December 8, 2006

UCSB Looks to Continue Winning Ways Against Loyola Marymount Saturday

Dec. 8, 2006

The Schedule
Game No. 9
Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Loyola Marymount Lions
The Thunderdome (6,000)

The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's matinee with an overall record of 3-5 after hanging on to defeat Weber State Thursday night in the Thunderdome. Since the devastating 105-44 loss at No. 1 Maryland Dec. 2, the Gauchos have now won a season-high two straight after recording a 51-49 win at Richmond Monday. Santa Barbara won its season opener, a 82-65 decision over Portland State Nov. 10, before losing five in a row, matching its longest skid since starting the 2005-06 season 0-5.

UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's match-up with the Lions will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Steve Wendt is back for his third season as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos alongside former Los Angeles Laker and UCSB star Don Ford, who will provide most of the color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". Fans can also catch all games live via the internet by going to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass". With this option hoops fans can enjoy live audio and video from the comfort of their homes courtesy of CSTV.

Franey Shines in Win Over Weber State
Freshman forward Jordan Franey had a career night with 22 points and 12 rebounds, leading UCSB to a 62-57 victory over visiting Weber State Thursday in the Thunderdome. Junior center Jenna Green added 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half, junior guard Jessica Wilson chipped in with nine points and three steals, and freshman forward Ariana Gnekow also scored nine. Center Janie Rayback led the Wildcats with 16 points off the bench, while forward Tashina Taylor and guard Sara Tuomi each had 10. The Gauchos held their biggest lead of 45-34 at the 12:34 mark in the second half, but the visitors used a 17-6 run to tie the game at 51-51 with 5:06 to play, capped off with a driving lay-up from Taylor. Franey responded with one of her four three point baskets on the evening the next time down, as UCSB regained the lead for good, 54-51. Weber State would not go away quietly however, and made it a one possession game following a jumper by guard Laura Porter and two free throws from Rayback, but that is as close as they would get. For the game, Santa Barbara shot an impressive 47.8%, finishing an identical 11-for-23 in each half. Weber State shot just 35.6%, but held a 37-34 advantage on the rebounds. The Gauchos turned the ball over 21 times to just 15 for the Wildcats.

Did You Know?...
UCSB shot 47.1% percent from beyond the three-point arc against Weber State, including a torrid 6-for-10 in the first half, both of which were season-highs...Five of the Gauchos' last six games have been decided by 10 points or less, with Santa Barbara posting a 2-3 record in those contests...Jordan Franey led all scorers and recorded her first career double-double Thursday against the Wildcats...Her 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting eclipsed her previous best of 12 that came in the Gauchos' 87-62 loss at UCLA Nov. 12...Franey has started all eight games for Santa Barbara and has now scored in double figures five times...Jenna Green leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and is the only player on the team to have scored in double figures every game this season...Jessica Wilson went down with an ankle injury with 8:19 to play against Weber State and did not return...After recording career-highs of 10 points and seven rebounds in the win over Richmond, Ariana Gnekow scored nine points off the bench against the WIldcats.

Scouting the Lions
• Saturday's contest with Loyola Marymount marks the 12th meeting between the two programs, with UCSB leading the all-time series 8-3. LMU won the last match-up 79-52 in Los Angeles Dec. 11. 2005. Jenna Green led the way with 16 points and six rebounds in the loss.

• The Lions own a 5-4 record after posting a 79-69 win over Hawaii Thursday night. Through nine games, LMU is averaging 62.7 points per game, while their opponents have put up 67.0. The Lions shoot a respectable 39.6% from the floor, but allow their opponents a 44% mark. Junior guard Jennifer Hall paces the squad averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while senior guard Amanda Patton chips in with 11.2 points per game.