February 19, 2009

UCSB Looking to Remain Perfect at Pacific

Feb. 19, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (16-7, 11-0) at Pacific (13-11, 7-5) at Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis (9-14, 5-7) at UC Davis' The Pavilion (7,100)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

• Tiger Tales
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.

• Downing Davis
UC Davis handed the Gauchos their only Big West defeat last year, a 59-56 overtime loss at the Thunderdome. In the overall series, UCSB is 10-3 vs. the Aggies, defeating them 64-51 on Jan. 22 behin Lauren Pedersen, Sha'Rae Gibbons and Jordan Franey, all of whom scored in double figures. UCSB has not lost at Davis since Feb. 11, 2006 - a 64-56 defeat.

• Think Pink
On Tuesday, Feb 24 when UCSB returns home, the Gauchos will hold their Pink Zone game vs. Oregon State at 7 p.m. to raise breast cancer awareness. Tickets are just $1 and fans are encouraged to wear pink gear to the game. Pink paraphenilia will also be available for purchase, including pink UCSB hats and pink warm-up shirts designed and worn by the players. A portion of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

• Third is a Charm
Opponents are shooting just 34.0% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos third in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 31.8% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.1 points against is 18th in the nation.

• Sayonara to the Streak
When she missed her first free throw last Saturday, Lauren Pedersen's school-record streak of 29 straight makes ended. However the senior hit her next three to start a new run. Already this year Pedersen has set two new free throw shooting marks - most makes to start a season (20) and most consecutive free throws made (29).

• The Green Machine
Jenna Green is averaging 18.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game over her past five games, including three double-doubles.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 199-18 (.917) in Big West games.

• In It To Win It
The Gauchos have guaranteed themselves a winning season overall and in the Big West for the 18th consecutive season. The last time UCSB finished below .500 overall or in conference play was in 1989-90 when the Gauchos went 13-15 and 8-10 in the Big West.

• Top-10 Time
Jenna Green is inching closer to cracking UCSB's career scoring Top-10 list. With 1,443 career points, Green is now 18 points behind Erika Kienast (1988-92) for 10th place.

• Pursuit of Perfection
UCSB has opened Big West Conference play 11-0 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.

• 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 19 consecutive road games in the Big West, two ahead of Marist, which has captured 17 consecutive road wins in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

• Pouring It In
Jenna Green's 52.8% field goal percentage ranks second in the Big West and is just shy of her 53.5% career mark entering this season. Green's career 53.3% - including this season - is fourth all-time in UCSB history.

• Double Trouble
Jenna Green has notched three double-doubles over her past four games becoming the first UCSB player to accomplish that feat since Kristen Mann did so from Feb. 26, 2005-March 11, 2005. In that season Mann had 15 double-doubles. Green has four total this season.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen and Jordan Franey rank first and third in the Big West, respectively, in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 88.2% from the charity stripe and Franey is hitting 81.9% of her freebies, which rank them 13th and 70th in the nation. UCSB's 75.8% as a team ranks 13th in the country.

• Seven Up
UCSB is ranked first in the Big West in seven overall statistical categories. They are - scoring defense (54.1 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.0%), three-point field goal percentage defense (27.4%), free throw percentage (75.8%), rebounding defense (34.3 allowed per game), defensive rebounds (27.6 per game) and scoring margin (+5.8).

• Blocked Out
For the first time since Nov. 16 - the team's first game this season - Jenna Green failed to block a shot in a game when she didn't tally one vs. Cal Poly. Green's 2.2 average per game leads the Big West and is 32nd 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 62 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.1 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.

• Controlling the Conference
UCSB is holding Big West opponents to a mere 31.5% shooting from the field - and a meager 17.8% from three-point range - and just 48.5 points per game. UCSB's +12.1 scoring margin in conference play is first.

• 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."

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