Nov. 25, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-2) at USC (2-1) at USC's Galen Center Watch live through CBS All-Access
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast on KCSB 91.9 FM and online at kcsb.org
Game available on Gametracker
Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-2) vs. Nevada (2-3) at UCSB's Thunderdome
Game broadcast on KTMS 990-AM
Game broadcast online at Gametracker
UCSB will finish off a three-game road trip Sunday at USC, a team they beat last season, 69-63 in overtime. This is only the third time since 2004 that the two teams have faced off, although UCSB has won five of the past seven meetings - dating back to 1997 - but USC has a slight 12-11 all-time advantage. UCSB has enjoyed immense success against Nevada, holding a 15-3 record vs. the Wolf Pack. This will be the first meeting between the schools since 2/27/2000, an 86-60 UCSB win. The Gauchos have won the past four meetings between the schools.
Free For All
After making all 10 of its free throws against Arizona, UCSB has shot an incredible 80.4%, going 41-51 through the first three games. Lauren Pedersen has been a perfect 18 for 18 from the charity stripe. Last season UCSB finished with a 70.7% mark from the free throw line - third-highest in school history - while the UCSB all-time mark is 73.9% set in the 2002-03 season.
LP Leads the Way
Lauren Pedersen leads the Gauchos in just about every category through the first three games. She has been UCSB's leading scorer, totaling 57 points. Last season the senior from Brea averaged just 6.1 points per game. From the field Pedersen has gone 17 for 47, leading the team in field goals and field goals attempted. Just 5-foot-10, Pedersen also leads the team through the first three games with 21 rebounds and 10 assists.
Sixth-year senior Jenna Green had her best game of the season vs. Arizona, with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 19 minutes. Green leads the team in field goal percentage with a .563 clip and the native of San Jose, Calif. ranks fourth all-time with a .535 mark in her UCSB career.
Thrifty With Three's
As good as UCSB has been from the free throw line, it's been a different story from beyond the three-point line. After shooting just 3 for 21 against Arizona - 14.3% - UCSB is now 13 for 44 from beyond the arc this season, 29.5%. Last year the team shot 30.4% from downtown.
Doing the Little Things
Without scoring a point against Arizona, Meagan Williams still changed the game in her time on the floor. The junior guard pulled down six rebounds and handed out three assists - both season-highs.
After playing just 12 scoreless minutes in the Gauchos' first two games, Ashlee Brown scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Arizona. Last season Brown averaged 6.5 ponts and 4.3 rebounds per game compared to her 3.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg this year.
On Whit's End
Senior Whitney Warren is second on the team in rebounding through the first three games. Warren, who averaged 3.8 rebounds per game last season and 4.0 rebounds per game over her career, has 16 total rebounds - a 5.3 average - trailing Lauren Pedersen's total of 21 rebounds this year.
Freshman Emilie Johnson has started her first three collegiate games, playing 106 of a possible 120 minutes after playing 68 of a possible 85 minutes in the Gauchos' two exhibition games. She trails only Pedersen in minutes played by any player. Johnson leads the team with six three-pointers and is second on the team with 9.3 points per game.
Gottlieb's Opening Act
The Gauchos are 1-2 under new head coach Lindsay Gottlieb, the first time they have opened a season that way since 2006-07. By going 1-2 in the first two games of her career, she has started the same way two other UCSB coaches did at Santa Barbara - Bobbi Bonace in 1972 and Darla Wilson in 1983. Mark French, whom Gottlieb took over for, won his first eight games. Gottlieb earned her first career head coaching victory in the 75-66 win over San Diego.
Courtney's Court Time
After missing all of last season with a knee injury, guard Courtney Collishaw made her first-ever appearance in a Gauchos uniform on Thursday at Fresno State - and therefore, her first career collegiate appearance. In front of many of her friends and former teammates from nearby Redwood High in Visalia, Collishaw had a steal in her time on the floor.
USC is 2-1 having defeated Pepperdine, 69-55 in their last game on 11/24 and Milwaukee before that after dropping their season opener vs. Charlotte. The Trojans are led by freshman Ashley Corral, who is averaging 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while freshman Briana Gilbreath is averaging 11.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Meanwhile junior Aarika Hughes is averaging 6.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Malibu's Most Wanted
In accordance with the NCAA transfer rules, junior Christine Spencer must sit out a full year before being able to don the blue and gold. When the Gauchos face Pepperdine on Dec. 14 in Malibu, Spencer will be eligible to play her first game at UCSB after transferring from Wisconsin. The Traverse City, Mich. native averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 37.5% from three-point range in 27 games at Wisconsin.
Sorry for Sha'Rae
Senior Sha'Rae Gibbons had successful surgery last week to repair a fracture in her left pinkie and will miss a portion of the 2008-09 season. Gibbons was expected to be the team's starting point guard after averaging 9.5 points per game last year while leading UCSB with 107 assists.
UCSB Inks Terrific Trio
The Gauchos announced last week that they have signed three Southern California standouts to National Letters of Intent. The players who will be part of the Gauchos' 2009-10 team are Perris High's Destini Mason, Pacific Hills School's Briahna Richardson and Compton Centennial's Grovinya "Sweets" Underwood. Mason, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior. Richardson, the daughter of former NBA player Pooh Richardson, averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.4 apg 4.4 steals per game and 1.4 blocks per game last year. Underwood, a 6-foot forward, posted totals of 17 ppg, 12 rpg, 2 bpg and 3 spg last season.
Gauchos Picked Second in Big West
UCSB was picked to finish second in the Big West by both the coaches and media members at the recent Big West media day last week. The Gauchos, who went 15-1 in conference play last year, finished with two first place votes and 55 total points in the coaches poll - five points behind UC Riverside. In the media poll, the Gauchos received five first-place votes, but wound up tied with UC Davis for second with 83 points, six total points behind UC Riverside, who was for first.
Kritscher's Knee Knowledge
Freshman Megan Kritscher will miss the start of the season due to a left knee injury. The 6-foot-3 center from Woodland, Calif. is out indefinitely.
Mekia Valentine will not play for UCSB this year since the 6-foot-4 Wake Forest transfer must sit out one year in accordance with NCAA rules.