UCSB Begins Four-Game Homestand vs. Portland State
Jan. 13, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-6) vs. Portland State (11-5) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast online at kcsb.org
Game available on Gametracker
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-6, 4-0) vs. Cal Poly (9-6, 2-2) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9FM
Game available on Gametracker
On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990. Steve Wendt is in his fifth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of men's and women's games, but when Ford is not available at home games, former UCSB assistant coach Kristen Koch will fill in. When Ford is not available for road games, Matt Hurst, yours truly, will handle the task.
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.
Punching Out Poly
UCSB has defeated Cal Poly 45 times in the overall series, the second-most wins by the Gauchos over one team in school history. The Gauchos have not lost to the Mustangs since a 71-68 loss on Feb. 17, 2007 at the Thunderdome.
First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb became the first UCSB women's coach in history to win her first four conference games.
UCSB holds the nation's longest active road winning streak in conference play after picking up consecutive victories last weekend at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos have won 17 straight road games in the Big West, two ahead of Southeast Missouri State, which has won 15 consecutive games in the Ohio Valley Conference.
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 four 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).
Join the Club
Lauren Pedersen became the second current UCSB player to reach 500 points in her career when she scored 10 points vs. Fullerton, leaving her exactly at 500 points for her career. Whitney Warren hit the mark already this season and soon to join them will be junior Jordan Franey. The San Diego native is 19 points shy of the mark.
Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB has posted a 192-18 (.914) record against league foes.
3 x 60 = A Long Time
Through 14 games the Gauchos have reached the 60-point plateau just three times, the first time any UCSB team has taken that many games to do so since the 1976-77 squad. That Gaucho team finished the season scoring 60 or more points 10 times.
UCSB's defense is allowing an average of just 54.3 points per game, ranking them 25th in the nation. Opponents are shooting just 34.5% vs. the Gauchos which ranks 16th in the country. Both marks rank first in the Big West.
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 career 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 14 games the Gauchos have allowed just 760 points, or 54.3 per game, nearly setting a school record. It is the second-lowest point total through the first 14 games in UCSB history. The last time UCSB has allowed so few points in its first 14 games came during the 1973-74 season when the Gauchos gave up 603.
Courtesy of East Carolina University: once Lauren Pedersen plays her 100th game (she is one 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 (103) are the others.
On The Lam
Lauren Pedersen's 2.9 steals per game is first in the Big West and 26th 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 56 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.
On the Rebound
Lauren Pedersen leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. If she finishes the season leading the team it will be the second straight season a guard has led the Gauchos in rebounding. Jessica Wilson's 6.3 rpg last season paced the team. Pedersen would be just the fourth guard to lead the team in rebounding since 1981-82 when Patty Franklin did it (also Erin Buescher from 1997-2000 and Wilson). Should Pedersen's mark lead the Gauchos, it would be the lowest-ever rebounding average in a single-season. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below six - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.
Free For All
The Gauchos are shooting 74.5% from the free throw line this season, tops in the Big West and 28th in the nation. Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos - and is second in the Big West - with an 85% mark, which is also 44th in the country. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.
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.
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."