UCSB Hosts Oregon State in Pink Zone on Tuesday

Feb. 23, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (17-8) vs. Oregon State (15-10)
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.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (17-8, 12-1) vs. CS Northridge (6-19, 3-9)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv

• On The Radio>
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990. Steve Wendt is in his fifth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of men's and women's games, but when Ford is not available at home games, former UCSB assistant coach Kristen Koch will fill in. When Ford is not available for road games, Matt Hurst, yours truly, will handle the task.

• Say Hi To Stacy
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.

• BE Great: Gaucho Athletics Celebrates Black History Month
UCSB Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month as part of its "BE Great" life skills programs aimed at providing an outstanding all-around experience for Gaucho student-athletes. To see the thoughts of some Gaucho athletes on the importance of Black History Month, please click here.

• 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.

• Olé, Olé, Olé ... Gauchos, Gauchos
UCSB holds a 30-12 overall edge in the series with Northridge, winning both of last year's contests by a total of 57 points and defeating the Matadors 75-58 this season. UCSB has won 21 of the past 22 meetings between the schools. The lone defeat to the Matadors was a 66-64 loss on Jan. 25, 2007 at The Matadome.

• 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. Tickets for all Gaucho games and for the Big West Tournament, which will run from March 11-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center, can be purchased from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB, or online by clicking here.

• Green Moves Into 10th
Jenna Green's eight points vs. UC Davis moved her into sole possession of 10th place on UCSB's career scoring list, passing Erika Kienast (1988-92). Green's 1,462 career points are 20 shy of ninth place, held by Amy Smith (1993-97). Green is 58 points shy of becoming just the ninth player in UCSB history to reach the 1,500-point mark.

• Eight is Great
Opponents are shooting just 34.2% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos eighth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 32.3% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.1 points against is 19th in the nation.

•The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is just the fourth head coach that the UCSB women's basketball program has ever known. Hired in May to succeed longtime coach Mark French, who spent 21 years at the helm of the program, Gottlieb is in her first season as a head coach. Gottlieb inherits a team that has made 13 consecutive postseason appearances, but the Scarsdale, N.Y. native is no stranger to success. Part of Cal's coaching staff since 2005, Gottlieb helped turn the Golden Bears into perennial contenders and a formidable force in the Pac-10, as the team went 68-28 (.708) in her time as an assistant and associate head coach. Prior to her arrival at Cal, Gottlieb was an assistant to Joanne Boyle at the University of Richmond, where she helped lead the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons and a postseason appearance each season. In 2004-05 Richmond made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 seasons. Before coaching at Richmond, Gottlieb spent one season as an assistant at the University of New Hampshire and two seasons prior to that at Syracuse.

• Probable Starters vs. Oregon State
No.  Name                     Yr.     Ht.     Pos.   2008-09 Notes
11   Sha'Rae Gibbons          Sr.     5-7     PG     Season-high 17 pts vs. UCD
15   Lauren Pedersen	      Sr.     5-11    SG     11 pts, 10 asst, 5 reb, 4 stl vs. UCD
2    Whitney Warren           Sr.     5-8     G/F    1 of 2 players to start all 25 games
32   Margaret Johnson         So.     5-11    F      8 pts 4 reb after missing UOP game
33   Jenna Green              Sr.     6-4     C      10th all-time in UCSB scoring history

• Possible Reserves 23 Ashlee Brown So. 6-0 PF Played 3 minutes at UC Davis 14 Jordan Franey Jr. 6-0 G/F 2 pts, 3 reb, 2 asst in 19 min. 25 Jessie Goble Jr. 6-3 C Has not played past 7 games 12 Ariana Gnekow Jr. 5-9 G Has not played past 7 games 5 Emilie Johnson Fr. 5-6 PG Hitting 38.8% of her 3-ptrs 22 Christine Spencer Jr. 6-1 G/F 5 pts, 5 reb, 3 asst vs. UC Davis 10 Kat Suderman Sr. 6-4 C 10 pts, 5 reb, 3 asst vs. UC Davis 21 Meagan Williams Jr. 5-10 G Played 1 minute @ UC Davis

• Super Sha'Rae
Sha'Rae Gibbons scored a season-high 17 points in UCSB's win over UC Davis, going 5-for-5 from three-point range. The last time a Gaucho hit at least five three-pointers in a game was Lauren Pedersen on Feb. 23, 2008 vs. UC Davis. The last UCSB player to hit more than five was Chisa Ononiwu, who made 6 of 8 on Jan. 27, 2007 vs. Pacific.

• Double Trouble
Lauren Pedersen became the second UCSB player this season to notch a double-double when she had 11 points and 10 assists vs. UC Davis. Jenna Green has tallied five double-doubles this season, including four in the past six games.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen has tallied 65 steals this season, averaging 2.6 per game, which ranks 39th in the country and first in the Big West. She is 13 steals away from cracking UCSB's single-season top-10 list for most steals in a season. Currently tied for that spot are Erika Kienast (who did it in the 1991-92 season) and Cori Close (1992-93).

• On the Rebound
Jenna Green leads the team with 5.7 rebounds per game. Pedersen would be just the fourth guard to lead the team in rebounding since 1981-82 when Patty Franklin did it (also Erin Buescher from 1997-2000 and Wilson). Should Green's current mark lead the Gauchos, it would be the second-lowest team-leading rebounding average in a single-season. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below six - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.

• Kat Can Do
Kat Suderman had a sensational game at UC Davis, scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds - one off her season high in both categories - in just 17 minutes of action. She is averaging 4.8 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 14 contests.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 200-19 (.913) in Big West games.

• Pouring It In
Jenna Green's 52.6% 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 87.7% from the charity stripe which ranks 16th in the nation. UCSB's 75.2% mark as a team ranks 13th nationally and the team 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 (54.1 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.2%), three-point field goal percentage defense (27.8%), free throw percentage (75.2%), rebounding defense (33.8 allowed per game), defensive rebounds (27.4 per game) and scoring margin (+5.7).

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked two shots on Thursday vs. Pacific to give her 48, which is tops in the Big West. Green's 2.1 average per game leads the Big West and is 39th 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 59 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.1 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.