Gauchos Carry 33-Game Win Streak to CSUF

Jan. 20, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton (8-10, 4-2)
at CSUF's Titan Gym (4,000)
Series record vs. the Titans - 42-21
Streak - Won 33
Last time out vs. the Titans - W, 60-52 (3/13/09)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (11-5, 4-1)
at Cal Poly's Mott Gym (3,032)
Series record vs. the Mustangs - 49-14
Streak - Won 6
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - W, 64-57 (3/14/09)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Legends Of The Dome
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the 'Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend will be unveiled on Jan. 23 before a 7:00 p.m. game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.

• See The Legends in Person!
To commemorate the "Legends of the Dome" UCSB Athletics recently announced its "Legends Pack" ticket offer. For just $40 fans will receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas to the game. Please click here for men's "Legends of the 'Dome" games and please click here for women's "Legends of the 'Dome" games. Should fans wish to purchase one "Legends Pack" ticket offer to see all four games, please call (805) 893-UCSB.

The Opponents

• at Cal State Fullerton, 1/23
UCSB is 42-21 all-time vs. the Titans, defeating Cal State Fullerton in 33 straight games. UCSB's last loss to Fullerton was on Feb. 26, 1995 which was an 89-86 defeat on Fullerton's campus. The streak is easily the longest of any winning streak by the Gauchos. Last season UCSB defeated CSUF three times, including a 60-52 win in the semifinals of last season's Big West Tournament. Fullerton opened Big West play 4-0 before dropping its past two games to Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge. The Titans are led by Megan Richardson's 15.1 points per game, which ranks third in the Big West.

• at Cal Poly, 1/28
UCSB has won its past six meetings with Cal Poly, including last year's thrilling 64-57 victory in the Big West Tournament championship game. UCSB rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit. The Gauchos have not lost to Cal Poly since a 71-68 defeat on Feb. 17, 2007 in the Thunderdome and have not lost to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo since Feb. 9, 2001, which snapped UCSB's 49-game conference winning streak. The Mustangs are led by forward Kristina Santiago, who has won the past two Big West Player of the Week awards, averaging a conference-high 20.2 ppg.

• Third is Charming
Mekia Valentine ranks third in the nation with her 4.1 blocks per game and has swatted away 65 shots already this season, which is third all-time in UCSB single-season history. Lindsay Taylor's 69 blocks in 2001-02 is the school's top mark. Valentine is close to breaking into the top-10 for career blocks at UCSB. Currently Brandy Richardson (2001-05) is 10th with 74.

• Meagan Makes Her Mark
Meagan Williams is making sure her senior season isn't a forgettable one. Through five conference games the 5-foot-10 guard has led the team in scoring three times and is averaging 12.4 points per game. The Sacramento native also leads the team in assists in Big West action with 4.0 per game, is tied for the team lead with 2.0 steals per game and is third with her 4.8 rebounds per game.

• This Defense Doesn't Rest
If there's one thing we can glean from the Lindsay Gottlieb era, it's that she puts an emphasis on defense. Last year the Gauchos allowed opponents to shoot just 34.4% and this year UCSB is allowing a Big West low 37.6% of opponents shots to fall.

• Sure Shot
Valentine's 59.8% field goal clip leads the Big West and the 6-foot-4 junior from Greensboro, N.C. is on pace to challenge the school's single-season record. The current top spot is occupied by Kira Anthofer, who shot 59.6% from the field in 1985-86.

• Big West Woes
At 2-3 in Big West play, UCSB is under .500 more than one game into conference action since a 7-8 mark in February, 1991. Though the Gauchos have lost four Big West games in a season recently (going 10-4 in both 2005-06 and 2006-07), the last UCSB team to drop more than four conference contests was the 1994-95 season when the Gauchos went 13-5 in the Big West.

• Biggest in the Big West
Despite the Gauchos' 2-3 mark in Big West play, UCSB is still the program all conference schools measure themselves against. Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 207-22 (.904) in Big West games.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G 12.6 ppg, 3.3 apg lead team
14 Jordan Franey F Has started 16 of team's 17 games
21 Meagan Williams G Leads team with 12.4 ppg in conf. games
32 Margaret Johnson F Held scoreless in 6 of past 8 games
44 Mekia Valentine C Avg. 12.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.1 bpg
Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Freshman has played in 13 games
1 Sweets Underwood F Has 9 games with 5 or more rebounds
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Avg. 1.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg in 7 games this year
11 Stefanie Corgel G Freshman has played in 6 games this year
12 Ariana Gnekow G 3.2 ppg & 3.4 rpg are career-highs
22 Chris Spencer G Is 5-11 from downtown in BW play
25 Jessie Goble F/C Missed last two games with injury

• Swat Team
UCSB is averaging 6.3 blocks per game, which ranks the team seventh in the nation. UCSB has blocked 103 shots this season, which is 10th in school single-season history. Santa Barbara needs just four blocks to tie the 1993-94 squad's 107 blocked shots for ninth in a single year. The Gauchos are on pace for 183 blocks, which would shatter the school's single-season record of 140 (set in 2003-04).

• Slow Start
UCSB's five wins in its first 17 games is the program's toughest start since the 1986-87 season when UCSB went 4-22 overall in Darla Wilson's final season as head coach. Including this year, UCSB has had double-digit losses over an entire season just four times in the past 16 years.

• Not Necessarily "Free"
Last season UCSB set a school record by shooting 75.7% from the free throw line. The Gauchos' current 64.2% from the charity stripe is eighth in the nine-team Big West.

• Not a Relationship, Just a Rebound
With a +3.7 rebound margin, UCSB leads the Big West by a healthy margin (Cal Poly's +1.4 is the only other school with a positive rebounding differential). UCSB has equaled or outrebounded its opponent in 12 of the team's 17 games and brings in an average of 38.8 boards per contest. Six Gauchos average at least 4.0 rebounds per game, paced by Mekia Valentine's 7.1 per game, which is second in the Big West.

• Sharp Shooter
Senior Chris Spencer is second on the team with her five 3-pointers made in Big West games and while that isn't overly eye-popping, consider that she is 5-for-11 from beyond the arc for a .455 shooting percentage. The Traverse City, Mich. native has canned seven treys overall this season, not far behind her career-best 10 that she made last year. Spencer is averaging 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game over her past six games.

• Trying to Turn Over a New Leaf
While the Gauchos have minimized their turnovers recently - their 31 TO's in the past two games are a season-low in consecutive contests - UCSB still averages 21.6 turnovers per game, ranking the team eighth in the conference. Santa Barbara's -6.41 turnover margin is 323rd in the nation out of 332 teams. Just twice this season has UCSB had fewer turnovers than its opponent - winning both games.

• Opposites Attract
The Gauchos rank last in the Big West with their 56.6 points per game average, yet are fourth in the conference with their 41.8% from the field. However its not as if UCSB is getting blown out. Santa Barbara is second in the conference, allowing teams 63.2 points per game.

• Baby, It's Cold Outside
Despite shooting so well overall, UCSB has found it to be a different story from beyond the three-point arc. UCSB has had three games this season in which it failed to make a three-pointer and the Gauchos are shooting just 25.0% from downtown - last in the Big West.

• Three Dot Lounge
In the Gauchos' five wins the team is averaging 66.4 ppg and shooting 47.3% ... In losses, UCSB is averaging 52.6 ppg and shooting 39.5% ... At home the Gauchos average 58.0 ppg and shoot 44.5% ... On the road, UCSB averages 55.4 ppg and shoots 39.4% ... Santa Barbara leads the Big West in attendance, averaging 1,016 fans overall and 1,427 fans at home games.

• The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season as the Gauchos' head coach, and she is just the fourth head coach in UCSB women's basketball history. Last season Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to a 22-10 overall mark (15-1 in the Big West) and the Big West regular-season and tournament championships. Named the Big West Coach of the Year, Gottlieb became the first coach in Gaucho history to win at least 20 games and the Coach of the Year award in her first season - and one of only seven coaches nationwide to do so. Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 14th consecutive postseason appearance and the team won 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. In her first season at the helm of the program, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to national prominence, ranking in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense, a top-20 finish in points allowed per game while watching her team set a school record for free throw percentage. No stranger to success, Gottlieb was formerly the associate head coach at Cal, helping the team to a 68-28 (.708) overall mark in her time there. Prior to that, Gottlieb was an assistant at the University of Richmond, where she helped the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• Listen Up!
All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• Single Game Tickets Available
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.

• Purchasing Tickets Has Never Been Easier
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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