Gauchos Reach Midpoint of Big West Schedule Saturday at Pacific

Jan. 27, 2006

The Schedule
Game 18 • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 • 3:00 p.m. • Stockton, CA
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific • Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150)

2005-06 Gaucho Record
9-8 overall/4-2 Big West Conference
7-2 home/2-6 away/0-0 neutral

Gauchos Continue Season-Long Five Game Road Swing
Having moved back into a second-place tie in the Big West Conference standings, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team continues league play on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Pacific. Tip-off in the Alex G. Spanos Center is slated for 3:00 p.m. The Gauchos enter this showdown with the Tigers (5-13 overall, 2-4 in Big West play) in search of back-to-back road wins for the first time in 2005-06.

Gauchos on the Air and Web
The UCSB-UOP clash will air live on KTMS 990AM with "Showtime" Steve Wendt handling play-by-play duties and Ben Alkaly attempting color commentary. The dynamic announcing duo begins its broadcast 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". All of Santa Barbara's games in 2005-06 can also be heard live via the internet by pointing your browser to www.ucsbgauchos.com, while the Big West Conference in partnership will College Sports Television will offer live video streaming of Saturday's action via a subscription service available at www.bigwest.org/tv.

UCSB Escapes Cal State Northridge with 54-51 Victory
For the second time in three years, Cal State Northridge saw a three-pointer rim out as time expired against UCSB in the Matadome, with Thursday's result being a gritty 54-51 Gaucho victory. Faced with a 30-25 halftime deficit, the visitors clawed back with an 8-2 run to open the final period, and when sophomore center Jenna Green muscled her way for a tough layup at the 16:31 mark, Santa Barbara went ahead 33-32. CSUN retook the lead at 41-40 courtesy of LaJoyce King's lay-in with 8:34 to play, but that would turn out to be the home team's final basket of the evening, enabling UCSB to pull ahead for good. The Matadors kept things close by scoring their last 10 points from the free throw line, and gave the ball to guard Jamie McCaa with under 10 seconds to play. However her game-tying three-pointer attempt drew iron, and the clock expired before Northridge could try another potential equalizer.

UCSB Team Three-Dot Data
The Gauchos equaled their season highs of 16 steals and five blocked shots during Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge...UCSB has already recorded double-digit steals eight times this season, the same total as in the entire 2004-05 campaign...The Matadors 51 points were the fewest allowed by Santa Barbara in any of its eight road contests in 2005-06...The Gauchos have made just five-of-25 three-point attempts (20.0%) over their last two contests.

UCSB Player Three-Dot Data
Sophomore center Jenna Green's game-high 17 points Thursday marked the 13th time in 2005-06 she has paced the Gaucho offense...Green has scored in double-figures all but twice this season...Sophomore guard Jessica Wilson made seven steals against Northridge, the highest total by a UCSB player since Cori Close also nabbed seven on Feb. 23, 1994...After missing three games due to an ankle injury, senior guard Karena Bonds returned to the Gaucho lineup at CSUN and played 29 minutes...After starting her first 16 games as a collegian, freshman point guard LaShay Fears came off the bench Thursday due to a scorekeeping snafu...UCSB would have been assessed an administrative technical foul had Fears started. In her place, freshman forward Shantel Thomas notched her first start as a Gaucho.

Tiger Talk
Pacific has endured the resignation of head coach Craig Jackson on Dec. 5 - replaced by Karen Weitz on an interim basis - but posted arguably its most impressive win off the season on Thursday night, trouncing second-place Cal Poly 87-53 in the Spanos Center. Senior forward Carolina Ruiz led the Tigers to victory with 25 points, while sophomore guard Kelsey Lavender's 12.1 points per game pace UOP on the season. Since being upset in Stockton on Jan. 18, 2003, the Gauchos have won six straight over Pacific and lead the all-time series 38-14.