PresidioSports.com Sports Figure of the Month: Carlene MitchellUCSB head women’s basketball coach Carlene Mitchell, who masterfully led the Gauchos on an epic title run to the Big West Championship, an NCAA bid to The Big Dance and who garnered national attention as a finalist for the prestigious Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award, has been named Sports Figure of the Month for March 2012.
Carlene Mitchell to Speak at Nike SummitUC Santa Barbara women's basketball head coach Carlene Mitchell continues to garner national attention as she has been tabbed to speak at a national conference for coaches.
Kelsey Adrian: Clutch CanadianTo win a championship, a team needs players who step up in big moments. For the UCSB women’s basketball team this past season, Kelsey Adrian was one of those players.
Assistant Coach Courtney Locke Leaving UCSBSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball assistant coach Courtney Locke has accepted a coaching position at the University of Central Florida, head coach Carlene Mitchell announced on Monday.
No. 1 Baylor Too Much for GauchosBOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Brittney Griner banged a bit down low with her undersized opponents and blocked a few shots at the other end—then headed to the sideline early in the second half.
UCSB Ready to Face No. 1 Baylor on SundayBOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team, fresh off its 14th Big West Tournament title, is ready to face top-ranked Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Big West Champs UCSB Prepares to Face BaylorUC Santa Barbara is making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2009. The Gauchos are 7-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and are seeking their first win since the 2004 season when that UCSB team went to the Sweet 16. For more information on UCSB in the NCAA Tournament, please see page 15 of the Record Book.
In Historic Matchup, UCSB Faces Long Beach For Big West Title• The Gauchos and the Big West Tournament
UC Santa Barbara will be making its 16th appearance in the Big West Tournament title game, the most in Big West history. UCSB is 13-2 in tournament championships, having captured nine in a row from 1997-2005. Please see page 1 of the postseason media guide for UCSB’s breakddown vs. opponents in the tournament.
UCSB Faces Pacific in Semifinals of Big West Tourney on Friday• vs. #5 Pacific, 3/9
Pacific knocked off #4 seed UC Davis with a 59-51 victory, the second straight season the underdog Tigers have advanced to the semifinals. Last season UOP beat #2 seed UCSB in Santa Barbara. Pacific, which swept the season series over the Gauchos for the first time since the 1986-87 season, handed UCSB its largest loss, 60-40, last week in Stockton.
UCSB Faces UC Irvine in Big West Tournament Opener on Tuesday• at UC Irvine, 3/6
Led by Kassandra McCalister in both games, UC Irvine swept the season series over UCSB for the first time since the 1987-88 season. McCalister, an All-Big West First Team pick, had 21 points in UCI’s 61-53 win over the Gauchos and a career-high 36 in the Anteaters’ 72-65 victory two weeks ago. Anete Klintsone averages 9.3 points per game for UCI and Jacquelyn Marshall scores 9.0 points per game for Molly Goodenbour, in her fourth season at Irvine. UCSB is 2-2 vs. UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament.
Emilie Johnson, Nicole Nesbit Honored by the Big WestSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara senior Emilie Johnson became the first Gaucho in nearly a decade to be honored by the Big West in all four of her years as the conference announced its season awards on Monday.
Gauchos Unable to Hang With PacificSTOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific used a 15-4 run to close the first half and turned it into a 27-10 run to rout the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team on Thursday night, 60-40.
Gauchos Head Up North for Final Regular Season Games• 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 www.seniorclassaward.com.
UCSB Gives Johnson, Adrian Victory in Final Home GameSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In saying goodbye to its pair of seniors – Kelsey Adrian and Emilie Johnson – the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team also said goodbye to Long Beach State's chances with a dominating defensive effort on Saturday.
Gauchos Host Final Two Home Games This WeekSenior 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 www.seniorclassaward.com.
McCalister's Career Night is Too Much for GauchosIRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine's Kassandra McCalister torched UC Santa Barbara for a career-high 36 points and handed out five assists to lead UCI to a 72-65 win over the Gauchos on Saturday night at the Bren Events Center.
Emilie Johnson shows her CLASSIt’s been a long time since Emilie Johnson sank baskets in an official capacity at Del Oro High but the lessons she learned in Loomis, on and off the court, have obviously traveled with her to UC Santa Barbara.
Pink Zone Game Highlights Gauchos' Home Slate This WeekSaturday's UCSB-CSU Bakersfield game is the Gauchos' annual WBCA Pink Zone game. The event, which helps raise breast cancer awareness, will once again have special things planned for fans. Each member of the Gauchos will decorate a pink shooting shirt which will be available for purchase, allowing fans the opportunity to bring home something unique with proceeds going towards breast cancer awareness. In addition, the first 250 fans will receive pink pom-poms and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to show their support of the cause. Tickets are available by calling 893-UCSB or by clicking here.
Gauchos Drop Fourth in a Row, 67-52 to Cal PolySANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Another tough first half caused the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team to try and dig out of a hole and though the Gauchos hung tough with Cal Poly throughout the second half, the first-half deficit was too much as UCSB lost its fourth in a row.
Saturday's Game Features Legend of the 'Dome, ESPNSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Under the bright lights of ESPN, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will open up the second round of Big West Conference play as it hosts rival Cal Poly on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Late Rally Leads Pacific Past GauchosSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A furious comeback by Pacific upended the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers erased a six-point deficit in the final five minutes to claim a 52-48 win.