March 2, 2009

UCSB Plays Final Two Regular Season Games This Week

March 2, 2009

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• The Schedule
Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (18-9, 13-1) at UC Riverside (18-9, 13-1) at UC RIverside's Student Recreation Center (3,200)
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game available to watch on bigwest.tv
Game available on Gametracker

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State (8-19, 4-10) at Long Beach State's The Pyramid (4,200)
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.

• Handling the Highlanders
UC Riverside and UCSB 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.

• Beating `The Beach'
The Gauchos hold a 40-38 all-time mark against Long Beach State, the school's fourth-most wins vs. any opponent in history. The Gauchos beat the 49ers 66-48 on Jan. 2 this year as Lauren Pedersen had 16 points and Sha'Rae Gibbons added 14. UCSB swept the 49ers last year, winning 72-69 in the Thunderdome and 70-62 in Long Beach. UCSB has not lost to the 49ers since Jan. 7, 2006.

• Big West Tournament Tickets
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• Revolution No. 9
With a game-high 20 points vs. Cal State Northridge, Jenna Green passed Amy Smith (1993-97) to move into ninth place on UCSB's career scoring list. Green is only six points shy of becoming just the ninth player in UCSB history to reach the 1,500-point mark. The San Jose, Calif. native is 25 points away from Barb Beainy (1988-92) and eighth place in UCSB's annals.

• Lucky Seven
Opponents are shooting just 34.4% against UCSB on the season, ranking the Gauchos seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Xavier's 32.6% mark is first in the country. The Gauchos' 54.5 points against is 20th in the nation.

• Tournament Scenarios
In the event that UCSB and UC Riverside tie with a 14-2 conference record, the Gauchos would be the Big West Tournament's No. 1 seed. If UCSB loses to Long Beach State and beats UCR, the Gauchos would be 2-0 vs. UCR. If the Gauchos beat Long Beach State and lose to Riverside, UCSB would then be 1-1 vs. UCR, but 2-0 vs. Cal Poly and in this scenario UC Riverside would have lost this coming Saturday to Cal Poly.

• Top 10 Time
Lauren Pedersen's 144 three-point attempts rank fifth all-time in UCSB single-season history and the senior needs to hit four more to crack the top-10 for most makes in a season. Pedersen can move into the UCSB career top-10 in three-pointers attempted if she attempts 22 more.

• Fantastic February
In the month of February, Jenna Green averaged 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while hitting 57.1% of her shots. Green also made 22 of 25 free throws and averaged 2.0 blocks per game.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen has tallied 67 steals this season, averaging 2.5 per game, which ranks 50th in the country and first in the Big West. She is 11 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 201-19 (.914) in Big West games.

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen ranks second in the Big West in overall free throw percentage and is on pace to set UCSB's single-season mark for free throw percentage. Pedersen is shooting 87.2% from the charity stripe which ranks 16th in the nation. UCSB's 74.9% mark as a team ranks 19th nationally and the team is on pace to set a school record. Currently, the 2002-03 squad's ranks first at 73.9%.

• 20/20
Jenna Green and Lauren Pedersen are the only two Gaucho players to score 20 points in a game this season. Green has done it three times and Pedersen has done it twice. Last season Jessica Wilson and Sha'Rae Gibbons were the only players to reach 20 or more points at least twice. Wilson did it five times and Gibbons did it two times.

• Swat Team
Jenna Green has tallied 51 blocks, which is tops in the Big West. Green's 2.1 average per game leads the Big West and is 35th in the country. Her 175 career blocks are just five shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96). Her 51 blocks this year already have her sixth in UCSB single-season history.

• 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.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
UCSB is allowing just 54.5 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 31.9% shooting from the field - and a meager 20.8% from three-point range - which ranks first in the conference. The Gauchos are allowing 49.4 points per game (second to UC Riverside's 48.8) and they also lead the Big West with a +7.9 rebounding margin. UCSB's +10.8 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.

• 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.

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