UCSB Looks to Rebound Following First Big West Defeat

Feb. 20, 2009

• The Schedule
Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (16-8, 11-1) at UC Davis (9-15, 5-8) at UC Davis' The Pavilion (7,100)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Oregon State (15-9) at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker
Pink Zone Event - $1 tickets and pink baseball hats and player-designed warm-up shirts available for purchase.

• Downing Davis
UC Davis handed the Gauchos their only Big West defeat last year, a 59-56 overtime loss at the Thunderdome. In the overall series, UCSB is 10-3 vs. the Aggies, defeating them 64-51 on Jan. 22 behin Lauren Pedersen, Sha'Rae Gibbons and Jordan Franey, all of whom scored in double figures. UCSB has not lost at Davis since Feb. 11, 2006 - a 64-56 defeat.

• Be Afraid, Beaver-y Afraid
UCSB is 3-1 all-time against Oregon State, winning the last meeting 76-71 at the Thunderdome in 2004. The Gauchos' only defeat to the Beavers came in 1993.

• Think Pink
On Tuesday, Feb 24 when UCSB returns home, the Gauchos will hold their Pink Zone game vs. Oregon State at 7 p.m. to raise breast cancer awareness. Tickets are just $1 and fans are encouraged to wear pink gear to the game. Pink paraphenilia will also be available for purchase, including pink UCSB hats and pink warm-up shirts designed and worn by the players. A portion of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

• Top-10 Time
Jenna Green is inching closer to cracking UCSB's career scoring Top-10 list. With 1,454 career points, Green is now seven points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) for 10th place. Green is 46 points shy of becoming just the ninth player in UCSB history to reach the 1,500-point mark.

• See Ya, Streaks
On Thursday, the Gauchos lost to Pacific for the first time since January 2003. The 59-50 defeat snapped UCSB's 12-game winning streak vs. UOP. The loss also ended UCSB's 19-game conference road winning streak, which had been the nation's longest. It was UCSB's first loss to a Big West opponent on the road since Feb. 2006. It also dashed any hopes of the Gauchos finishing undefeated in the Big West for the third time this decade. The loss was also UCSB's first conference defeat since Feb. 23, 2008, a string of 16 games.

• Cinco Pack
Opponents are shooting just 34.0% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 31.8% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.3 points against is 17th in the nation.

• The Green Machine
Jenna Green is averaging 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game over her past six games, including four double-doubles. Green has also notched three straight double-doubles - and four in her past five games - becoming the first player since Kristen Mann in 2005 to accomplish such a feat. Green has five double-doubles this season.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 199-19 (.913) in Big West games.

• Hello, Again, Hello
Prior to Tuesday's game against Oregon State, UCSB will host a reunion with former Gaucho star Stacy Clinesmith, now the assistant director of basketball operations with the Beavers. Clinesmith, who ranks sixth all-time in UCSB career scoring history, will be in the Hall of Champions, located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus at 5:30 p.m.

• Pouring It In
Jenna Green's 52.4% field goal percentage ranks second in the Big West and is just shy of her 53.5% career mark entering this season. Green's career 53.3% - including this season - is fourth all-time in UCSB history.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen ranks first in the Big West in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 88.5% from the charity stripe which ranks her 12th in the nation. Pedersen has made 34 of her past 35 free throw attempts. UCSB's 75.4% as a team ranks 15th in the country and is on pace to set a school record. Currently, the 2002-03 squad's ranks first at 73.9%.

• Seven Up
UCSB is ranked first in the Big West in seven overall statistical categories. They are - scoring defense (54.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.0%), three-point field goal percentage defense (27.8%), free throw percentage (75.4%), rebounding defense (34.4 allowed per game), defensive rebounds (27.5 per game) and scoring margin (+5.2).

• Block Party
Jenna Green blocked two shots on Thursday vs. Pacific to give her 48, which is tops in the Big West. Green's 2.2 average per game leads the Big West and is 34th in the country. Her 172 career blocks are just eight shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 61 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• In It To Win It
The Gauchos have guaranteed themselves a winning season overall and in the Big West for the 18th consecutive season. The last time UCSB finished below .500 overall or in conference play was in 1989-90 when the Gauchos went 13-15 and 8-10 in the Big West.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.3 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 31.7% shooting from the field - and a meager 19.2% from three-point range - and just 49.4 points per game. UCSB's +10.3 scoring margin in conference play is second.

• 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."

• BE Great
UCSB Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month as part of one of two recently created programs aimed at providing an outstanding all-around experience for Gaucho student-athletes and to reach out to the campus and Santa Barbara community. The promotion of black history falls under the "BE Great" life skills program, which was recently unveiled by Director of Athletics Mark Massari and Executive Associate Athletics Director Diane O'Brien. For more information on the "BE Great" life skills program, click here.

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