March 16, 2007
Game No. 33
Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at University of Oregon Ducks
McArthur Court (9,087)
The Gaucho Record
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team enters Saturday's showdown with Oregon with an overall record of 19-13 after defeating the University of San Diego 75-63 Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion to open Postseason WNIT play. With the win, UCSB improved to an impressive 10-3 on the road this season and advanced to the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament Second Round. The Gauchos have won four of their last five dating back to the final to games of the 2006-07 regular season and the Big West Conference Tournament. Saturday's victory was Santa Barbara's first in postseason play since defeating No. 3 Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 22, 2004.
UCSB on the Air & Web
Saturday's UCSB-Oregon clash 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 Pick Up Win at San Diego in Second Straight WNIT Appearance
Jenna Green scored a game-high 25 points and Jessica Wilson added 17 to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 75-63 victory over San Diego Thursday. Green finished 9-for-17 from the floor, was 7-of-8 at the free-throw line, and hauled in five rebounds, with two steals, and a block. Wilson was 6-for-11 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, to go with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Meagan Williams had a great game off the bench, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. UCSB made just one of its first nine shots, while the Toreros jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first 3:16 of the game. UCSB would get it going however and used a 13-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 15-9 advantage at the 11:44 mark. Santa Barbara scored eight of the final 11 points of the half to take a 36-28 lead into the locker room at the break and then extended the lead to 10, 40-30 less than a minute into the second. USD closed to within one (50-49) with 10:08 remaining, but the Gauchos rattled off 11 straight over the next 5:31 to take a 61-49 advantage and put the game out of reach.
Did You Know?...
UCSB shot 46.2% in the second half Thursday and 40.3% for the game to improved to an impressive 16-4 this season when shooting 40% or better...The Gauchos also controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Toreros 45-40...Santa Barbara owns a 17-2 record in 2006-07 when out-rebounding the opposition...After scoring a career-high 29 points Feb. 17 in a loss to Cal Poly, Jenna Green has scored 20 or more in four of the Gauchos' seven games since, including the last three...The San Jose, Calif. native is averaging 25.3 points over her last three contests...After scoring 12 and 15 points against Fullerton and Riverside in the Big West Tournament last week, junior guard Chisa Ononiwu was 0-for-5 and went scoreless in 27 minutes against the Toreros...It was the first time she failed to score a point as a Gaucho...Meagan Williams' 10 rebounds was a new career-best, eclipsing her previous high of eight.
UCSB advances to the WNIT Second Round and will face Oregon Saturday night. The Gauchos and Ducks will battle for the fourth time with Oregon leading the all-time series 2-1. The Ducks defeated the Gauchos 85-77 in their season-opener Nov. 17 led by a career-high 27 points from freshman guard Lilley Taylor. Jessica Wilson scored 28 to lead UCSB. Santa Barbara's only win in the series was a 74-61 home victory in 1999.
Oregon enters Saturday's contest with a 16-13 overall record having lost two straight and three of four overall. The Ducks finished sixth in the Pac-10 standings at 8-10 and lost a 63-51 decision to Cal in the conference tournament quarterfinals Mar. 3. The Ducks average 62.6 points per game and have allowed 60.8 in 2006-07. Oregon shoots 41.9% from the field, while their opposition has shot 38.3%. Senior forward Eleanor Haring leads the team averaging 12.8 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds and a 45% mark from the floor. Front court mate Carolyn Ganes is second averaging 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.6% from the field. The Ducks are 9-5 at historic McArthur Court this season.