January 20, 2009

Riding Seven-Game Winning Streak, UCSB Hosts UC Davis

Jan. 20, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (10-6, 5-0) vs. UC Davis (7-9, 3-2) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific (10-7, 4-1) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000) Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM Game streaming online at kcsb.org
Game available on Gametracker

• The Dirt on Davis
UC Davis handed the Gauchos their only Big West defeat last year, a 59-56 overtime loss at the Thunderdome. In the overall series, UCSB is 9-3 vs. the Aggies, exacting revenge with a 74-59 win in the Big West Tournament Championship last year to go to the NCAA Tournament.

• Pounding Pacific
The Gauchos have not lost to Pacific since January 2003, holding an 11-game winning streak over the Tigers. UCSB is 44-14 all-time vs. UOP and has not lost to Pacific at the Thunderdome since Feb. 21, 1987.

• National Girls & Women in Sports Day
UCSB is celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 7 vs. UC Irvine. The team is inviting all girls ages 7-13 to submit an essay by Jan. 30 for a chance to win a prize and be honored during halftime of the Feb. 7 game. Applications are available at UCSBgauchos.com.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 193-18 (.915) in the Big West.

• Continues Her Climb
By scoring a game-high 16 points vs. Cal Poly, Jenna Green passed Kristen Nicholson (1982-86) for sole possession of 12th place on UCSB's all-time career scoring list. Green has accumulated 1,347 career points and is now 31 points shy of Mia Fisher (2001-05) for 11th place.

• Part of the 500 Club
Jordan Franey became the third current UCSB player this season to reach the 500-point plateau after scoring 13 points vs. Cal Poly. The junior joined Lauren Pedersen and Whitney Warren as the others to reach the mark.

• Franey Fills It Up
Over her past four games Jordan Franey has averaged 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. It is the junior's best stretch since a four-game run her freshman season when Franey averaged 12.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. Already this year Franey has totaled double digits four times, one more than she did all of last season.

• Top 20 Countdown
UCSB is allowing an average of just 54.1 points per game, which ranks the Gauchos 19th nationally. Opponents are shooting a mere 34.5% vs. the Gauchos, which is 13th in the country.

• Seventh Heaven
The Gauchos' current seven-game winning streak is their longest since winning 14 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007-Feb. 21, 2008.

• Green's Block Party
Jenna Green blocked two shots vs. Cal Poly to give her 31 blocks this season and a 2.1 average per game which leads the Big West and is tied for 42nd nationally. Green's 155 career blocks is 25 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 59 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Century Club
Courtesy of East Carolina University: Lauren Pedersen played her 100th game vs. Portland State meaning the Gauchos are now just one of 10 teams nationwide to have three players with 100 career games under their belt in the starting lineup. Jenna Green (110) and Whitney Warren (104) are the others.

• Lauren's Laurels
Lauren Pedersen is ranked nationally in a pair of categories - her 85.3% free throw percentage is 39th in the nation while Pedersen's 2.8 steals per game is 32nd in the country.

• Five Alive
First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is the first UCSB women's basketball coach in history to win her first five conference games.

• On the Rebound
Lauren Pedersen leads the team with 5.1 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.

• Road Warriors
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.

• 4 x 60 = A Long Time
Through 16 games the Gauchos have reached the 60-point plateau just four 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.

• Four for Forty
The Gauchos have held an opponent to 40 or fewer points four times this season. 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).

• Free For All
The Gauchos are shooting 74.8% from the free throw line this season (75% in conference), tops in the Big West and 25th in the nation. The UCSB all-time single-season free throw mark is 73.9%, set during the 2002-03 season.

• 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."