UCSB Faces Harvard at Home, Kentucky on the Road

UCSB Faces Harvard at Home, Kentucky on the Road

Dec. 15, 2008

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (3-4) vs. Harvard (6-4) at UCSB's Thunderdome
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara (3-4) at Kentucky (5-5)
at Kentucky's Rupp Arena
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available on Gametracker

• The Match-Ups
UCSB hosts Harvard, a team they have not played since 1989. That remains the lone contest between the two schools, which resulted in a 60-59 win for UCSB. When the Gauchos face Kentucky this Sunday, it will be the first time in history the two programs have ever played.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
UCSB has won all three of its games at the Thunderdome while all four of the Gauchos' losses have come on the road. The last time a Gaucho team won its first three games at home while losing its first four games on the road came during the 1993-94 season.

• Free For All
Following their 22 for 25 free throw performance at Pepperdine, the Gauchos are ranked fifth in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting 80.2% this season. Lauren Pedersen's 97.1% from the line ranks fifth nationally - and first in the Big West - while Emilie Johnson (11-11), Ashlee Brown (7-7), Margaret Johnson (3-3) and Courtney Collishaw (2-2) have been perfect from the line. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked three shots vs. Pepperdine to give her a team-high 13 blocks this season. Her 1.86 blocks per game leads the conference and ranks 69th in the country. In her career, Green averages 1.25 blocks per game.

• History in the Making
Sixth-year senior Jenna Green - who leads the team with a .545 field goal percentage - has scored 60 total points this season to give her 1,220 for her career. Green's 14 points vs. Pepperdine helped her pass Kira Anthofer (1984-89) and move into 16th place in UCSB scoring history. Green is four points from tying Cori Close (1989-93) for 15th and 98 points away from Kayte Christensen (1998-2002) for 14th place.

• Spencer's Splash
Junior transfer Christine Spencer played her first game for UCSB vs. Pepperdine after having to sit out a full year due to NCAA transfer rules. In her first game in the blue and gold, Spencer played eight minutes and grabbed a rebound while going 0-for-2 from the field. Spencer transferred from Wisconsin after averaging 2.3 points and shooting 37.5% from three-point range in 27 games.

• Almost There
Three UCSB players are closing in on scoring milestones. Whitney Warren is just 22 points shy of 500 for her career while Jordan Franey is 60 points away from the mark and Lauren Pedersen is 86 points from that total.

• Led by Lauren
Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos in just about every category, pacing the team in points (12.9 per game), rebounds (5.3 per game), assists (4.6 per game) and steals (3.0 per game). The Brea, Calif. native is 29th in the nation in steals per game while her assists per contest ranks her 67th nationally.

• Freshman Phenom
Emilie Johnson is the first UCSB freshman to start her first collegiate games at point guard since LaShay Fears did so in 16 straight games to open the 2005-06 season. This distinction is so rare that Johnson is only the third Gaucho in the last decade to open her career as the Gauchos' starting point guard, following Fears and Stacy Clinesmith, who started all 30 games at point during her freshman season in 1996-97. Johnson also leads the Gauchos in minutes played this season, averaging 35.9 minutes per contest. The Loomis, Calif. native leads the team with 12 three-pointers and is second on the team with 9.0 ppg.

• One Streak Ends, Another Begins
Lauren Pedersen missed her first free throw vs. Gonzaga, ending the senior's streak at 20 consecutive to start the season. Pedersen's 20 in a row is the new standard for the best start to a season by any player in UCSB history. Since missing that free throw, however, Pedersen has made her last 13 in a row, including going 10-for-10 from the line against Pepperdine. That makes two games this season that the senior has had double-digit free throws and made them all (also 11-for-11 vs. San Diego).

• Kat Can Do
Kat Suderman surpassed 600 career points in the win over Gonzaga. The senior currently has 604 total points in her UCSB career, which is second among active players.

• War on the Boards
Whitney Warren is second on the team with 33 total rebounds. The senior, who averaged 3.8 rebounds per game last season has a 4.7 average through the first seven games.

• Harvard Happenings
Harvard enters Wednesday's game with a two-game winning streak after downing Vermont and Maine last week. The Crimson (6-4) have four players who are averaging double figures in points, led by Emma Markley's 15.8 ppg. The sophomore forward also leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per contest. Katie Rollins, a senior forward, is averaging 10.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg, both second on the team.

• Career Year
Lauren Pedersen set career-highs with 12 assists and seven steals vs. Gonzaga and has set single-game career-highs already this season in points (27 vs. San Diego), assists and steals.

• Keeping it Clean
The Gauchos are committing just 13.4 fouls per game while allowing 59.0 points per game. UCSB's fouls per game mark is sixth nationally - UConn leads the country with 12.3 fouls per game - while the Gauchos' scoring defense is 98th in the country.

• The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."