UCSB Looks To Bounce Back Against Oregon Saturday
Dec. 7, 2007
Game No. 8
10th Annual Papé Jam
Saturday, December 8, 2007 @ 12:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-4) vs. Oregon Ducks (4-3)
The Rose Garden (19,980)
For the Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's meeting with the University of Oregon with an overall record of 3-4 after falling to Portland State 73-58 Thursday night. The Gauchos were looking to pick up back-to-back victories for the first time in 2007-08, but shot just 35% and turned the ball over a season-worst 24 times in the defeat to the Vikings. UCSB is 2-2 on the road this season after finishing with a very impressive mark of 10-4 in 2006-07.
Gauchos on the Air & Web
Saturday's contest with the Ducks, along with every other UCSB women's basketball game in 2007-08, will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Steve Wendt is back for his fourth season as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos and he will have the call live from the Rose Garden as UCSB battles Oregon. Yours truly will try not to scare away listeners once again while handling the color commentary duties. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the broadcast will begin at 12:15. Fans can also watch all games live via the internet by going to www.bigwest.tv and purchasing the UCSB season package. For the third straight year the Big West Conference and CSTV are partnering to bring exclusive Big West Gaucho events to fans online. BigWest.TV offers on-demand access to LIVE coverage of Big West contests as well as press conferences, features, and Big West Championships.
UCSB Struggles To Get Going Against Portland State
Because of flooding in Portland State's Peter W. Stott Center last week, Thursday's game was moved to Concordia University and Santa Barbara was never able to find its rhythm in the tiny NAIA gym. After scoring a season-high 95 points and shooting 52.5% from the field in last week's win at Santa Clara, UCSB made just 24 of 68 shots, 35.3%, and scored 58 points against a team that had been allowing an average of over 68 in its first seven games. Santa Barbara also had 24 turnovers, with five coming in the decisive first five minutes of the second half. Portland State, on the other hand, shot 43.1% (25-58) and outscored the Gauchos 26-2 on points off turnovers. UCSB was also outscored 16-0 on fastbreak points. Portland State raced out to a 12-2 lead, but Santa Barbara responded with a 14-4 run over the next five and a half minutes to tie the game at 16-16. After the Gauchos took a 22-19 lead with 7:08 left in the opening period, the Vikings took over as Kelsey Kahle scored nine straight points to ignite an 18-6 PSU run to close the first half. Trailing 37-28 at the break, UCSB was outscored 17-9 over the first 4:24 of the second half as Portland State took a commanding 54-37 lead with 15:36 left on the clock. The Gauchos pulled to within 12 at 63-51 with 5:18 left to play, but Delaney Conway hit a triple less than a minute later and followed with a bucket inside and the foul to put the game out of reach, 71-53 with 2:50 remaining.
Did You Know?...
While, UCSB has not yet won consecutive games in 2007-08, the Gauchos have not lost two in a row either...Santa Barbara has been very impressive in bounce back games this season, posting a record of 3-0 in contests following a loss...Despite the 15-point defeat to the Vikings, the Gauchos dominated the glass in the game, out-rebounding Portland State 53-32, with 25 of the boards coming on the offensive end of the floor...Both the 25 offensive rebounds and 53 overall were season-highs...It also marked the first time this season that UCSB lost when out-rebounding its opponent...The Gauchos forced the Vikings into just 12 turnovers in Thursday's loss, the fewest by an opponent this season...The previous low was 19 that came in each of the previous four games leading up to the contest at PSU...UCSB's defense has struggled over the last three games, allowing an average of 76.7 points per game, which is nearly seven points higher than their opponent's season average of 69.9...The Gauchos were without two-time All-Big West First Team selection Jenna Green again against Portland State...The senior center was out with a bad back and will not play Saturday against Oregon...Green played just seven minutes in the Gauchos' win at Santa Clara last week before missing her third game of the year Thursday...UCSB is 1-2 without Green this season.
Scouting the Ducks
After taking on the Vikings, the Gauchos will square off with a team they have seen quite a bit of recently in the University of Oregon. After falling to the Ducks twice last season, UCSB trails the all-time series with Oregon 3-1. The Ducks defeated the Gauchos 85-77 on November 17 of last year, led by a career-high 27 points from guard Lilley Taylor, and then got the better of Santa Barbara once again in the second round of the WNIT at McArthur Court in Eugene. UCSB shot just 29.7% from the floor and Oregon's Carolyn Ganes scored 13 points to lead five players in double figures in the 70-54 win. The Ducks were then eliminated by Wyoming after a 64-62 loss in the WNIT Third Round. Santa Barbara's only win in the series was a 74-61 home victory in 1999.
Head coach Bev Smith welcomes back five letterwinners and two starters from last year's squad that posted an overall mark of 17-14 and finished sixth in the Pac-10 at 8-10. The Ducks bring a record of 4-3 into Saturday's match-up after falling to Portland 78-74 on Sunday. Oregon is averaging 62.0 points per game and is holding the opposition to 56.3 through seven games in 2007-08. The Ducks are 3-1 at home so far this season and defeated Coppin State 64-51 in their only neutral site contest of the year. Taylor is the only player averaging double figures at 11.3 points per game and she also leads the squad with 14 triples and 12 steals. Freshman forward Nicole Canepa has been impressive in her rookie campaign, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 48.9% from the field. Senior guard Kaela Chapdelaine is third averaging 9.1 points per night and leads the team in both rebounds and assists, averaging 6.1 and 4.3, respectively.