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.

Nesbit and Zornig both earned honorable mention status after a season in which both players joined the 1,000-point club. The last time multiple Gauchos hit the 1,000-point milestone in the same year was in the 1998-99 season in which Erin Buescher, Stacy Clinesmith, and Kristi Rohr accomplished the feat.

"These seniors have worked hard in leading this team throughout this season," UCSB Head Coach Carlene Mitchell said. "The recognition from the conference is much deserved for them both."  

In earning her third consecutive all-conference honorable mention, Nesbit led UCSB this season with 15.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. The senior scored 20 or more points in six different games and scored in double figures in 26 of the team's 29 games. Arguably her best performance was featured at Pepperdine when she led the Gauchos to erasing a 14-point deficit behind 46 second half points. 

Nesbit finished the season putting up the ninth most single season shot attempts in UCSB history with 410 and connected on 173 of them. Becoming one of the top scorers in the Gaucho record book, the Northridge, Calif. native is entering postseason play with 1,281 career points, 17th most in program history.

Melissa Zornig owns 1,083 career-points (20th all-time), but she impacted the team well beyond the scoring column this year. In addition to ranking second in points (14.3), she also was among the team leaders in rebounds (5.0), assists (2.8), and minutes (34.7) per game. She was also UCSB's top shooter from three-point range and at the foul line. Overall, she finished the regular season with a 38.6 shooting clip from beyond the arc, but in conference play she elevated that mark to 49.3 percent, second-best in the league. 

At the charity stripe, Zornig was third in the Big West in going 85.5 percent, highlighted by a stretch of four games when she hit 20 of 22 free throws.

In her freshman campaign, Jemerigbe played like anything but a first year player. She started in 25 of the team's 29 games and played the third-most minutes of any Gaucho during the conference schedule. Her 63 assists rank her eighth all-time among UCSB freshmen, while she also tallied 31 steals, the second most on the roster. She is the first Gaucho to earn all-freshman accolades since Nicole Nesbit after the 2010-11 season.

"Onome has shown tremendous growth since the summer," Mitchell said. "She had a terrific first year, but we expect her to only get better in future seasons." 

The Gauchos are the eighth seed in this year's Big West Tournament and will open postseason play tomorrow at Long Beach when they take on fifth-seeded UC Davis at 6 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased here. A radio broadcast of the game will be featured locally on KZSB AM1290 and online at UCSBgauchos.com.