12 Ariana Gnekow
12 Ariana Gnekow
Birth Date: 04/29/1988
Height: 5-9
Year: Senior
Hometown: Santa Ynez, Calif.
High School: Santa Ynez HS
Position: Guard
Played in 13 games during her junior season for the Gauchos...Averaged 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game...Played season-best 11 minutes vs. Nevada on Dec. 4...Recorded fourth career block in Gauchos' record-setting 12-block game vs. Oregon State...Season-high three rebounds came against Pacific on Jan. 24...44.4% field goal percentage is the highest of career...Season-high three points vs. Santa Clara. 2007-08
Bringing instant energy off the bench, Gnekow played in all but two games last season...Averaged 7.0 minutes per game with a high of 17 minutes in the season-opener vs. BYU...Grabbed a season-high five rebounds in Gauchos' OT win over USC...Scored season-best six points in 1/5 victory over CS Northridge...Had a productive three minutes in NCAA Tournament game vs. Virginia, pulling down two rebounds and blocking a shot...On Nov. 19, Gnekow had five points and three rebounds in victory over Loyola Marymount.

The Tradition Continues
Ariana Gnekow enters her sophomore season at UCSB after an impressive rookie campaign in which she appeared in all but one of Santa Barbara's 33 contests. The 5-foot-7 guard is the next player from Santa Ynez expected to have an excellent career in the tradition of former Gaucho greats Kristi Rohr and Erin Alexander. After successful rehabilitation from a knee injury suffered in high school, Gnekow has a year under her belt and is ready to contribute to the team's success in 2007-08. A cerebral player that leaves it all on the floor, Gnekow is sure to follow in the footsteps of of Rohr (1996-2000) and Alexander (1993-97), two players that rank second and fifth on the UCSB all-time career scoring charts, respectively. Feeling It
Ariana Gnekow had a three-game stretch in early December that resulted in her top three scoring performances of the season. The Santa Ynez, Calif. native reached double figures for the first time in her collegiate career when she tallied 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting to help lead the Gauchos to a 51-49 road victory at Richmond December 4. Three days later Gnekow made 3-of-4 attempts from the field and scored nine points in UCSB's 62-57 win over Weber state in the Thunderdome. She then made one of her three starts on the year against Loyola Marymount and scored a career-best 11 points -- nine of which came at the free-throw line -- in a 63-58 home loss to the Lions. Those three scoring totals would stand as her top three efforts the rest of the season. 2006-07
One the Gauchos' most active players off the bench, Gnekow appeared in 32 games as a freshman in 2006-07...Scored five points and hauled in a career-high nine rebounds in 20 minutes in her first game as a Gaucho November 10 against Portland State...Scored a season-high 11 points, nine of which came at the free-throw line, in one of her three starts against Loyola Marymount December 9...Also tallied five rebounds and a personal best four assists in a career-high 32 minutes in the narrow loss to the Lions...Her other two starting nods came against Oregon November 17 and UC Davis February 3... Tallied 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds at Richmond December 4...Grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points against Utah Valley State January 11...Saw time against San Diego and Oregon in the WNIT...Posted season averages of 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds with 23 steals...Was second on the team shooting 73.1% at the free-throw line. High School
Gnekow was a 2006 graduate of Santa Ynez Union High School and was a four-year varsity letterwinner for head coach Joann Reck...Led the Pirates to four straight Los Padres League championships...A two-time all-league selection, she was also named the Los Padres League MVP as a junior and senior...Was a McDonalds All-American after averaging 13 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and four steals her senior year...Was named the 2005-06 SYUHS Female Athlete of the Year...Guided the Pirates to numerous tournament crowns including the Gold Coast, Port Hueneme, and Lake Tahoe tourneys...Scored 21 points in a game vs. Morro Bay...Owns career-highs of 28 points, 28 rebounds and 11 assists...Earned a total of nine varsity letters in high school, including four in volleyball in one in track and field...Was a Los Padres First Team selection in volleyball...Also competed for the Oxnard Heat club team under coach James White. Personal
Ariana Kristine Gnekow entered this world April 29, 1988 in Santa Barbara, Calif....The daughter of William and Pamela Gnekow...Goes by Ari...Also responds to "Gneeks"...Has three older siblings Brandon, Meghan, Briana, and a twin sister Erin...Enters her freshman year at UCSB as an undeclared major and will most likely pursue something along the lines of pre-med...Aspires to become a psychiatrist after she graduates...Was a member of the National Honor Society in high school...Sinking two free throws with no time on the clock to beat Dos Pueblos High School is her favorite sports moment...Her favorite athlete is Michael Jordan..."Love and Basketball" and "Super Troopers" are two of her favorite movies...Enjoys watching "Degrassi", "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "The Hills" on the small screen...When she's not playing basketball, she can be found spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, or playing volleyball...Was also recruited by Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield.

YearG-GsMin-Avg        Fg-aPct3p-aPctFt-aPctOrDrTrAvgPf-DAstToBlkStlTpAvg
07-0829-1202-7.0        10-34.2941-9.1114-11.3641721381.316-051427250.9
08-0913-059-4.5        4-9.4440-1.0004-9.44484120.96-02213120.9
Totals74-4731-9.9        42-128.3286-43.13946-72.63963891522.162-029504331361.8

Points11vs. LMU12/9/06
Rebounds9vs. Portland State11/10/06
Assists4vs. LMU12/9/06
Steals4at Cal State Fullerton12/30/06
Blocked Shots1twicetwice
FG Made3four timesfour times
FG Attempted9at UCLA11/12/06
FT Made9vs. LMU12/9/06
FT Attempted10vs. LMU12/9/06