UCSB Takes Nine-Game Winning Streak to Northridge

UCSB Takes Nine-Game Winning Streak to Northridge

Jan. 26, 2009

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, January 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (12-6, 7-0) at CS Northridge (5-14, 2-4) at Cal State Northridge's The Matadome (1,600)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Live broadcast online at gomatadors.com
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Bakersfield (13-7) at Cal State Bakersfield's Icardo Center (3,880)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available on Gametracker

• Olé, Olé ... Gauchos, Gauchos
UCSB holds a 29-12 overall edge in the series with Northridge, winning both of last year's contests by a total of 57 points. UCSB has won 20 of the past 21 meetings between the schools. The lone defeat to the Matadors was a 66-64 loss on Jan. 25, 2007 at The Matadome.

• Runnin' Over Bakersfield
The only previous time UCSB and Cal State Bakersfield have matched up came last season when the Gauchos defeated the Roadrunners, 77-67, on Feb. 13 in the Thunderdome.

• Seven Up
UCSB is allowing opponents to shoot a mere 34.1% from the field which ranks the team seventh in the country. The Gauchos are allowing an average of just 53.9 points per game, which ranks them 17th nationally.

• Did I Catch a Niner in There?
UCSB's current nine-game winning is the team's longest since winning 14 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007-Feb. 21, 2008. It is the 13th time over the Gauchos' past 15 seasons that they have put together a winning streak of at least nine games. The winning streak is currently eighth in the country.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 195-18 (.915) in the Big West.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey are second and third in the Big West in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 85.3% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 84.2% of her freebies. Pedersen is 25 of her last 28 from the free throw line while Franey has knocked down 30 of her past 33. Pedersen is 34th in the country in free throw percentage while Franey ranks 44th in the nation.

• Franey Fills It Up
Jordan Franey has scored in double figures in each of her past five games, setting a new career-best. Franey is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game over the five-game stretch.

• National Girls & Women in Sports Day
UCSB is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 7 vs. UC Irvine. The team is inviting all girls ages 7-13 to submit an essay by Jan. 30 for a chance to win a prize and be honored during halftime of the Feb. 7 game. Applications are available by clicking here.

• Perfect Performances
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 7-0 for the fifth time this decade and the second time in as many seasons.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is on pace to allow just over 1,500 total points this season, which would rank fifth in single-season history. More impressive, however, is that the Gauchos are allowing just 53.9 points per game, which would finish second all-time in UCSB history.

• Moving on Up
With a game-high 16 points vs. Pacific, Jenna Green moved closer to 11th place all-time in UCSB scoring history. With 1,366 career points, Green is now only 12 points shy of Mia Fisher (2001-05) for 11th place. Green is 95 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) to crack into UCSB's Top-10.

• 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.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked three shots vs. Pacific to give her 37 blocks this season and a 2.2 average per game which leads the Big West and is 34th nationally. Green's 161 career blocks are 19 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 64 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Start Her Up
Since returning from injury, Sha'Rae Gibbons has started the past seven games - all Gauchos victories. In those starts the 5-foot-7 senior is averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.

• On the Rebound
Lauren Pedersen leads the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. If she finishes the season leading the team it will be the second straight year 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 team-leading 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.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen's 2.8 steals per game is 28th in the country.

• Free For All
The Gauchos are shooting 75.1% from the free throw line this season (75.6% in conference), which is second in the Big West and 18th in the nation. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.

• 20-Point Wins
UCSB notched its third 20-point victory of the season in the win over Pacific, surpassing the team's amount of 20-point wins last season. Prior to last season, UCSB had at least four 20-point victories each year since 2000-01, with a high of 13 accomplished both in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

• 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."