Feb. 15, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (16-6, 10-0) vs. Cal Poly Mustangs (9-14, 6-4)
The Thunderdome (6,000)
Think Pink Game
For the Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's showdown with Cal Poly with an overall record of 16-6 after defeating Cal State Bakersfield 77-67 in a non-conference game Wednesday night in the Thunderdome. The first place Gauchos resume Big West play with a perfect 10-0 record and have now won 12 straight overall -- the program's longest unbeaten streak since the 2001-02 season. Santa Barbara has not lost since dropping an 88-70 decision at the University of Montana on Dec. 28
Gauchos on the Air & Web
Saturday's tilt with the Mustangs will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall is in his fourth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos' men's team and he will have the call live from the Thunderdome filling in for Steve Wendt. Former UCSB and Los Angeles Lakers star Don Ford will offer his infinite wisdom while handling the color commentary duties. KCSB, UCSB's student radio station, will also have the game and their broadcast can be heard live on 91.9 FM or online at www.kcsb.org. Fans can also watch the contest live via the internet by going to www.bigwest.tv and purchasing the UCSB season package or track the action with CSTV's GameTracker at www.UCSBgauchos.com.
UCSB's Freshmen Shine In Win Over CSUB
While Jessica Wilson scored a season-high 21 points for the second game in a row Wednesday, it's impossible to ignore the impact freshmen Ashlee Brown and Margaret Johnson had in the Gauchos' 77-67 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Both players tallied career-highs in the game and combined for 26 points and 17 rebounds. Brown finished 6-of-11 from the floor and matched her career mark of 15 points that came at Cal Poly last month. She also hauled in six boards and dished out four assists, which is a personal best. After setting career highs with eight points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes at UC Irvine last Saturday, Johnson eclipsed both of those numbers in the first half against the Roadrunners, tallying nine points and nine rebounds. She finished 5-of-13 from the field on the way to her first career double-double with career totals of 11 points and 11 boards. Wilson was 9-of-16 on the way to 21 points to lead UCSB and also finished with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Scouting the Mustangs
UCSB will look to win its 11th consecutive game in Big West play and 13th straight overall when Central Coast rival Cal Poly comes to town Saturday. The Gauchos and Mustangs have locked horns 57 times over the years and Santa Barbara holds a 43-14 advantage in the all-time series. In addition to Brown's career-high of 15 points, Lauren Pedersen also registered a career mark, finishing with 13 as the Gauchos took the first meeting of the year, 75-58 in San Luis Obispo. The loss was the Mustangs' first in conference play this season. The two teams split two contests a year ago, with each squad winning on the other's home floor. Cal Poly has won the last two meetings at the Thunderdome.
Head coach Faith Mimnaugh is in her 11th year at the helm and welcomes back four starters and 11 letterwinners from least year's squad that finished with an overall record of 14-14 and placed third in the Big West standings at 9-5.
Cal Poly enters Saturday's match-up with an overall record of 9-14 after losing 70-55 at Cal State Fullerton in its last game Feb. 9. The Mustangs currently sit in the fourth spot in the Big West standings with a league mark of 6-4, one game behind third place UC Davis (7-3). Losers of five of the last seven, Cal Poly ranks second in the Big West averaging 70.3 points per game against conference foes. Defensively, the Mustangs rank sixth, allowing 66.1 points per night. Junior forward Megan Harrison leads the team averaging 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds and Lisa McBride, Cal Poly's other junior forward, is second averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting a team-high 47.9% from the field. Santa Barbara held McBride scoreless in the first meeting and limited Harrison to just 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. The Mustangs are 5-8 on the road this season.