UCSB Hits the Road Again for St. Mary's Tournament

Danae Miller (Photo by Felipe Garcia)
Danae Miller (Photo by Felipe Garcia)

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Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-2) at St. Mary's (2-1)
at McKeon Pavilion – Moraga, Calif.
All-Time Record vs. the Gaels: 7-5
Last Meeting: Nov. 21, 2013, SMC def. UCSB, 89-79
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Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-2) vs. UAB (3-0)
at McKeon Pavilion – Moraga, Calif.
All-Time Record vs. the Blazers: First Meeting
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Last Week in Review
In their home opener last Friday, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team built a 21-point lead against Seattle before stumbling in the fourth quarter and falling 77-71. The Redhawks outscored the Gauchos 32-11 in the final quarter, and 51-25 over the final 15 minutes to complete the comeback. With the Gauchos trailing 18-17 in the second quarter, UCSB used a 15-0 run fueled by 10 points from Sarah Porter to pull away and take a 36-24 lead at the half. The Gauchos started the third on a 10-2 run before Seattle mounted its comeback. Drew Edelman had a career-night for UCSB with a career-high 19 rebounds to go with 16 points for a double-double. Along with Edelman, a total of four Gauchos were in double-figures after Porter finished with 13 points, Chaya Durr tallied 12 and Sarah Bates finished with 11. 

A Look Ahead
UCSB heads out on the road for another two-game trip, where they will take on St. Mary's this Friday, Nov. 24 before matching up with UAB on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Hilton Concord Classic hosted by St. Mary's at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. This will be the 13th meeting all-time between UCSB and St. Mary's with the Gauchos holding a 7-5 edge in the series. The Gaels, however, have had more recent success winning the last two matchups including the most recent meeting in 2013. This season, St. Mary's is 2-1 with wins over Washington State and Cal Poly while losing at Cal, 87-80. The Gaels have not lost at home and have four players averaging double-figures. They are led by Stella Beck and her 16.3 ppg while Sydney Raggio and Megan McKay are both averaging 15.7 ppg. Raggio also leads the way with 9.3 rebounds per game. 

On Saturday, UCSB will face off against UAB for the first time in program history. The Blazers are 3-0 this season with wins against Mississippi Valley State, Southern Illinois and Miles College. They also have four players averaging double figures with Rachael Childress leading the attack at 21.3 points per game. Katelynn Thomas is averaging 11.7 ppg while Imani Johnson and Miyah Barnes both average 10.7 ppg. 

By the Numbers
The Gauchos are currently averaging 76.7 points per game, shooting 44.4 percent (83-for-187) from the floor, 40.3 percent (27-for-67) from downtown and 71.2 percent (37-for-52) from the free-throw line. UCSB's opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 79.3 points per game while shooting 45.4 percent (88-for-194) from the field. 

Same Old Drew
All-Big West selection from a year ago and team captain Drew Edelman has picked up where she left off with three big performances to start the 2017-18 campaign. The redshirt senior leads the Gauchos with a 21.0 ppg average after opening the year with 24 and 23 point performances against NAU and Santa Clara, respectively. In the home opener against Seattle, Edelman went for 16 points while pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds and now leads the team with 10.7 boards per game. She was nominated for Big West Player of the Week honors for her performance. 

Fabulous Freshmen
Freshmen guards Sarah Bates and Danae Miller have impressed through the first three games of their collegiate careers. After a 25-point scoring outburst for Bates in the season-opener against NAU, the Fresno, Calif. native followed up her performance with games of nine points and 11 points against Santa Clara and Seattle, respectively. She currently leads the team with 32.3 minutes per game and is 9-for-16 from downtown. Miller, meanwhile, opened up with eight points and four assists against NAU before dishing out a six-assist performance at Santa Clara and adding a team-high four more against Seattle. She now leads the team with 14 assists. Cece Quintino has also been in the mix and is third on the team with 10 assists. Bates is second with 12 to make the top-three assist leaders all freshmen. 

It's Raining Threes, Hallelujah!
Through three games to start the young season, UCSB is shooting 40.3 percent (27-for-67) from three-point territory to rank 34th in the nation. With an average of nine triples per game, the Gauchos rank 36th in the nation. Against NAU, UCSB went 14-for-30 (46.7 percent) from downtown and followed it up with a 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) shooting display. Sophomore Aliceah Hernandez and Sarah Bates have both been lights out from long range and are both 9-for-16 while Sarah Porter has drained five treys. 

Aye Aye, Captain!
Chaya Durr, Drew Edelman, Coco Miller, Makala Roper and Sarah Porter were all voted as team captains for the upcoming season. The group represents every returning upperclassmen for a UCSB team that has significantly improved over the past two seasons. 

Key Returners
UCSB returns four of its five starters from last season, including leading scorer and rebounder Drew Edelman. After transferring from USC, Edelman had a standout debut season for the Gauchos, earning Second Team All-Big West while leading UCSB with 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Also returning will be junior guard Sarah Porter, who averaged 10.2 points per game while leading the team with 76 three-pointers, and Coco Miller, who averaged 9.1 points per game and was second on the team with 58 threes. Honorable Mention Big West selection Drea Toler (10.2 ppg) also returns, but will have to wait until December to join the team.

Incoming Talent
After sitting out last season due to NCAA Transfer rules, Tal Sahar will make her much anticipated UCSB debut. Sahar, a transfer from Seattle, averaged 10.2 points per game while shooting an impressive 38.2 percent from downtown for the Redhawks. Foothill College junior transfer Akilah Jennings will also look to make an immediate impact while five freshmen join the Gauchos in 2017-18. Danae Miller (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and Celine Quintino (Henderson, Nev./Liberty HS) will factor in at the point guard position. Sarah Bates (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) is also a guard while Nina Radford (Portland, Ore./Grant HS) and Mira Shulman (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS) can play both the guard and forward positions.

New Coaches
Joining Henrickson's coaching staff this year is associate head coach Alex Delanian and assistant coach Eliza Pierre. Delanian was most recently the associate head coach at Hawaii while Pierre comes from Cal where she was the assistant director of basketball operations before being promoted to interim assistant coach. Pierre and Delanian join assistant coach Nate Fripp who enters his third season with Henrickson and director of basketball operations Ashlee Klingenberg, who begins her second season.