Jan. 5, 2007
Game No. 15
Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
The Thunderdome (6,000)
The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's matinee against UC Irvine with an overall record of 6-8 and a 2-1 conference mark following two straight victories. After losing their Big West Conference opener 70-57 Dec. 28 at UC Riverside, the Gauchos have turned things around, erasing a 16-point second half deficit to defeat Cal State Fullerton for the 26th consecutive meeting, 73-71 Dec. 30. Thursday, UCSB used a 22-2 run in the first half to build a commanding lead and fought off Long Beach State in the second, on the way to a 71-60 win in the Thunderdome. The two consecutive wins matches a season-high that came when the Gauchos posted a 51-49 win at Richmond Dec. 4 and followed with a 62-57 home win over Weber State three days later.
UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's match-up with the Anteaters will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Steve "Showtime" Wendt is back for his third season as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos alongside former UCSB assistant coach Kristen Koch, who will handle the color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". Fans can also catch all games live via the internet by going to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass". With this option hoops fans can enjoy live audio and video from the comfort of their homes courtesy of CSTV.
Offense Continues To Flow Against 49ers
Junior center Jenna Green scored a game-high 20 points and freshman forward Jordan Franey added 16 off the bench, as the Gauchos reached the 70-point plateau for the second straight game, posting a 71-60 Big West Conference victory over visiting Long Beach State Thursday night in the Thunderdome. Green made 9-of-20 shots and hauled in nine rebounds, which was a team-high. Franey had an excellent night from the floor, connecting on five of her seven field goal attempts, including going 2-for-4 from behind the three-point arc. Jessica Wilson also had a strong performance from downtown, draining 3-of-5 threes and finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while Chisa Ononiwu chipped in with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting. UCSB shot the ball well from the floor for the second game in a row, making 27-of-63 attempts, 42.9%. LBSU finished 34.3%, hitting 23-of-67 shots. Santa Barbara made 6-of-15 three-point attempts, 40%, while Long Beach State went 0-for-7 from downtown. The Gauchos registered 17 assists on 27 made baskets, one off the team's season-high.
Did You Know?...
Thursday's victory over Long Beach State was the 500th of head coach Mark French's career...He now has a career record of 500-300, a winning percentage of 62.5%...French recorded his 400th win at the helm of the Gauchos when Santa Barbara defeated Pepperdine 78-67 Dec. 18...Jenna Green has scored in double figures in all 14 games this season and has led the team in scoring in the last six...After starting the first 11 games this season, Jordan Franey has come off the bench the last three...Her 16 points was her second highest total as a Gaucho...UCSB out-rebounded LBSU 45-41, giving the Gauchos a 5-1 record in games which they control the glass...Santa Barbara turned the ball over a season-low 13 times against Long Beach State Thursday after giving it up a season-worst 31 times against Cal State Fullerton last Saturday...Eight of the nine players that played Thursday reached the scoring column.
Taming the Anteaters
Big West action continues Saturday as the Gauchos host UC Irvine in the 46th meeting between the two schools. UCSB holds a 43-22 advantage over UCI all-time and took one of two from the Anteaters in 2006-07. The Gauchos recorded a 71-60 victory led by Kat Suderman's 17 points Jan. 9 in the Thunderdome, before falling 82-69 in Irvine Feb. 16.
UCI opened Big West play this week and defeated Cal Poly 84-73 in San Luis Opisbo Thursday night. The Anteaters own a 3-11 overall record and snapped a seven game losing streak with their victory over the Mustangs. UCI averages 62.9 points per game, while its opponents put up 70.9 per contest. The Anteaters have been out-rebounded by the opposition by a 42.1 to 35.1 margin and shoot 37.4% from the field to their opposition's mark of 45.2%. Junior forward Stephanie Duda leads three players who average double figures in points at 13.4 points per game with sophomore forward Kelly Cochran and senior guard Angie Ned not far behind at 12.4 and 12.0, respectively. Duda is also the Anteater's leading rebounder at 10.4 per game and shoots a team-high 47% from the floor.
Following Saturday's showdown with UCI, the Gauchos will remain at home next week to take on Utah Valley State in a non-conference affair Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. UCSB will then hit the road and square off with future Big West member UC Davis Saturday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.