40 LaShay Fears
40 LaShay Fears
Birth Date: 04/22/1987
Height: 5-7
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Palmdale, Calif.
High School: Sylmar HS
Position: Guard
Freshman Fortitude
LaShay Fears was not slated to be the Gauchos' starting point guard at this time last season, but after projected starter Ana Onaindia suffered an ankle injury prior to the start of the 2005-06 campaign, she was thrust into that role and never looked back. The first freshman to start at point guard since 1996-97, Fears was one of only two Gauchos to appear in all 30 games and was in the starting lineup for 29 of them. The Palmdale, Calif. native averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 assists in 27.9 minutes per game, which was the second most on the squad behind senior Karena Bonds. Fears shot 8-for-13 from the field and finished with 20 points to help lead UCSB to a 90-81 overtime victory over UCLA December 17. The victory was the Gaucho's second-ever against the Bruins and first since 1991. She reached the 20-point plateau again, this time leading Santa Barbara to an 80-71 win at Cal Poly on February 4. May I Assist You?
The point guard's first and foremost duty is to facilitate the offense and distribute the ball. LaShay Fears showed that she is the Gauchos' point guard of the future last season, finishing with 62 assists, the second highest total on the squad. The freshman led UCSB in assists eight times last year, with Santa Barbara winning five of those games. In fact, the Gauchos posted a record of 8-2 in games in which she recorded at least three assists. Fears dished out seven dimes in UCSB's 86-63 win over Arizona December 19, the most assists in a game by any player last season. That total also ranks seventh on the all-time single game charts for assists by a freshman. Where does she rank all-time amongst Gaucho freshmen? Glad you asked. Fears' total of 62 for the year also ranks seventh on the freshmen season Top 10 list. 2005-06
Displayed flashes of brilliance as the first UCSB rookie to start at point guard since Stacey Clinesmith in 1996-97...One of only two Gauchos to appear in all 30 contests, starting 29...Amassed 23 assists and just 16 turnovers over the final 10 contests last season...Dished out seven helpers in the December 19 win over Arizona, the highest single-game total by a Gaucho in 2005-06...Recorded five double-digit scoring efforts, including both Big West Tournament games...Scored UCSB's first nine points of the second half in the semifinal round victory over Cal State Northridge March 10...Her nine-point effort in the regular season finale on March 4 was highlighted by a 45-foot buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half...Scored 20 points and hit the eventual game-winning jumper in overtime against NCAA tourney-bound UCLA on December 17 as Santa Barbara defeated a ranked team for the first time since March 22, 2004...The 10 free-throws she sunk at Cal Poly February 4 were the most made by a UCSB player and helped avenge a home loss to the rival Mustangs...paced the Gauchos offensive with 20 points in that game...Did not commit a turnover in 24 minutes played during her collegiate debut at defending national runner-up Michigan State on November 18. High School
Played four seasons of varsity basketball at Sylmar High School, finishing her career in 2005 with a school-record 1,350 points...Rated as the No. 26 high school senior in California by Grass Roots Sports last season, when she was a First Team All-CIF/Los Angeles City Section honoree and a McDonald's All-American Nominee...Named Mission Valley League MVP in 2003 after leading the Spartans to the City Section finals, and again as a junior when she averaged a career-best 17 points per contest...Her playoff scoring average was considerably higher than her regular-season mark each year...A personal best of 25 points came against Crenshaw during the 2003 postseason...An excellent defender who averaged nearly five steals per game as a prepster under head coach Michelle Chevalier...A four-year honor roll member, Fears also lettered in track and field as a high jumper...Played club hoops for FBC, earning a total of 10 all-tournament awards. Personal
LaShay Deola Brooks-Fears came into this world on April 22, 1987 in Lynwood, CA...The daughter of Sherry Fears and Ronnie Brooks...Leonard Merriweather is her step-father...Incredibly, has 16 siblings, five on her mother's side and 11 on her father's...Although she is undeclared, she is considering a major in communication at UCSB...Would like to coach basketball or become a sports broadcaster...Favorite author is Toni Morrison, while she enjoys watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as well as re-runs of "Dawson's Creek", "Moesha", and "Martin"...Is a loyal fan of her hometown hoops teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks...Considers "Love and Basketball" and "The Notebook" among her favorite movies...Also recruited by Baylor, Oregon State, and Loyola Marymount before deciding to become a Gaucho.