Gauchos Continue Homestand vs. Pacific on Thurs., UC Davis on Sat.

Gauchos Continue Homestand vs. Pacific on Thurs., UC Davis on Sat.

Feb. 3, 2010

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• The Schedule
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific (3-16, 1-7)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Tigers - 48-14
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Tigers - W, 56-48 (1/9/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Davis (14-6, 6-1)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Aggies - 11-4
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Aggies - W, 54-49 (1/7/10)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Watch Our New YouTube Video
UCSB Athletics just created a new video featuring Mekia Valentine, Jessie Goble and our mascot, Olé. Watch it by clicking here.

• Listen To All UCSB Games On AM-990 KTMS
All women's basketball games are broadcast live on AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website,

• Get Your Tickets!
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.

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The Opponents

• vs. Pacific, 2/4
UCSB is 48-14 all-time against the Tigers, which is the third-most wins vs. any program in school history. The Gauchos avenged a loss at UOP last season by beating Pacific 65-58 on Jan. 9 as Meagan Williams, Mekia Valentine and Emilie Johnson all scored in double figures. UCSB has won 13 of the past 14 meetings with the Tigers. Pacific is 1-7 in Big West play after dropping a 71-59 decision to UC Riverside last Sat. Cristina Thompson leads UOP with her 12.4 points per game average, ranking 12th in the Big West. Pacific averages 61.0 points per game while allowing 70.7.

• vs. UC Davis, 2/6
UCSB's three-game winning streak vs. UC Davis ended on Jan. 7 when the Aggies beat the Gauchos, 54-49. SB is 11-4 all-time against Davis, having won five of its past seven meetings, including the Big West Tournament title in 2008 UCD is in first place at 6-1 in conference play despite not having a top-15 scorer in the Big West and just one top-15 rebounder (Paige Mintun's 5.1 per). Davis has won six straight Big West games after losing its conference opener to Cal State Fullerton. Mintun (11.8 ppg), Heidi Heintz (11.0 ppg) and Kasey Riecks (10.5 ppg) all average double digit points per game.

• Valentine's Day
Mekia Valentine passed Lindsay Taylor's 2001-02 mark last Saturday vs. Cal State Northridge and now holds the single-season school record for blocked shots in a season with 70. Valentine ranks third in the country with her 3.7 blocks per game average. The 6-foot-4 center from Greensboro, N.C. is close to breaking into the top-10 for career blocks at UCSB. Currently Brandy Richardson (2001-05) is 10th with 74.

• Helping Hands
For just the second time this season UCSB had more assists than turnovers in a game during last weekend's 69-55 win over Northridge. The Gauchos' 21 assists were the most by the team this season and the team's most since passing out 25 in a 69-50 win over UC Davis on Feb. 21 last season.

• Make Mine A Double
Valentine recorded her fifth double-double of the season last Saturday when she had 18 points and 10 rebounds. The five double-doubles ties her for second in the Big West and it's the most by a Gaucho player since Jenna Green tallied seven last year. Valentine is averaging 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

• Williams Stepping It Up in Conference Play
Senior Meagan Williams leads the Gauchos with 14.1 points per Big West game, which is eighth in conference action. Williams leads UCSB with 3.8 assists per game and 2.3 steals per conference contest (both of which rank sixth in the Big West). Topping things off, Williams is shooting 49% in Big West games, which is eighth in the conference. The Sacramento native has reached double digits in scoring in nine games this season, eclipsing her combined total of six games through her previous three years at UCSB.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 209-23 (.901) in Big West games.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G Leads team with 12.7 ppg, 3.4 apg
12 Ariana Gnekow G 4.8 rpg in BW games is 3rd on team
14 Jordan Franey F Avg. 6.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg in Big West play
21 Meagan Williams G Leads team with 14.1 ppg in BW games
44 Mekia Valentine C Avg. 12.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg & 3.3 bpg in BW
Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Remains out with foot stress fracture
1 Sweets Underwood F Has 10 games with 5 or more rebounds
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Avg. 3.3 rpg in last 3 games
11 Stefanie Corgel G Freshman has played in 7 games this year
22 Chris Spencer G Career-high 14 points vs. CSUN
25 Jessie Goble F/C Missed last five games with back injury
32 Margaret Johnson F Missed last two games with ankle injury

• Let's Have A Block Party
UCSB is averaging 5.9 blocks per game, which ranks the team first in the Big West and eighth in the nation. UCSB has blocked 113 shots this season, which is seventh in school single-season history and just two away from tying the 2002-03 and 1997-98 teams for fifth in program annals. The Gauchos are on pace for 171 blocks, which would shatter the school's single-season record of 140 (set in 2003-04).

• Sharp-Shooting Spencer
Over her past six games, senior Chris Spencer is averaging 6.0 points per game. The Traverse City, Mich. native poured in a career-best 14 points on Saturday (besting her previous high of 11 done twice) and is scoring 6.5 ppg in Big West games. Spencer has also nailed 50% of her 3-point attempts in conference contests, the best on the team.

• Sure Shot
Valentine's 60.2% field goal clip leads the Big West, ranks ninth in the country and the 6-foot-4 junior from Greensboro, N.C. is on pace to challenge the school's single-season record. The current top spot is occupied by Kira Anthofer, who shot 59.6% from the field in 1985-86. Thirteen times this season Valentine has shot over 60% from the floor and she is hitting 64.5% of her shots in conference action.

• This Defense Doesn't Rest
Following up last season's 34.4% that UCSB allowed opponents to shoot - which was best in the conference - this year's team is holding opponents to a 37.9% clip, which is also the lowest mark in the Big West. Santa Barbara allows opponents just 62.8 points per game, second-best in the conference.

• Neato for Gnekow
Senior guard Ariana Gnekow has averaged 6.3 points and 7.6 rebounds over her past three games and is averaging career-highs with 3.7 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game. She has been even better in conference play, averaging 5.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Santa Ynez High product is hitting 55.6% of her shots in Big West action.

• Sabado Gigante
We know the band Chicago loved Saturdays (in the park) and so do the Gauchos. UCSB is 5-1 on Saturdays this season after going 9-2 on Saturdays last season.

• For the Record
UCSB's seven wins in its 20 games is the program's toughest start since the 1988-89 season when Santa Barbara also was 7-13. Including this year, UCSB has had double-digit losses over an entire season just four times in the past 16 years. The Gauchos are in danger of recording their first losing season since 1989-90 when they were 13-15 overall and 8-10 in the Big West.

• Three-Co-La
Sophomore guard Emilie Johnson has attempted a conference-high 124 3-pointers this season putting her within striking distance of the single-season top-10 in school history. Currently, Jordan Franey's 134 bonus bomb attempts in 2006-07 is 10th. Johnson averages 6.2 3-point attempts per game and makes 1.8 per game, which is second in the Big West.

• A TO Needed on the TO's
Despite posting their most positive assist-to-turnover ratio in a game this season, UCSB has turned the ball over an average of 21.6 per game, second-most in the conference and 301st in the country (out of 332 programs). The Gauchos' -5.7 turnover margin per game is 320th nationally. UCSB is on pace to commit 626 turnovers this season, which would rank ninth all-time in program single-season history.

Year Total
1. 1993-94 706
2. 1992-93 699
3. 1997-98 697
4. 1983-84 674
5. 1988-89 672
6. 1999-2000 660
7. 2000-01 650
8. 1989-90 644
9. 2006-07 622
10. 2001-02 621

• The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season as the Gauchos' head coach, and she is just the fourth head coach in UCSB women's basketball history. Last season Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to a 22-10 overall mark (15-1 in the Big West) and the Big West regular-season and tournament championships. Named the Big West Coach of the Year, Gottlieb became the first coach in Gaucho history to win at least 20 games and the Coach of the Year award in her first season - and one of only seven coaches nationwide to do so. Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 14th consecutive postseason appearance and the team won 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. In her first season at the helm of the program, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to national prominence, ranking in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense, a top-20 finish in points allowed per game while watching her team set a school record for free throw percentage. No stranger to success, Gottlieb was formerly the associate head coach at Cal, helping the team to a 68-28 (.708) overall mark in her time there. Prior to that, Gottlieb was an assistant at the University of Richmond, where she helped the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons.

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.