UCSB Women's Basketball News

July 1, 2014
46 Gauchos Named to 2014 Winter and Spring Big West Academic All-Conference Teams

July 1, 2014
UCSB Women's Basketball Adds Matt Schiff as Assistant Coach
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UCSB women's basketball team has added Matt Schiff as its Assistant Coach/ Director of Basketball Operations it was announced by Carlene Mitchell on Tuesday.

May 30, 2014
UCSB Signs Dioseline Lopez to National Letter of Intent
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team has signed Dioseline Lopez (East Los Angeles College) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Carlene Mitchell announced Friday.

May 20, 2014
UCSB Athletics Reacts to Passing of Longtime Donor and Friend, Renée Trenholm
UCSB Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of longtime donor and friend Renée Trenholm.

March 12, 2014
Second Half Comeback Falls Short as UCSB falls to UC Davis 58-57
LONG BEACH, Calif. – In a game that featured a comeback effort suitable for any contest during March Madness, UC Santa Barbara fell just short in the 58-57 decision to UC Davis in the First Round of the Big West Tournament.

March 11, 2014
Gauchos Tipoff Big West Tournament in Long Beach
UCSB is the most prolific program in Big West Tournament history with a 44-14 record and a .759 winning percentage. No other Big West team of past or present holds as strong a winning percentage in tournament play. With that success, UCSB became accustomed to cutting down nets, as the program have captured the conference crown a record 14 times. The team has also had a record 40 all-tournament selections.

March 10, 2014
Nesbit, Zornig Earn All-Big West Honorable Mentions, Jemerigbe Named to All-Freshman Team
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Nicole Nesbit and Melissa Zornig earned All-Big West Honorable Mentions, while Onome Jemerigbe was named to the all-freshman team the conference announced on Monday.

March 8, 2014
Mason and Watkins Put Up Double Doubles, UCSB Falls to Cal Poly 79-68 on Senior Day
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Behind a pair of double-double performances, UC Santa Barbara kept the game close until the final minutes when Cal Poly clinched the win with a 79-68 final score.

March 7, 2014
Zornig Nets Career-High 28 Points, UCSB Falls 73-60 at Hawai'i
HONOLULU, Hawai’i– Melissa Zornig’s career-high 28 points weren’t enough against Hawai’i as UC Santa Barbara fell 73-60 at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday night.

March 6, 2014
UCSB Travels to Hawai'i, Will Host Senior Day vs. Cal Poly
Saturday's regular season finale against Cal Poly will be the final game for Nicole Nesbit, Destini Mason, and Melissa Zornig. The three will be honored before the start of the game during the Senior Day Ceremonies. All at the guard position, the trio has led the Gauchos in various categories this season and currently all occupy the top three spots in minutes played, field goals, three-pointers, and points.

March 1, 2014
Aggies Too Much for Gauchos, Fall 65-47
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara fell behind early and could not recover as UC Davis took the 65-47 win in the Thunderdome on Saturday afternoon.

February 28, 2014
UCSB Loses Lead Late, Falls to UC Irvine 77-73
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In a game that came down to the final minute, UC Santa Barbara fell to UC Irvine by the final score of 77-73 in the Thunderdome.

February 26, 2014
Gauchos Host Last Home Stand with UC Irvine, UC Davis
The Gauchos are coming off a weekend when they fell at UC Riverside and evened the season series at Cal State Fullerton. UCSB took a 24-19 lead at halftime after holding Riverside to an abysmal 22.2 percent shooting clip. The Highlanders would rally in the second half with 48 points en route to their 67-57 victory. The Gauchos shook off the loss by downing Cal State Fullerton 64-54 two nights later. Nicole Nesbit led the scoring effort with 19 points, while Clair Watkins recorded her first career double double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

February 25, 2014
UCSB Women's Basketball to Host Play 4Kay Game Saturday
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team will host their annual Play 4Kay game on Saturday against UC Davis to help raise breast cancer awareness. Each Gaucho women's basketball player will decorate and wear a special pink warm-up shirt that will be available for purchase through a silent auction with the proceeds going towards cancer research. During the game, 10 percent of all purchases made at the Gaucho Shop will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

February 23, 2014
Watkins Records Double Double, Zornig Hits 1000 in 64-54 Victory at Fullerton
FULLERTON, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back en route to a 64-54 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Titan Gym.

February 21, 2014
Riverside's Second Half Surge Downs UCSB 67-57
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Despite holding UC Riverside to 22 percent shooting in the first half, UC Santa Barbara saw the Highlanders erupt with 48 second-half points in taking the 67-57 decision.

February 19, 2014
Gauchos Eye Season Sweep at UC Riverside,Visit Cal State Fullerton
Last week, the Gauchos put up a 80-69 win over Long Beach State before falling at Cal State Northridge 78-54. The 80-point output was the most by the Gauchos this season, and the most since UCSB dropped 84 points on Pacific in the 2012 Big West Tournament semifinals. Over the weekend, the Gauchos were led by Melissa Zornig who averaged 19.5 points and nine rebounds which garnered her a Big West Player of the week nomination.

February 15, 2014
Zornig's Double Double Not Enough at CSUN, UCSB Falls 78-54
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Despite Melissa Zornig’s first career double double, UC Santa Barbara suffered a 78-54 loss to Cal State Northridge in the Matadome on Saturday.

February 14, 2014
UCSB Scores Season-High 80 Points in Win Over Long Beach State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After forcing Long Beach Stat into 22 turnovers, UC Santa Barbara scored a season-high 80 points to trump Long Beach State’s 69 in a convincing victory at the Thunderdome.

February 11, 2014
Gauchos Host Long Beach State, Visit Cal State Northridge
The Gauchos will be looking to build off a narrow 63-60 defeat to Hawai’i as they begin the second round of Big West play this week. Against the Rainbow Wahine, Melissa Zornig led the Gauchos with 16 points (7-14), which helped the team garner a six-point lead with 13 minutes left. UCSB held on to the lead until the 2:32 mark, as Hawai’i was able to close the game out at the free throw line.

February 11, 2014
UCSB Invite Fathers & Daughters to Thursday's Long Beach State Game
With love in the air, UCSB Athletics would like to welcome all fathers & daughters to the Thunderdome on Thursday for Father/Daughter Night. UCSB Women’s basketball takes on Big West rival Long Beach State on the eve of Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m., creating the perfect opportunity for a Father/Daughter date night. Fathers, don’t pass on the chance to bond with your daughter at a Gaucho ball game. Get great seats, take a picture or two with Olé, and spend a wonderful night with your special little someone. To get tickets for your special night call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or click here.

February 7, 2014
UCSB Takes Hawaii to Final Seconds but Falls 63-60
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In their tightest battle since the start of Big West play, UC Santa Barbara fell just three points short to Hawai’i in the 63-60 final at the Thunderdome on Thursday night.

February 4, 2014
UCSB to Close First Round of Big West Schedule with Hawai’i
UCSB returns to the Thunderdome after dropping back-to-back contests last week. First, the Gauchos took on UC Irvine where they lost 77-60 and went on to lose at UC Davis 82-70. Melissa Zornig led the team in both games with 12 points and 14 points, respectively. The senior also pulled down eight rebounds against the Aggies for another team-high mark. UCSB finds itself in eighth place with a 1-6 conference record and one game ahead of UC Riverside which is still in search of its first Big West victory.

February 1, 2014
Gauchos Drop Physical Matchup to Davis 82-70
DAVIS, Calif. – After an energetic start, UC Santa Barbara trailed only by one point entering halftime, but a 17-8 UC Davis run in the second half put the Gauchos behind in the 82-70 final score.

January 31, 2014
UCSB Drops 77-60 Decision at UC Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. – After capitalizing on UC Irvine’s early turnovers, UC Santa Barbara was unable to keep up with the Anteaters’s second half scoring in the 77-60 loss.

January 29, 2014
UCSB Embark on Road Trip to Irvine, Davis
Last week, UCSB picked up its first conference win of the year after a dominant 74-61 display over UC Riverside. In addition to outrebounding the Highlanders 55-30, the Gauchos had a pair of standout performances from Nicole Nesbit, who finished with a game-high 20 point, and Jasmine Ware, who recorded her first career double-double with personal-best marks of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Against Cal State Fullerton, UCSB held a 10-point lead at halftime but were outscored 44-29 in the final 20 minutes. The Titans scored netted 10 three-pointers, including six in the second half, to take the 67-62 victory.

January 25, 2014
Gauchos Fall 67-62 After Fullerton's Second Half Comeback
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara held a 10-point lead at halftime, but Cal State Fullerton put up 44 in the second half to take the 67-62 win in the Thunderdome.

January 24, 2014
Gauchos Dominate the Boards, Trounce Riverside 74-61
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In what was a tight matchup, UC Santa Barbara ran away with the 74-61 win over UC Riverside after firing off a 12 unanswered points in the second half in the Thunderdome.

January 22, 2014
UCSB Continues Home Stand with UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton
UCSB lost a pair of Big West matchups last week after visiting Long Beach State and hosting Cal State Northridge. The 49ers outpaced the Gauchos 72-53 after taking a 12-2 run to open the second half. Destini Mason flirted with a double double that night, scoring 17 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Later in the week, UCSB fell to CSUN 64-46 in its Big West home opener. Nicole Nesbit finished the game with a team-high 13 points and a career-best tying six rebounds.

January 18, 2014
Gauchos Could Not Keep Up with CSUN in 64-46 Loss
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara led early, but the team could not hold back the Cal State Northridge offense in the second half as they lost 64-46 in the Thunderdome.

January 17, 2014
UCSB Falls in Long Beach 72-53
LONG BEACH, Calif. – After a close battle in the first half, Long Beach State opened the second with a 12-2 run, keeping UC Santa Barbara behind until the final buzzer. UCSB fell 72-53 for its third straight loss, including its second in Big West play.

January 15, 2014
UCSB to Visit Long Beach St, Hosts CSUN
Last Saturday, the Gauchos opened Big West play at Cal Poly where they fell 88-70. UCSB was led by Destini Mason’s career-high 24 points en route to the team’s highest scoring performance against their rival since the 2010-11 season when the Gauchos scored 78 points. UCSB has dropped the past six games in the series.

January 11, 2014
Mason Scores Career-High, but Cal Poly Takes Game 88-70
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.– UC Santa Barbara kept the first half close, but Cal Poly ran away with the game in the second to finish with the 88-70 win in front of a rowdy home crowd.

January 9, 2014
UCSB Opens Big West Play at Cal Poly
Nearly two weeks ago, the Gauchos wrapped up their nonconference schedule in Salt Lake City where they fell to Utah 66-57. Just two days before, though, UCSB rallied back from 19 points down to beat Seattle in the Thunderdome 78-75. In that game, Nicole Nesbit led the team with 24 points, while she and the two other seniors combined for 55. The Gauchos’ point total was the highest recorded in a winning effort this season.

December 31, 2013
Nesbit's 23 Points Not Enough to Overcome Utah, Gauchos Fall 66-57
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nicole Nesbit’s game-high 23 points were not enough to down Utah on the road, as UCSB concluded nonconference play with a 66-57 loss on Monday night.

December 28, 2013
UCSB Rallies Back from 19 Down in 78-75 Win Over Seattle
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Gauchos rallied back from a 19-point deficit to defeat Seattle 78-75 in a thrilling comeback victory. UCSB snapped a four game losing streak and also picked up its first win at the Thunderdome since Nov. 26.

December 27, 2013
UCSB Hosts Seattle, Visits Utah this Week
The Gauchos will host their final home game of the 2013 calendar year on Saturady against Seattle. The team will look to end a season-high four game losing streak while also seeking its first win in the Thunderdome since Nov. 26. After that match up, the team will embark on a three-game road starting in Utah on Dec. 30.

December 21, 2013
UCSB Falls Short to Nevada 77-66
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Nevada’s second half scoring frenzy outpaced UC Santa Barbara,as the Gauchos fell in the 77-66 on Saturday afternoon in the Thunderdome.

December 20, 2013
Nesbit Reaches Career 1,000 in 81-70 Loss to Utah State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Nicole Nesbit etched her name in the UCSB record book as she joined the 1,000-point club after scoring 11 points on Thursday night in the Thunderdome. However, the celebration for the Gauchos was subdued because of the 81-70 loss to Utah State.

December 20, 2013
Watkins Joins Gauchos, to Play Tomorrow Against Nevada
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Christmas came early this year for the Gauchos as Clair Watkins was cleared by the NCAA to play for the team starting this Saturday, the team announced on Friday.

December 18, 2013
Gauchos Return to Thunderdome for Three Game Homestand
The Gauchos look to end their current two-game losing skid this week when they host Utah State and Nevada. The team has also dropped its past two home games, but it will look to boost its record with a season-long three game homestand.

December 15, 2013
UCSB Falls to Kansas State 73-64
MANHATTAN, Kan. – UC Santa Barbara pushed hard in the second half, but foul trouble prevented a comeback against Kansas State who held on to win 73-64.

December 13, 2013
UCSB to Visit Kansas State
UCSB will be making its first trip ever to Kansas State. Though the teams have only faced each other two times, the most recent matchup came last year when the Wildcats downed the Gauchos in the Thunderdome 60-45. The only other time in which the teams played was on Dec. 2, 1986 when UCSB lost 57-48.

December 10, 2013
Upcoming Women's Basketball Games to Feature Holiday Promotions
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team will be hosting three straight games in December and fans will have more to expect from the contests besides exciting Gaucho basketball.

December 6, 2013
Gauchos Struggle in 79-56 Loss to Northern Arizona
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Nicole Nesbit led UC Santa Barbara with 17 points, but it was not enough to keep up with Northern Arizona’s offense in the 79-56 decision at the Thunderdome on Thursday night.

December 4, 2013
UCSB Mounts Comeback Win at Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. – Behind Nicole Nesbit’s career-high 26 points, UC Santa Barbara overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Pepperdine 77-69 at the Firestone Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

December 3, 2013
UCSB Visits Pepperdine, Hosts Northern Arizona This Week
The Gauchos will be making the short trip down to Malibu to take on Pepperdine to open this week’s play. UCSB have so far gone 1-1 as the away team, most recently defeating Santa Clara 67-62. Santa Barbara last played Pepperdine in Coach Mitchell’s first year at the helm in 2001 and defeated the Waves 55-44.On Thursday, the Gauchos will return home to host Northern Arizona before going on a 10-day break for finals week. It will be the first time since 1990 that UCSB played the Lumberjacks when the Gauchos won 77-59.

November 30, 2013
UCSB Falls 71-67 to San Diego State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara’s nine-point lead in the second half was not enough to down San Diego State, as the Aztecs edged the Gauchos 71-67 in the Thunderdome.

November 27, 2013
Mason's Career Night Leads UCSB to 66-62 Win Over Hampton
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Led by Destini Mason’s career-high 23 points, the Gauchos foiled Hampton’s second-half comeback and clinched the 66-62 victory at the Thunderdome on Saturday night.

November 25, 2013
UCSB Returns Home to Host Hampton, San Diego State
Returning to the Thunderdome this week, UCSB looks to pick up their first win at home since its season opener. The Gauchos will play Hampton for the first time in program history on Tuesday. Saturday’s meeting with San Diego State will be a rematch of last year’s WNIT First Round game.

November 24, 2013
Gauchos Pick Up First Road Win at Santa Clara 67-62
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara jumped back into the win column with a gritty 67-62 victory in Santa Clara. The trio of Gaucho seniors led UCSB with 50 combined points. Snapping a two-game losing streak, the Gauchos even their record at 2-2, while the Broncos drop to 1-4.

November 22, 2013
Seniors Combine for 54 in Loss to St. Mary's
MORAGA, Calif. – Despite their best offensive performance of the season, UC Santa Barbara could not keep up with St. Mary’s who came out on top in the high-scoring affair 89-79. Melissa Zornig had a career night, registering game-highs of nine assists and four steals, while also leading the Gauchos with 19 points.

November 20, 2013
UCSB Embarks on Road Trip to St. Mary's, Santa Clara
The Gauchos will embark on their first road trip of the season this weekend. Their first stop will be in Moraga, Calif. when they take on undefeated St. Mary’s College. On Saturday, UCSB will visit Santa Clara which enters this week still searching for its first win. The road swing will also mark the first time this year the Gauchos will play two games in the same weekend.

November 16, 2013
Arizona Edges UCSB, 51-49
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB battled Arizona down to the wire, but it was the Wildcats who came up with the narrow win with the 51-49 final score. As the game was tied 49-49, LaBrittney Jones sunk two free throws with 11 seconds left to take the late advantage. The Wildcats, with two fouls to give, fouled UCSB on back-to-back inbound passes, stopping the clock with 6.8 seconds left.

November 16, 2013
UCSB Signs Four Standouts to National Letters of Intent
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara has signed four high school standouts to National Letters of Intent, it was announced by Head Coach Carlene Mitchell on Thursday. "Our staff has assembled a group of young ladies that have the ability to do special things for our program,” Mitchell said. “All four have the passion, drive, and ability to make an immediate impact on our program."

November 15, 2013
Gauchos Wrap Up Homestand with Arizona
On Sunday, UCSB played its first game ever against Occidental College and came away with a 76-54 blowout victory. Since Carlene Mitchell took the helm two seasons ago, the 22-point differential is the largest win margin the Gauchos have recorded. UCSB held a lead as large as 26 points and never trailed by more than six. Nicole Nesbit led Santa Barbara with 17 points and six assists, while fellow senior Destini Mason added 16 points.

November 10, 2013
Gauchos Trounce Tigers 76-54 in Season Opener
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team put together a complete game effort to blowout Occidental College 76-54 in their season opener. The Gauchos’ point total was the most since they dropped an identical amount at Loyola Marymount last season.

November 9, 2013
UCSB Hosts Occidental College to Open 2013-14 Season
On Sunday, UCSB hosted Vanguard in its only exhibition game of the season. The Lions -who are the preseason No. 1 team in the NAIA- held off the Gauchos’ furious second half comeback to get the 69-66 win. Nicole Nesbit finished the game by leading the Gauchos in points (15), rebounds (7), and assists (6). The senior guard’s numbers helped UCSB eliminate the 16 point deficit they faced in the second half, as she scored 13 of her points in the final 20 minutes.

November 6, 2013
Kirsten Tilleman Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
Former UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball player Kirsten Tilleman has been selected as a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, it was announced Wednesday. The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious international fellowship awards in the world. The scholarship offers 32 American students the opportunity to continue their academic studies at Oxford University.

November 5, 2013
Gauchos' Comeback Falls Short in 69-66 Loss to Vanguard
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After battling back from 16 points down, the UCSB fell short in completing their comeback as it fell to Vanguard 69-66 in their season opening exhibition. With 13 seconds left, UCSB took the ball up the floor after Nicole Ballestero made two free throws to put the Lions up by three. Onome Jemerigbe brought the ball to the top of the key and found Kristine Brance on the right wing whose last second shot was tipped on its release, ending Gauchos’ tightly fought second-half.

November 4, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Kristine Brance & Mi'Chael Wright
Mi’Chael Wright brings a force in the low post for the Gauchos. Using her athleticism and size, she was able to score an average of 15 points and bring down 290 total rebounds in her senior year at Chaminade College Prep. Wright was named to MaxPrep’s All-California second team as a forward in the same season she was selected as the Southern Section 3A Player of the Year.

November 2, 2013
UCSB Tips Off 2013-14 with Exhibition Against Vanguard
UC Santa Barbara will host its first three games of the 2013-14 season in the Thunderdome. It is the first time since the 2007-08 season since the Gauchos opened their schedule with that many home games

November 1, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Kendra Morrison & Jasmine Ware
Now with a full season of Division I basketball under their belts, Kendra Morrison and Jasmine Ware will now try to fill bigger roles for UCSB entering their second year. The Gaucho sophomores are looking to build on their respective freshman campaigns when each had their moments of brilliance.

October 30, 2013
Gauchos to Host Open Practice Saturday
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UCSB Women’s Basketball team will be hosting their preseason Open Practice Saturday Nov. 2 from 10am-noon at the Thunderdome.

October 30, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Onome Jemerigbe
Onome Jemerigbe is quick. Really quick. At point guard, the Gaucho freshman used her speed as a playmaker during her celebrated high school career. Jemerigbe played for nationally renowned St. Mary’s High School in Stockton. With the Rams, she was a part of two CIF State Championship teams, and also reached the state semifinals her junior and senior years.

October 28, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Melissa Maragnes
Melissa Maragnes isn’t only the tallest player of her recruiting class, at 6-2 she’s also the tallest member of her team. Where her height alone will garner attention on the floor, fans and players alike should also notice her terrific athletics ability.

October 26, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Destini Mason
Hardworking and versatile are two words that describe Destini Mason. How is she hardworking? UCSB Head Coach Carlene Mitchell has labeled the senior guard as a blue-collar worker because of her will to defend on the court and for her willingness to play different positions to put her team in a position to succeed.

October 24, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Melissa Zornig
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).

October 22, 2013
Countdown to Tipoff: Nicole Nesbit
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.

October 14, 2013
Gaucho Seniors Lead Team in Preparation of 2013-14 Season
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UCSB women’s basketball team officially ushered in the 2013-14 season with the start of regular season practice last week. Though only having gone through eight full practices, Head Coach Carlene Mitchell is pleased with what she has seen so far, especially from the seniors.

October 2, 2013
Sweets Continues Basketball Life in Germany
It has been six months since Sweets Underwood played her last basketball game for UCSB, and she has since gone over seas to play professionally in Keltren, Germany. The jump from playing collegiate basketball to the professional ranks can be daunting, but that hasn’t been the case for Underwood.

September 3, 2013
SDSU, Arizona, Fastbreaker Benefits Featured in Women's Season Tix Packages
The UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball team has a challenging schedule planned for the 2013-14 season, which will feature nine teams that played in last year’s postseason.