Gauchos Host Final Two Home Games This Week

Gauchos Host Final Two Home Games This Week

• The Schedule
Thursday, February 23, 2011,  at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (16-10, 10-3)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors – 37-11
Streak – Won 10
Last time out vs. the Matadors – W, 71-67 2OT (@ CSUN, 1/21/12)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here

Saturday, February 25 2012,  at 2:00 p.m.
*Senior Day*
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State (11-14, 6-6)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the 49ers – 45-21
Streak – Lost 1
Last time out vs. the 49ers – L, 46-34 (@ LBSU, 1/19/12)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 990 KTMS and will stream live online by clicking here with the pregame show starting 30 minutes prior to tipoff.

The Opponents
• vs. Cal State Northridge, 2/23
The first-place Matadors have dropped just three conference games – including two in double overtime. CSUN has won six of seven and are led by senior Jasmine Erving who averages 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
• vs. Long Beach State, 2/25
The 49ers have lost 12 of 14 road games this season, but are coming off victories over Cal State Northridge and UC Davis. Long Beach State is led by Tipesa Moorer, who averages 13.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

• CLASS-y Lady
Senior Emilie Johnson has been named one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, given annually to the best senior who exemplifies hard work on the court, in the community and great character. Johnson is the first Gaucho to be chosen one of the 10 finalists. Fans can vote for Johnson by going to

• For The Record
At 5-7 in Big West play, the Gauchos have dropped more games than they did all of last conference season and are in danger of becoming the first UCSB team since the 1989-90 squad to post a losing conference record. Two seasons ago, the 2009-10 Gaucho team was 5-7 at one point but finished 9-7 in the Big West and went to the semifinals of the Big West Tournament. The last UCSB team to drop more than seven conference games was the 1990-91 team which went 10-8 in Big West play.

• Tenacious D
UC Santa Barbara is continuing its defensive dominance this season, holding opponents to just 51.4 points per game, best in the Big West and ranking the squad eighth in the nation. The Gauchos are also allowing opponents to shoot just 35.6% from the floor, which is the best mark in the conference and 41st in the nation.

• This Defense Doesn't Rest
Should the Gauchos' points allowed per game average – or anywhere near it – hold up, it would rank as one of the best defensive seasons in school history.  The top two marks: the 1973-74 squad allowed opponents an average of 43.6 points per game, while the 2008-09 team allowed 55.5 points per game.

• Big West Woes
Entering last week, UCSB stood at 3-6 in Big West play, becoming the first Gaucho team to be three games under .500 during the conference season since February, 1990 a Gaucho team that held a 6-9 mark. That was the last UCSB team to finish the conference season with a sub-.500 record as they went 8-10.

• UCSB or UCS-D?
Over the past few years UCSB has been a dominant defensive force. Last year UCSB led the conference in field goal percentage defense (18th in the nation) at 35.5%. In 2009-10, UCSB allowed opponents to shoot 36.3%, which was 31st in the nation, and in 2008-09, the Gauchos allowed opponents to hit 34.6% of their shots, ranking eighth in the country. Also, since the new millennium, seven Gaucho teams rank in the single-season top-10 in opponents' points per game.

• Climbing the Charts
With 17 points last week at UC Riverside and UC Irvine, Emilie Johnson continued to move up the UCSB all-time scoring book. With 1,266 career points Johnson is 35 points away from Kayte Christensen (1998-2002) for 15th all-time. Johnson has reached double figures in seven of her last nine games and the Loomis, Calif. native has 11 20-point games in her UCSB career.

• Top-Ten Time
It's not just points where Emilie Johnson ranks among the best in UCSB history. Johnson is third in career three-pointers made (199, 18 behind Jess Hansen), second in career three-pointers attempted (608, one behind Erin Alexander), 10th in career assists (317, 10 behind Mia Fisher and Dio Aguinaldo) and second in career free throw percentage.

• Three, It's the Magic Number
In just 55 games at UCSB, senior Kelsey Adrian ranks in UCSB's top-10 in career three-pointers. Adrian has nailed 84 three-pointers in her Gaucho career, placing her ninth all-time, six behind Lisa Willett (2000-04). Adrian's 34.0% from downtown leads the team.

• Board Games
Santa Barbara's two frontcourt stalwarts – Kirsten Tilleman and Sweets Underwood – are two of the best rebounders in relation to their Big West peers. Tilleman ranks third in the conference with 8.4 rebounds per game and Underwood is sixth with 7.0 per game. There has been just two games this season where one of the two didn't grab at least seven rebounds.

• Turning Things Around
As a team, UCSB is averaging just 14.6 turnovers per game, ranking it 27th in the nation. In an odd twist, UCSB is averaging 16.6 turnovers in each of its wins and 12.9 in its losses. It's a far cry from just two seasons ago when the Gauchos committed 649 total turnovers (20.3 per game) in the 2009-10 season, the eighth-highest mark in program history.

• Wake Me Up Before You Score, Girl
UCSB is at the bottom of the Big West's scoring average – just 51.9 points per game – and rank 315 out of 336 teams ranked nationally in that category, one of just two teams in the bottom 21 with double figures in wins. Yet, the Gauchos are still not on pace to set a school record for futility. The lowest per game average by a UCSB team was 45.2 in the 1973-74 season. This year's team is on pace for the third-lowest point total in school history.

• Hang Ten
With Emilie Johnson and Nicole Nesbit as the Gauchos' two leading scorers at 8.9 and 8.7 points per game, respectively, the team does not have a scorer averaging 10.0 or more points per game. Only once in UCSB program history has a team not had at least one player average double digits. That came in 1982-83 when Thyra Ladyman led the way with 9.7 points per game, a team that averaged 61.7 points per game.

• No Points for You!
UCSB has allowed just one opponent to score more than 70 points in a game this season and has not given up more than 49 points in 12 games this year, going 8-4 in those contests. Santa Barbara set a new school record earlier this year when the team did not allow six straight opponents to break the 50-point plateau.

• Put Me In, Coach
Sophomore guard Nicole Nesbit is second on the team in points per game, averaging 8.9 and she has a team-high 13 double-digit games this season. The thing is, she's been doing most of her damage off the bench. Nesbit has started just three games and come off the bench in the other 22. In games she starts, the sophomore from Northridge, Calif. averages 8.0 points per game, but Nesbit averages 8.8 points per game she comes off the bench.

• It's Not In-N-Out, but There Were Double-Doubles
When Kirsten Tilleman (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Sweets Underwood (10 points, 12 rebounds) each had double doubles vs. Cal State Bakersfield, it marked the first time a pair of Gauchos turned the trick since Jordan Franey and Emilie Johnson did so Dec. 28, 2009 in a loss at Idaho.

• RPI Report
In the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA UCSB stands at No. 225, up 13 spots from last week. The Gauchos rank sixth amongst Big West teams. Pacific is first at 118, followed by UC Davis (139), Cal State Northridge (156), Cal Poly (160), UC Irvine (219), Long Beach State (250), Cal State Fullerton (280) and UC Riverside (307).

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F     1    Sweets Underwood - Has scored 10 points in each of last three games
F    2    Kelsey Adrian - 3 three-pointers vs. UCI was most since 1/21 @ CSUN
G    10    Emilie Johnson - Has hit double figures in seven of last nine games
G    33    Destini Mason - Started 17 of her 24 games this season
F/C    32    Kirsten Tilleman - Set a season-high with 16 points at UC Irvine

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G     3    Nicole Nesbit - Has gone four straight games without scoring in double figures
G    5    Madeline Campbell - 5 points vs. Bakersfield were a season-high
F    15    Adaeze Okolie - Only action of the season came on Jan. 19 @ Long Beach
F    21    Jackie Luna-Castro - Scored 4 points in just 4 minutes at UC Irvine
G     22    Melissa Zornig - Is third on the team with 2.2 assists per game
G    24  Angelei Aguirre - Set a career-high with 7 points at UC Irvine