November 24, 2009

Gauchos Host Kentucky in Wednesday Matinee

Nov. 24, 2009

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Kentucky (3-0)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Wildcats - 0-1
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Wildcats - L, 69-58 (12/21/08)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker
Game streaming online at BigWest.TV

Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego (2-2)
at San Diego's Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
Series record vs. the Toreros - 13-7
Streak - Won 5
Last time out vs. the Toreros - W, 75-66 (11/16/08)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.
Game available via Gametracker

• Season Tickets Still Available!
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are still 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 now to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!

• Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• Listen Up!
All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website.

• Double Digit Defeats
Having lost its last two games by at least 16 points each, UCSB has not endured that tough of a stretch in a long time. Although the Gauchos' last two losses last season were by 19 and 35 points, respectively, the last time a UCSB team had successive losses by 16 or more points came when the Gauchos dropped an 86-55 decision to Michigan State on Nov. 18, 2005 and followed it up with a 76-56 loss to Louisville on Nov. 20, 2005.

• Tough Start
By opening the season with three straight losses, it has marked the first time a UCSB team has started that way since the 2005-06 season. That Gaucho squad lost its first five contests before finishing 16-14 overall and making the NIT.

• The L Word
By losing consecutively scheduled games and scoring less than 50 points, the Gauchos became the first squad to turn that trick since the 1987-88 team.

• Making History
In her first two games in a UCSB uniform, Mekia Valentine made a huge impact. She leads the team, averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. But, more eye-opening is that she has already etched her name in UCSB's single-game record books. With seven blocked shots vs. Nevada, Valentine, who missed Sunday's game vs. LMU with an injury to her right hand, swatted the second-most shots in a Gaucho game and with six more vs. Fresno State, Valentine had the third-most blocks.

• Welcome Back
Senior guard/forward Chris Spencer made her season debut with 23 minutes on Sunday vs. LMU after missing the first two games with a stress fracture in her right foot. Spencer scored nine points and pulled down a career-best eight rebounds in the loss. Margaret Johnson, who also missed the first two games with an injury, made her 2009-10 debut by playing 16 minutes.

• Swat Team
Through the season's first three games UCSB leads the Big West with its 5.67 blocks per game average. At the Gauchos' current pace they would shatter the single-season record of 140 set in 2003-04.

• `Dome Sweet `Dome
When the calendar flips to 2010, it will mark the 30th year the Thunderdome has been used for home games and in that time, the UCSB women's basketball team has enjoyed a large majority of its success inside the `Dome. The Gauchos have won over 400 games in the Thunderdome's existence, but over the past two decades, it has really proved to be a home court advantage. Since 1991, UCSB is 200-40 in the Thunderdome, an astounding winning percentage of .833.

• Shooting Stars
Mekia Valentine, Emilie Johnson and Jordan Franey have taken a combined 96 of the Gauchos' 162 shots in the first three games this season, or just over 59%.

• Headed Downtown? Call A Designated Shooter
In the team's first three games, UCSB is just 7-for-44 from beyond the three-point arc, or 15.9%. UCSB missed all 17 of its three-point attempts vs. Nevada on Monday, the team's worst shooting performance from beyond the arc since missing 21 three-pointers on Feb. 19, 2009 at Pacific (6 of 27 in a 59-50 loss). The last time UCSB went at least 0-for-10 from downtown came in a Nov. 26, 2005 loss at BYU when the Gauchos missed all 13 of their three-point attempts.

• Want to Set a Record? Play the Gauchos
UCSB has watched at least one player in two of its games set a career-high in points. Fresno State's Jaleesa Ross scored a career-best 25 points and Nevada's Kayla Williams set a new personal record with 16 points.

• Thievery Inc.
Emilie Johnson set a career-high when she had seven steals vs. Nevada. That total also ties her for ninth in UCSB single-game history. The last player to have at least that many was Lauren Pedersen, who had seven steals vs. Gonzaga on Dec. 7, 2008.

• W2W4
Jordan Franey, the team's returning leader in points and rebounds, has racked up 640 career points, leaving her with the 1,000-point mark in her sights. The most points that Franey has scored in a season came during her freshman year when she poured in 285. The San Diego native needs to average 13.5 points per game over the 29 regular-season games to be the 23rd Gaucho to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She is currently averaging 11.3 points per game.

• Say Goodbye
UCSB lost five players who were critical to the Gauchos' success last season when Sha'Rae Gibbons, Jenna Green, Lauren Pedersen, Kat Suderman and Whitney Warren all graduated. The quintet took 563 games of experience with them along with 1,169 points from last season - or 61% of the team's scoring output from 2008-09.

• The 76 Station
Last season UCSB reached 70 points on just four occasions. So far in 2009-10, the Gauchos have already done it once. UCSB scored 76 points -- matching the team's high last season -- in the opener vs. Fresno State.

• Stay in Touch With the Gauchos
Three people will keep fans abreast of all things related to the women's basketball team this year through UCSBgauchos.com. Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb has her own Twitter page at twitter.com/UCSBCoachG and Emilie Johnson and Margaret Johnson both write for the blog "Johnsons' Journal." Each social networking tool can be found on the women's basketball page at UCSBgauchos.com.

• The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season as the Gauchos' head coach, and she is just the fourth head coach in UCSB women's basketball history. Last season Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to a 22-10 overall mark (15-1 in the Big West) and the Big West regular-season and tournament championships. Named the Big West Coach of the Year, Gottlieb became the first coach in Gaucho history to win at least 20 games and the Coach of the Year award in her first season - and one of only seven coaches nationwide to do so. Gottlieb led the Gauchos to their 14th consecutive postseason appearance and the team won 20 games for the 12th time in the past 14 years. In her first season at the helm of the program, Gottlieb guided the Gauchos to national prominence, ranking in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense, a top-20 finish in points allowed per game while watching her team set a school record for free throw percentage. No stranger to success, Gottlieb was formerly the associate head coach at Cal, helping the team to a 68-28 (.708) overall mark in her time there. Prior to that, Gottlieb was an assistant at the University of Richmond, where she helped the Spiders to three straight 20-win seasons.