|Hometown:||Rohnert Park, CA|
|High School:||Rincon Valley Christian HS|
First Things First
As the most highly decorated player in the history of UC Santa Barbara women's basketball, Erin Buescher is coming off a spectacular sophomore season. After being named the Big West Player of the Year and Tournament MVP for the second time in as many years, she became the first All-American in school history when the Associated Press tabbed her an honorable mention selection. As one of the top returning players in the nation, she was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as a preseason candidate for the 2000 Naismith College Player of the Year. She has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by numerous sources, including Women's Basketball Journal and Women's Basketball News Service.
More often than not during the 1998-99 season, Buescher recorded a double-double, double digits in points and rebounds. Of the 30 games the Gauchos played last season, Buescher had a double-double in 16 of them. Those 16 double-doubles were not only easily the most in the conference last year, it set a UCSB record. Buescher recorded 12 double-doubles as a freshman, and enters 1999-2000 with 28 for her career.
Leader of the Pack
Buescher made it customary to be the team's top scorer during the 1998-99 season, leading the Gauchos in scoring 18 times during the year, including UCSB's last six games of the season. But scoring was not the category that she led the team in the most times last year. Buescher was the team's top rebounder 20 times during her second season.
Pouring It On
When Buescher shoots, more than half the time the ball goes in the bucket. She shot 52.4% from the floor as a sophomore and now has a career field goal percentage of 52.1%. And her shots aren't all gimmies, either. Buescher shot 91 three-pointers last year, canning 43 of them (47.3%). She more than doubled her three-point output from her freshman year when she made 21 three-pointers.
Scoring? Not a Problem
Buescher set some Gaucho single season records last year, all of the offensive variety. Her 597 points scored were the most ever by a Gaucho player in one season, the same as her 19.9 points per game average. She also set a single-season mark with a three-point field goal percentage of 47.3%.
The Charity Stripe
Buescher became much more familiar with the half-circle at the top of the lane her sophomore year. As a freshman Buescher made more field goals than as a sophomore, but how did she score 67 more points in her second year? At the free throw line, that's how. Buescher made 140 freebies last year in 195 trips (71.8%). As a frosh she made only 89 free throws.
Erin Buescher Notes
1998-99: Erin Buescher won her second straight Big West Player of the Year award as a sophomore and her second All-Big West first team selection...Also earned her second Big West Tournament MVP award...Finished her sophomore season with averages of 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 steals...Named a 1999 First Team All-American by Women's Basketball News Service and honorable mention All-American by Associated Press...Finished the season second in the Big West in scoring, third in rebounding, first in steals and ninth in assists...Third in the conference with a .524 (207-for-395) field goal percentage and seventh with a .718 (140-for-195) free throw percentage...Captured a Big West best 16 double-doubles...Scored in double figures every game during the 1998-99 season...Scored 20 or more points 13 times on the season and 30 or more points three times (at Wisconsin-30, at Idaho-32, at Long Beach State-35)...Her 35 points scored at Long Beach State was a career-high...One steal shy of the first triple-double in school history when she scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and collected nine steals vs. North Texas at the Thunderdome on January 17...In Big West games she averaged 21.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest...Shot 47.3% (43-of-91) from three-point land on the season...Scored 15 or more points in 23 of UCSB's 30 games...Became the 14th player in UCSB history to score 1,000 points in a season when she hit her first bucket vs. UC Irvine at the Thunderdome on February 25...The only underclassman in school history to score more than 500 points in a season, a feat she did both as a freshman and sophomore...Hit two or more three-pointers in 16 games last season, including seven of UCSB's last eight games...Shot 50% or better from the floor in all but nine games...Already the school's 12th all-time scorer...Named Big West Player of the Week four times last season and seven times in her career. 1997-98: An amazing inaugural season for Buescher, who was the first player in lease history to earn Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors the same season...Capped off the year by being named Big West Tournament MVP...Led the team in almost every category with averages of 17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game...Started 19 of 31 games, but ranked fifth on the team with 869 minutes...Made 51.7% of her shots from the floor...Had 12 double-doubles overall, including seven in her last ten games...Scored a season-high 34 points against Cal Poly, making 13-of-15 shots from the floor...Scored in double-figures 26 times, including the final 12 games of the season...Had a career-high 15 boards against Pacific and Cal State Fullerton...Finished with 93 assists on the season...Buescher's seven steals against North Texas was a season high and her 82 steals on the season was the seventh highest total in Gaucho history...Finished third on the team with 21 three-pointers. High School: Attended Rincon Valley Christian where she was named the 1997 State Player of the Year by Cal Hi Sports and the CIF...Earned AAU All American Honors as well...RVC claimed the State Division V Championship with a victory over El Cajon Christian...Buescher had 25 points and a state record 25 rebounds in the championship game...As a senior she averaged 27.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game...Had a 52-point game vs. Arcata as a senior...Holds school records for points, rebounds, assists and steals...An All-CIF pick as a sophomore, junior and senior...High school coach was Doug Crouse. Personal: Played for the 1998 USA Basketball Women's Jones Cup Team, the first UCSB player to ever play for the USA National Team...Born June 5, 1979...Majoring in Communications...Picked UCSB over Washington, Oregon State and Marquette...Enjoys water-skiing in her spare time...The daughter of Jim and Margie Buescher.
BUESCHER'S CAREER STATISTICS