February 10, 2009

Gauchos, 10-0 in Big West, Face Cal Poly on Saturday

Feb. 10, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (15-7, 10-0) at Cal Poly (15-7, 7-3) at Cal Poly's Mott Gym (3,032)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv

Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific (12-10, 6-4) at Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

• My Little Pony
UCSB holds a 46-14 edge over Cal Poly in the overall series. The Gauchos have not lost to the Mustangs at Mott Gym since a 77-70 defeat on Feb. 9, 2001, which ended UCSB's record 49-game winning streak in the Big West. UCSB has won six of the past eight meetings.

• Hello Kitty
The Gauchos have not lost to Pacific since January 2003, holding a 12-game winning streak over the Tigers. UCSB is 45-14 all-time vs. UOP after its 76-54 victory over the Tigers on Jan. 24 when Jenna Green, Sha'Rae Gibbons and Jordan Franey all scored in double figures. Also in that game, UCSB held Amber Simmons - the Big West's leading scorer at 18.6 ppg - to just six points.

• Perfect Pedersen
Lauren Pedersen already had one free throw shooting school record when she opened the season by making her first 20 from the line. Now, the senior from Brea, Calif. has another UCSB mark. Pedersen has made 29 consecutive free throws, dating back to Jan. 21 when she hit her final two vs. UC Davis, eclipsing Lindsay Taylor's streak of 28 in 2003. Pedersen is 12th in the nation with an 88.8% free throw percentage.

• Cinco Pack
Opponents are shooting just 33.8% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 31.1% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 53.7 points against is 12th in the nation.

• Good Lordy, Just Forty
The Gauchos have held four opponents to 40 or fewer points five total 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).

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 198-18 (.917) in Big West games.

• Pursuit of Perfection
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 10-0 for the fourth time this decade and the second time in as many seasons. Twice this decade UCSB has gone undefeated in Big West play and three other times, including last year, the Gauchos have suffered just one loss.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey rank first and third in the Big West, respectively, in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 88.8% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 82.7% of her freebies, which rank them 12th and 56th in the nation. Franey has knocked down 42 of her past 51. UCSB's 75.9% as a team ranks 13th in the country.

• Pedersen's Points
In Big West play, Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos in points per game (13.1), steals (2.6), assists (3.4), free throw percentage (91.5%) and is third with 5.2 rebounds per game.

• Top-10 Time
Jenna Green is inching closer to cracking UCSB's career scoring Top-10 list. With 1,420 career points, Green is now 41 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) for 10th place.

• The Green Machine
Jenna Green is averaging 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game over her past four games. In the month of January, Green averaged 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.

• Warren is Scorin'
For the sixth time in 22 games this season Whitney Warren reached double figures in scoring, something previously unheard of for the senior. Entering this season Warren had reached double-digits just 12 times in her 89-game career. Warren began this season with a 4.8 points per game average but is averaging 6.5 points per game this season.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
Twelve of UCSB's wins this season have come in the Thunderdome, where the team is averaging 60.8 points on 42.0% shooting. On the road, where the Gauchos are 3-6, the team is averaging 57.9 points on 38.9% shooting. At home, opponents are scoring just 48.5 points per game while shooting 32.0% whereas on the road, UCSB's opponents are averaging 61.2 points per game on 36.3% shooting.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green blocked a season-high tying five shots vs. Cal State Fullerton to give her 46 blocks this season and a 2.3 average per game which leads the Big West and is 27th in the country. Her 170 career blocks are just 10 shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 67 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 53.7 points per game, which would be second all-time in UCSB history, behind the 43.6 points per game the 1973-74 team allowed. Currently, the 2003-04 squad's 56.8 points allowed per game is second.

• Road Warriors
The Gauchos hold the nation's longest active road winning streak in conference play after defeating Cal State Northridge last week. UCSB has won 18 consecutive road games in the Big West, two ahead of Marist, which has captured 17 consecutive road wins in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

• Controlling the Conference
UCSB is holding Big West opponents to a mere 30.8% shooting from the field - and a mere 14.8% from three-point range - and just 47.2 points per game. UCSB's +12.9 scoring margin is first in the conference.

• 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."