Women’s Basketball Included Among NCAA’s Most Improved Teams

Photo by Tony Mastres
Photo by Tony Mastres

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After Bonnie Henrickson's first year at UCSB, the Gauchos were among the most improved Division I women's basketball teams, the NCAA announced on Saturday.

Under Henrickson's tutelage, UCSB had one of the best turnaround seasons in program history with a 12-20 record in the 2015-16 year, improving from its 2-27 mark in the 2014-15 campaign. That 8 ½ game improvement was tied for the 13th best in the nation this year, as 28 teams were included on the NCAA's list.

The team's 12th win came in the Big West Tournament, securing its first postseason victory in three years.

Outside of their record, the Gauchos made tremendous leaps in many categories this past season, most notably with their shooting percentage. In 2014-15, UCSB was last in the Big West with a 34.9 clip, but raised that percentage to 40.9 this past season, ranking third in the league.

Naturally, the cleaner shooting boosted the team's assist figures, as the Gauchos went from a 10.6 per game to 13.4, again making the jump from worst to third.

The Gauchos also made a significant climb in their three-point shooting. As a team, they made 86 more threes (a 113% improvement) than they did in 2014-15, easily the biggest increase in the conference. Individually, Makala Roper and Coco Miller cracked the program's single season top-10 list for most three-pointers in a single season with 63 (fifth) and 53 (seventh), respectively.