Gauchos Travel to Beehive State Seeking First Win of the Season
Nov. 24, 2005
Game 4 Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 3:00 p.m. PST Provo, UT
UC Santa Barbara at BYU Marriott Center (22,400)
Game 5 Monday, Nov. 28, 2005 6:00 p.m. PST Ogden, UT
UC Santa Barbara at Weber State Dee Events Center (11,500)
2005-06 Gaucho Record
0-3 overall/0-0 Big West Conference
0-1 home/0-2 away/0-0 neutral
ESPN/USA Today Rank: NR
Associated Press Rank: NR
Four-Game Losing Streak is UCSB's Longest Since 1992-93
Following a quick break to celebrate Thanksgiving, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team hopes to feast on its first win of the 2005-06 season during a two-game trip to Utah. On Saturday, Nov. 26, the Gauchos play at BYU (2-0 overall), looking to avoid their first five-game losing streak in nearly 13 years. Tip-off in the cavernous Marriott Center is slated for 4:00 p.m. MST/3:00 p.m. PST. Two days later, UCSB will find itself inside Weber State's Dee Events Center for a 7:00 p.m. MST/6:00 p.m. showdown with the Wildcats.
Gauchos on the Air and Web
Saturday's Gaucho-Cougar clash will air live on KTLK 1340AM in Santa Barbara with "Showtime" Steve Wendt calling the play-by-play and Ben Alkaly attempting color commentary. The dynamic announcing duo will then move down the dial to KTMS 990AM when UCSB takes on Weber State. All of Santa Barbara's games in 2005-06 can also be heard live via the internet by pointing your browser to www.ucsbgauchos.com and purchasing the "UCSB All-Access Pass".
Richmond Spoils Santa Barbara's Home Opener with 61-55 Comeback Win
After building a five-point lead over Richmond with seven minutes to play Wednesday night in the Thunderdome, the Gauchos were outscored 16-2 down to stretch and fell 61-55 in their home opener. Despite its late offensive struggles UCSB led until the final minute, when Spider senior guard Saona Chapman buried the third of her three straight baskets, a three-pointer from the right wing to put the visitors ahead 57-55 with 50 seconds to play. UR then hit four free throws down the stretch to end a two-game losing skid. Richmond (2-2) also closed the first half with a flurry, scoring the final eight points to take a 34-26 lead into the locker rooms before Santa Barbara rallied with a 14-3 run after intermission.
UCSB Team Three-Dot Data...
Combining last season's first round NCAA Tournament defeat with three straight setbacks in 2005-06, UCSB has its longest losing streak since dropping the 1991-92 finale and six straight to open the following year... The Gauchos are averaging only 54.3 points during their current skid, while the last time they were held below 60 points for four straight games was during the 1988-89 campaign...Santa Barbara has been out-rebounded by double-figures in each game this season after ranking seventh nationally in rebounding margin last season at +7.1...The Gauchos lost the battle of the boards just five times in all of 2004-05, never by more than four...One positive in 2005-06 has been UCSB's turnover totals as the Gauchos have committed fewer miscues than each of their three opponents.
UCSB Player Three-Dot Data...
Sophomore center Jenna Green has paced the Gaucho offense in every game this year, while junior guard Erin O'Bryan has been the team's second-leading scorer each time...The duo has recorded double-digit point totals in all three contests, while no other Gaucho has done the same...O'Bryan has moved into 10th place on UCSB's career chart with 62 three-pointers as a Gaucho...Meanwhile Green equaled her career highs of three blocks and five assists vs. Richmond, committing zero turnovers in the process.
BYU opened its season with a come-from-behind 76-59 win at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 19, and then scored an impressive 71-67 victory Tuesday at UCLA. Senior forward Ambrosia Anderson is averaging 25.5 points and nine rebounds through two contests. The Cougars - picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West Conference - advanced to the first round of the Postseason WNIT in 2004-05. The Gauchos lead the all-time series 4-1 and have won their last three meetings with BYU, including a 65-51 decision in the Thunderdome on Jan. 2, 2003.