Gauchos Host Pepperdine This Sunday

Dec. 18, 2009

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• The Schedule

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 1490 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Monday, December 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Idaho (1-10)
at Idaho's Cowan Spectrum (7,000)
Series record vs. the Vandals - 17-4
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Vandals - W, 74-66 (3/12/05)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.

• 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.

• Quick Recap
UC Santa Barbara set a school record by blocking 13 shots vs. UCLA last Tuesday, but it was not enough as the Bruins prevailed, 61-49. The Gauchos were led by Meagan Williams, who had a season-best 18 points, six rebounds and a career-high five blocks.

• Under .500? Not to Worry
Some teams might panic with a 3-6 record. The Gauchos? No way. Last season UCSB opened its season with a 3-6 record, but won 19 of its final 23 games to finish 22-10 and win the Big West title.

• Swat Team
Following its record-setting performance, UCSB is averaging 6.8 blocks per game, which ranks the team in the top-10 in the nation. The Gauchos are on pace to shatter the school's single-season record of 140 (set in 2003-04) as the team is projected to block 197 shots.

• Climbing the Charts
Mekia Valentine, who has blocked seven shots in a game three separate times this year, has a team-best 38 blocks, which puts her just outside the school's top-10 in a single season. Currently Kris Grazzini (1993-94), Susie Matthews (1990-91 and 1991-92) and Patty Franklin (1980-81) hold that spot with 46 blocks in a season.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G Leads team with 13.6 ppg and 29 assists
21 Meagan Williams G Season-high 18 pts vs. UCLA
32 Margaret Johnson F Averaging 4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
14 Jordan Franey F 4 double-digit games this season
44 Mekia Valentine C Not a typo - averaging 4.8 blocks

Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Missed Tuesday game with injury
1 Sweets Underwood F Freshman has played in all 9 games
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Avg. 6.8 min per game in 5 contests
11 Stefanie Corgel G Made first career basket in win last Sun.
12 Ariana Gnekow G Key bench contributor w/ 3.1 ppg & 3.7 rpg
22 Chris Spencer G Played just 5 min vs. UCLA
25 Jessie Goble F/C 2 points, 3 rebounds in 9 min last Sun.
33 Destini Mason G One of 5 freshman on team

• Shooting Stars
In six games this season UCSB has shot over 40% from the field - including twice when the Gauchos shot over 50%. UCSB is hitting 43.6% of its shots this season, which currently sits just outside of UCSB's single-season top-10. The last team to shoot that well was the 2004-05 squad, shooting 44.0% on the season. UCSB shot 59.3% in last Sunday's win over Cal State Bakersfield, ranking it as the seventh-best all-time shooting performance in school single-game history.

• 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.

• Triple Threat
Emilie Johnson, Mekia Valentine and Jordan Franey, three of the team's top four scorers, are doing much of the heavy lifting. The trio have combined to take 270 of UCSB's 466 total shots, or 57.9% of the team's entire shot total.

• No Advantage at Home
UCSB has dropped four of five 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 four home games was the 2006-07 squad, which lost nine games at home.

• Points A Plenty
When UCSB blew out 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, an 88-44 win over Northridge.

• Williams Watch
Meagan Williams entered her senior season with career averages of 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The Sacramento native is making her final year in the blue and gold a memorable one thus far. Williams is averaging 10.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, both of which rank third on the team. After starting just two games in her previous three seasons, Williams is one of just three players to have started all nine contests this year for the Gauchos.

• Valentine's Gift
Valentine is shooting a robust 62.9% from the floor, which is in the top-10 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.

• 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 25% 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.

• On the Rebound
In all but two of the Gauchos' games, UCSB has outrebounded the opposition and the team is averaging 37.0 rebounds per game (compared to 35.8 for their opponents). The Gauchos have seven different players who are averaging more than 3.0 rebounds per game (Margaret Johnson is pulling down 2.9 per game) and the team leads the Big West with its +1.2 margin. Every other conference team has a negative rebounding margin.

• The TO Show
UCSB has committed 184 turnovers through nine games this season for a 20.4 per-game average, which is second-highest in the Big West. The Gauchos are forcing just 15.6 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.

• 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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