Pink Zone Game Highlights Gauchos' Home Slate This Week

Pink Zone Game Highlights Gauchos' Home Slate This Week

• The Schedule
Thursday, February 9 2012,  at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton (9-13, 2-8)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Titans – 47-21
Streak – Won 38
Last time out vs. the Titans – W, 39-37 (@ CSUF, 1/7/12)
Game broadcast on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here

Saturday, February 11 2012,  at 2:00 p.m.
*WBCA Pink Zone Game*
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Bakersfield (4-19)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Roadrunners – 4-1
Streak – Won 3
Last time out vs. the Roadrunners – W, 86-83, OT (@CSUB, 12/14/10)
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
• Cal State Fullerton, 2/9
The Titans come in having lost eight of 10 Big West Conference games. Megan Richardson leads CSUF with 16.9 points per game, which ranks her second in the Big West. Mya Olivier is fourth in the conference in rebounds with 7.8 per game.
• CSU Bakersfield, 2/11
The Roadrunners enter the week 4-19 and having lost 12 of their last 13 games, yet they have three players who average double figures – Kristine Herman at 14.6 per game, Amber Williams at 13.2 and Lauren Carter with 12.8.

• Think Pink!
Saturday'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.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
F     1    Sweets Underwood - Has not reached double digits in six straight games
F    2    Kelsey Adrian - Is scoreless from 3-point range in four of last six games
G    10    Emilie Johnson - Has scored in double digits in four of last five games
F/C    32    Kirsten Tilleman - Has grabbed at least six rebounds in all but two games this year
G    33    Destini Mason - Past four games: 12 points; Previous four games: 20 points

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G     3    Nicole Nesbit - Team's leading scorer at 9.6 points per game
G    5    Madeline Campbell - Made first career start on Saturday vs. Cal Poly
F    15    Adaeze Okolie - Played her first game this season @ Long Beach on 1/19
F    21    Jackie Luna-Castro - First career start vs. Cal Poly – 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
G     22    Melissa Zornig - Scoreless @ USC for first time since Nov. 27 @ N. Colorado
G    24  Angelei Aguirre - 16 minutes vs. Cal Poly were third-most this season

• 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 3-6 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.

• Big West Woes
The last Gaucho team to be three games under .500 during the conference season was in February, 1990 a Gaucho team that held a 6-9 mark. That was the last Gaucho team to finish the conference season with a sub-.500 record as they went 8-10.

• End of an Era
When Emilie Johnson was not in the starting lineup on Feb. 4 vs. Cal Poly, it ended her 82-game consecutive starting streak. Johnson had started her entire sophomore and junior seasons and last Saturday's game was her first non-start since the Gauchos' NCAA First Round game during Johnson's freshman season – March 21, 2009.

• Climbing the Charts
Speaking of Emilie Johnson ... With 12 points vs. Cal Poly the senior from Loomis, Calif. continued her movement up the school's all-time scoring book. With 1,239 career points Johnson is 79 points away from Kayte Christensen (1998-2002) for 15th all-time. This last week Johnson overtook both Kira Anthofer (1984-89) and Cori Close (1989-93) for 16th place. Johnson has 11 20-point games in her UCSB career.

• Top-Ten Time
It's not just career points where Emilie Johnson ranks among the best in UCSB history. Johnson is third in career three-pointers made (194, 21 behind Jess Hansen), second in career three-pointers attempted (595, 14 behind Erin Alexander), 11th in career assists (300, 7 behind Jessica Wilson) and second in career free throw percentage.

• Tenacious D
UC Santa Barbara is continuing its defensive dominance this season, holding opponents to just 51.5 points per game, best in the Big West and ranking the squad 10th in the nation. The Gauchos are also allowing opponents to shoot just 36.6% from the floor, which is the best mark in the conference and 76th 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.

• 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.

• Turning Things Around
As a team, UCSB is averaging just 14.1 turnovers per game, ranking it 18th in the nation. In an odd twist, UCSB is averaging 16.6 turnovers in each of its wins and 12.5 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 51.0 points per game – and rank 323 out of 336 teams ranked nationally in that category, they still are not on pace to set a school record. 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 Nicole Nesbit and Emilie Johnson as the Gauchos' two leading scorers at 9.6 and 8.5 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.

• Put Me In, Coach
Sophomore guard Nicole Nesbit leads the team in points per game, averaging 9.6 – 10.0 in conference games – and she has 13 double-digit games this season, including six in a row and in seven of her past eight. 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 18. In games she starters, the sophomore from Northridge, Calif. averages 8.0 points per game, but Nesbit averages 9.8 points per game she comes off the bench.

• The Magic Number
It's pretty simple to know who's going to win whenever the Gauchos take the court – the team that scores 60 or more points. When UCSB hits 60, the team is 5-0. When Santa Barbara's opponents score 60 or more, the Gauchos are 1-5.

• Kelsey - It Rhymes With Three
Senior guard Kelsey Adrian has been doing a lot of her damage from beyond the arc.  Adrian is shooting 32.9% from three-point range, which leads the team. Adrian averages the ninth-most three-pointers made in the conference with 1.29 per game. The Langley, B.C. native is just one three-pointer shy of breaking into UCSB's top-10 in career treys after just 51 games as a Gaucho.

• 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 8.1 rebounds per game and Underwood is seventh with 6.9 per game. There has been just two games this season where one of the two didn't grab at least seven rebounds.