January 26, 2007

UCSB Looks To Rebound Against Pacific Saturday

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Jan. 26, 2007

The Schedule
Game No. 20
Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pacific Tigers
The Thunderdome (6,000)

The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's game against Pacific with an overall record of 10-9 and a 4-2 Big West Conference mark after falling 66-64 to Cal State Northrige Thursday night in the Thunderdome. The loss was the first for UCSB since dropping its conference opener Dec. 28 at UC Riverside and snapped a six game unbeaten streak. The Gauchos, who are currently third in the BWC standings, have won nine of their last 13 overall since losing five straight from Nov. 12 through Dec. 2. Santa Barbara has already suffered six home losses this season, the most since 1987-88.

UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's match-up with the Tigers will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall will fill in for Steve Wendt as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos during the current four game homestand alongside former Los Angeles Laker and UCSB star Don Ford, who will handle the color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". Fans can also catch all games live via the internet by going to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass". With this option hoops fans can enjoy live audio and video from the comfort of their homes courtesy of CSTV.

Gauchos Fall to Cal State Northridge For First Time Since 1984
UCSB saw its season-best six game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a narrow 66-64 loss to Cal State Northridge in the Thunderdome. Entering the game, Santa Barbara owned a 26-11 all-time record against Northridge and had won the previous 17 meetings. The Matadors last defeated the Gauchos 65-61 in a non-conference match-up December 1, 1984 -- three years before Mark French took over as head coach at UCSB. LaJoyce King scored a game-high 22 points and Ofa Tulikihihifo tallied a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Matadors to the historic victory. Jenna Green led the way for the Gauchos with 19 points, Jordan Franey tallied 13, and Chisa Ononiwu added 11. UCSB made several runs to climb back into the game -- including a 13-0 spurt in the second half -- but each time CSUN had the answer. Northridge shot 51% from the field, including 54.2% in the second half, while Santa Barbara finished 34.3% from the floor and made just 7-of-24 (29.2%) from beyond the arc. The Matadors also controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Gauchos 42-35. UCSB trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half.

Did You Know?...
Along with its winning streak, UCSB's stretch of six straight games out-rebounding their opponent ended against CSUN...Santa Barbara is 9-1 when out-rebounding the opposition this season and 1-8 when the opposing team controls the glass...The Gauchos attempted a season-high 24 three-point shots Thursday, easily eclipsing their previous high of 20...The 20 points UCSB scored in the first half against CSUN was the third lowest total for a half in 2006-07...Santa Barbara scored just 18 in the second half against Michigan State and only managed 17 in the opening period at Maryland...Despite the loss, the Gauchos committed fewer turnovers than the Matadors (17 to 25)...Oddly enough, UCSB is 2-6 when turning the ball over fewer times than their opponent and 7-2 when turning it over more...Jenna Green led the Gauchos in scoring for the 11th time and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season...Jessica Wilson made just 2-12 shots for seven points, only the sixth time she did not score 10 or more this year.

Taming the Tigers
• Big West play continues for the Gauchos Saturday with Pacific on the slate. UCSB holds a 40-14 advantage over UOP all-time after sweeping the Tigers a year ago. Santa Barbara edged Pacific 64-62 January 28 in Stockton and then posted a convincing 76-49 home victory March 2. Karena Bonds led the way in each contest with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

• Pacific owns a 7-13 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the Big West after dropping a 77-62 decision to Cal Poly Thursday night. UOP averages 60.9 points per game, while its opponents put up 67.5 per contest. The Tigers have been out-rebounded by a 42.8 to 39.3 margin and shoot 34% from the field to their opposition's mark of 41.1%. Sophomore forward Karen Dawkins leads Pacific averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 blocks per game while shooting a team-high 46.3% from the floor. Freshman guard Jake Kelly is the Tigers' only other player that averages doule figure points at 11. 5 per contest to go with 46 three-pointers made.

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