February 12, 2010

Gauchos Face Long Beach State on Saturday With Revenge on Their Minds

Feb. 12, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State (10-13, 6-4)
at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid (5,000)
Series record vs. the 49ers - 42-19
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the 49ers - L, 78-63 (1/14/10)
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 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Fullerton (11-13, 6-5)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Titans - 42-19
Streak - Won 34
Last time out vs. the Titans - W, 60-59, 2OT (1/23/10)
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, UCSBgauchos.com.

• 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.

• Follow the Gauchos
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• 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.

• Early Valentine's Present
Junior Mekia Valentine had one of the best games by a Gaucho in recent memory on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 center had 26 points and 22 rebounds - both career-highs - in UCSB's overtime loss to UC Riverside. The 22 rebounds rank second-most in school history for a single game, trailing only Leslie Ford's 25 against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 21, 1977. Valentine's 22 boards were the most by a Gaucho since Amy Smith pulled down 20 at USC on Dec. 19, 1996. It is Valentine's seventh double-double of the season, which is the second-most in the Big West this season.

• Broken Record
UC Santa Barbara set a single-season record in Thursday's game, by totaling 141 total blocks this season, besting the school's previous record (set in 2003-04) by one. The Gauchos average a conference-leading 6.13 blocked shots per game, which also puts the team sixth in the country. This year's team is on pace for 177 blocked shots.

• Finger Waggin'
Valentine blocked five shots vs. UCR, giving her 84 overall this season for a 3.82 average per game, which leads the Big West and ranks third in the nation. The Greensboro, N.C. native already holds UCSB's single-season record for blocked shots as well as ranking 10th all-time in the program's career for blocked shots. She is three swats away from tying Kristi Rohr (1996-2000) for ninth place all-time in career blocks.

• The L Word
UCSB is 8-15 this season, marking its first regular season with a losing record since the 1989-90 squad went 13-15 overall. Santa Barbara has dropped six Big West games, the program's most conference defeats since going 11-7 in the 1993-94 season.

The Opponents

• at Long Beach State, 2/13
Long Beach State snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Gauchos in the Thunderdome the last time the two teams met, besting the Gauchos, 78-63. It was LBSU's first win in Santa Barbara since January, 1991. The 15-point victory was Long Beach's largest over the Gauchos since an 89-59 drubbing in the Big West Tournament on March 8, 1990. UCSB, however, has won 40 of its past 44 meetings with the 49ers. Long Beach State is led by Karina Figueroa's 17.0 points per game (second in the Big West) and her 5.6 assists per game (first in conference). Lauren Sims leads the conference with her 2.5 made 3-pointers per game.

• vs. Cal State Fullerton, 2/20
The Gauchos hold one of the nation's longest winning streaks over the Titans, having beaten CSUF 34 straight times dating to the 1995 season. It took double overtime in the teams 1/23 match-up for UCSB to continue its winning streak. Emilie Johnson's game-winning shot in the second overtime followed a game-tying shot in regulation by Jordan Franey and one in the first overtime from Mekia Valentine. Fullerton is 6-5 in the Big West after beating UC Irvine 76-74 on Wednesday. The Titans are led by Megan Richardson's 15.1 points per game (3rd in BW).

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G Missed all 8 3-point attempts on Thursday
12 Ariana Gnekow G 1st time she was scoreless in a start (Thurs)
14 Jordan Franey F Hasn't scored double digits in past 7 games
21 Meagan Williams G Handed out career-high 8 assists on Thurs
44 Mekia Valentine C 22 rebounds on Thurs, 2nd most all-time

Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Remains out with foot stress fracture
1 Sweets Underwood F Just 7 points, 6 rebounds in past 3 games
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Avg. 1.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg this season
11 Stefanie Corgel G Played career-high 15 minutes on 2/4
22 Chris Spencer G Held scoreless for first time in 5 games
25 Jessie Goble F/C Missed last eight games with back injury
32 Margaret Johnson F Played for first time in 5 games

• Big West Woes
UCSB is under .500 more than one game into conference action since a 7-8 mark in February, 1991. UCSB has also lost consecutive conference games twice this season, marking the first time that's occurred since the 1993-94 season.

• For the Record
The Gauchos 8-15 record is the program's worst start since going 4-22 in the 1986-87 season, which was Darla Wilson's final season as head coach. Including this year, UCSB has had double-digit losses over an entire season just four times in the past 16 years.

• Watch For Williams
Senior Meagan Williams is tied for the team lead in points per conference game with 12.9 and has reached double digits in eight of 11 Big West games (and 11 overall this year, eclipsing her combined total of six games through her previous three years at UCSB). The Sacramento native leads the team with her 3.6 assists per game and her 1.9 steals per conference game is second on the squad.

• Mekia the Marksman
Valentine's 59.2% field goal clip leads the Big West and ranks 10th in the nation. The Greensboro, N.C. native, who set a career-high with 10 field goals made on Thursday, 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. Valentine is hitting 60.9% of her shots in conference action.

• Three-Co-La
Following a four-game stretch that saw the Gauchos fill it up from downtown (going 22 of 48, 45.8%) UCSB went just 1-for-14 from beyond the arc on Thursday vs. UC Riverside. In the first half when the Gauchos hit zero 3-pointers, it marked the 12th half of basketball this season UCSB failed to hit a trey. As a team, the Gauchos are shooting just 26.9% from downtown, or third-lowest in school history since the NCAA introduced the bonus bomb in the 1987-88 season.

• Trey-fecta
Sophomore guard Emilie Johnson leads UCSB with her 12.8 points per game and she has attempted a Big West high 143 three-pointers, ranking her sixth all-time in single-season history (Erin Alexander's 227 in 1995-96 ranks first). Johnson is making 1.87 per game, which is second in the conference. Johnson has already attempted 249 treys in her short UCSB career, ranking her ninth all-time in UCSB history, passing Lauren Pedersen. Alexander holds the school record with 609 attempts in her career, spanning 1993-96.

• Lock `Em Down
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 37.1% clip, which is also the lowest mark in the Big West. The Gauchos allow opponents an average of just 61.3 points per game, which is second-best in the conference, and would rank sixth all-time in school history.

• No Apples in This Turnover
UCSB has turned the ball over an average of 21.5 per game, tied for the most in the conference. The Gauchos' -5.3 turnover margin per game is 320th nationally (out of 332 teams). UCSB is on pace to commit 624 turnovers this season, which would rank ninth all-time in program single-season history.

• By The Numbers
Some trends to know about this year's Gaucho team: when UCSB allows 60 or more points, it is 1-11; when UCSB scores 60 or more points, it is 6-4; when the Gauchos are leading at halftime, they are 8-3 and 0-12 when trailing or tied at the break; when an opponent shoots over 40% in a game, the Gauchos are 0-10; and when UCSB has fewer turnovers than its opponent, it is 4-0.