January 23, 2009

On Eight-Game Winning Streak, UCSB Closes Homestand

Jan. 23, 2009

• The Schedule
Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (11-6, 6-0) vs. Pacific (10-8, 4-2) at UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game streaming online at kcsb.org
Live broadcast online at ucsbgauchos.com
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge (5-13, 2-3) at Cal State Northridge's The Matadome (1,600)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Live broadcast online at gomatadors.com
Game available on Gametracker

• 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.

• Olé, Olé ... Gauchos, Gauchos
UCSB holds a 29-12 overall edge in the series with Northridge, winning both of last year's contests by a total of 57 points. UCSB has won 20 of the past 21 meetings between the schools. The lone defeat to the Matadors was a 66-64 defeat on Jan. 25, 2007 at The Matadome.

• Eight is Enough
UCSB hit a season-high eight three-pointers en route to a 64-51 victory over UC Davis on Thursday, the Gauchos' eighth straight win. Lauren Pedersen and Emilie Johnson each nailed three treys while Chris Spencer and Sha'Rae Gibbons had one each.

• Six Shooters
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 6-0 for just the third time in the past seven seasons.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 194-18 (.915) in the Big West.

• 1-2 Punch
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey sit atop the Big West in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 84.5% from the stripe and Franey is hitting 84% of her freebies. Pedersen is 21 of her last 24 from the free throw line while Franey has knocked down 24 of her past 26.

• Franey Fills It Up
Jordan Franey has scored in double figures in each of her past four games, something the San Diego native has only done one other time her career. Franey had four straight double-digit games from Jan. 11-Jan. 25, 2007.

• Top 20 Countdown
UCSB is allowing an average of just 53.9 points per game, which ranks the Gauchos 15th nationally. Opponents are shooting a mere 34.5% vs. the Gauchos, which is 12th in the country.

• 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.

• Start Her Up
Since returning from injury, Sha'Rae Gibbons has started the past six games - all Gauchos victories. In those starts the 5-foot-7 senior is averaging 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per contest.

• Continues Her Climb
With three more points vs. UC Davis, Jenna Green moved closer to 11th place all-time in UCSB scoring history. With 1,350 career points, Green is now 28 points shy of Mia Fisher (2001-05) for 11th place.

• Green's Block Party
Jenna Green blocked three shots vs. UC Davis to give her 34 blocks this season and a 2.1 average per game which leads the Big West and is 39th nationally. Green's 158 career blocks are 22 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.

• Lauren's Laurels
Lauren Pedersen is ranked nationally in a pair of categories - her 2.8 steals per game is 31st in the country while Pedersen's 84.5% free throw percentage is 41st in the nation.

• 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 team-leading 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.

• Ain't Eight Great?
The Gauchos' current eight-game winning streak is their longest since winning 14 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007-Feb. 21, 2008.

• 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.

• 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 (111) and Whitney Warren (105) are the others.

• 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."