior Sweets Underwood, the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team was able to take down visiting Cal State Northridge, 66-55, in the Thunderdome on Saturday.

February 21, 2013
1 Day, 1 Ticket: A Busy Saturday at UCSB Just Got More Affordable!
The UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Department is pleased to announce another opportunity for fans to enjoy the great entertainment value that is Gaucho sports for one low price with the "1 Day, 1 Ticket" promotion!

February 21, 2013
Hawai’i Returns the Favor, Edges Gauchos Out, 54-51
After coming from behind to hand Hawai’i its first home loss of the season four weeks ago, UC Santa Barbara had the favor returned as the Rainbow Wahine overcame a first-half deficit to defeat the Gauchos, 54-51, on Thursday night in the Thunderdome.

February 20, 2013
UCSB Set to Host Hawai’i, Northridge
UC Santa Barbara will look to bounce back from a 65-56 home loss to Cal Poly last Saturday as it hosts Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

February 16, 2013
UCSB Unable to Topple Cal Poly
UC Santa Barbara had its three-game win streak snapped on Saturday afternoon as it fell to visiting Blue-Green rival Cal Poly, 65-56, in the Thunderdome.

February 14, 2013
Toughened by Some Mothering
Sweets Underwood can still hear her mom's voice, a dozen years later. "No excuses," she recalls her saying. "You can't use anything as an excuse." Gayla Sulcer was dying of breast cancer at the time. Melissa Zornig will never forget how her own mother's smile remained unbowed a decade ago, even after the death-sentence diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

February 14, 2013
Gauchos Host Cal Poly, Will Play 4Kay
UC Santa Barbara will host Cal Poly in a Blue-Green rivalry game this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Thunderdome.

February 11, 2013
Underwood Garners Fourth Big West Player of the Week Honor
For the fourth time this season, UC Santa Barbara senior Sweets Underwood (Compton, Calif./Centennial HS) is the Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week. She averaged a double-double in two crucial road victories that propelled the Gauchos into contention for the regular season title.

February 9, 2013
Gauchos Gut it Out, Come Back to Beat League-Leading Pacific
UC Santa Barbara came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat Big West Conference-leading Pacific, 52-47, at the Tigers’ Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday evening.

February 7, 2013
UCSB Holds Off Aggies, Captures Third-Straight Road Victory
UC Santa Barbara was able to withstand a second-half surge by UC Davis on Thursday evening in the Aggies’ Pavilion to capture its second win of the season over the program, 60-52.

February 5, 2013
UCSB Heads North For Big West Pair
Having reached the halfway point in its Big West Conference schedule, UCSB will begin its second swing through league opponents this week beginning in Northern California. The Gauchos will face UC Davis on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm before meeting league-leader Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 pm.

February 2, 2013
Sparked by its Bench, UCSB Extends Streak Against Titans with 60-50 Victory
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team extended its winning streak against Cal State Fullerton to 40 games on Saturday afternoon with a 60-50 victory in the Thunderdome.

February 1, 2013
Gauchos Host Fullerton on Saturday
UCSB will host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 2 pm in the first of two Big West Conference match-ups between the teams.

January 31, 2013
UCSB Unable to Complete Comeback, Falls Short to UC Riverside
A late comeback by UC Santa Barbara came up just short on Thursday evening as the Gauchos fell to visiting UC Riverside, 45-42, in the Thunderdome.

January 30, 2013
Gauchos Look to Stay Hot as They Return to the Thunderdome
After a three-game road swing, UCSB returns home to the Thunderdome this week to host UC Riverside on Thursday at 7 pm and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 2 pm.

January 28, 2013
Underwood Named Big West Player of the Week After Gaucho Road Sweep
Senior Sweets Underwood has been named the Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season for her part in leading UC Santa Barbara to road wins against Cal State Northridge and Hawai’i this past week.

January 27, 2013
UCSB Comes From Behind to Edge Out Hawai’i, 51-50
Trailing by two with 14 seconds to go, UC Santa Barbara’s Nicole Nesbit picked up a screen from Sweets Underwood, drove up the right side and sunk what would be the game-winning basket to propel the Gauchos to a 51-50 victory over Hawai’i on Saturday evening in the Stan Sherrif Center.

January 25, 2013
Gauchos Set to Say Aloha to Hawaii
UCSB concludes a three-game road swing on Saturday at Hawaii. The pairing will be the first between the teams since the 1998-99 season and the first since the Rainbow Wahine rejoined the Big West Conference. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., which is 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

January 25, 2013
UCSB's Saturday Game at Hawai'i Can Now be Heard on AM 1290 KZSB
UC Santa Barbara's women's basketball game against Hawai'i on Saturday, Jan. 26 will air live on AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara, as well as on-line at UCSBgauchos.com.

January 24, 2013
UCSB Rolls Past Northridge, 56-37
UC Santa Barbara kept a 29-year old streak alive on Thursday evening as it defeated Cal State Northridge, 56-37, marking the Gauchos 14th-consecutive win on the Matadors’ home court.

January 23, 2013
Cal State Northridge, Hawaii Await the Gauchos
UCSB hits the road once again this week, this time for a two-game, two-state road swing in which they will face Cal State Northridge on Thursday at 7 pm before jetting away to Hawaii for a Saturday pairing, which will be played at 10 pm Pacific Time.

January 19, 2013
Cal Poly Captures Blue-Green Rivalry Victory Over Gauchos
The sun was shining bright on the Central Coast on Saturday afternoon, but the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball’s offense struggled to warm-up as it fell, 66-47, to Cal Poly in Mott Gym during the first of two Blue-Green Rivalry games between the teams this season.

January 17, 2013
Gauchos Face Cal Poly on Saturday
In a relatively light week for the Gauchos, UCSB will play just one game on the road against Blue-Green rival Cal Poly on Saturday at Mott Gym. Game time is slated for 4 pm.

January 12, 2013
Zornig’s Career-Best Leads Gauchos Past UC Davis
Led by a career-best performance by junior Melissa Zornig, UC Santa Barbara was able to get its first Big West Conference home victory and snap its five-game skid in the Thunderdome on Saturday afternoon as the Gauchos downed visiting UC Davis, 58-43.

January 10, 2013
Gauchos Unable to Tame Tigers, Fall 64-52
UC Santa Barbara’s home woes continued on Thursday evening as the Gauchos fell, 64-52, to visiting Pacific in their first Big West conference game in the Thunderdome this season.

January 9, 2013
Gauchos Welcome Bren School on Thursday Night
Thursday evening will serve as Bren School Night at the Thunderdome as UCSB Athletics is pleased to welcome and celebrate the students, faculty and staff from the campus’ school of environmental science and management to the women’s basketball game against Pacific at 7 p.m.

January 9, 2013
UCSB Hosts Pacific and UC Davis
UCSB will return home this week to host its first pair of 2013 Big West home contests. The Gauchos will welcome Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m. before hosting UC Davis on Saturday at 2 p.m.

January 5, 2013
Long Beach State Edges Out Gauchos in Big West Battle, 52-45
In a rematch of the 2012 Big West Championship game, Long Beach State was able to exact its revenge against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday evening in Walter Pyramid. The 49ers thwarted a second-half comeback by the Gauchos and took a 52-45 victory in their first meeting of the season.

January 4, 2013
Gauchos Face Long Beach State in Rematch of 2012 Big West Final
After downing UC Irvine, 51-46, in its Big West Conference opener on Thursday evening, UC Santa Barbara will head to Long Beach State on Saturday for a rematch with its 2011-12 Big West Tournament Final foe at 4 p.m. in Walter Pyramid.

January 3, 2013
UCSB Knocks-Off UC Irvine in 2013 Big West Opener
The last time the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team visited the Bren Center, it began its incredible run to the 2012 Big West Tournament title with a first round win over UC Irvine. With a 51-46 victory during their follow-up visit on Thursday evening – their 2013 Big West Conference opener – the Gauchos are hoping that a win in Irvine will once again be a start of something special.

January 2, 2013
UCSB Opens Big West Play at UC Irvine, Long Beach State
2011-12 Big West Tournament Champion UC Santa Barbara will open league play this week on the road as the Gauchos travel to UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Long Beach State on Saturday, Jan. 5.

December 29, 2012
Gauchos End Non-Conference Slate with Loss to Kansas State
Despite jumping out to an early lead, UC Santa Barbara was unable to hold on as it fell to visiting Kansas State, 60-45, on Saturday afternoon in the Thunderdome.

December 28, 2012
Gauchos Play Host to Kansas State
After a hiatus for the holidays, UC Santa Barbara will return to action this Saturday to host its final non-conference game of the regular season against Kansas State at 2 p.m. in the Thunderdome.

December 21, 2012
Big Second Half Propels No. 6/7 Kentucky Past UCSB
UC Santa Barbara hung tight with No. 6/7 ranked Kentucky for 20 minutes on Friday afternoon in the Thunderdome, but was unable to hold on as the Wildcats powered their way to a 66-38 victory.

December 21, 2012
UCSB Returns Home to Host No. 6 Kentucky
Following a three-game road swing, UC Santa Barbara will finally return home this Friday to host No. 6/7 ranked Kentucky at 3 p.m. in the Thunderdome.

December 20, 2012
Hoop Dreams
By John Zant, Santa Barbara Independent

December 18, 2012
Gauchos Unable to Topple BYU
UC Santa Barbara was unable to close out its three-game road swing with a third victory on Tuesday afternoon as the Gauchos fell to Brigham Young, 67-39, at the Marriot Center.

December 17, 2012
Gauchos Look to Stay Hot at BYU
UCSB will conclude its current three-game road swing on Tuesday at BYU. The Gauchos will be looking to stay hot and capture their third-consecutive win as they take-on the Cougars at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time).

December 17, 2012
Underwood Repeats as Big West Player of the Week
UC Santa Barbara senior Sweets Underwood has garnered her second consecutive Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor after delivering a double-double in the Gauchos’ victory over Pac-12 opponent Washington on Saturday.

December 15, 2012
Gauchos Kennel the Dawgs, Defeat Washington, 54-46
The third time proved to be the charm as UC Santa Barbara defeated Washington, 54-46, on Saturday afternoon in the teams’ third ever meeting at the Huskies’ Alaska Airlines Arena.

December 13, 2012
Washington, BYU Next Up for Gauchos
Santa isn’t the only one traveling this holiday season as the Gauchos will pack their bags for a two-game, two-state road trip. UCSB will visit Washington on Saturday, Dec. 15 to take-on the Huskies of the Pac-12 before hopping over to Utah a few days later to play BYU of the West Coast Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

December 10, 2012
Underwood Named Big West Player of the Week
Senior Sweets Underwood’s double-double performance helped UC Santa Barbara to a 79-69 victory at Loyola Marymount last Wednesday and has earned her Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors it was announced by the conference today.

December 5, 2012
Underwood’s Career Night Leads Gauchos Past Loyola Marymount
Senior Sweets Underwood scored a career-best 22 points to help lead UC Santa Barbara past Loyola Marymount, 76-69, on Wednesday night at Gersten Pavilion. With the win, UCSB snapped its three-game losing skid while also handing LMU its first home loss of the year and snapping its four-game home streak.

December 4, 2012
Gauchos Begin Road Swing at Loyola Marymount
UCSB begins a three-game road swing this week when it heads to Loyola Marymount on Wednesday to take on the Lions in a 7 p.m. pairing.

December 1, 2012
Gaels Outlast Gauchos, 49-39
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team limited visiting St. Mary’s to just 30% shooting from the field and 49 points on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough to overcome its own offensive struggles as the Gauchos fell, 49-39, in the Thunderdome.

November 30, 2012
UCSB Set to Host St. Mary’s on Saturday
UCSB will wrap-up a two-game home stand on Saturday as it hosts St. Mary’s at the Thunderdome in a 2 p.m. match-up.

November 29, 2012
The spark in her father's eyes
By Mark Paton, Santa Barbara News-Press

November 27, 2012
UCSB Signs Maragnes to National Letter of Intent
The UCSB women’s basketball program has signed Melissa Maragnes of Santa Monica High School to a National Letter of Intent it was announced by head coach Carlene Mitchell.

November 27, 2012
Gauchos Unable to Surmount USC, Fall 62-51
Despite roaring back from an 18-point deficit to cut the USC lead to six with 1:15 to go, the UCSB women’s basketball team was unable to complete its comeback as it fell, 62-51, to the visiting Trojans on Tuesday evening in the Thunderdome.

November 26, 2012
UCSB Set to Host USC, St. Mary's this Week
After spending its Thanksgiving week competing in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the UCSB women’s basketball team returns to Santa Barbara this week for a pair of home contests against USC and St. Mary’s on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively.

November 22, 2012
Gauchos Take Sixth at Hardwood Tournament of Hope
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team fell to Missouri State, 68-61, on Thursday afternoon in the fifth-place game at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, which was held this week at the Puerto Vallarta International Conference Center.

November 21, 2012
UCSB Says Adios to Mississippi State
The UCSB women’s basketball handily downed Mississippi State, 60-43, on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope being held at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center.

November 20, 2012
Nesbit Posts Season-High for Gauchos in Puerto Vallarta Tourney Opener
UC Santa Barbara’s Hardwood Tournament of Hope opening game against Oregon State came down to the wire, but the Gauchos came up short in a 49-46 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center.

November 19, 2012
Gauchos Slated for Three in Puerto Vallarta
UCSB will head South of the border this week to play in the 2012 Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope, which will be played at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center.

November 14, 2012
Women’s Basketball Signs Pair of Prep Standouts to NLIs
UC Santa Barbara head women’s basketball coach Carlene Mitchell has signed Onome Jemerigbe (St. Mary’s High School) and Mi’Chael Wright (Chaminade High School) to National Letters of Intent, she announced Wednesday afternoon.

November 14, 2012
Gauchos Hold On for Victory Over New Mexico State
After being edged out, 52-51, by New Mexico State last December in Las Cruces, the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team was able to exact its revenge on Wednesday night as it downed the visiting Aggies, 43-41, in the Thunderdome.

November 13, 2012
Jasmine Ware: A Great Example

November 13, 2012
UCSB Hosts New Mexico State on Wednesday
UCSB will play New Mexico State on Wednesday in a midweek non-conference game at the Thunderdome at 7 p.m.

November 9, 2012
Gauchos Unlucky in Vegas, Fall to UNLV in Season Opener
Last year’s pairing between UC Santa Barbara and UNLV was decided by a buzzer-beater and Friday night’s rematch was nearly as dramatic as the Lady Rebels edged out the Gauchos for the second consecutive season, 58-52, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

November 8, 2012
Friday’s Women’s Basketball Game to Air Online Only
Due to a conflict with Santa Barbara City College's football game, Friday's UCSB women's basketball game at UNLV will not air on KZSB AM 1290.

November 7, 2012
Gauchos Visit Vegas for 2012-13 Opener
UCSB will play UNLV in its official 2012-13 season opener on Friday, Nov. 9.

November 5, 2012
Defending Big West Champions Open 2012-13 Campaign this Week
UCSB will host Vanguard in its only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos and Lions will play five days before UCSB heads to UNLV for its official season opener.

November 5, 2012
Gauchos Open With Exhibition Win Over Vanguard, 52-39
The defending Big West Conference Champion UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team tipped-off the 2012-13 campaign with a 52-39 exhibition win over visiting Vanguard on Monday night in the Thunderdome.

November 2, 2012
Defending Champions Eye Repeat
With season opening next week, the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team is geared up and ready to go.

October 26, 2012
Basketball Season Tix Will Be Distributed Beginning This Week, Good Seats Still Available
UCSB Athletics Ticket Office is excited to announce the distribution of basketball season tickets this week. The Gauchos recently announced a two-year celebration of 35 years in the Thunderdome with a special commemorative season ticket. This year past players from the venue's storied history will be featured on each season ticket.

October 24, 2012
Gauchos Picked to Finish Third in Big West Preseason Poll
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Big West Conference in a preseason poll conducted by the league.

October 24, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Hold Coaches Clinic on Sunday
Head coach Carlene Mitchell and the UCSB women’s basketball ball team will host a free Coaches Clinic this Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Thunderdome.

October 22, 2012
Carlene Mitchell, Tim Vom Steeg, Juan Paredes To Appear on This Week's "Talk'n Gauchos"

October 11, 2012
Stringer, UCSB join together for ‘Links and a Legend’
Rutgers University coach and 2009 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, C. Vivian Stringer, was in Santa Barbara on Monday to promote UCSB women’s basketball –- a golf fundraiser followed by a book signing, dinner and presentation — all packaged as ‘Links and a Legend.’

October 4, 2012
Gaucho Women's Basketball to Air on KZSB AM1290, Video Stream on BigWest.TV
UC Santa Barbara Athletics and its media rights holder Nelligan Sports Marketing are pleased to announce that KZSB AM1290 will be the new radio home to women’s basketball.

October 4, 2012
Athletics Celebrates The Thunderdome With #thunderdome35 Campaign
UCSB will celebrate the Thunderdome with a special two-year campaign called #thunderdome35

October 4, 2012
Women’s Basketball Sets Open Practice Date for Season Ticketholders/Fastbreakers
The defending Big West Conference Tournament Champion UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team is excited to announce that it will hold its annual open practice for its season ticketholders/Fastbreakers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Thunderdome.

October 3, 2012
Mitchell gets help from a pal
By Gerry Fall, Santa Barbara News-Press

October 2, 2012
Tim Vom Steeg, Carlene Mitchell, and Jenna Wilson to Appear on This Week's "Talk'n Gauchos"

August 2, 2012
Save the Date for "Links and A Legend"
The defending Big West Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara women"s basketball team will kick-off the 2012-13 season with "Links and A Legend," an event that will combine a keynote address by legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer, dinner with the 2012-13 Gauchos and an exclusive round of golf with the UCSB coaches. Proceeds from the event will benefit UCSB women's basketball.

July 31, 2012
2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule Features Quality Home Opponents
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The defending Big West Conference champion UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team has a very challenging schedule in front of it for the upcoming 2012-13 season that features at least nine teams that played in the postseason a year ago.