Countdown to Tipoff


Alan Williams
(Oct. 25, 2013)  

UCSB junior center Alan Williams’ nickname is “Big Al,” and rarely has there been a nickname more befitting.

Williams is physically big. That’s obvious. He has a big personality and that’s obvious to anyone who knows him.

Kyle Boswell
(Oct. 23, 2013)  

Make no mistake about it Kyle Boswell can shoot the basketball. 

If there were any questions about Boswell's ability to shoot, they were conclusively answered during his junior year in 2012-13 when he made 78 three-point baskets, the third most by a Gaucho in a single season. Boswell shot 41.9% from outside the three-point arc and set a career-high with he made seven in one game against nationally ranked San Diego State.





Melissa Zornig
(Oct. 24, 2013)  

Melissa Zornig has made her career off precision shooting from three-point range, but she's by no means a one-dimensional player.

Last season, Zornig expanded her game by improving on her drives and creating space for shots. The changes were worthwhile as she reached career-bests in field goal shooting (37.9) and assists per game (2.2).

Nicole Nesbit
(Oct. 22, 2013)  

When the Gauchos need a leader on the floor this season, their eyes will immediately fall on Nicole Nesbit. She first took a leadership role last year as she adjusted to being a perennial starter for UCSB. But even before then, she could be a game changer for her team, even if she was coming off the bench.