February 26, 2010

Gauchos Will Say Farewell to Seniors Before Blue-Green Game on Saturday

Feb. 26, 2010

• The Schedule
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (17-9, 10-4)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Mustangs - 49-15
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - L, 67-62 (1/30/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV
Note: Game is part of Blue-Green Rivalry for Sustainability

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine (8-18, 5-8)
at UCI's Bren Events Center (5,000)
Series record vs. the Anteaters - 53-24
Streak - Won 7
Last time out vs. the Anteaters - L, 67-62 (1/30/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Listen To All UCSB Games On AM-990 KTMS
All women's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.

• A New Legend Will Be Revealed
UCSB Athletics will unveil the fifth and final legend in the inaugural "Legends of the 'Dome" class. The ceremony will take place at halftime of Saturday's game.

• So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight
Prior to Saturday's game vs. Cal Poly, the women's basketball team will be like The Sound of Music and say "So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight" to their five seniors: Jordan Franey, Ariana Gnekow, Jessie Goble, Chris Spencer and Meagan Williams.

• Soles4Souls
The UCSB women's basketball team, in conjunction with Soles4Souls, will be accepting new and used shoes at Saturday's game in an effort to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Please bring in a donation to the game. Or, the bins will be set up in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus all next week for donations before shipping the shoes to the less fortunate. Click here for more information.

• Tickets Available For Blue-Green Rivalry Game And All Games
To purchase tickets to Saturday's women's basketball Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability Game, or any UCSB athletic event, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). As the two schools meet on Thursday in basketball at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, the 2009-10 series is tied at 3-3.

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.

The Opponents

• vs. Cal Poly, 2/27
UCSB closes out its home season vs. Cal Poly on Saturday, the first-place team in the Big West. The Mustangs defeated the Gauchos, 67-62, in the team's lone meeting this year, Jan. 28 at Mott Gym. Cal Poly, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the Gauchos, also won at home vs. UCSB for the first time since 2001. Cal Poly is led by Kristina Santiago, who averages 19.5 points (tops in the Big West) and 8.3 rebounds per game (second in the Big West). The Mustangs' Rachel Clancy leads the conference with her 45.7% clip from 3-point range while Cal Poly paces the Big West by averaging 72.6 points per game. The Mustangs lost on Thursday at Cal State Fullerton, 70-63.

• at UC Irvine, 3/3
The Gauchos have defeated UCI in seven straight meetings, dating to a Feb. 16, 2006 loss at the Thunderdome. UCSB has not lost to the Anteaters at the Bren Events Center since Jan. 19, 1997 - a 67-65 overtime loss which was that team's lone Big West defeat that season. UCI's 5-8 conference record this late in the year is its best when facing UCSB since that 2006 game when UCI entered the contest 5-6 in conference. Irvine is led by Mikah Maly-Karros, who leads the Big West with 12 double-doubles.

• Quick Recap
Playing without junior center Mekia Valentine (illness), UCSB had three players score in double figures in a 67-54 victory over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday. The victory ties the Gauchos longest winning streak of the season at two games and pushed UCSB into fifth place in the Big West, an important spot when it comes time for seeding for the tournament which begins on March 10 in Anaheim.

• How Sweet It Is
Freshman forward Sweets Underwood had her best game in a UCSB uniform in the victory over CSUN, recording her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Underwood went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field while the 12 boards were a career high.

• 20/20 Vision
Sophomore guard Emilie Johnson led the way with 21 points on Wednesday, reaching the 20-point plateau for the third time in her career (all achieved this season). The 21 points for the Loomis, Calif. native rank as second-most in her career, following a 29-point performance earlier this season at San Diego.

• Leading Lady
Sophomore point guard Emilie Johnson leads the Gauchos with her 13.2 points per game average while also pacing the team in assists (84; 3.23 per game) and steals (44; 1.73 per game). Johnson would be the second player in as many years to lead the Gauchos in those categories after Lauren Pedersen did so last year. Pedersen, however, was the first UCSB player to accomplish the feat since Iesha Smith in 1993-94.

• Where They Stand
As of now, UCSB will be seeded fifth in the upcoming Big West Tournament and would play No. 8 Pacific in the first round. The teams above the Gauchos all hold the tiebreaker over UCSB. Cal Poly is currently seeded second.

• Super Soph
Guard Emilie Johnson can finish this season as the Gauchos' leading scorer, which would mark the first season a sophomore led UCSB in scoring since Jenna Green did so in the 2005-06 season.

• Swat Team
The 2009-10 Gauchos already own the school record with 162 blocked shots, besting the previous mark of 140 set in 2003-04. UCSB ranks third in the nation with its average of 6.23 blocks per game. Baylor's average of 7.5 blocked shots per game leads the country.

• Valentine's Block Party
Leading the Gauchos' block party has been junior center Mekia Valentine, who swatted nine shots vs. Cal State Fullerton, giving her 94 this season. Already the single-season record holder, Valentine now ranks ninth all-time in career blocks at UCSB. Valentine needs just one more block to tie Kayte Christensen (1998-2002) for eighth in career blocks and five more to tie Erin Buescher (1997-2000) for seventh all-time. Valentine is third nationally with her average of 3.9 blocks per game. St. Mary's Louella Tomlinson is first in the nation with 6.4 blocks per game and Baylor's Brittney Griner is second with 6.0 per contest.

• Sharp-Shooting Spencer
Senior Chris Spencer leads the team with her 44.1% mark from beyond the arc and is averaging 7.3 points per game during Big West play. Over her past seven games (one of which she was held scoreless), the Traverse City, Mich. native is averaging 9.1 points and 5.67 rebounds per game.

• A Better Williams Than Billy Dee
Meagan Williams, who averaged 2.2 points per conference game last season, is second on the team with her 12.9 points per Big West game this season. The Sacramento native has reached double figures in 13 games this season, eclipsing her total of six during her previous three years combined. Williams leads the team with 3.4 assists per game in conference play.

• For the Record
UCSB's 10-16 record marks the most defeats by a Gaucho team since the 1988-89 season when Santa Barbara went 9-19. UCSB will need to win the remainder of its games - including all four of the Big West Tournament - to avoid finishing with a losing record for the first time since going 13-15 in the 1989-90 season.

• Like an Atom: Some Positive, Some Negative, Some Neutral
UCSB has two conference games remaining on its schedule and at 7-7, the Gauchos can finish three ways - at .500, under .500 or over .500. Should Santa Barbara finish its conference slate with a .500 mark, it would be the first time in school history a UCSB team did so. If the Gauchos drop their remaining two Big West games, it would be the first sub-.500 conference mark since going 8-10 in the 1989-90 season. And, if UCSB wins out, it would be 20 straight seasons that the Gauchos finished with a winning conference record.

• We're a Boarding School
With a +5.0 rebound margin, UCSB leads the Big West (Cal Poly's +4.4 is the only other school with a positive rebounding differential) and it's an even better +7.7 differential in conference play. UCSB has equaled or outrebounded its opponent in 19 of the team's 26 games and brings in an average of 40.0 boards per contest. Mekia Valentine leads the Big West with her 8.6 rebounds per game mark.

• Tenacious D
Following up last season's 34.4% that UCSB allowed opponents to shoot - which was best in the conference - this year's team is holding opponents to a 36.4% clip (and 35.8% in conference games), which is also the lowest mark in the Big West. The Gauchos allow opponents an average of just 60.4 points per game, which also leads the conference, and would rank sixth all-time in school history.

• The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season as the Gauchos' head coach, and she is just the fourth head coach in UCSB women's basketball history. Last season Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to a 22-10 overall mark (15-1 in the Big West) and the Big West regular-season and tournament championships. Named the Big West Coach of the Year, Gottlieb became the first coach in Gaucho history to win at least 20 games and the Coach of the Year award in her first season - and one of only seven coaches nationwide to do so. Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 14th consecutive postseason appearance and the team won 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. In her first season at the helm of the program, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to national prominence, ranking in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense, a top-20 finish in points allowed per game while watching her team set a school record for free throw percentage. No stranger to success, Gottlieb was formerly the associate head coach at Cal, helping the team to a 68-28 (.708) overall mark in her time there. Prior to that, Gottlieb was an assistant at the University of Richmond, where she helped the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

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