UCSB Riding Six-Game Winning Streak Into Saturday's Game

UCSB Riding Six-Game Winning Streak Into Saturday's Game

Jan. 16, 2009

• The Schedule
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (9-6, 4-0) vs. Cal Poly (9-6, 2-2) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (9-6, 4-0) vs. UC Davis (6-9, 2-2) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

• Punching Out Poly
UCSB holds a decided 45-14 edge over Cal Poly in the overall series. The Gauchos have not lost to the Mustangs since a 71-68 loss on Feb. 17, 2007 at the Thunderdome. In fact, Cal Poly has won two of the team's last three meetings at the Thunderdome but UCSB has won five of the past seven.

• The Dirt on Davis
UC Davis handed the Gauchos their only Big West defeat last year, a 59-56 overtime loss at the Thunderdome. In the overall series, UCSB is 9-3 vs. the Aggies, exacting revenge with a 74-59 win in the Big West Tournament Championship last year to go to the NCAA Tournament.

• Viking Funeral
UCSB had four players score in double figures - Whitney Warren (13), Jordan Franey (13), Lauren Pedersen (12) and Jenna Green (11) - in Wednesday's 67-61 win over Portland State. The Gauchos held the Vikings to just 37.6% shooting while scoring 60 or more points for the second straight game and third time in five games. UCSB is now 2-2 all-time vs. PSU.

• Six-Pack
The Gauchos' current six-game winning streak is their longest since winning 14 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007-Feb. 21, 2008.

• Road Warriors
UCSB holds the nation's longest active road winning streak in conference play after picking up consecutive victories last weekend at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos have won 17 straight road games in the Big West, two ahead of Southeast Missouri State, which has won 15 consecutive games in the Ohio Valley Conference.

• 4 x 60 = A Long Time
Through 15 games the Gauchos have reached the 60-point plateau just four times, the first time any UCSB team has taken that many games to do so since the 1976-77 squad. That Gaucho team finished the season scoring 60 or more points 10 times.

• Continues Her Climb
By scoring 11 points vs. Portland State, Jenna Green passed Becky Brown (1989-1993) and took sole possession of 13th place on UCSB's all-time career scoring list. Green has accumulated 1,331 career points, just three points shy from Kristen Nicholson (1982-86) for 12th place.

• Four Score
First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb became the first UCSB women's coach in history to win her first four conference games.

• Four for Forty
For the fourth time this season the Gauchos have held an opponent to 40 or fewer points. The last time UCSB held at least four opponents to 40 or fewer points came in the 1976-77 season when the Gauchos prevented four teams - Fresno State, Cal Poly (twice), UC Irvine (twice) and Westmont - from scoring at least 40 points. Only one other time in UCSB history has a Gaucho team held a team to 40 or fewer points more than four times in a season - 1973-74 (six times).

• Join the Club
Lauren Pedersen became the second current UCSB player to reach 500 points in her career after scoring 10 points vs. Fullerton. Whitney Warren hit the mark already this season and soon to join them will be Jordan Franey. The junior is points shy of the mark.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB has posted a 192-18 (.914) record against league foes.

• Defensive Domination
In Big West play, UCSB is allowing an average of just 45.0 points per game and opponents are shooting a mere 28.9% vs. the Gauchos. Both marks are first in the conference.

• Franey Fills It Up
Over her past three games Jordan Franey has averaged 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. It is the junior's best stretch since a three-game run her freshman season when Franey averaged 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Already this year Franey has totaled double digits three times, the same amount of games she did it in last season.

• This Defense Doesn't Rest
Through 15 games the Gauchos have allowed just 821 points, or 54.7 per game, nearly setting a school record. It is the second-lowest point total through the first 15 games in UCSB history. The last time UCSB has allowed so few points in its first 14 games came during the 1973-74 season when the Gauchos gave up 651.

• Century Club
Courtesy of East Carolina University: Lauren Pedersen played her 100th game vs. Portland State meaning the Gauchos are now just one of 10 teams nationwide to have three players with 100 career games under their belt in the starting lineup. Jenna Green (109) and Whitney Warren (103) are the others.

• Green's Block Party
Jenna Green blocked three shots vs. Portland State to give her 29 blocks this season and a 2.1 average per game which leads the Big West and is tied for 47th nationally. Green's 153 career blocks is 27 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 58 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• On the Rebound
Lauren Pedersen leads the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. If she finishes the season leading the team it will be the second straight season a guard has led the Gauchos in rebounding. Jessica Wilson's 6.3 rpg last season paced the team. Pedersen would be just the fourth guard to lead the team in rebounding since 1981-82 when Patty Franklin did it (also Erin Buescher from 1997-2000 and Wilson). Should Pedersen's mark lead the Gauchos, it would be the lowest-ever rebounding average in a single-season. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below six - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.

• The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."