May 30, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jessica Goble, a 6'3" post player from Fallbrook High School in Fallbrook, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team, head coach Mark French announced Tuesday.
Goble will join the Gauchos as a true freshman for the 2006-07 season alongside two other rookies - Jordan Franey (La Mesa, Calif./Santee HS) and Meagan Williams (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon HS) - and one junior transfer, Chisa Ononiwu (Houston, Texas/Baylor Univ.).
In just he fourth season of organized basketball, Goble earned All-Avocado League Second Team honors after averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game for the Warriors in 2005-06. That shot-blocking average ranked sixth among all CIF San Diego Section players last season. She was named North County Times Athlete of the Week on Dec. 19, 2005 after earning MVP honors at the Rancho Verde Tournament. Goble scored in double-figures 17 times last year - including a season-high of 18 against Henry High School on Dec. 28 - and amassed four double-doubles.
An excellent student who plans to study biology at UCSB, Goble garnered San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team acclaim as a senior. She comes from an athletic family, as her mother Madelyn played volleyball at UCLA while her older brother Greg will be a sophomore on the Pepperdine water polo team next season.
"As we went into this spring signing period, we targeted adding depth in the post. I think Jessica fills that need well," French stated. "Jessica is one of those classic late-bloomers - she's a legitimate 6'3", athletic, runs the floor well and has good hands. I think her mid-range jumper will be a major asset. She has an excellent basketball body and comes from a good athletic lineage."
Goble will join a Gaucho squad that posted a 16-14 overall record in 2005-06 and captured a share of their unprecedented 11th consecutive Big West Conference regular season title. Santa Barbara made its 11th straight postseason appearance, advancing to the preliminary round of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.