March 11, 2009

UCSB Enters Big West Tournament as No. 1 Seed for 13th Time

March 11, 2009

• The Schedule
Friday, March 13, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.
Big West Tournament Semifinal Game
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara (20-9, 15-1) vs. Lowest Seed at the Anaheim Convention Center (7,500)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

*Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. (*if necessary)
Big West Tournament Final Game
at the Anaheim Convention Center (7,500)
Game broadcast live on Fox Sports Net's Prime Ticket
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

• 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.

• Top Dogs
UCSB heads into the Big West Tournament as the No. 1 seed after going 15-1 in conference play. It is the 13th time the Gauchos have entered the tournament as the top seed. As conference champs, UCSB has guaranteed itself of its 14th consecutive postseason berth. The Gauchos have won 10 of the past 12 Big West Tournaments.

• Award Ceremony
First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb was named the Big West's Coach of the Year in an announcement on Monday; Lauren Pedersen and Jenna Green were First-Team All-Big West selections; Jordan Franey was an All-Big West Honorable Mention; and Emilie Johnson was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team. Green became just the sixth player in UCSB history to be named to the First Team three different times (also Kristen Nicholson, Kristi Rohr, Stacy Clinesmith, Erin Buescher and Kristen Mann). It is the first time since 2004 that UCSB has had a Coach of the Year, two First Team players, an Honorable Mention and a player on the All-Freshman Team.

• Gott 20?
By leading UCSB to a 20-win season and being named Coach of the Year in her first season at the school, Lindsay Gottlieb joined an elite group in the women's basketball coaching ranks. In a survey sent out to sports information offices nationwide, only six other coaches were reported to have accomplished the feat.

• Productive Across the Board
Lauren Pedersen finished the regular season leading the Gauchos in points, total rebounds, assists and steals, becoming the first player in UCSB history to lead the team in those categories. Judging from a nationwide inquiry, this is a rare accomplishment. Only two schools responded with Duke's Katie Meier (1989-90) and Miami's Shenise Johnson (2008-09) joining Pedersen as players to lead their schools in those categories.

• Vision is 20/20
UCSB secured consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since doing so in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. It is the 12th time in the past 14 years that the Gauchos have won 20 games.

• Exclusive Company
Jenna Green is only the ninth Gaucho in history to break the 1,500-point barrier. Green is currently ninth on UCSB's all-time scoring list and needs just five more points to surpass Barb Beainy (1988-92) for eighth place and 30 to top Patty Franklin (1978-82) for seventh place.

• Six Shooters
Opponents are shooting just 34.4% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 32.8% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.9 points against is 20th in the nation.

• Sixty and Up
UCSB is 11-1 when scoring 60 or more points and the Gauchos are 16-2 when holding their opponents under 60 points.

• Swat Team
As a team the Gauchos have blocked 120 shots this season, tying them for third all-time in school single-season history. The 2003-04 team's 140 blocks is first.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 203-19 (.914) in Big West games.

• Dynamic Duo
Jenna Green and Lauren Pedersen proved to be a dynamic duo in Big West play. The two seniors combined to average 26.2 points per game, which ranked them third in conference play among top-scoring teammates. UC Riverside's Kemie Nkele and Seyram Gbewonyo (30.9 ppg) and Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago and Megan Harrison (30.0 ppg) were the only ones to top Green and Pedersen.

• Top 10 Time
Lauren Pedersen's 152 three-point attempts ranks her fifth all-time in UCSB single-season history and the senior's 48 three-pointers made ties her for ninth in a season. Pedersen can move into the UCSB career top-10 in three-pointers attempted if she attempts 14 more.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen has tallied 68 steals this season, averaging 2.4 per game, which ranks 71st in the country and is tied for first in the Big West. She is 11 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 5.5 rebounds per game and if it holds up, would qualify as the lowest rebounding total to lead a UCSB team. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below 6.0 - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen ranks first in the Big West in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 86.8% from the charity stripe which ranks 15th in the nation. Pedersen is on pace to set the school record, currently held by Erin Alexander, whose 85.5% in 1993-94 is UCSB's best. The team's 75.6% mark ranks 13th in the nation and the team is on pace to set a school record. Currently, the 2002-03 squad's 73.9% ranks first.

• Block Party
Jenna Green has blocked 53 shots this season, which is tops in the Big West, and sixth all-time in UCSB's single-season history. Green's 2.0 average per game leads the Big West and is 47th in the country. Her 177 career blocks are just three shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96).

• 20/20
Jenna Green and Lauren Pedersen are the only two Gaucho players to score 20 points in a game this season, with each player doing it three times apiece. Last season Jessica Wilson and Sha'Rae Gibbons were the only players to reach 20 or more points at least twice. Wilson did it five times and Gibbons did it two times.

• Big West Tournament Tickets
Due to the overwhelming demand for Big West Tournament tickets, the Ticket Office, located in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus, will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Ticket Office staff will be in Anaheim for the men's and women's Big West Tournament. Fans who have ticket inquiries are asked to call (805) 893-UCSB, or show up in Anaheim to meet with a UCSB Ticket Office representative. The UCSB ticket staff will be available at the Anabella Hotel in Anaheim for fans to pick up their tickets, to answer questions and for more information at the following times: Thursday from 3-5 p.m.; Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Anabella Hotel is located next to the Anaheim Convention Center and is located at 1030 W. Katella Ave.

• 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."

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