Gauchos Look to Stay Hot at BYU

Nicole Nesbit (Photo by Vince Agapito)

Weekly Release No. 7.1

Game 10
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. (PT)
UC Santa Barbara (4-5) at BYU (6-4)
at Marriot CenterAll-time record vs. Cougars: 4-3
Last meeting: L, 61-50 (Nov. 9, 2007)
Radio: KZSB AM 1290 • Online Audio
TV: BYUtv • Online Broadcast

• Gauchos Finish Road Swing at Brigham Young
UCSB will conclude its current three-game road swing on Tuesday at BYU. The Gauchos will be looking to stay hot and capture their third-consecutive win as they take-on the Cougars at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time). 

Tune In!
All of Tuesday's action can be heard live in Santa Barbara on KZSB AM 1290, the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station, or online at UCSBgauchos.com beginning at 12:30 p.m. The game will also be televised on BYUtv, which is channel 9403 on Dish Network and channel 374 for DIRECTV subscribers. It can also be watched online at byutvsports.com

For The Record
UCSB enters Tuesday's game with a 4-5 overall record and a 2-1 road mark. The Gauchos are coming off of their first consecutive wins of the season at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 5) and Washington (Dec. 15), respectively. 

Kenneling The Huskies
UCSB captured a wild win at Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Gauchos' opened the game with an 8-0 run before building their lead to as many as 17 points with 4:27 on the clock in the first half. The Huskies were able to come within one point with 9:33 to go in the game, but a 9-0 run by UCSB once again gave the Gauchos room to breath. They were able to close the door and take the 54-46 victory, their first over a Pac-12 program since the 2009-10 season. UCSB limited Washington to just 21.3% shooting and out-rebounded the Huskies 47-36. The Gauchos' win snapped Washington's four-game win streak and marked the Huskies' first home loss. 

• Caging The Lions
The Gauchos had the pleasure of snapping another streak the previous week as they handed Loyola Marymount its first home loss of the season after it had won four straight. As a team, UCSB had its best offensive performance of the year with 76 points, a 15-point improvement upon their previous best against Missouri State (Nov. 22). The Gauchos opened the game with six unanswered points to take the early lead, which they never relinquished. UCSB shot 48.1% from the field and an impressive 84% (21-for-25) from the free-throw line.  

• Gauchos vs. Cougars
UCSB will be facing BYU for the eighth time on Tuesday. The Gauchos have lost two straight to the Cougars, most recently suffering a 61-50 setback on Nov. 9, 2007 in the Thunderdome. UCSB's last win against BYU was by way of a 65-51 score on Jan. 2, 2003. 

Underwood Garners Big West Player of the Week, Again
Senior forward Sweets Underwood was named the Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week for her part in leading the Gauchos past Washington. Underwood tallied her fourth double-double – and second straight – with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against the Huskies. She contributed 12 of her points in the first half alone and finished the game with three assists and a steal.  

• Living The Sweets Life
Sweets Underwood currently leads the Gauchos with 12.1 points per game, which ranks 10th in the Big West, and 8.7 rebounds per game, ranking fourth in the league. Among Big West players, she is second in field goal percentage (55.1%), fifth in defensive rebounds (6.0 per game), seventh in free-throw percentage (79.3%), and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.67 per game).  

• Board Game
UCSB posted a season-best 47 rebounds in Saturday's victory over Washington. The output was the best by the team since it posted 48 boards at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 21, 2012. While Underwood led the team with a season-high 13 boards, three additional players had career-bests in the category: Destini Mason (10), Nicole Nesbit (6) and Kendra Morrison (3). 

• Nic Is Nails
While on the subject of career-highs, junior Nicole Nesbit sank a career-best 10 free-throws out of 10 attempts against the Huskies. The guard is shooting 89.7% from the charity stripe this season (26-for-29), which ranks her second in the Big West and 23rd in the nation. Nesbit is second among the Gauchos with an average of 10.3 points per game, ranking 14th in the league, and her 2.78 assists per game ranks 10th. 

• Charity Work
As a team, the Gauchos have been impressive from the free-throw line as they have made 85-of-111 attempts this season for a 76.6% percentage, which is first in the Big West and 19th nationally. The Gauchos' shooting from the field hasn't been anything to shake a stick at either as they are collectively shooting 40%, which is second in the Big West. 

• Tenacious D
Last season, UCSB limited its opposition to an average of 52.5 points, which led the Big West and ranked ninth nationally. This season, the Gauchos are once again displaying their defensive prowess by limiting their opponents to an average of 53.9 points per game, which leads the conference and is 48th nationally. UCSB is holding its opposition to just 34.3% shooting from the field, which is second in the Big West and 43rd among all Division I schools. Additionally, the Gauchos are tops in the league in rebounding defense as they have limited their opposition to a league-low 34.4 rebounds per game. 

• Holding On
UCSB ranks 40th nationally and tops the Big West for fewest turnovers per game as it currently averages 14.9. The Gauchos also lead the league in assists to turnovers with a ratio of .90 to 1.0. 

• And She's Back In The Game
Senior Kirsten Tilleman was cleared to rejoin the Gauchos prior to Saturday's game against Washington after sitting out the previous three games with a foot injury. In her first game back, she posted six points and had six rebounds and two assists. 

• Catching Up With The Cougars
BYU is coming off of a 70-48 home victory over Tulsa this past Saturday. The Cougars currently stand at 6-4 and carry a three-game win streak into Tuesday's pairing. BYU has gone 3-0 on its home court this season and is amidst a five-game home win streak dating back to last season. UCSB and BYU have not faced any common opponents thus far. 

• Breaking Down BYU
BYU has been led by Lexi Eaton, who is averaging 15.6 points per game. Jennifer Hamson is second on the team win an average of 12.7 points per game to go along with her squad-leading 10.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Cougars average 63.9 points per game and are shooting 40.1% from the field, 30.6% from beyond the arc and 73.7% from the free-throw line. 

• Heading Home
After 20 days away from home, UCSB will return to the Thunderdome on Friday, Dec. 21 – as long as the Mayans were wrong – to host its first ranked opponent of the season: No. 6/7 Kentucky at 3 p.m. Season tickets and single game tickets for women's basketball are available at the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

• Gauchos Give
UCSB Athletics, in partnership with the Santa Barbara News-Press, will host a Gauchos Give Youth Night during the Dec. 21 home game against Kentucky. All kids high school age and younger will receive free admission to the game. Tickets can be picked up at the game at the Thunderdome Ticket Booth. 

• The Mitchell File
Head coach Carlene Mitchell is looking to build upon a great ending to her first season at the helm of the Gauchos – which included a Big West Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth – in 2012-13. In addition to compiling a 17-16 record in her first campaign, she was also named one of three finalists for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, which is presented by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Her career record with the Gauchos currently stands at 21-21. 

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on KZSB AM 1290, the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station, and online at UCSBgauchos.com. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes.  The show is hosted by Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos.

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