June 12, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior center, the team's leading scorer and rebounder two of the last three seasons, was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, head coach Lindsay Gottlieb announced Thursday.
UCSB submitted a petition for a sixth year after Green was forced to redshirt last season with chronic back spasms. The San Jose, Calif. native, who currently ranks 17th on Santa Barbara's all-time scoring charts, averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games in 2007-08 before electing to shut it down on December 20.
Green also sat out the 2004-05 campaign after tearing the medial collateral ligament in her left knee three games into the season.
NCAA rules require a Division I athlete to complete their athletic eligibility within five years of first enrolling in college, but exceptions can be made in cases when athletes miss two seasons for documented medical reasons.
Gottlieb, who was hired to succeed Mark French on May 15, welcomed the good news that came in her first month on the job.
"I am thrilled, both for Jenna and for the Gaucho community, that she has been granted a sixth year of eligibility," Gottlieb said. "Jenna is a tremendous player, leader, and she really is the consummate student-athlete. I am happy for her because she has worked so hard and wants to finish her collegiate career on the court and I'm happy for our program because she brings so much to the team and the community. I feel fortunate that I will have the opportunity to coach this outstanding young woman."
Green earned All-Big West First Team honors for the second consecutive season in 2006-07 after leading the Gauchos averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The only player to start all 33 contests that season, she led the team in scoring 19 times, including both contests in the Big West Tournament and UCSB's match-ups with the University of San Diego and Oregon in the WNIT. Green scored in double figures 29 times and scored 20 or more on 11 occasions. She also led the squad in blocked shots (1.7 bpg), field goals made (218), field goal percentage (.537), and free-throws made (113) two seasons ago.
The 6-foot-4 center earned her first-career first team selection after averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 2005-06.
Green will rejoin a Gaucho squad that returns all but two players from last year's team that went 23-8 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. In addition to Green, UCSB welcomes back all-league selections Kat Suderman and Sha'Rae Gibbons, along with reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Year Whitney Warren and last year's Big West Freshman of the Year Ashlee Brown.