UCSB Heads to NCAA's For 11th Time in Past 13 Seasons

March 17, 2009

• The Schedule
Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
NCAA Tournament First Round
No. 15 UCSB (22-9) vs. No. 2 Stanford (29-4) at San Diego State's Cox Arena (12,414)
Game broadcast live on ESPN2
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM

*Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. (*if necessary)
NCAA Tournament Second Round
No. 15 UCSB vs. winner of No. 7 DePaul/No. 10 San Diego State at San Diego State's Cox Arena (12,414)
Game broadcast live on ESPN2
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM

• 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.

• Ticket Information
NCAA Tournament tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, or by coming to the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus. Tickets to the first round are $17 which does not include a handling fee. Parking at Cox Arena is $10 and can only be paid in cash.

• How They Got Here
UCSB heads into the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the past 13 seasons, receiving the automatic berth by winning the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos (22-9) won the Big West regular-season title with a 15-1 mark and were seeded first in the Big West Tournament and received two byes. UCSB defeated No. 6 seed Cal State Fullerton, 60-52, in the semifinals and then beat No. 3 seed Cal Poly, 64-57, in the title game.

• Smarting From Stanford
Stanford has a decided edge vs. UCSB, holding a 9-1 all-time series mark. The Gauchos' lone victory came in 1977. Stanford defeated UCSB, 84-59 in 2007 and 81-47 in 2006. The Gauchos lost to DePaul in the two teams' only meeting in 1987 and are 9-16 all-time vs. San Diego State.

• W2W4
What to watch for concerning the Gauchos: they play great defense and shoot free throws well. UCSB is seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense (34.4%), 19th in points allowed per game (54.9 ppg), 24th in three-point percentage defense (28.3%), 14th in free throw percentage (75.8%) and Lauren Pedersen is 20th in the nation in free throw percentage (85.1%).

• UCSB in the NCAA
The Gauchos return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and 13th overall. Last year UCSB was the No. 13 seed at the Greensboro Regional and lost to No. 4 Virginia, 86-52. Overall in the tourney, UCSB is 7-12. For more information on UCSB in the NCAA Tournament, please check out page 63 of the media guide.

• Fine 15
UCSB is seeded 15th in this year's NCAA Tournament, the lowest seeding the Gauchos have ever received. The team's previous lowest seed came in 2001 when they were a No. 14 seed and lost to No. 3 Purdue, 75-62. UCSB's highest seed came in 2000 when the Gauchos were No. 4, but they were upset in the first round, 67-64, by Rice. For more information on UCSB in the NCAA Tournament, please turn to page 63 of the media guide.

• M-V-P
Lauren Pedersen was named MVP of the Big West Tournament after averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

• Third Time's A Charm
Jenna Green was named to her third All-Big West Tournament team, becoming just the fourth UCSB player to achieve that feat. Green averaged 11.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in the Gauchos' two contests.

• Exclusive Company
Jenna Green passed Barb Beainy (1988-92) to take sole possession of eighth place in UCSB's scoring history. Green needs to score just seven more points to pass Patty Franklin (1978-82) for seventh place. The senior began the season in 17th place on UCSB's all-time list.

• Productive Across the Board
Lauren Pedersen leads UCSB in points, assists and steals and is the first player since Iesha Smith in 1993-94 to pace the Gauchos in those categories. Should Pedersen pass Jenna Green in total rebounds (she trails by 13), she would be the first player in UCSB history to lead UCSB in all four categories in a single season.

• Gott 20?
By leading UCSB to a 20-win season and being named a conference Coach of the Year in her first season at the school, Lindsay Gottlieb joined an elite group in the women's basketball coaching ranks. In a survey sent out to sports information offices nationwide, only six other coaches were reported to have accomplished the same feat.

• Sixty and Up
UCSB is 13-1 when scoring 60 or more points and the Gauchos are 18-2 when holding their opponents under 60 points.

• Swat Team
As a team the Gauchos have blocked 127 shots this season, tying them for third all-time in school single-season history. The 2003-04 team's 140 blocks is first.

• Top 10 Time
Lauren Pedersen's 162 three-point attempts ranks her fourth all-time in UCSB single-season history and the senior's 52 three-pointers made ties her for eighth in a season. Pedersen can move into the UCSB career top-10 in three-pointers attempted if she attempts four more.

• Stealing Away
Lauren Pedersen has tallied 71 steals this season, averaging 2.3 per game, which ranks 74th in the country and she finished 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).

• Charity Work
Lauren Pedersen ranks 20th in the nation with her 85.1% free throw clip. Pedersen is on pace to finish second in school history by just a sliver, trailing Erin Alexander, whose 85.5% in 1993-94 is UCSB's best. The team's 75.8% mark ranks 14th in the nation and is on pace to set a school record. Currently, the 2002-03 squad's 73.9% ranks first.

• Block Party
Jenna Green has blocked 55 shots this season, which was tops in the Big West, and tied for fourth all-time in UCSB's single-season history. Green's 1.9 average per game is 48th in the country. Her 179 career blocks is just one shy of second-place in UCSB history behind Kris Grazzini (1992-96).

• On the Rebound
Jenna Green leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game and if her average holds up, would qualify as the second-lowest rebounding total to lead a UCSB team. Only one other time in UCSB history did a player finish with a rebounding average below 6.0 - 1984-85 when Rebecca Rehder had 5.6 per game.

• Award Ceremony
First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb was named the Big West's Coach of the Year in an announcement on Monday; Lauren Pedersen and Jenna Green were First-Team All-Big West selections; Jordan Franey was an All-Big West Honorable Mention; and Emilie Johnson was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team. Green became just the sixth player in UCSB history to be named to the First Team three different times (also Kristen Nicholson, Kristi Rohr, Stacy Clinesmith, Erin Buescher and Kristen Mann). It is the first time since 2004 that UCSB has had a Coach of the Year, two First Team players, an Honorable Mention and a player on the All-Freshman Team.

• Vision is 20/20
UCSB secured consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since doing so in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. It is the 12th time in the past 14 years that the Gauchos have won 20 games.

• 20/20
Jenna Green and Lauren Pedersen are the only two Gaucho players to score 20 points in a game this season, with each player doing it three times apiece. 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.

• UCSB Tournament Central
To get inside the bracket and find out more about the Gauchos, please visit our Tournament Central page by clicking here.

• 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."