Jan. 3, 2006
Game 12 Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 7:00 p.m. Santa Barbara, CA
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton The Thunderdome (6,000)
2005-06 Gaucho Record
5-6 overall/1-0 Big West Conference
5-1 home/0-5 away/0-0 neutral
Gauchos Have Won Last 44 Games Against Current Conference Foes
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will look to conclude its season-long five-game homestand without a single blemish on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when Cal State Fullerton invades the Thunderdome for a 7:00 p.m. Big West Conference clash. Following an 0-5 start to the 2005-06 campaign, UCSB can even its overall record for the first time this season with a win over the Titans (2-9 overall, 0-1 in league play). The Gauchos enter Wednesday's contest riding a 44-game winning streak against current members of the eight-team Big West - postseason included - dating back to 2003.
Gauchos on the Air and Web
The UCSB-CSF showdown will air live on KTLK 1340AM in Santa Barbara with "Showtime" Steve Wendt handling play-by-play duties. The broadcast begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". All of Santa Barbara's games in 2005-06 can also be heard live via the internet by pointing your browser to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass", while the school's official website will also offer live streaming video for Wednesday's game free of charge by clicking on this link just prior to tip-off:
UCSB Opens Big West Play with 73-48 Win Over UC Riverside
The Gauchos' began defense of their 10 consecutive Big West titles Monday night in the Thunderdome with their most convincing victory of the young season, a 73-48 triumph over UC Riverside (3-8, 0-2). Holding a slim 9-8 advantage at the 13:39 mark of the first half, UCSB embarked on an 11-0 run spanning the next three minutes that was book-ended by three-pointers from Karena Bonds. The home team would never again lead by fewer than 10 points, and took a 36-18 cushion into the locker rooms. The visitors - who started an all-freshman lineup - nailed nine of their first 13 shots to open the second period, but could not pull any closer than 16 points as UCSB continued its three-point onslaught. When Jessica Wilson's long-bomb found the bottom of the net with 12:11 to play, the scoreboard read 49-27 in favor of Santa Barbara.
UCSB Team Three-Dot Data...
The Gauchos equaled their season-low of nine turnovers against the Highlanders, whose 48 points were the fewest scored by a Santa Barbara opponent in 2005-06...UCSB has won its last 11 conference openers dating back to 1996...After not reaching the 70-point plateau in any of their first seven contests this season, the Gauchos have done so in each game of their current winning streak...Santa Barbara has still not committed more turnovers than its opponent in any game...With 11 steals vs. Riverside, UCSB recorded double-digit swipes for the fifth time in 2005-06 after doing so just in just eight games all of last year.
UCSB Player Three-Dot Data...
On Monday night sophomore center Jenna Green paced the Gaucho offense for the ninth time this season and also blocked a career-high four shots...With 11 points vs. the Highlanders, sophomore forward Kat Suderman amassed back-to-back double-digit scoring totals for the first time in her career...Junior guard Erin O'Bryan has moved into seventh place on UCSB's career leaderboard with 71 three-pointers as a Gaucho.
Cal State Fullerton has struggled in the early season and most recently dropped its Big West opener by an 81-74 margin Monday night at Cal Poly. Senior center Amber Pruitt and junior guard Charlee Underwood both average 11.8 points per game to lead a balanced attack for the Titans, who have experimented with nine different starting lineups in 2005-06. The Gauchos currently own a 23-game winning streak against CSF - with their last loss coming in the 1995 Big West Tournament - and now lead the all-time series by a 30-21 margin.