Winners of Three of Past Four, Gauchos Host UCLA on Tuesday

Dec. 14, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UCLA (4-3)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Bruins - 2-14
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Bruins - L, 87-62 (11/12/06)
There is a 2-for-1 ticket coupon online at PresidioSports.com. Just look on the bottom right of the home page!
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine (6-4)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Waves - 13-12
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Waves - L, 76-57 (12/14/08)
There is a 2-for-1 ticket coupon online at PresidioSports.com. Just look on the bottom right of the home page!
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Get Your Tickets!
Men's and women's basketball single season tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here. There is also a 2-for-1 coupon online at PresidioSports.com. Just look on the bottom right of the home page!

• New Saturday Hours
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 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.

• Points A Plenty
When UCSB blew out Cal State Bakersfield, 79-51 on Sunday, it marked the most points scored by the Gauchos since Jan. 5, 2008 and the team's largest margin of victory since that same game. The 28-point differential was the most since UCSB defeated Cal State Northridge, 88-44, on that January day.

• Disco is Dead, but the 70's Live On
Last season UCSB reached the 70-point mark just four times in 32 games. This year, through nine games, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more points three times.

• On the Team, On the Scoreboard
In Sunday's victory over Bakersfield, every player on UCSB's active roster scored at least one basket. Freshman Sweets Underwood tied for the team lead with a career-high 12 points, leading a foursome who reached double digits. The last time UCSB had four players score 10 or more points? Last season at Bakersfield.

• Looking Back
The last time UCLA played in the Thunderdome was on Dec. 17, 2005 when the Bruins were ranked No. 24. UCSB won, 90-81 in overtime, behind Jessica Wilson's 21 points and 11 rebounds, which serves as the last time the Gauchos defeated a ranked team. Wilson's layup at the end of regulation pushed it to overtime, allowing the Gauchos to win.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G 25 assists, 14 steals leads the team
21 Meagan Williams G 9.1 ppg is third on the team
32 Margaret Johnson F Team went 20-5 in her starts last year
14 Jordan Franey F 3 double-digit games this season
44 Mekia Valentine C Leads team with 15.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg

Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G 6 pts, 3 steals in 9 min on Sunday
1 Sweets Underwood F Career-high 12 points on Sunday
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Career-high 4 points, 3 reb on Sunday
11 Stefanie Corgel G Made first career basket in win on Sun.
12 Ariana Gnekow G Key bench contributor w/ 3.5 ppg & 3.6 rpg
22 Chris Spencer G Team-high 8 rebounds on Sunday
25 Jessie Goble F/C 2 points, 3 rebounds in 9 min on Sun.
33 Destini Mason G One of 5 freshman on team

• Shooting Stars
UCSB shot 59.3% in Sunday's win over Bakersfield, ranking it as the seventh-best all-time shooting performance in school single-game history. As a team the Gauchos are hitting 43.7% of their shots, which currently sits just outside of UCSB's single-season top-10. The last team to shoot that well was the 2004-05 squad, which shot 44.0% on the season.

• Baby, It's Cold Outside
Despite shooting so well overall, UCSB has found it to be a different story from beyond the three-point arc. UCSB has had three games this season in which it failed to make a three-pointer and the Gauchos are shooting just 22.9% from downtown. The last time a UCSB squad didn't hit a three-pointer in three games during a season was the 1993-94 campaign. The Gauchos have gone 0-for-17 (at Nevada), 0-for-10 (vs. Kentucky) and 0-for-8 (at Oregon State) from beyond the arc this season. In 1993-94, UCSB was 0-for-5 twice and 0-for-3 another time. Prior to this season, the last time UCSB went at least 0-for-10 from downtown came in a Nov. 26, 2005 loss at BYU when the Gauchos missed all 13 of their three-point attempts.

• Swat Team
UCSB is 11th in the country with its average of 6.0 blocks per game. Mekia Valentine is averaging 4.4 blocks per game, which is third in the nation. Against Kentucky, the Gauchos blocked 12 shots, which ties the school record for a single game. If the Gauchos' keep their current pace they would shatter the single-season record of 140 set in 2003-04 as they are on pace for 174 blocks. While Valentine has 31 of the team's 48 blocks, Meagan Williams is second with 10 swats.

• Valuable Valentine
Junior center Mekia Valentine is third in the nation with her 4.4 blocks per game average and has already put her name in the school's single-game record books with two games of seven blocks and another with six. With 31 blocks, Valentine is more than halfway to Jenna Green's team-high 57 blocks from last season and is just 15 away from breaking into UCSB's single-season top-10. The school record for blocks in a season belongs to Lindsay Taylor, who swatted 69 shots in 2001-02. Valentine is also shooting a robust 63.2% from the floor, which is eighth in the nation and would be a school single-season record. The current top spot is occupied by Kira Anthofer, who shot 59.6% from the field in 1985-86.

• Dynamic Duo
Valentine and Emilie Johnson are averaging 15.1 and 14.4 points per game, ranking them fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Big West. The pair have taken 170 of UCSB's 421 total shots, or 40.4% of the Gauchos' entire output. Valentine and Johnson are also two of the team's top four rebounders at 7.3 and 4.0 per game (Chris Spencer has a 7.0 rebound average and Meagan Williams is pulling down 4.0 rebounds per contest).

• On the Rebound
In all but one of the Gauchos' games, UCSB has outrebounded the opposition and the team is averaging 37.8 rebounds per game (compared to 34.5 for their opponents). The Gauchos have eight different players who are averaging more than 3.0 rebounds per game and the team leads the Big West with its +3.4 margin. Every other conference team has a negative rebounding margin.

• TO is Not Terrell Owens in This Case
UCSB has committed 166 turnovers through eight games this season for a 20.8 per-game average, which is second-highest in the Big West. The Gauchos are forcing just 16.0 turnovers per game - a conference-low -4.8 turnover margin. UCSB is also averaging just 5.6 steals per game, which is fewest in the Big West.

• No Advantage at Home
UCSB dropped its first three games at the Thunderdome this season, already surpassing the number of losses from last year when the Gauchos went 13-2 at home. The last UCSB team to drop more than three home games was the 2006-07 squad, which lost nine games at home.

• 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.

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