February 5, 2010

After Routing UOP, Gauchos Host UC Davis

Feb. 5, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis (14-7, 6-2)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Aggies - 11-4
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Aggies - W, 54-49 (1/7/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside (9-13, 6-3)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Highlanders - 18-12
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Highlanders - L, 77-60 (1/16/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV
*UCSB's Pink Zone Event* *First women's basketball "Legend of the `Dome" revealed*

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The Opponents

• vs. UC Davis, 2/6
UCSB's three-game winning streak vs. UC Davis ended on Jan. 7 when the Aggies beat the Gauchos, 54-49. SB is 11-4 all-time against Davis, having won five of its past seven meetings, including the Big West Tournament title in 2008 UCD is in second place at 6-2 in conference play after falling, 69-48, at Cal Poly on Thursday. Despite not having a top-15 scorer or top-15 rebounder in the Big West, Davis has won six of its past seven Big West games after losing its conference opener to Cal State Fullerton. Mintun (11.2 ppg), Heidi Heintz (10.7 ppg) and Kasey Riecks (10.3 ppg) all average double digit points per game.

• vs. UC Riverside, 2/11
UCSB had its four-game win streak vs. UCR snapped on Jan. 16 when the Highlanders beat the Gauchos, 77-60, which counted as Riverside's biggest margin of victory over UCSB. The Gauchos are 18-12 all-time vs. UCR. Riverside has four players averaging double digit points - led by Rhaya Neabors' 12.8 ppg and Alyssa Morris' 12.6 points per game - but UCR allows its opponents to shoot 41.4% and score 66 points per game. UCR has won six of its past seven games and is 6-3 in the Big West, good for third.

• Oh What A Night
With apologies to The Four Seasons for the title, UCSB enjoyed one of its best basketball games in recent memory. The Gauchos' 71-34 win over Pacific on Thursday was UCSB's largest-ever win over Pacific and marked the biggest margin of victory in the Lindsay Gottlieb era. UCSB held UOP to just eight points in the first half, which is tied for second-fewest points allowed to an opponent in a half in program history (UCSB allowed LMU just seven points in the first half on Dec. 30, 1991). The 37-point differential was UCSB's largest margin of victory since beating Cal State Northridge, 88-44, on Jan. 5, 2008.

• Low Blow
The 34 points UCSB allowed to Pacific was the lowest opponent point total since a 69-33 victory at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 4, 2002. UCSB is allowing opponents 61.4 points per game, which would rank as the sixth-lowest total in school history.

• New Marks Established
Several individuals enjoyed Thursday's victory. Mekia Valentine posted her sixth double-double of the season, which is tied for second-most in the Big West. Ariana Gnekow pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds while Chris Spencer also had a career-high nine boards. Emilie Johnson blocked a career-best two shots and Valentine's 13 rebounds were her most as a Gaucho and one off her career-high.

• Welcome to the Club
Mekia Valentine already passed Lindsay Taylor's 2001-02 single-season blocked shots mark last Saturday vs. Cal State Northridge and with five blocks vs. Pacific, moved into UCSB's career top-10 for blocks, passing Brandy Richardson (2001-05). Valentine, who has 75 swats this season, is 13 away from tying Kristi Rohr (1996-2000) for ninth place all-time in career blocks.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G Career-high 2 blocks vs. Pacific on Thurs
12 Ariana Gnekow G Had career-high 11 rebounds vs Pacific
14 Jordan Franey F Has started all but one game this year
21 Meagan Williams G Leads team with 14.1 ppg in BW games
44 Mekia Valentine C Has posted 6 double-doubles this year

Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Remains out with foot stress fracture
1 Sweets Underwood F Has 10 games with 5 or more rebounds
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Had 3 points, 3 rebounds on Thursday
11 Stefanie Corgel G Played career-high 15 minutes on Thurs.
22 Chris Spencer G Has scored 26 points in last two games
25 Jessie Goble F/C Missed last six games with back injury
32 Margaret Johnson F Missed last three games with ankle injury

• Watch For Williams
Senior Meagan Williams leads the Gauchos with 14.1 points per Big West game, which is sixth in conference action. Williams is second on UCSB with 3.56 assists per game and her 2.2 steals per conference contest lead the Gauchos (and rank fourth in the Big West). Williams is shooting 48.2% in Big West games, seventh in the conference. The Sacramento native has reached double digits in scoring in 10 games this season, eclipsing her combined total of six games through her previous three years at UCSB.

Quotable
Lindsay Gottlieb on Meagan Williams: "The stuff Meagan Williams is doing right now is amazing. She is really doing it all and it is exciting to see how her performance rubs off on the rest of the team."

• Mekia Leads the Swat Team
Mekia Valentine ranks third in the nation with her 3.8 blocks per game and as a team, the Gauchos' 6.0 blocks per game ranks ninth nationally.

• Assists, Pass Them On
Over UCSB's last three games, in which the team has averaged 67.3 points per game, the Gauchos have averaged 17.0 assists per game. In conference play, UCSB is averaging 14.0 assists per game, up from the team's overall mark of 12.7 per game over the entire season.

• Sharp-Shooting Spencer
Senior Chris Spencer has poured in 26 points over her last two games and in her last seven games, the guard/forward is averaging 8.0 points per game. In conference games Spencer is scoring 7.1 ppg and shooting 52.9% from three-point range. She is hitting 47.8% from downtown on the season.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 210-23 (.901) in Big West games.

• Sure Shot
Valentine's 59.4% field goal clip leads the Big West, ranks 10th 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. Thirteen times this season Valentine has shot over 60% from the floor and she is hitting 62.0% of her shots in conference action.

• Gnekow Cleans Up
Senior guard Ariana Gnekow grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Pacific and in her last four games she has averaged 6.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. On the season, the 5-foot-9 senior is averaging a career-high 3.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg and has been even better in conference play, averaging 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

• Three For All
Sophomore guard Emilie Johnson leads UCSB with her 12.7 points per game and she has attempted a Big West high 127 three-pointers. Johnson is making 1.81 per game, which is second in the conference and she is nearing the single-season top-10 for treys attempted. Currently, Jordan Franey's 134 bonus bomb attempts in 2006-07 is 10th.

• Movin' On Up
The Jefferson's would be proud. With 126 blocked shots this season this team is fourth all-time in single-season history and sits just 14 swats away from tying the school mark of 140, set in 2003-04.

• Sabado Gigante
We know the band Chicago loved Saturdays (in the park) and so do the Gauchos. UCSB is 5-1 on Saturdays this season after going 9-2 on Saturdays last season.

• 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.

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