February 27, 2009

UCSB Hosts Final Home Game on Saturday vs. CSUN

Feb. 27, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 12-1) vs. CS Northridge (6-20, 3-10) at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside (17-9, 12-1) at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on KTMS, 990. Steve Wendt is in his fifth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford handles the color commentary for the majority of men's and women's games, but when Ford is not available at home games, former UCSB assistant coach Kristen Koch will fill in. When Ford is not available for road games, Matt Hurst, yours truly, will handle the task.

• Olé, Olé, Olé ... Gauchos, Gauchos
UCSB holds a 30-12 overall edge in the series with Northridge, winning both of last year's contests by a total of 57 points and defeating the Matadors 75-58 this season. UCSB has won 21 of the past 22 meetings between the schools. The lone defeat to the Matadors was a 66-64 loss on Jan. 25, 2007 at The Matadome.

• Handling the Highlanders
UCSB and UC Riverside were chosen to finish 1-2 in both the media and coaches preseason Big West polls. UCSB swept the Highlanders last season, and defeated them, 47-40, in the first meeting this year. It was the lowest-scoring win by a UCSB team since Feb. 18, 2006 when the Gauchos defeated Long Beach State, 46-43. The last time UCSB lost to UCR came on March 10, 2007 in the Big West Tournament, 70-67.

• Block Party
On Tuesday vs. Oregon State, the Gauchos recorded 12 blocked shots - led by Kat Suderman's three swats - setting a new school record. The previous mark of 11 was set on Dec. 31, 1990 against Missouri.

• Eyes on the Prize
Already in 10th place on UCSB's career scoring list, Jenna Green is just eight points away from Amy Smith (1993-97) and ninth place. Green is 46 points shy of becoming just the ninth player in UCSB history to reach the 1,500-point mark. With four guaranteed games left and an 11.2 scoring average, Green is on pace for 45 more points.

• Oh Thank Heaven, UCSB is 11
Opponents are shooting just 34.7% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 32.6% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.7 points against is 20th in the nation.

• Double Vision
Jenna Green has recorded five double-doubles this season, tying her career-best for a single year. The senior from San Jose also recorded five double-doubles in the 2006-07 season.

• Top 10 Time
Lauren Pedersen's 138 three-point attempts rank eighth all-time in UCSB single-season history and the senior needs to hit six more to crack the top-10 for most makes in a season. Pedersen can move into the career top-10 in three-pointers attempted if she attempts 28 more.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen has tallied 65 steals this season, averaging 2.5 per game, which ranks 53rd in the country and first in the Big West. She is 13 steals away from cracking UCSB's single-season top-10 list for most steals in a season. Currently tied for that spot are Erika Kienast (who did it in the 1991-92 season) and Cori Close (1992-93).

• On the Rebound
Jenna Green leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game. Should Green's current mark lead the Gauchos, it would tie as the lowest team-leading rebounding average in a single-season. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below six - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.

• Biggest in the Big West
Since the 1995-96 season, UCSB is 200-19 (.913) in Big West games.

• Pouring It In
In the month of February. Jenna Green's field goal percentage is 59% and the senior has been first or second on the Gauchos in scoring in four of her five games.

• 1-2 Punch
While Lauren Pedersen and Jenna Green are currently 317 points shy of breaking into UCSB's all-time top-10 one-two punch combinations, the duo has been extremely productive in conference play. Pedersen and Green are averaging a combined 25.1 points per game in the Big West, which is third among teammates in the conference. Only Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago and Megan Harrison (30.5 ppg) and UC Riverside's Kemie Nkele and Seyram Gbewonyo (30.3 ppg) score more than Pedersen and Green.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen ranks first in the Big West in overall free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 87.7% from the charity stripe which ranks 16th in the nation. UCSB's 75.0% mark as a team ranks 14th nationally and the team is on pace to set a school record. Currently, the 2002-03 squad's ranks first at 73.9%.

• Six Shooters
UCSB is ranked first in the Big West in seven overall statistical categories. They are - scoring defense (54.7 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.7%), three-point field goal percentage defense (28.1%), rebounding defense (33.9 allowed per game), defensive rebounds (27.0 per game) and scoring margin (+4.8).

• Swat Team
Jenna Green has tallied 48 blocks, which is tops in the Big West. Green's 2.1 average per game leads the Big West and is 42nd in the country. Her 172 career blocks are just eight shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). She is on pace for 59 blocks this year, which would be third all-time in a single season.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.7 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.

• Controlling the Conference
UCSB is holding Big West opponents to a mere 32.3% shooting from the field - and a meager 20.0% from three-point range - and just 49.5 points per game, all of which ranks first in the conference. The Gauchos also lead the Big West with a +7.6 rebounding margin. UCSB's +11.0 scoring margin in conference play is second.

• 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.

• The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is just the fourth head coach that the UCSB women's basketball program has ever known. Hired in May to succeed longtime coach Mark French, who spent 21 years at the helm of the program, Gottlieb is in her first season as a head coach. Gottlieb inherits a team that has made 13 consecutive postseason appearances, but the Scarsdale, N.Y. native is no stranger to success. Part of Cal's coaching staff since 2005, Gottlieb helped turn the Golden Bears into perennial contenders and a formidable force in the Pac-10, as the team went 68-28 (.708) in her time as an assistant and associate head coach. Prior to her arrival at Cal, Gottlieb was an assistant to Joanne Boyle at the University of Richmond, where she helped lead the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons and a postseason appearance each season. In 2004-05 Richmond made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 seasons. Before coaching at Richmond, Gottlieb spent one season as an assistant at the University of New Hampshire and two seasons prior to that at Syracuse.

• Massari On The Radio Tuesday
UC Santa Barbara Director of Athletics Mark Massari will join Steve Wendt on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 7-8 p.m. at The Paradise Café to discuss the state of Gaucho Athletics. The show will air live on KIST 1490-AM in Santa Barbara and will replace the Bob Williams Show, which normally airs at that time. In addition to discussing Gaucho Athletics with Wendt, Massari will answer the emailed questions of UCSB fans. To send a question, click here. It will be the final show of the year.

• 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."

• BE Great
UCSB Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month as part of one of two recently created programs aimed at providing an outstanding all-around experience for Gaucho student-athletes and to reach out to the campus and Santa Barbara community. The promotion of black history falls under the "BE Great" life skills program, which was recently unveiled by Director of Athletics Mark Massari and Executive Associate Athletics Director Diane O'Brien. For more information on the "BE Great" life skills program