|High School:||Bishop Montgomery HS|
The Big West's Defensive Player of the Year, Warren started 19 games...Part of the Big West All-Tournament Team after scoring double digit points in both games, the lone time during the season she did so...Made better than 50% of her shots in 13 games and better than 60% in five contests...Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in loss to UC Davis on 2/23...Had eight points and six boards in 12/29 win over Mississippi, starting off a 14-game winning streak...Grabbed five or more rebounds 10 different times...Appeared in all but two of the team's 31 games...Her 111 rebounds tied for fourth on team.
On The Case
After emerging as very gifted defensive player in 28 games as a freshman in 2005-06, guard/forward Whitney Warren continued to improve defensively as a sophomore last season and developed into the Gauchos' best one-on-one defender. Warren appeared in all but one game in 2006-07, and was in the starting lineup at the four spot for head coach Mark French in 31 contests. The wiry 5-foot-8 Warren was generally assigned to the opposing team's best player throughout the season defensively and did an excellent job of containing opponents that were often much bigger that she was. Taking on players such as 2006-07 Big West Conference Player of the Year Kemie Nkele of UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge's LaJoyce King, and Cal Poly's Jessica Eggleston -- both of whom were All Big-West First Team selections -- Warren has definitely battled with some excellent scorers and has been able to hold her own the past two years. She will be called upon to continue her outstanding effort on defense as the Gauchos' seek to recapture the Big West Conference title and return to the NCAA Tournament. Quite A Touch
While Whitney Warren averaged just 7.2 points per game as a sophomore in 2006-07, she had the ability to be very effective on the offensive end of the floor when she was called upon. The Lawndale, Calif. native made 99 of her 223 shots from the field last season for a percentage of .444, which was third only to the team's leading scorer Jenna Green and newcomer Chisa Ononiwu. What's more impressive is Warren turned in 20 performances in which she shot .400 or better from the floor and she shot .500 or better in 12 contests last season. In fact there were two games in 2006-07 in which Warren did not miss a single shot from the floor. She was a perfect 6-for-6 against UC Irvine at home January 6 and finished 7-for-7 against Pacific in the Thunderdome January 27. Warren finished just three points shy of her career mark with 15 points against the Anteaters and also hauled in six rebounds to help lead UCSB to a convincing 86-67 conference win. She also grabbed six boards and dished out two assists to go with her 14 points three weeks later as the Gauchos dismantled the Tigers 89-55. Warren Brings A Game vs. Louisville
Warren had her best offensive performance to date early last season during Santa Barbara's non-conference schedule when 24th-Ranked Louisville came to town November 24. Warren finished 8-for-17 from the field and made both of her shots at the charity stripe on the way to a career-high 18 points. She was also just one rebound away from a double-double and tying her personal best with nine to go with three assists. The 18-point effort shattered her previous career mark of 12 that came in UCSB's final game of the 2005-06 season, a loss at Fresno State in the WNIT Preliminary Round March 16. The performance also marked the second time she led the Gauchos in scoring during her career (the first was the WNIT loss at Fresno State) and would stand as only time she would do so in 2006-07. While Warren did her best to keep the Gauchos within striking distance of the Cardinals, Louisville used a 10-5 run in the final 5:01 of the game to pull away and went on to win 72-66. 2006-07
Was the Gauchos' best one-on-one defender and defensive stopper and was generally assigned to the opposing team's best player...Appeared in all but one game as a sophomore last season, starting 31...Was third on the team shooting 44.4% (99-of-223) from the field...Fourth averaging 4.6 rebounds per game and sixth averaging 7.2 points...Scored a career-high 18 points on 8-for-17 shooting to go with nine rebounds and three assists in the Gauchos' loss to then-ranked No. 24 Louisville November 24...Followed that up with a 13-point, six-rebound effort against North Carolina State two days later...Was a perfect 6-for-6 and finished with 15 points against UC Irvine January 6 and was a perfect 7-for-7 for 14 points against Pacific January 27...Went 4-for-5 for 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in the win at Cal State Northridge March 3 to clinch the Big West's second seed...Chipped in with seven points to go with a game-high eight rebounds in the Gauchos' loss to Oregon in the WNIT Second Round March 17...Dished out a career-high four assists vs. Portland State in UCSB's season-opener November 10...Scored in double figures a total of eight times in 2006-07. 2005-06
Emerged as a defensive stopper in her first season with the Gauchos, making 28 appearances including five starts...Posted the highest rebounding average among UCSB's four rookies at 3.3...Started her first collegiate contest -- the season opener at Michigan State on November 18 -- and played 23 minutes against the defending NCAA runner-up...Capped freshman campaign with her finest performance, tallying a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds in the Postseason WNIT loss at Fresno State March 16...Her second double-digit scoring effort was 11 points coupled with eight boards during a January 15 start vs. UC Davis...Sunk the go-ahead free-throws with 1:04 remaining at Pacific, and UCSB held on for the narrow victory...Top two rebounding efforts came in mid-February when she was forced to play in the low-post due to a rash of injuries...Amassed 10 boards at UC Davis followed by nine vs. UC Irvine...Seven free-throws made at 14th-ranked Stanford also came while she was playing primarily in the four-spot...Closed the season having sunk her final eight attempts from the charity stripe. High School
A 2005 graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif., Warren was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the perennially powerful Knights...Named First Team All-Del Rey League as well as First Team All-Area by the Daily Breeze as a senior in 2004-05...Averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.3 steals as Bishop Montgomery reached the Southern Section Finals of the CIF Division III State Tournament in her senior year...Posted nearly identical statistics as a junior...Member of back-to-back state championship teams her freshman and sophomore years, earning the Division III State Sportsmanship award in 2003...Coached by Lisa Cooper...Also gained club basketball experience playing with H & S. Personal
Whitney-Marie Warren was born on October 11, 1987 in Torrance, Calif....The daughter of Karen Anderson and David Warren...Has an older brother, David, and an older sister, Joyce...Has yet to decide on a course of study at UCSB...Watches "CSI" and "Family Bonds", while "The Last Dragon" is her favorite movie...Respects track and field star Gail Devers...Would like people to know she was an active hula dancer for 10 years.