Gauchos Travel to UC Irvine on Monday, Still in Search of First Road Win

Jan. 8, 2006

The Schedule
Game 14 • Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 • 7:00 p.m. • Irvine, CA
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine • Bren Events Center (5,000)

2005-06 Gaucho Record
6-7 overall/2-1 Big West Conference
6-1 home/0-6 away/0-0 neutral

Gauchos Look to Even Record for Just the Second Time this Year
After seeing its five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will have another chance to notch its first road victory of the 2005-06 season as the Gauchos play at UC Irvine on Monday, Jan. 9. Tip-off against the Anteaters (2-11 overall, 0-1 Big West) is slated for 7:00 p.m. in the Bren Events Center.

Gauchos on the Air and Web
The UCSB-UCI clash will air live on KTMS 990AM with "Showtime" Steve Wendt handling play-by-play duties and Ben Alkaly attempting color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". All of Santa Barbara's games in 2005-06 can also be heard live via the internet by pointing your browser to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass".

UCSB's Dominance Over Long Beach State Ends with 58-52 Setback
All streaks must come to an end, including the Gauchos' string of 28 straight victories over Long Beach State which was halted by the 49ers' 58-52 triumph Saturday afternoon in the Pyramid. UCSB took a 22-19 lead into intermission following a poor-shooting first half for both teams, but the Beach quickly erased its deficit with a 10-2 run to open the final period. LBSU held its biggest cushion of the game, 47-40, after two successful foul shots by senior Jayme Connors at the 6:48 mark, but Santa Barbara responded with seven unanswered points capped by freshman Shantel Thomas' put-back of an air-ball with 3:11 remaining. Her basket put the visitors ahead 48-47, and after that possession the two longtime conference rivals traded one-point leads five times. When Green fed sophomore forward Kat Suderman for a layup at the 2:12 mark Santa Barbara held a 52-51 advantage, but 49er senior guard Crystal McCutcheon answered right back for what would eventually be the game-winning bucket. The home team then buried five-of-six free-throws down the stretch to end its streak of futility against UCSB dating back to 1994.

UCSB Team Three-Dot Data
With Saturday's loss, Santa Barbara also ended its 45-game winning streak against current members of the eight-team Big West since 2003...It was just UCSB's 10th conference defeat since its run of league titles began in 1995-96 (153-10 during that span)...Against Long Beach, UCSB committed more turnovers than its opponent for the first time in 2005-06...Santa Barbara entered the game 4-0 when out-rebounding an opponent this season, but lost despite owning a 49-39 edge on the boards...The Gauchos are averaging just 52.3 points and 36.8% shooting compared to 72.7 and 49.5% at home...The 49ers' 58 points Saturday were the fewest surrendered by UCSB in any of its six road contests this season.

UCSB Player Three-Dot Data
Sophomore center Jenna Green's team-high 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Pyramid accounted for her second career double-double...She has led or tied for the team scoring lead all but once in 2005-06...Junior guard Erin O'Bryan has already recorded double-digit scoring totals in 2005-06 after doing so just five times in her first two years as a Gaucho combined...Freshman guard Whitney Warren has matched her career-high of four points in each of UCSB's last three outings...Sophomore forward Kat Suderman has amassed five or more rebounds in each of her last nine contests.

Anteater Announcements
In its first full campaign under head coach Molly Tuter, UC Irvine has struggled in the early season, most recently falling 99-72 to Cal Poly at home Saturday in its Big West opener. UCI junior guard Angie Ned tallied 15 points in the loss to boost her team-leading average to 11.8 per game. Having won its last nine meetings with the Anteaters, UCSB currently holds a 42-21 advantage in the all-time series.

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