Winners of 10 in a Row, UCSB Travels to Bakersfield
Jan. 30, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (13-6) at Cal State Bakersfield (13-8) at Cal State Bakersfield's Icardo Center (3,880)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
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Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (13-6, 8-0) vs. Cal State Fullerton (6-12, 3-4) at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast online at kcsb.org
Game available to watch live at here
Game available on Gametracker
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. Bakersfield is 5-1 vs. Big West opponents this season, its only loss coming earlier this week to Cal Poly.
Feasting on Fullerton
UCSB has beaten Cal State Fullerton 31 consecutive times, after winning 60-54 on Jan. 10. The Gauchos have not lost to the Titans since 1995 and hold a 38-22 all-time edge in the series.
The Green Machine
Jenna Green scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Gauchos to a 75-58 win over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday. The point total was her third-highest in a game during her career and the rebounds tied her career-best. It was the first time since March, 2007 that Green scored at least 20 points and the first instance since Nov. 2007 that she led the team in points and rebounds. With the win, UCSB has now defeated the Matadors 21 times in their past 22 meetings.
UCSB's current 10-game winning is the team's longest since winning 14 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007-Feb. 21, 2008. It is the 10th time over the Gauchos' past 15 seasons that they have put together a winning streak of at least 10 games. The winning streak is currently eighth in the country.
Controlling the Conference
UCSB is holding Big West opponents to a mere 30.8% shooting from the field and score just 48.5 points per game. Offensively, the Gauchos are shooting 41.2% from the floor (second in the Big West) and scoring 61.6 points per game. UCSB's +13.1 scoring margin is first in the conference.
Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 196-18 (.916) in the Big West.
The Gauchos hold the nation's longest active road winning streak in conference play after defeating Cal State Northridge on Wednesday. UCSB has won 18 consecutive road games in the Big West, two ahead of Marist, which has captured 16 consecutive road wins in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Jenna Green is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in Big West play, ranking her 12th and sixth, respectively, in the league. Over her past five games, Green is averaging 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest.
Franey Fills It Up
Jordan Franey has scored in double figures in each of her past six games, setting a new career-best. Franey is averaging 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game over the six-game stretch.
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 8-0 for the fourth time this decade and the second time in as many seasons.
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey are second and third in the Big West, respectively, in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 86.3% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 86.2% of her freebies. Pedersen has made 28 of her last 33 from the free throw line while Franey has knocked down 38 of her past 41.
Cleaning Up in Conference
In Big West Conference play, Sha'Rae Gibbons is averaging 10.1 points (third on the team), 2.3 assists (second), 1.3 steals (second) and 3.1 rebounds (sixth) per game. Last season Gibbons was a Big West Honorable Mention selection.
With a 26 points vs. Cal State Northridge - her third-highest total in her illustrious career - Jenna Green moved into 11th place all-time in UCSB scoring history. With 1,392 career points, Green passed Mia Fisher (2001-05) and is now 69 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) to crack into UCSB's Top-10.
Freshman Emilie Johnson has provided a scoring lift off the bench over her past five games. The Loomis, Calif. native is averaging 5.3 points in just 18.2 minutes over that stretch. Johnson has also gone 8 of 11 from three-point range in those games.
Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.2 points per game, which would be second all-time in UCSB history, behind the 43.6 points per game the 1973-74 team allowed.
Jenna Green blocked one shot at Cal State Northridge to give her 38 blocks this season and a 2.1 average per game which leads the Big West. Green's 162 career blocks are 18 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 61 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.
On the Rebound
Jenna Green leads the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. Should Green'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.
Free For All
The Gauchos are shooting 75.6% from the free throw line this season, which leads the Big West. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.
The Gauchos currently lead the Big West in average attendance - ranking first at the Thunderdome and second on the road. UCSB is averaging 1,201 fans 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."