Gauchos Take Four-Game Winning Streak Into Fullerton
Jan. 9, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-6, 3-0) at CS Fullerton (5-7, 2-0) at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym (4,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on BigWest.tv
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Portland State (10-5) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available on Gametracker
Feasting on Fullerton
The Gauchos take a 30-game winning streak - including the Big West Tournament - against Cal State Fullerton into Saturday's game. UCSB has not lost to the Titans since dropping a 97-86 decision on March 8, 1995 in the Big West Tournament.
The Gauchos are just 1-2 all-time vs. Portland State, dropping last year's contest 73-58 in Portland. UCSB's lone win in the series came in 2006 at the Thunderdome, 88-73.
Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UC Santa Barbara has posted a 191-18 (.914) record against league foes.
Last Time Out
UCSB picked up its first road win of the season in a 50-38 win over UC Irvine. Jordan Franey pulled down a season-high nine rebounds to go with eight points while Lauren Pedersen scored a team-high 13 points. Ashlee Brown had nine points and five rebounds.
Four for Forty
For the fourth time this season the Gauchos have held an opponent to 40 or fewer points. The last time UCSB held at least opponents to 40 or fewer points came in the 1976-77 season when the Gauchos prevented four teams - Fresno State, Cal Poly (twice), UC Irvine (twice) and Westmont - from scoring at least 40 points. Only one other time in UCSB history has a Gaucho team held a team to 40 or fewer points more than four times in a season - 1973-74 (six times).
Climbing the Charts
With five points vs. UC Irvine, Jenna Green passed Kayte Christensen (1998-2002) and took sole possession of 14th place on UCSB's all-time scoring list. Green has accumulated 1,320 career points, just six points away from Becky Brown (1989-1993) for 13th place and 14 points from Kristen Nicholson (1982-86) for 12th place.
This Defense Doesn't Rest
Through 13 games the Gauchos have allowed just 706 points, or 54.3 per game, nearly setting a school record. It is the second-lowest point total through the first 13 games in UCSB history. The last time UCSB has allowed so few points in its first 13 games came during the 1973-74 season when the Gauchos gave up 575.
The last time UCSB won its first six games at the Thunderdome before picking up its first road victory - as the Gauchos have done this season - was in the 2005-06 season. UCSB's first road win that season? At UC Irvine, the same team UCSB defeated on Thursday.
UCSB's defense is allowing just 54.3 points per game, 27th in the nation. Opponents are shooting just 35.1% vs. the Gauchos which ranks 30th in the country.
On The Lam
Lauren Pedersen's 2.9 steals per game is first in the Big West and 25th in the nation.
Green's Block Party
Jenna Green blocked two more shots vs. UC Irvine to give her 26 blocks this season and a 2.0 average per game which leads the Big West and is tied for 47th nationally. Green's 150 career blocks is 30 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 58 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.
Stingy With the Points
UCSB leads the Big West allowing just 54.3 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot just 35.1% from the floor. On the flip side, the Gauchos are scoring 56.8 points per game (seventh in the Big West) and shooting 39.5% (fourth in the conference).
Pedersen Goes POW
Averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Gauchos' first two Big West conference games was enough for senior Lauren Pedersen to be named the Big West's Player of the Week. Pedersen led the Gauchos in scoring during both victories over Long Beach State and UC Riverside while tying her career-best in each game with seven field goals. Against UCR, Pedersen also tied a career-high with five three-pointers. It is the first Player of the Week honor for the Brea, Calif. native.
Courtesy of East Carolina University: once Lauren Pedersen plays her 100th game (she is two shy of the mark) the Gauchos will be one of just 10 teams nationwide to have three players with 100 career games under their belt in the starting lineup. Jenna Green (109) and Whitney Warren (102) are the others.
Free For All
The Gauchos are shooting 74.9% from the free throw line this season, tops in the Big West and 22nd in the nation. Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos - and is second in the Big West - with an 85.5% mark, which is also 36th in the country. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.
Emilie Johnson's consecutive start streak came to an end at 11 games when she was not part of the starting five vs. UC Riverside. Still, the Loomis, Calif. native became the first freshman to open her career as UCSB's starting point guard since LaShay Fears did it in 16 straight games in the 2005-06 season. Johnson is just the third Gaucho in the last decade to begin her career as the Gauchos' starting point guard, following Fears and Stacy Clinesmith, who started all 30 games at point during her freshman season in 1996-97.
The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."