Feb. 5, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jenna Green had her second double-double in the past three games, but it may have been her stellar defense that helped lead the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team to Thursday's 57-46 victory over Cal State Fullerton at the Thunderdome.
Green finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but she also tallied five blocks and held two-time First Team All-Big West selection Toni Thomas to 4 of 19 shooting from the field as UCSB won its ninth straight in conference play.
UCSB improves to 14-7 overall and 9-0 in the Big West. Fullerton falls to 6-14, 3-6.
"Over the last month, Jenna has really found her rhythm and she simply does everything we need her to do," UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "She's so coachable and so smart out there - and on top of that she's pretty darn tough. She gets beat up a little bit and she gets some bumps and bruises but she plays through everything."
Green is averaging 17.5 points and 9 rebounds per game over the Gauchos' past four contests. She also had five assists on Thursday night, too.
UCSB held CSUF to 27.3% shooting from the field and a miserable 2-for-25 from beyond the three-point line. The Gauchos shot 45.2% from the floor and also outrebounded Fullerton 47-30. Whitney Warren had six boards while Sha'Rae Gibbons and Emilie Johnson each pulled down four rebounds.
"I've been following some of those numbers but I haven't really talked about it with the team because it's kind of hard to tell them how much better we need to get on defense when there are only four teams that are better," Gottlieb said, referring to UCSB entering the game fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. "I did tell them tonight as sort of a challenge. What an exciting thing, to say `We're fifth in the country and we can be better.' I thought we really responded well."
UCSB also went 17 of 23 from the free throw line.
The Gauchos next game is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Thunderdome vs. UC Irvine. This is a Santa Barbara News-Press Kids to College game where every youngster under age 13 receives free admission. All fans also receive free fanbannas.
Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, coming to the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking here.