Roper and Ware Named All-Conference, Miller to All-Freshman Team

From left to right: Jasmine Ware, Makala Roper, Coco Miller (Photos by Tony Mastres)
From left to right: Jasmine Ware, Makala Roper, Coco Miller (Photos by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Makala Roper and Jasmine Ware were named Honorable Mention All-Big West, while Coco Miller made the All-Freshman team, it was announced by the conference on Monday. It is the first career All-Conference accolades for Roper and Ware.

Roper was UCSB's leading scorer for nearly the entire the season, as she finished the regular season with an 11.8 points per game average. The sophomore was particularly impressive from three-point range where she shot for 38.7 percent from on the season. She raised her game during the conference schedule and drained 44.2 percent of her downtown looks, easily the best mark among Big West players.

Entering the Big West Tournament, Roper has made 60 three-pointers this season, which puts her in eighth in UCSB's single season top-10.

Primarily an outside shooting threat as a freshman, Roper took on a bigger role in Bonnie Henrickson's first season at the helm. Since midway through non-conference play, Roper earned a starting role and plays as the second option at point guard, where she has tallied the second most assists on the team with 79. While her role has expanded, the Seattle native has maintained her role as one of the team's top scoring threats evidenced by her UCSB best five 20-plus point performances. She has been a workhorse for the Gauchos, as she leads the roster with 890 minutes played, averaging 29.7 per contest.

A senior, Ware saved her best season for last, as she embraced her role as UCSB's sixth man and paced the team in conference scoring with 11.6 points per game. The guard also owned the Gauchos' best shooting percentage in Big West play with a 48.1 percent clip, while making the team's second most field goal attempts with 154.

The Sacramento, Calif. native really took off starting with her second game coming off the bench when she netted 18 points against Loyola Marymount (12/4/15). That sparked a 15-game run where she scored double figures in 13 of them, highlighted by a career best 23-point outing at UC Riverside. Later in the season, she also carried a four-game stretch as the team's leading scorer, including a 16-point performance versus Long Beach State when she also dealt a career high eight assists.

Ware was also disruptive on the defensive side of the floor with 48 steals (second-most on the team), including 28 in league play, ranking her fifth among conference players. Not to be overlooked are her rebounding numbers, as Ware tallied 113 boards this season, which is easily the best among UCSB's guards.

Miller made an immediate impact with her first year at UCSB and finished the regular season starting a team high 29 games. The freshman earned her first starting nod in the Gauchos' second game of the year at Idaho. She has been used as UCSB's primary three-point option and has made the third most three-point attempts among Big West players with 176. 

Her breakout game came on the road at Wyoming where she led the gauchos with a career high 24 points in going 8-13 from the field and 4-6 from downtown. She also scooped up four steals in the game and has gone on to be the team leader in the steals category with 50, which is the third-most recorded by a Gaucho freshman.

The San Clemente, Calif. native also finished the regular season with the team's best assist-turnover ratio at 1.7. She finished third on the team with 61 assists and finished the season strong in the category in recording at least one helper in the final 11 games.

Roper, Ware, and Miller will lead the Gauchos into the Big West Tournament, which will tip off tomorrow at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center. UCSB will open the postseason with the Anteaters starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for both the men's and women's basketball tournaments are available now through the UCSB Ticketing Office.