Gauchos Look To Improve on 9-0 Big West Mark

Feb. 6, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 9-0) vs. UC Irvine (5-17, 2-7) 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 14, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (14-7, 6-3) at Cal Poly's Mott Gym (3,032)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv

• 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 the Thunderdome. 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.

• My Little Pony
UCSB holds a decided 46-14 edge over Cal Poly in the overall series. The Gauchos have not lost to the Mustangs at Mott Gym since a 77-70 loss on Feb. 9, 2001, which ended UCSB's record 49-game winning streak in the Big West. UCSB has won six of the past eight meetings.

• Dismember the Titans
Following Thursday's win, UCSB has now beaten Cal State Fullerton 32 consecutive times. Jenna Green had her second double-double over her past three games in the win as Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey also scored in double figures. The Gauchos have not lost to the Titans since 1995 and hold a 39-22 all-time mark in the series.

• The Green Machine
Jenna Green is averaging 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game over her past four games. In the month of January, Green averaged 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.

• Four Sure
Opponents are shooting just 33.7% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos fourth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 31.1% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.5 points against is 19th in the nation.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 197-18 (.916) in Big West games.

• Home Wreckers
Eleven of UCSB's wins this season have come in the Thunderdome, where the team is averaging 61.6 points on 42.6% 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 49.4 points per game while shooting 31.7% whereas on the road, UCSB's opponents are averaging 61.2 points per game on 36.3% shooting.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked a season-high tying five shots vs. Cal State Fullerton to give her 46 blocks this season and a 2.3 average per game which leads the Big West and is 27th in the country. Her 170 career blocks are just 10 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 67 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey rank first and third in the Big West, respectively, in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 87.9% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 83.3% of her freebies, which rank them 16th and 46th in the nation. Pedersen has made 39 of her last 44 from the free throw line while Franey has knocked down 41 of her past 48. UCSB's 75.9% as a team ranks 13th in the country.

• Pedersen's Points
In Big West play, Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos in points per game (12.8), steals (2.2), assists (3.1), free throw percentage (90%) and is third with 5.2 rebounds per game.

• Top-10 Time
Jenna Green is inching closer to cracking UCSB's career scoring Top-10 list. With 1,420 career points, Green is now 41 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) for 10th place.

• Perfect Performances
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 9-0 for the fourth time this decade and the second time in as many seasons.

• Three Falling
Over the past seven games, freshman Emilie Johnson has gone 10 of 19 (52.6%) from three-point range. The Loomis, Calif. native is averaging 5.7 points in just 20.1 minutes over that stretch.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.5 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 30.3% shooting from the field and just 48.2 points per game. Offensively, the Gauchos are shooting 41.6% from the floor (third in the Big West) and scoring 61.1 points per game. UCSB's +12.9 scoring margin is first in the conference.

• Road Warriors
The Gauchos hold the nation's longest active road winning streak in conference play after defeating Cal State Northridge last week. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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."