November 29, 2010

Valentine Named Big West Player of the Week

Nov. 29, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara center Mekia Valentine was honored on Monday, a day after accomplishing a feat that had never been done before at the school. The 6-foot-4 senior had UCSB's first ever triple-double and was named the Big West's Player of the Week, the conference announced.

Valentine had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in Sunday's 63-54 win over Northern Colorado. She was also honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable's Female Athlete of the Week.

It is the first such conference honor for Valentine, who was a Second Team All-Big West pick last season and an All-Big West Tournament Team selection. Through the Gauchos' first five games she is averaging 9.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game.

UCSB opens at two-game road trip at St. Mary's on Thursday in a 7 pm game. The Gauchos won't return home until Dec. 11 when they host UTEP. All UCSB games can be heard on AM 990 in Santa Barbara or streaming live online by clicking here
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The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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