March 2, 2007

UCSB Wraps Up Regular Season at Northridge Saturday with Second Seed on the Line

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March 2, 2007

The Schedule
Game No. 29
Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Northridge Matadors
The Matadome (1,600)

The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's showdown with Cal State Northridge with an overall record of 16-12 and a 9-4 Big West Conference mark after defeating Pacific 79-67 Thursday night in Stockton. With the win, UCSB improved to an impressive 8-3 on the road this season and remained in the hunt for the conference's second seed. The Gauchos, who needed a Cal Poly loss to finish second in the league standings, are now in control of their own destiny and can clinch the No. 2 spot with a win over the Matadors.

UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's regular season finale at Cal State Northridge will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. Steve Wendt is in his third year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos and will have the call alongside Yours Truly, who will attempt to handle the color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". Fans can also catch all games live via the internet by going to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass". With this option hoops fans can enjoy live audio and video from the comfort of their homes courtesy of CSTV.

Gauchos, Fears Shoot the Ball Extremely Well in Win at Pacific
Sophomore point guard LaShay Fears scored a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers and Jessica Wilson added 20 as UCSB defeated Pacific 79-67 at the Alex G. Spanos Center Thursday night. Fears led a total of four players in double figures for the Gauchos, shooting 6-for-10 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and made all eight of her free-throws for a career-best 23 points. The Palmdale, Calif. native added a game-high six assists, which was one off her personal best, only had one turnover, and grabbed three rebounds.Wilson finished 7-of-10, made all three of her attempts from distance, hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds, and had three steals. Jenna Green bounced back from an off performance against UC Riverside, tallying 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, to go with six rebounds, and five blocks and Chisa Ononiwu went 4-of-6 from the field, finishing with 10 points. After shooting a season-high 58.5% from the field in their Jan. 27 meeting with the Tigers, the Gauchos made 28-of-50 shots from the floor Thursday, 56%. Despite allowing 11 offensive rebounds, UCSB posted a 31-28 advantage on the glass and outscored UOP 34-20 in the paint.

Did You Know?...
With the win, UCSB improved to 11-2 this season when four or more players reach double figures...The Gauchos had not had four players score 10+ since Feb. 10 at LBSU...Santa Barbara's two highest performances from the field percentage-wise in 2006-07 have come against Pacific (58.5% and 56%)...UCSB won the battle of the glass against UOP for the 16th time this season, improving to 14-2 when that happens...After setting two school records for three-point shooting against Pacific back in January, Santa Barbara was an impressive 6-of-12 from beyond the arc Thursday. LaShay Fears led the Gauchos in scoring for the second consecutive game and third time overall this season...Her previous career-best was 20 points that came against UCLA Dec. 17, 2005 and again at Cal Poly February 4, 2006...Jessica Wilson racked up her third double-double of the season and sixth of her career with the 20-10 performance.

Charging the Matadors
• UCSB concludes the 2006-07 regular season Saturday afternoon at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos and Matadors will battle for the 39th time with the second seed in the Big West Conference at stake. Santa Barbara leads the all-time series 27-11 and had won 17 consecutive games in the series before CSUN recorded a historic 66-64 victory over UCSB Jan. 25 in the Thunderdome. LaJoyce King scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Matadors defeated the Gauchos for the first time since 1984.

• Northridge enters Saturday's contest with a 13-14 overall record and a 9-4 league mark following a 67-60 win over Cal Poly Thursday night that snapped their eight-game winning streak. After eliminating the Mustangs from No. 2 seed contention, the Matadors have the Big West's top offense at 70.8 points per game and have allowed 70.5. CSUN shoots 42.6% from the field, while their opposition has shot 38.1%. Senior guard Ofa Tulikihihifo is sixth in the BWC and leads the team averaging 14.8 points per game to go with 7.2 rebounds and a 45% mark from the floor. Senior LaJoyce King is second averaging 13.9 points and a league-high 10.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.4% from the field. Northridge had lost three straight and four of six before Thursday's win. The Matadors are 8-6 at home this season.