Kelsey Adrian Returns from Successful Stint with Canadian National Team

Oct. 14, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara women's basketball transfer Kelsey Adrian could probably beat all of her teammates with her back to school "What I Did With My Summer" paper.

That's because Adrian, who has transferred to UCSB from Cal, played on Canada's National Team.

Now in her fifth season competing for the national squad, Adrian played in three of Canada's five games, helping her country to the bronze medal during the FIBA Americas Championships for Women.

Canada qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women after beating Cuba 59-49 in overtime in Cuiabá, Brazil on Sept. 27. The 2010 World Championship will be played in Prague, Czech Republic.

"I am so proud to have been a part of the Canadian national team this past summer," Adrian said. "It was such an honor to have been able to play for my country and represent Canada basketball on an international stage. I am so happy to have qualified for worlds and could not be more excited for next summer to be able to represent my country and play against the best players in the world."

Adrian, a 6-1 forward who will redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, played in three phases with Canada's National Team this summer. In the first phase the team trained in Toronto and played three exhibition games vs. the Chinese National Team.

In the second phase, the team trained out of Abbotsford and then played three more exhibition games against Cuba. In the third phase Adrian trained out of Kitchener/Waterloo and then went to Brazil for the FIBA Americas tournament.

"Kelsey is a wonderful addition to our program for so many reasons, but her international experience with Canada Basketball really sets her apart," UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "She's been working with high level coaches and playing in international competition since she was about 16 years old. For Kelsey, it has allowed her to represent her country and have experiences on and off the court that others never get. For our program, it allows us to have someone in a Gaucho jersey that brings with her a maturity and a mentality that you obtain from training with and competing against some of the best in the world. I ask Kelsey all the time about what it was like to go to places like China, Cuba and Brazil...but I'm also thrilled that she's now unpacked her bags in Santa Barbara."

Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long.

Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets.

And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.