February 17, 2006

Gauchos Host Big West-Leading Long Beach State on Fox Sports Net West 2

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Feb. 17, 2006

The Schedule
Game 23 • Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006 • 5:00 p.m. • Santa Barbara, CA
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State • The Thunderdome (6,000)

2005-06 Gaucho Record
11-11 overall/6-3 Big West Conference
7-3 home/4-8 away/0-0 neutral

Gauchos Trail LBSU by Two-and-a-Half Games in League Standings
Mired in its first multi-game losing streak since November, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will try to keep pace with Big West Conference-leading Long Beach State when the two teams meet on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. UCSB currently holds down second place in the league standings, two-and-a-half games behind the 49ers (16-7 overall, 9-2 Big West).

Gauchos on the Air and Web
The Gaucho-49er clash will air live on KIST 1340AM with "Showtime" Steve Wendt handling play-by-play duties and former UCSB assistant coach Kristen "Snowflake" Koch providing color commentary. Their broadcast begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show", and can also be accessed by pointing your browser to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "All-Access Pass". KCSB - 91.9FM in Santa Barbara - will provide dual coverage of Saturday's game courtesy of Chris Hoffman and Jon Horn. Meanwhile, Fox Sports Net West 2 will also be on hand, marking the first time in program history that UCSB has hosted a regionally-televised regular season game in the Thunderdome. Paul Sunderland (play-by-play) and Tammi Blackburn (color commentary) will serve as Fox's dynamic announcing team.

UC Irvine Runs Away in Second Half for 82-69 Win over UCSB
Trailing 37-35 at intermission, UC Irvine outscored the Gauchos 20-7 to open the second half Thursday night and never looked back en route to an 82-69 victory over the Gauchos in the Thunderdome. The Anteaters found themselves ahead 55-46 with 13:37 remaining, a lead that mushroomed to 65-52 when Annie Mai drove baseline for a layup at the 8:02 mark. The Gauchos responded with seven unanswered points capped by Jessica Wilson's basket, but back-to-back-to-back three-pointers - two from Melissa Jacob - pushed UCI's advantage back to 74-59 with 4:42 left. Santa Barbara could not pull closer than nine points the rest of the way, and the jubilant Anteaters stormed the court after shooting a blistering 55.9% in the second half. Irvine (8-16, 6-6 Big West) won its fourth straight contest and snapped a 10-game losing streak at the hands of UCSB.

UCSB Team Three-Dot Data...
The Gauchos have made just eight-of-57 three-pointers (14.0%) during their current three-game losing streak...However during the same span, UCSB has averaged just 11 turnovers, after committing 23.3 miscues over the six previous contests...Santa Barbara has already recorded its most losses in a season since 1993-94 (13), and most conference defeats since 1994-95 (5)...The Gauchos' 74 shots Thursday vs. UC Irvine were their most in any game this season, thanks largely to 20 offensive rebounds.

UCSB Player Three-Dot Data...
Due to injuries, 5'8" freshman Whitney Warren has played the majority of the last three games at power forward, and produced her two highest rebounding totals against UC Davis and UC Irvine...On Thursday she made her second start as a Gaucho, equaling her career high of 32 minutes played...Sophomore post player Kat Suderman has started each of the past six games, producing three of her seven double-digit scoring performances of 2005-06 during that span...After missing four straight games with a back injury, senior forward Autumn Nichols returned to log 16 minutes Thursday...Sophomore center Jenna Green will suit up Saturday after missing one game with a mild concussion, however freshman Shantel Thomas will likely miss her fourth straight contest due to an ankle injury.

49er Factoids
Following back-to-back Big West losses, Long Beach State has won three straight league games to regain its foothold on the conference lead. On Thursday, the 49ers cruised to a 74-59 victory at Cal Poly. Senior guard Crystal McCutcheon only played five minutes during the win but can still boast the Big West's highest scoring average at 16.6 points per tilt. On Jan. 7, LBSU scored a 58-52 triumph over UCSB to snap a 28-game losing streak at the hands of Santa Barbara that dated back to 1994. However, Long Beach still trails its all-time series with the Gauchos 34-28.