UCSB Aims to Remain Perfect in Big West

UCSB Aims to Remain Perfect in Big West

Feb. 3, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (13-7, 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 here
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Irvine (5-16, 2-6) at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast online at kcsb.org
Game available to watch live here
Game available on Gametracker

• Titanic Run
UCSB has beaten Cal State Fullerton 31 consecutive times, after winning 60-54 on Jan. 10 when Jordan Franey, Lauren Pedersen, Sha'Rae Gibbons and Margaret Johnson all scored in double figures. The Gauchos have not lost to the Titans since 1995 and hold a 38-22 all-time edge in the series.

• Eat This
UCSB has beaten UC Irvine more than any other team in its history. The Gauchos have 48 wins all time vs. the Anteaters and have not lost to UC Irvine since Feb. 16, 2006, an 82-69 loss at home. UCSB defeated UCI 50-38 on Jan. 8, behind eight points and nine rebounds from Jordan Franey and nine points and five rebounds from Ashlee Brown.

• The L Word
UCSB has dropped two games this season by a single basket, including Saturday's 69-67 loss to Cal State Bakersfield. The last time a UCSB team lost two games in the same season by two points or fewer was in the 2004-05 season when the Gauchos dropped a pair of games each by a single point.

• Cinco Pack
Opponents are shooting just 34.1% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 31.1% mark is first in the country.

• Going Green
Jenna Green is averaging 19.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game over her past three games. In the month of January, Green averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 196-18 (.916) in Big West games.

• Road Warriors
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.

• Home Wreckers
Ten of UCSB's wins this season have come in the Thunderdome, where the team is averaging 62.0 points on 42.4% shooting. On the road, where the Gauchos are 3-6, the team is averaging 57.9 points on 38.9% shooting. At home, opponents are scoring just 49.7 points per game while shooting 32.2% whereas on the road, UCSB's opponents are averaging 61.2 points per game on 36.3% shooting.

• 1-2 Punch
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey rank first and second in the Big West, respectively, in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 87.1% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 86.2% of her freebies, which rank them 21st and 26th in the nation. Pedersen has made 33 of her last 38 from the free throw line while Franey has knocked down 38 of her past 41.

• Hang 10
UCSB's now concluded 10-game winning streak marked the 10th time over the Gauchos' past 15 seasons that they have put together a winning streak of at least 10 games.

• 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.

• Top-10 Time
Jenna Green is inching closer to cracking UCSB's career scoring Top-10 list. With 1,408 career points, Green is now 53 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) for 10th place.

• Perfect Performances
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 8-0 for the fourth time this decade and the second time in as many seasons.

• Sharp Shooter
Freshman Emilie Johnson has provided a scoring lift off the bench over her past six games. The Loomis, Calif. native is averaging 6.2 points in just 19.3 minutes over that stretch. Johnson has also gone 9 of 15 from three-point range in those games.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.9 points per game, which would be second all-time in UCSB history, behind the 43.6 points per game the 1973-74 team allowed. Currently, the 2003-04 squad's 56.8 points allowed per game is second.

• Controlling the Conference
UCSB is holding Big West opponents to a mere 30.8% shooting from the field and 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.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked three shots at Cal State Bakersfield to give her 41 blocks this season and a 2.2 average per game which leads the Big West and is 36th in the country. Green's 165 career blocks are 15 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 62 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Oh, What a Month
The Gauchos went 9-1 in January, averaged 62.7 points per game and shot at a 42.0% clip. Lauren Pedersen averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals in the month while Sha'Rae Gibbons averaged 9.0 points and 2.2 assists per game. Jordan Franey had 8.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds 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."