Feb. 2, 2007
Game No. 22
Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Davis Aggies
The Thunderdome (6,000)
The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's game against UC Davis with an overall record of 11-10 and a 5-2 Big West Conference mark after falling 84-59 to eighth-ranked Stanford Thursday night in the Thunderdome. The loss was the second in the last three games for the Gauchos, who had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped against Cal State Northridge Jan. 25. Despite the tough defeat to the Cardinal, Santa Barbara has still won seven of it last eight games but is a disappointing 6-7 already at home this season. UCSB's seven losses in the T-Dome are the most since the 1987-88 season.
UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's match-up with the Aggies 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.
Ice Cold Stretch Spells Disaster For Gauchos in 84-59 Loss to Stanford
After pulling to within three points at 30-27, UCSB did not score a point for a span of 9:40 and went on to lose 84-59 to No. 8 Stanford Thursday night in the Thunderdome. Candice Wiggins led all scorers with 21 points for the Cardinal, who embarked a 32-0 run combining the end of the first half and the start of the second in the win. Santa Barbara looked good against high-octane Stanford early, keeping within striking distance for most of the first half. The Gauchos climbed within three at 30-27 with 3:51 remaining until halftime, but then went ice cold, missing their last five shots of the half while the Cardinal rattled off 10 straight to push the lead to 40-27 at the break.The wheels fell off in the second half, as the Gauchos turned the ball over six of their first seven possessions and did not score until the 14:11 mark. Stanford continued its run, scoring the first 22 points of the period, to take a commanding 62-29 lead.Fears tried to shoot the Gauchos back into the game single-handedly, scoring 10 consecutive points in just over a minute, but the damage had been done.
Did You Know?...
Just five days after making a school record 14 threes on 18 attempts against UOP, the Gauchos struggled from beyond the arc Thursday, finishing just 3-of-17... LaShay Fears had all three makes...Despite the tough loss, the Gauchos did get a very balanced scoring effort against the Cardinal with four starters scoring in double figures...Junior center Jenna Green led the way with 14 points, Whitney Warren and LaShay Fears each tallied 13, and Chisa Ononiwu added 12...Jessica Wilson missed her second game of the year on Thursday, sitting out with a concussion suffered against Pacific...Wilson also missed UCSB's home match-up with Loyola Marymount, a 63-58 loss...Warren scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half and seven of those came during the Gauchos' 8-0 run to pull to within three at 30-27...Fears scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and first since she tallied 18 against UC Irvine Jan. 6...Stanford made 66-of-36 attempts from the field Thursday, 54.5%...Only Maryland has shot better from the field against UCSB this season at 63.% (40-63).
Throwing a Lasso Around the Aggies
The Gauchos finish the week with soon-to-be Big West member UC Davis Saturday in their final non-conferece match-up of the season. UCSB holds a 6-2 advantage over Davis all-time after defeating the Aggies handedly earlier this season. Chisa Ononiwu led the way with 20 points and Meagan Williams scored a career-high 16, as the Gauchos shot 53% from the field and posted a 77-53 victory over the Aggies Jan. 13 in Davis. UC Davis will officially join the BWC next season.
The Aggies own a 9-13 overall record after dropping a 69-60 decision at Cal Poly Thursday night. Davis averages 61.3 points per game, while its opponents put up 62.7 per contest. The Aggies have been out-rebounded by a 38.9 to 29.4 margin and shoot 34.6% from the field to their opposition's mark of 34%. Senior guard Heather Bates leads three players who average double figures at 12.5 points per game with fellow backcourt mates Laura Thomas and Haylee Donaghe not far behind at 10.5 and 10.3. Bates is also the Aggies' leading rebounder at 6.9 per game and shoots 43.4% from the floor. UC Davis is 4-5 against Big West competition this season.