32 - Karena Bonds
Karena Bonds
Born: 12/07/1982
Height: 5-6
Year: Senior
Hometown: Morro Bay, Calif.
High School: Morro Bay HS
Position: Guard
2004-05
Enjoyed the finest statistical season of her three-year career, amassing all five of her double-digit scoring efforts as a collegian...Team-leading 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio...29 starts were tied for most among all Gauchos...Established new single-game career highs in every statistical category and became a much more integral part of the Gaucho offense...Prior to 2004-05 had not attempted more than seven shots in a game, but equaled or surpassed that total on seven occasions...Entered year with just one career three-pointer, before sinking 22 as a junior including early-season stretch in which she buried 8-of-13 (61.5%)...Personal best three trifectas during overtime victory at Long Beach State, where she made a clutch steal and one-of-two free-throws in the final seconds of regulation to force the extra frame...Six swipes in win over UC Davis equaled the most steals by a Gaucho in any game on the season...After not reaching the 10-point plateau for 11 straight contests, ,scored 12 in Big West Tournament semifinals vs. Cal State Northridge...Missed Dec. 21 showdown with top-ranked LSU after suffering mild concussion in previous game at Arizona...Sprained ankle early in first half of Big West title game, but returned to play 19 minutes after intermission as the Gauchos rallied past Idaho...Five of her career-high eight rebounds in regular season finale came in the second half as UCSB withstood a spirited Long Beach State comeback...Dished off 23 assists vs. only seven turnovers in final seven contests of the season. 2003-04
Campaign got off to a rousing start, with a season-best eight points coupled with three rebounds and an equal number of steals in the WNIT opener vs. San Diego...Buried a season-high four free-throws in that contest, as well as in three other games...In January enjoyed a three-game stretch of league games in which she averaged 4.0 points, nearly two above her season average...Pulled down 3.2 rebounds per game in the six contests prior to the start of postseason play...Sat out home loss to Ohio State due to illness, then sidelined during January road trip to Utah State and Idaho while battling a lower abdominal strain...Also missed three games in February due to soreness in her left knee...Bounced back from that absence with five points and a career-high four assists in league title-clinching victory over UC Riverside...Went 3-for-5 from the floor for a total of nine points during the Big West Tournament...Also pulled down five rebounds and gathered two steals in the two games...Played 43 minutes the NCAA Tournament, scoring three points. 2002-03
Tenacious defender averaged 12.2 minutes per game during redshirt freshman campaign, appearing in every contest...Team-leading 84.2% free-throw percentage...That mark would rank second in the Big West, however she lacked the minimum of 2.0 made freebies per game to qualify as a league leader...Seven rebounds - six offensive - in a Jan. 7 victory over Cal State Northridge were four more than she had in any other game as a redshirt freshman...Averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games against Cal State Fullerton this season...21 of her 44 total boards came on the offensive end...All six points in Big West tourney opener vs. the Titans came from the free-throw line, where she was perfect...Notched a steal in each league tournament game while averaging 4.7 points in Anaheim, two above her season average. 2001-02
Granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA after breaking the third metacarpal bone in her left, non-shooting hand in an off-the-court accident on Nov. 26...Played a combined four minutes during the Stanford Tournament before suffering injury. High School
Came to UCSB from Morro Bay High School, where she was a three-year basketball letterwinner...After scoring 14 points per game as a junior, her average skyrocketed to 23.3 ppg as a senior en route to CIF Division IV State Player of the Year honors...Also averaged eight rebounds and three steals in her final campaign...Morro Bay captured the CIF Southern Section title and advanced to the state quarterfinals in each of her three seasons...Other personal accolades included First Team All-Los Padres League, All-San Luis Obispo County and All-CIF recognition as a sophomore and junior...Tops in school history in career and season points scored...Poured in a career-high 32 points vs. Carpinteria as a senior...Coached by Cary Nerelli...Also ran track as a prepster and was an all-county performer in volleyball. Personal
Karena Bonds was born on December 7, 1982 in San Luis Obispo, CA...Parents are Robert and Estela Bonds...Has three older siblings - Frankie Moreno, Anicia Hill and Robert Bonds...Majoring in black studies...Enjoys singing, acting, dancing and playing football in her spare time, and would like to enter the entertainment industry after graduation...Member of the UCSB Gospel Choir...Recruited by Arizona, Oregon State, UC Irvine and Cal Poly in addition to UCSB...Lists her cousin, San Francisco Giants' slugger Barry Bonds, as her favorite athlete...Respects the works of author Richard Wright, and considers "Warroirs Never Cry" by Melba Patillo Beals her favorite novels...Gets a hoot out of watching "The Simpsons" and "BET's Comic View."