Nov. 22, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-1) at Arizona (2-1) at Arizona's McKale Center
Watch live through CBS All-Access
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available on Gametracker
UCSB last beat Arizona in 2005, the last time the two teams played, but were just 1-5 against Arizona in the previous six meetings between the two. Overall, the Wildcats have a slight 7-6 edge in the series.
Shoot `Em Up
Fresno State set a school record on Thursday against the Gauchos when the Bulldogs hit 16 three-pointers. Overall, Fresno State went 16 of 31 from beyond the arc.
LP Leads the Way
Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos in just about every category through the first two games. She has been UCSB's leading scorer, totaling 42 points. Last season the senior from Brea averaged just 6.1 points per game. From the field Pedersen has gone 13 for 29, leading the team in field goals and field goals attempted. Just 5-foot-10, Pedersen also leads the team through the first two games with 14 rebounds and nine assists. Pedersen is also tied for the team lead with Emilie Johnson with four 3-pointers.
Free For All
Led by - who else? - Lauren Pedersen's 12 of 12 mark from the free throw line through two games, the Gauchos have shot an amazing 75.6% from the charity stripe, going 31 for 41. Last season UCSB finished with a 70.7% mark from the free throw line - third-highest in school history - while the UCSB all-time mark is 73.9% set in the 2002-03 season.
Sixth-year senior Jenna Green scored a season-high seven points vs. Fresno State, playing 18 minutes - the same amount of floor time she saw in the opener vs. San Diego. Green, whose first season at UCSB was in 2003-04, averaged 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in her last season that counted, 2006-07. She is a two-time All-Big West First Team selection and she was selected to the conference's Preseason All-Big West squad.
Freshman Emilie Johnson has started her first two collegiate games, playing 70 of a possible 80 minutes after playing 68 of a possible 85 minutes in the Gauchos' two exhibition games. She trails only Pedersen in minutes played by any player. Johnson has scored 20 total points in her first two games in the blue and gold.
Jordan Franey was the Gauchos' second-leading scorer vs. Fresno State, coming off the bench to score 13 points. Franey is averaging 11 points per game this season, second only to Pedersen on the team. The junior has dished out eight total assists, also second on the squad.
One and One for Gottlieb
Lindsay Gottlieb earned her first career head coaching victory in the 75-66 win over San Diego on Sunday before suffering her first career loss vs. Fresno State. By going 1-1 in the first two games of her career, she has started the same way two other UCSB coaches did at Santa Barbara - Bobbi Bonace in 1972 and Darla Wilson in 1983. Mark French, whom Gottlieb took over for, won his first eight games coaching the Gauchos.
On Whit's End
Senior Whitney Warren is second on the team in rebounding through the first two games. Warren, who averaged 3.8 rebounds per game last season and 4.0 rebounds per game over her career, has 10 total rebounds, trailing Lauren Pedersen's 14 total this year.
Courtney's Court Time
After missing all of last season with a knee injury, guard Courtney Collishaw made her first-ever appearance in a Gauchos uniform on Thursday at Fresno State - and therefore, her first career collegiate appearance. In front of many of her friends and former teammates from nearby Redwood High in Visalia, Collishaw had a steal in her time on the floor.
Arizona will make its home debut under first-year head coach Niya Butts against the Gauchos after winning the Bank of Hawaii Classic by beating Loyola Marymount and Hawaii after losing to Toledo. The Wildcats are led by a pair of players averaging double-doubles this season - senor Amina Njonkou averages 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while sophomore Ify Ibekwe is averaging 13.3 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Malibu's Most Wanted
In accordance with the NCAA transfer rules, junior Christine Spencer must sit out a full year before being able to don the blue and gold. When the Gauchos face Pepperdine on Dec. 14 in Malibu, Spencer will be eligible to play her first game at UCSB after transferring from Wisconsin. The Traverse City, Mich. native averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 37.5% from three-point range in 27 games at Wisconsin.
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.
UCSB Inks Terrific Trio
The Gauchos announced last week that they have signed three Southern California standouts to National Letters of Intent. The players who will be part of the Gauchos' 2009-10 team are Perris High's Destini Mason, Pacific Hills School's Briahna Richardson and Compton Centennial's Grovinya "Sweets" Underwood. Mason, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior. Richardson, the daughter of former NBA player Pooh Richardson, averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.4 apg 4.4 steals per game and 1.4 blocks per game last year. Underwood, a 6-foot forward, posted totals of 17 ppg, 12 rpg, 2 bpg and 3 spg last season.
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 last week. 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, but wound up tied with UC Davis for second with 83 points, six total points behind UC Riverside, who was for first.
Kritscher's Knee Knowledge
Freshman Megan Kritscher will miss the start of the season due to a left knee injury. The 6-foot-3 center from Woodland, Calif. is out indefinitely.
Mekia Valentine will not play for UCSB this year since the 6-foot-4 Wake Forest transfer must sit out one year in accordance with NCAA rules.