Gauchos Travel to Cal Poly on Thursday for Blue-Green Game

Gauchos Travel to Cal Poly on Thursday for Blue-Green Game

Jan. 26, 2010

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• The Schedule
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (12-6, 5-2)
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
Note: Game is part of Blue-Green Rivalry for Sustainability

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (3-13, 1-5)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors - 32-11
Streak - Won 5
Last time out vs. the Matadors - W, 56-48 (2/28/09)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Listen To All UCSB Games On AM-990 KTMS
All women's basketball games are broadcast live on 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,

• Tickets Available For Blue-Green Rivalry Game And All Games
To purchase tickets to Thursday's men's basketball Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability Game, or any UCSB athletic event, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here. 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.

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). As the two schools meet on Thursday in basketball at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, the 2009-10 series is tied at 3-3.

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.

The Opponents

• 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 two Big West Player of the Week awards, and is averaging a conference-high 19.6 ppg.

• vs. Cal State Northridge, 1/30
The Gauchos have defeated CSUN five straight times and have won 16 of the last 17 meetings. UCSB has not lost at home to the Matadors since Dec. 30, 1982. Last season UCSB beat Northridge 75-58 on Jan. 28 on the road and then 56-48 on Feb. 28 at home. The Matadors are coming off a 1-1 week beating Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 16 and losing to Cal Poly last Saturday. CSUN is led by Jasmine Erving, whose 13.4 points per game rank fifth in the Big West, while Bridget Conejo scores 12.1 points per game (13th in the BW) and pulls down 6.0 rebounds per game (tied for seventh in conference).

• Working Overtime
By defeating Cal State Fullerton in double overtime last Saturday, UCSB notched its first overtime victory since defeating Cal Poly on Feb. 16, 2008. The double overtime affair was the first such game UCSB has played since dropping a triple overtime affair to LSU on Feb. 15, 2003. Saturday's win was the Gauchos' first double overtime victory since Jan. 21, 1977 - which was the program's first-ever overtime game. UCSB is 23-16 all-time in bonanza stanzas.

• Third is the Word
Mekia Valentine ranks third in the nation with her 3.9 blocks per game and has swatted away 67 shots already this season, which ties her for second all-time in UCSB single-season history. Lindsay Taylor's 69 blocks in 2001-02 is the school's top mark (and her 67 in 2003-04 is second with Valentine). Valentine is close to breaking into the top-10 for career blocks at UCSB. Currently Brandy Richardson (2001-05) is 10th with 74.

• Swat Team
UCSB is averaging 6.2 blocks per game, which ranks the team seventh in the nation. UCSB has blocked 107 shots this season, which is tied for ninth in school single-season history with the 1993-94 squad. The Gauchos are on pace for 180 blocks, which would shatter the school's single-season record of 140 (set in 2003-04).

• Sure Shot
Valentine's 60.0% field goal clip leads the Big West, ranks ninth in the country 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. Ten times this season Valentine has shot over 60% from the floor.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 208-22 (.904) in Big West games.

• This Defense Doesn't Rest
Following up last season's 34.4% that UCSB allowed opponents to shoot - which was best in the conference - this year's team is holding opponents to a 37.4% clip, which is also the lowest mark in the Big West.

• Meagan A Difference
Through six Big West games, Meagan Williams paces the Gauchos with her 13.2 points per game, ranking her 10th in conference action. The 5-foot-10 guard also leads the team with 2.3 steals per game, is second with 3.7 assists per game and is third with her 4.8 rebounds per game, as is her 44% field goal mark.

• Ari Gold
After her eight point, eight rebound performance at Fullerton, Ariana Gnekow is averaging career-highs with 3.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game (5.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg in Big West play). The senior's 45.1 shooting percentage is third on the team.

• Krit and Caboodle
Freshman Megan Kritscher played 10 minutes against Fullerton, just two minutes shy of her previous best. The Woodland, Calif. native pulled down a career-high six rebounds, hit her first-ever free throws and blocked a shot.

• At UCSB, We're a Boarding School
With a +4.1 rebound margin, UCSB leads the Big West by a healthy margin (Cal Poly's +2.2 is the only other school with a positive rebounding differential) and it's an even better +8.8 differential in conference play. UCSB has equaled or outrebounded its opponent in 13 of the team's 18 games and brings in an average of 39.2 boards per contest (and 40.2 in Big West action). Seven Gauchos average at least 3.6 rebounds per game, paced by Mekia Valentine's 7.2 per game, which is second in the Big West.

• For the Record
UCSB's six wins in its 18 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 (Santa Barbara started 7-13 in the 1988-89 season). Including this year, UCSB has had double-digit losses over an entire season just four times in the past 16 years. The Gauchos are in danger of recording their first losing season since 1989-90 when they were 13-15 overall and 8-10 in the Big West.

• Nothing Free About Them
Last season UCSB set a school record by shooting 75.7% from the free throw line. The Gauchos' current 65.2% from the charity stripe is eighth in the nine-team Big West.

• Trey-fecta
Sophomore guard Emilie Johnson has attempted 113 3-pointers this season - which is the most in the conference and she is only one of two players in the Big West to attempt over 100 - putting her within striking distance of the single-season top-10 in school history. Currently, Jordan Franey's 134 bonus bomb attempts in 2006-07 is 10th. Johnson averages 6.3 3-point attempts per game.

• As the World Turns (Over)
UCSB has turned the ball over 389 times this season, an average of 21.6 per game, which is second-most in the conference. UCSB is on pace to commit 626 turnovers this season, which would rank ninth all-time in program single-season history (see chart, below). The Gauchos' -6.28 turnover margin is 325th out of 332 teams in the nation.

Year Total

1. 1993-94 706
2. 1992-93 699
3. 1997-98 697
4. 1983-84 674
5. 1988-89 672
6. 1999-2000 660
7. 2000-01 650
8. 1989-90 644
9. 2006-07 622
10. 2001-02 621

• Go Up Early
When the Gauchos take a lead into halftime, they have won six of those eight games. When UCSB trails at the break, they are 0-10.

• 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.