November 11, 2008

UCSB Finishes Exhibition Slate Tonight vs. Vanguard

Nov. 11, 2008

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Vanguard at UCSB's Thunderdome Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM Game available on Gametracker

• Operation `Thank You'
To commemorate Veteran's Day, the Gauchos are doing something special during their exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 11 vs. Vanguard. All military personnel and veterans will receive two free tickets by showing their military ID at the Thunderdome ticket booth. All military personnel and veterans in attendance will be honored at halftime.

• Sorry for Sha'Rae
Senior Sha'Rae Gibbons had successful surgery last week to repair a fracture in her left pinkie and will miss a portion of the 2008-09 season. Gibbons was expected to be the team's starting point guard after averaging 9.5 points per game last year while leading UCSB with 107 assists.

• Kat Can Do
Senior Kat Suderman followed up her 2007-08 All Big West First-Team selection with a stellar opening night in the Gauchos' 65-48 exhibition win over Westmont. Suderman scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds in the win.

• Welcome to the Big Time
After graduating from high school just four months ago, freshman guard Emilie Johnson showed she's ready for college basketball by playing a team-best 31 minutes in the Gauchos' win over Westmont. Expected to be given a larger role while Gibbons is out, Johnson scored four points, had two assists and pulled down two rebounds in her first appearance in a UCSB uniform.

• Gauchos Picked Second in Big West
UCSB was picked to finish second in the Big West by both the coaches and media members at the recent Big West media day. The Gauchos, who went 15-1 in conference play last year, finished with two first place votes and 55 total points in the coaches poll - five points behind UC Riverside. In the media poll, the Gauchos received five first-place votes, and tied with UC Davis for second with 83 points, six points behind UC Riverside.

• Looking Ahead
After Vanguard, UCSB's exhibition slate will be clear and on Sunday, Nov. 16, the Gauchos will start the regular season with a 2 p.m. game vs. San Diego. For tickets, call (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here. Remember, women's "Cinco Pack" tickets are available.

• Promotions Calendar
-- Nov. 11 vs. Vanguard - Operation "Thank You." All military personnel and veterans get two free tickets when they show their military ID at the Thunderdome ticket booth; First 500 fans receive Schedule Posters. -- Nov. 16 vs. San Diego - First 500 fans receive Schedule Posters.

• 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.