Feb. 9, 2007
Game No. 24
Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers
Walter Pyramid (5,000)
The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's game at Long Beach State with an overall record of 13-10 and a 6-2 Big West mark after defeating UC Irvine 81-71 Thursday night in the Bren Events Center. The Gauchos have now won four straight games on the road and nine of 11 overall. Thursday's victory, coupled with a Cal State Northridge loss to UC Riverside, gave Santa Barbara sole possesion of second place in the conference standings one game behind the Highlanders (8-1) in the loss column. UCSB has been impressive away from the Thunderdome this season, posting a 6-3 road record.
UCSB on the Air & Web
UCSB's match-ups with the 49ers will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Steve Wendt is in his third year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos and will have the call alongside Yours Truly, who will attempt to handle the color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". Fans can also catch all games live via the internet by going to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass". With this option hoops fans can enjoy live audio and video from the comfort of their homes courtesy of CSTV.
Gauchos Stay Offensive Minded In 81-71 Win Over UC Irvine
After scoring a season-high 90 points in last Saturday's win over UC Davis, the UCSB offense battled through a rocky start and shot 49.2% from the field for the second game in a row on the way to a 81-71 Big West Conference victory over host UC Irvine Thursday night. Jenna Green and Jessica Wilson led the way for Gaucho team that made 32-of-65 shots overall and continued to shoot well at the free-throw line, making 17-of-21 attempts. Green finished a very impressive 9-of-14 from the floor for 23 points to lead all scorers and also recorded a game-high seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Wilson also shot the ball well, making seven of her 11 attempts for 16 points to go with seven boards and a game-high six assists. Whitney Warren overcame a rough start and scored 13 on 5-of-11 shooting, while Jordan Franey finished 4-of-8 from the field for 10 points. In all, five different Gauchos made at least half of their shots in the win. UCSB dominated UCI on the boards, posting a 48-30 rebounding advantage. 17 of those came on the offensive end of the floor, which led to a 19-9 advantage in second chance points. Santa Barbara owned the paint as well, outscoring Irvine 50-20.
Did You Know?...
Jenna Green, Jessica Wilson, Jordan Franey, and Ariana Gnekow pulled down seven rebounds apiece Thursday...No UCI player recorded more than four...UCSB improved to 12-1 this season when out-rebounding the opponent...Santa Barbara limited Irvine to 37.1% shooting (23-62) and improved to a perfect 11-0 when holding the opposition to under 40%...Just 12 days after setting a new school record with 14 three-pointers made, the Gauchos went 0-for-4 against the Anteaters, snapping a streak of 47 consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal...The last time UCSB did not make a three was Nov. 26, 2005 in a 72-39 loss at BYU...Jenna Green's 23 points tied a season-high and was just one shy of her career mark...The San Jose, Calif. native scored 23 in UCSB's win at Fullerton earlier this season...Jessica Wilson leads the Big West Conference averaging 4.38 assists per game...She has now dished out five or more in 11 games in 2006-07...After scoring in double figures in nine straight games, Chisa Ononiwu finally came back to earth, finishing 0-for-5 from the field with just two points Thursday.
Panning For 49ers
The Gauchos wrap up the week on the road with Long Beach State Saturday in the Walter Pyramid. Santa Barbara leads the all-time series 36-28 after posting a 71-60 home win over the 49ers Jan. 4. Jenna Green scored a game-high 20 points and Mark French earned his 500th career victory in the win.
Long Beach State enters Saturday's contest with a 5-19 overall record a BWC mark of 2-8 following a 67-56 home loss to Cal Poly Thursday night. The 49ers have lost six of their last seven and have been outscored by their opponents by an average of 65.4 to 53.6 this season, the worst margin in the Big West. LBSU has been out-rebounded by the opposition by a 39.4 to 37.8 margin. The 49ers shoot 34.8% from the field, while their opposition has shot 40.3%. Sophomore guard Karina Figueroa is fourth in the conference in scoring at 15.4 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. Fellow backcourt mate Tyresha Calhoun is second averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 40.4% from the field.