|High School:||Mt. Vernon HS|
Jessica Henley comes to UCSB from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA...Lettered for four years under Head Coach Kenny Farmer...Team won National District Championship title all four seasons...Averaged nine points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in both her junior and senior campaigns...Career high of 22 points came against Edison in 1999-00...That same season Mount Vernon advanced to the state semifinals...Team played in Dec. 1999 Nike Tournament of Champions in Santa Barbara and 2000 tourney in Chicago...A second team all-district performer as a senior...Played with the Northern Virginia All-Star Team the same year.
Jessica S. Henley was born on April 23, 1983 in Albuquerque, NM...the daughter of Pilar Carpenter and Robert Henley, she is an only child...stepfather is Terry Shutz...Will major in Aquatic Biology with aspirations of becoming a dolphin trainer or underwater photographer...An outstanding student, Henley was one of several valedictorians of the Mount Vernon class of 2001 and a National Honor Society Member...Earned a Federal Water Quality Scholarship as well as her school's Scholar Athlete Award...Captured first place in the science fair as a freshman and junior...Also found time to play field hockey and lacrosse as a prepster...Also recruited by UNC Wilmington, Campbell and American University...Hobbies include surfing, scuba diving and writing...Pablo Neruda is her favorite author.
All Fired Up
While Kayte Christensen did score an incredibly 36 points against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 3, it can be argued that Jessica Henley was the most aggressive Gaucho in the 105-60 victory. The guard from Alexandria, Va., scored her career-high of four points vs. the Matadors, going two-for-two from the floor, and was also whistled for a trio of fouls in just four minutes of playing time. Henley was guilty of just six additional fouls in her 11 other appearances on the season.
Stirring the Pot
Deadlocked in a 29-29 tie with league rival Cal Poly on Jan. 20, Mark French felt he wasn't getting the type of effort typically displayed by his Gaucho squads. So the Gaucho head coach began the second half with Henley and three other freshmen on the floor, a lineup which held the Mustangs scoreless for 4:40. Henley notched one rebound and a steal during that span. This lineup shake-up propelled the Gauchos to a 66-47 victory, and Cal Poly's 18 points after intermission were fifth-fewest scored in the second half by a UCSB opponent in school history.
Going the Distance
In its 31 years of existence, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program has featured but a handful of players from the East Coast. Jessica Henley is a member of that select group, having traveled 2,367 miles from her hometown of Alexandria, Va., to join the Gauchos. However she doesn't hold the distinction of the being the furthest player from home on the 2002-03 UCSB roster. Fellow sophomore Brandy Richardson logs a few more frequent flyer miles every time she makes the 2,486-mile trip from Aiea, Hawai'i to Santa Barbara.