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Running The Show
Stacy Clinesmith enters her fourth season as the Gaucho's starting point guard. The main catalyst of UCSB's high-powered offense, Clinesmith has been the team's leader in assists the previous three seasons, collecting a career best 170 assists as a junior. Clinesmith averaged 5.7 assists per game last year and led the Gauchos in assists 17 times during the course of the season. She had six or more assists eleven times as a junior, including a season best of 13 against Arizona.
Clinesmith has played in all 93 of UCSB's games since coming to the program in 1996-97. In fact, Clinesmith started the first 88 games of her career before coming off the bench in the last year's regular season finale (senior night). Clinesmith has started 92 of the 93 games UCSB has played over the last three years, more than any other Gaucho over that span.
Well, If I Must
Surrounded by a plethora of offensive options, the hardest choice for Clinesmith to make isn't necessarily when to pass, but who to pass to. Clinesmith definitely knows her role as the team's distributor, but when push comes to shove she can become the team's deadliest weapon. Clinesmith scored 20 or more points three times last year and led UCSB in scoring twice. In the Gauchos' win at Vanderbilt, she put the team on her back and carried them to victory in a very hostile environment, finishing with a team-high 20 points. She also scored some very dramatic and crucial points in the Gaucho victories at Idaho and at home against Long Beach State.
From Way Downtown . . .
To say that Clinesmith is comfortable shooting from long range might be an understatement. Almost half of Clinesmith's field goal attempts last year came from beyond the arc. For her career, she has made 163 trifectas in 411 attempts (40.1%). Clinesmith has made more three-pointers than any other player in the Big West over the last three seasons.
Stacy Clinesmith Notes
1998-99: Stacy Clinesmith was named First Team All-Big West for the second year in a row after averaging 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game as a junior...She finished the season 14th in the conference in scoring and second in assists...Had a conference-high 170 total assists...Shot 44.1% (113-for-256) from the floor and 36.7% (44-for-120) from beyond the arc, fifth in the Big West...Shot 81.5% (75-of-92) from the charity stripe, second best in the conference...Scored in double figures 18 times...Scored 20 or more points three times, including a season best 21 vs. Long Beach State at the Thunderdome...Had 11 games of seven or more assists, with a season-high of 13 vs. Arizona...Hit two or more three-pointers in a game 13 times on the season and three or more five times...Was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc against Nevada during the regular season...Had an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio with 170 assists and 83 turnovers...Her 47 steals was second on the team and 1.6 average was 13th in the Big West...Became the 13th Gaucho in history to record 1,000 career points during the Long Beach State game at the Thunderdome...Currently the school's 12th all-time scorer.
1997-98: A First Team All-Big West selection, Clinesmith averaged 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and a team leading 4.4 assists per game overall...Led the Gauchos in scoring in the NCAA Tournament win over Vanderbilt, scoring 20...Scored a career-high 34 points in the semifinal game of the Big West Tournament in an overtime win over Nevada...Clinesmith scored 20 or more points seven times and scored in double-figures 24 times in 33 games...Averaged 16.3 points per game over the final four games of the year...Recorded a career-high 14 assists in the season opening victory at Arizona State...Made a career-best six three-pointers (in eight attempts) in a win at Colorado State...Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds twice, in back-to-back games against USC and San Diego State.
1996-97: Outstanding freshman season culminated in earning All-Big West Second Team and All Freshman Team Honors...Finished the season with averages of 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game...Season totals were 321 points, 102 rebounds, 136 assists and 53 steals...Led the conference in three-point percentage at .413, which also ranked 22nd nationally...Clinesmith added 17 double-figure scoring games...She had one double-double with 18 points and 11 assists against Wisconsin...Ranked third in the conference in assists per game...Scored a season-best 23 points at North Texas...Added one other 20-point game, scoring 22 on 9-of-11 shooting in a win at Pacific...Started all 30 games, becoming the first freshman to start at point guard for UCSB since 1989.
High School: Prepped at Mead High School in Spokane, Washington...Averaged 18.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a senior...As a senior she shot 62% from the floor, 83% from the free throw line and 43% from three-point land...A First Team AAU All-American...A two-time USA Today All-American selection...The 1996 Washington State Player of the Year...Mead won the 1996 AAA State Championship...Clinesmith was the MVP of the state tournament twice...She was a two-time league MVP...She was featured on ESPN's Scholastic Sports America...Clinesmith was also an all-league soccer performer as well.
Personal: Stacy Marie Clinesmith was born on April 22, 1978...Nickname is Calvin....Sociology major...The daughter of Marvin and Nikki Clinesmith.