22 Debby Caine
Birth Date: 10/05/1981
Height: 5-7
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: San Clemente HS
Position: Guard
Battled injury bug early in the season before rebounding to play her best basketball in conference action...Ranked third in Big West play with a 1.62 assist-to-turnover ratio and sixth in assists per game at 4.20...In overall games, was also third amongst league players in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.36...Assists average of 3.81 was eighth-best in overall games...Returned from two-game absence due to tonsillitis at UC Irvine (Jan. 24), and promptly dished off 28 assists vs. only nine turnovers during a span of five conference games...Included in that run was a season-high eight helpers at Long Beach State (Jan. 26)...After missing Ohio State and Stephen F. Austin games while recovering from a concussion, enjoyed a torrid three-point shooting stretch in which she buried 13-of-22 attempts from behind the arc (59.1%)...For five straight games, buried at least two triples and connected at or above a 50% clip from three-point land...During that streak Caine produced her only two double-digit scoring efforts of the season...13 points at UNLV (Dec. 30) - a game in which she dislocated two fingers on her left, non-shooting hand - were followed by season-high 15 at Idaho (Jan. 3)...Also dished off seven assists with only one turnover against the Vandals...Tied her career-high of six rebounds twice during a four-game span, vs. Long Beach State (Feb. 22) and at UC Riverside (March 2)... Dished off 11 helpers and committed just five turnovers in conference tournament play - including a team-high six assists vs. Long Beach State (March 8) - and also nailed a three-pointer in all three games in Anaheim...Ranks second in school history in career three-point field goal percentage, making 41.5% of her treys as a Gaucho...32 of her 51 total field goals last season came from downtown...Ranks fifth in UCSB history with 78 career three-pointers, as well as seventh in assists at 308...Team-leading 87.0% free-throw percentage, but not enough attempts to rank among the Big West's leader in that category.

Stepped into the role of starting point guard as a sophomore and performed admirably...Led the Big West Conference in assists with 153 dishes, for an average of 4.94 per game...Ninth-best single season assist total in Gaucho history...Joined teammate Jess Hansen as one of only seven BWC players with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (1.12)...Notched a career high 10 assists in a victory at Arizona State, and tallied two nine assist performances as well...Caine more than tripled her points per game average as a freshman, scoring 7.2 ppg...Twice scored a career high 16 points, vs. Arizona and Long Beach State in the Thunderdome...eight total double-digit point performances, including three in the Gauchos' first four games of the season...Seventh in the Big West in three-pointers per game at 1.23 per game...38 of 69 field goals on the season (55%) came from behind the arc...Shot .432 from three point range, compared to .383 overall...Also cracked the conference top-10 list in steals, ranking ninth (1.55 per game).

Debby Caine finished her first season as a Gaucho averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 assists per game...Played in all 34 games averaging 10.5 minutes per game...Was one of three Gauchos with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, compiling 54 assists and 48 turnovers...Scored a career-high eight points against Idaho at the Thunderdome...Made a career-best two 3-pointers in UCSB's win over Vanderbilt...Shot 33.3% (8-for-24) from 3-point range during the season...Made 21-of-28 free throw attempts (75.0%)...Had a career-high three rebounds, all offensive, at Cal State Fullerton...Captured her career-best four assists six times during her freshman season...Played a career-high 24 minutes at Cal State Fullerton.

High School
Debby Caine came to UCSB from San Clemente High School...As a senior led the Tritons to a South Coast League Championship averaging 13.8 points, 7.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game...She was named All-State, All-CIF and the South Coast league MVP as a senior...Played three years of Varsity Basketball for coach Mary Mulligan, mostly as a point guard...She set San Clemente records with most assists in a game (14) and a season (242)...Also set the school record shooting 81% from the free throw line...Caine played club for the California Academy and coach Shannon Jakosky where she was named to two all-tournament teams and an All-American.

Deborah Patricia Caine was born on October 5, 1981 in Tempe, Arizona...Is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brent Barry of the Seattle Supersonics...Favorite movies include "Notting Hill" and "Home Alone"...Favorite foods are sushi and ice cream...A geography major...Would like to one day become a college basketball coach or a professional X-Games participant...The daughter of Susan Caine.

The MASH Unit
During her junior campaign, Debby Caine's unofficial residence was the UCSB Athletic Training facility in Robertson Gymnasium. She dealt with a litany of early-season ailments in 2001-02, ranging from a concussion suffered off-the-court to a dislocated pinky to a case of tonsillitis, the sum of which forced her to sit out four games and see limited floor time in three others. However, after spending much time in the care of team trainer Karla Judge, Caine declared herself fit to play in a Jan. 26 victory at rival Long Beach State by dishing off a game-high and season-best eight assists versus only three turnovers.

Ballin' in the Big West
The Gauchos' 80-62 triumph in Long Beach served as Caine's springboard to a very solid conference season and commenced a four-game streak against Big West opponents during which she amassed 25 helpers and just 11miscues. The native of Huntington Beach, Calif., didn't miss another contest the rest of the year, and tied Mia Fisher for the team lead in assists during league play with 63. By the end of the season Caine's name could be found amongst the Big West's top ten players in assist-to-turnover ratio as well as helpers per game - both in conference action and overall games. In addition, Caine enjoyed the top-two rebounding efforts of her collegiate career - both six-board performances - in 2002 vs. league foes LBSU and UC Riverside.

Cut From the Same Cloth
Debby Caine and Jess Hansen entered the Gaucho program together as freshmen in 1999-2000, and will end their careers four years later having etched their names on many of the same all-time top-10 lists. A friendly season-long contest might ensue between the two guards to see who can set a school record for three-point shooting accuracy, with Hansen currently holding a slight 41.7% to 41.5% advantage. However Caine has a leg up on her backcourt mate in total assists, ranking seventh in UCSB history with 308 career helpers, and has also made 77.4% of her free-throws, fourth-best among all Gauchos. Caine's name can also be found close to Hansen's in career three-pointers (97) and attempts from behind the arc (188), where she ranks fourth and seventh, respectively.