|Hometown:||Oregon City, Ore.|
|High School:||Oregon City HS|
Earned honorable mention All-Big West recognition for the second straight season...Nailed perhaps the biggest shot in Gaucho history, a fade-away jumper from the right wing with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift UCSB to a 57-56 upset over fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (March 15)...Scored 11 of her 13 points against La Tech during Santa Barbara's second-half comeback run...Emerged as UCSB's floor general last season, leading the Big West with a 1.84 assist-to-turnover ratio while playing more minutes (28.3) than any other Gaucho...Also ranked fifth in the Big West by averaging 3.93 assists per game...Dished off a combined 14 assists vs. only three turnovers during two-game Pac-10 road trip to Arizona (Jan. 14) and Oregon State (Jan. 16), including a career-high eight helpers in the win over the Wildcats...Sprained her ankle in the second half against the Beavers, but returned for the end of the contest and played through injury the rest of the season...Enjoyed two-game stretch vs. UC Riverside (Feb. 15) and at Cal Poly (Feb. 17) without committing a miscue, tallying 12 assists in the process...Five or more helpers on 12 different occasions during the season...274 career assists are eighth-most in Gaucho history...Three-point shooting remains Hansen's calling card, as she buried a team-leading 56 triples and connected at a 39.7% clip from behind the arc, second-best in the Big West...Made 29 of 54 three-pointers (53.7%) over a 11-game span against league foes ...Returned from missing two games with a bruised kidney to nail four-of-eight triples at UC Riverside (March 2) and reclaim the school record for three-point shooting accuracy from Caine...Has made 41.7% of her treys as a Gaucho, while her 148 total three-baggers is third best in UCSB history...Kidney injury was suffered against Long Beach State (Feb. 22), forcing Hansen's first inactivity of her three-year Gaucho career after appearing in 89 straight contests...Buried four three-pointers in back-to-back games at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 10) and vs. UC Riverside...18 points against UCR (Feb. 15) matched her season-high from a Nov. 30 win at Ohio State...16-point effort in the aforementioned Northridge game...Scored 15 points to open Big West tourney vs. Cal State Fullerton (March 6), and made career-high nine-of-10 free-throws to help ice championship game victory over Pacific (March 9)...A Big West All-Academic Team honoree.
Hansen was rewarded for a solid sophomore campaign with All-Big West honorable mention recognition...Upped her per-game scoring average to 9.0 points...Was the Big West leader in three-point field goal percentage at .425...Interestingly, that figure was higher than her overall shooting percentage of .369...Assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.59 was also tops in the league...One of only two Gauchos and six BWC players to tally more than 100 assists...Ranked sixth in the Big West in assists at 3.74 per game...one of only two Gauchos and six BWC players to tally more than 100 assists...Assist per game average of 3.74 ranked sixth in the Big West...Shattered previous career high with 26-point performance against NCAA Tourney participant Virginia on Dec. 28...made a career best six three pointers against the Cavaliers ...23-point effort came at Stephen F. Austin, due in large part to a five-for-five performance from behind the arc which tied a school record...Shot a perfect 1.000 from behind the arc on two other occasions...Also cracked the Big West top-10 list in steals, tying Katye Christensen for 10th with 1.45 swipes per contest.
Jess Hansen finished her first season as a Gaucho averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game...She played in all 34 games, starting two of them and averaged 19.3 minutes per game...Scored in double figures eight times during the season, including a career-high 19 points against Long Beach State at the Thunderdome...Hansen led the Gauchos with a 43.6% three-point percentage...Connected on 44 three-pointers, the second most on the team...Made a career-high four 3-pointers against Boise State at the Thunderdome...Made a 3-pointer in 24 games and two or more threes in 13 games...Had a career-best four assists against Cal State Fullerton at the T-Dome...Shot 64.5% from the free throw line...Made a career-high eight free throws in eight attempts against Long Beach State at home...Her five field goals at New Mexico State were also a career-best...Fouled out of one game as a freshman.
Jess Hansen came to UCSB from national power Oregon City High School...Helped guide the Pioneers to three consecutive Three Rivers League Championships, including two Oregon State titles and the 1996-97 National Championship...Played both point and shooting guard for Carl Tinsley and Brad Smith...Was named First Team All-State and All-League following her senior year, and was also named to the State Tournament's First Team after setting a record for most assists (32)...Averaged 22 points, 6.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a senior...Set a Three Rivers League record for most three-pointers in a career...Had a high school GPA of 4.0...Would like to one day be a high school teacher and basketball coach.
Jessica Frank-Hansen was born August 25, 1981 in Anaheim, CA...Majoring in religious studies at UCSB...Loves watching movies and lists her favorites as "A Few Good Men", "Braveheart" and "Simon Birch"...Is a fan of the Denver Broncos and Phoenix Suns...Enjoys listening to country music, especially Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks...The Daughter of John and Bodil Hansen.
For diehard Gaucho fans, is any further description really necessary? For the uninitiated, here's how the most dramatic shot in UCSB women's basketball history went down on March, 15, 2002. With 8.9 seconds to play and her fifth-seeded team holding a 56-55 lead in an NCAA Tournament First Round game in Austin, Texas, junior forward Cheryl Ford of Louisiana Tech went to the free throw line to shoot a 1+1 after being intentionally fouled by UCSB's Lindsay Taylor. Ford's first attempt drew iron and the rebound was corralled by Taylor, who immediately handed the ball of to Jess Hansen. The guard from Oregon City, Ore., drove along the right sideline and - after stutter-stepping near the three-point stripe - buried an off-balance 17-footer over three Lady Techster defenders with 1.1 ticks remaining on the Frank Erwin Center clock. Pandemonium ensued on the Gaucho bench, and when Taylor batted down La Tech's inbounds pass, Santa Barbara was ensured of its fourth-ever NCAA second round appearance, the first since 1998.
Three is Her Magic Number
Hansen's improbable game-winner against La Tech actually came from a spot on the floor a bit closer than where she prefers shooting. For third straight season, the two-time All-Big West honoree connected on more three-point attempts than baskets from within the arc. Hansen also displayed greater accuracy on long bombs, connecting on 39.7% of her "treys" to rank second in the Big West compared to 37.5% overall. She padded her school-record career three-point field goal percentage during a six-game stretch culminating with the Big West Tournament opener during which she sunk 20-of-38 trifectas (52.6%). Hansen buried four shots from behind the arc in four of those contests, and enjoyed a similarly successful streak early in non-conference play when she racked up at least two three-pointers in five straight games.
Leaving Her Mark
Jess Hansen may only have one year of her storied Gaucho career remaining, but the records section of this media guide will ensure that she is not forgotten any time soon. In addition to being the most accurate three-point shooter in UCSB history at 41.7%, the Danish Dynamo has the third-most baskets (148) and attempts (355) from downtown of any Gaucho. Her increased role running the offense in 2001-02 allowed Hansen to break onto Santa Barbara's career assist leaderboard as well, ranking ninth with 274 helpers during her three years of wearing the Blue and Gold. Finally, the senior guard has shown she is as comfortable shooting the rock unabated as she is with a trio of opponents in her face, burying her free throws at a .762 clip that is seventh-best in school history.