UCSB Faces Nevada in its First Road Test on Monday

UCSB Faces Nevada in its First Road Test on Monday

Nov. 16, 2009

• The Schedule

Monday, November 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Nevada (0-0)
at Nevada's Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Series record vs. the Wolf Pack - 17-3
Streak - Won 5
Last time out vs. the Wolf Pack - W, 59-37 (12/4/08)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online here.

• Season Tickets Still Available!
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase tickets to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

• 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.

• Listen Up!
All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and 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.

• The 76 Station
Last season UCSB reached at least 70 points on just four occasions. So far in 2009-10, the Gauchos are one for one. UCSB scored 76 points - matching the team's high last season - in the opener vs. Fresno State.

• Air Jordan
Jordan Franey poured in a career-high 27 points in the loss to Fresno State. Franey, a senior from San Diego, went 10 of 16 from the field, both of which set new standards for her, while shooting 6-for-9 from the free throw line. Franey's previous high came in her freshman season when she had 22 points at Weber State on Dec. 7, 2006.

• Block Party
It wasn't the double-double in her first game in a Gaucho uniform that was most impressive about Mekia Valentine (though, it certainly didn't go unnoticed), but it was the fact that Valentine had six blocks in the game. The six blocks ties the junior from Greensboro, N.C. for fourth all-time in single-game history at UCSB. The last player to block six shots in a game was Jenna Green when she had a half-dozen vs. Cal Poly on Jan. 20, 2007. The last UCSB player to block more than seven shots was Kris Grazzini when she blocked eight - also the school record - on Feb. 10, 1995 against Nevada.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
When the calendar flips to 2010, it will mark the 30th year the Thunderdome has been used for home games and in that time, the UCSB women's basketball team has enjoyed a large majority of its success inside the `Dome. The Gauchos have won over 400 games in the Thunderdome's existence, but over the past two decades, it has really proved to be a home court advantage. Since 1991, UCSB is 200-39 in the Thunderdome, an astounding winning percentage of nearly .840.

• Say Goodbye
UCSB lost five players who were critical to the Gauchos' success last season when Sha'Rae Gibbons, Jenna Green, Lauren Pedersen, Kat Suderman and Whitney Warren all graduated. The quintet took 563 games of experience with them along with 1,169 points from last season - or 61% of the team's scoring output from 2008-09.

• Say Hello
Joining Valentine in a UCSB uniform for the first time will be freshmen guards Bree Richardson, Stefanie Corgel, Destini Mason and forward Sweets Underwood. And, suiting up for the first time will be freshman Megan Kritscher, who redshirted the 2008-09 season.

• Stressed Out
Senior guard/forward Chris Spencer is expected to miss several games after suffering a stress fracture in her right foot. Spencer averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game last season while seeing action in 26 contests, including two starts. Spencer could return during UCSB's homestand vs. either Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Nov. 22 or against Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

• Starting Lineup
Three players in the Gauchos' expected starting lineup have just 21 combined starts between them - Johnson, Gnekow and Williams - while Franey and Valentine have combined to start 58 games in their careers.

• Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson PG 13 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds vs. Fresno St. 12 Ariana Gnekow SG Made first start vs. FSU since 12/17/07 21 Meagan Williams SF 9 points, 5 reb. vs. Fresno State 14 Jordan Franey PF Career-high 27 points vs. FSU 44 Mekia Valentine C 22 points, 10 rebounds vs. Fresno State

• Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Made UCSB debut with 12 minutes vs. Fresno 1 Sweets Underwood F Made UCSB debut with 9 minutes vs. Fresno 3 Megan Kritscher F/C After redshirting in 08-09, she is ready for this year 11 Stefanie Corgel G One of 5 freshman on team 22 Chris Spencer G Stress fracture in foot will keep her out 25 Jessie Goble F/C Saw action in 7 games in 08-09 32 Margaret Johnson F Missed Fresno game with injured ankle 33 Destini Mason G One of 5 freshman on team

• Welcome to the New Year
The defending Big West champion Gauchos are seeking their 15th straight postseason berth this year. Lindsay Gottlieb, the 2008 Big West Coach of the Year, is in her second season at UCSB and will coach a team that returns one starter, eight letterwinners and five newcomers.

• Fresh Faces
With five freshmen on the Gaucho roster, it marks the first time a UCSB team has been so young since 2006-07 when the Gauchos also had five freshmen on its roster, including current players Franey, Ariana Gnekow, Jessie Goble and Meagan Williams.

• Quick Recap
Last season was certainly memorable for the Gauchos - they won their second consecutive Big West title, played in the postseason for the 14th straight season and saw several of their players earn awards. By having Gottlieb named Coach of the Year, Pedersen and Green named to the All-Big West First Team, Jordan Franey an all-conference selection and Emilie Johnson an All-Freshman Team pick, it marked the first time since 2004 a Gaucho team had been honored as such. By winning at least 20 games, it was also the 12th time in the past 14 seasons the Gauchos had accomplished that feat.

• W2W4
What to watch for: Franey, the team's returning leader in points and rebounds, has racked up 633 career points, leaving her with the 1,000-point mark in her sights. The most points that Franey has scored in a season came during her freshman year when she poured in 285. The San Diego native needs to average 13.5 points per game over the 29 regular-season games to be the 23rd Gaucho to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

• Wait `Til Next Year
Kelsey Adrian and Angelei Aguirre, both transfers from Cal, will sit out the 2009-10 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

• Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
Three people will keep fans abreast of all things related to the women's basketball team this year through UCSBgauchos.com. Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb has her own Twitter page at twitter.com/UCSBCoachG and Emilie Johnson and Margaret Johnson both write for the blog "Johnsons' Journal." Each social networking tool can be found on the women's basketball page at UCSBgauchos.com.

• 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.