Gauchos Get a Rare Dose of Home Cooking

Gauchos Get a Rare Dose of Home Cooking

Dec. 9, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UTEP (5-2)
at UCSB's Thunderdome (6,000)
Series record vs. the Miners - 0-1
Streak - Lost 1
Last time out vs. the Miners - L, 73-66 vs. UTEP (12/3/83)
Game broadcast live on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here
Live stats available via Gametracker
Live video online through BigWest.TV

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Bakersfield (7-3)
at CSUB's Icardo Center (3,800)
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - 3-1
Streak - Won 2
Last time out vs. the Roadrunners - W, 80-75 @ CSUB (3/6/10)
Game broadcast live on AM 990 KTMS and streaming online by clicking here
Live stats available via Gametracker

• A Great Ticket Offer!
Saturday's game is is an honorary Faculty/Staff (Friday) Free game, and all UCSB employees can get free tickets for their immediate family as well! These tickets must be picked up in the Ticket Office, located in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus, in advance this week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Also, anyone who shows a College Cup ticket can get a ticket to the women's game for the youth price os only $6! That's half off the adult price!

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.

• On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 990 KTMS and will stream live online by clicking here
. Josh Suchon is the voice of the Gauchos, performing the play-by-play, while former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford will handle the color commentary. On select road games, much to the chagrin of the listening audience, yours truly, Matt Hurst, will provide color commentary.

The Opponents
• vs. UTEP, 12/11
The last time UCSB and UTEP tipped off came during the Arizona Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. during December, 1983. UTEP won the game 73-66 as UCSB went 3-25 that season. This year the Miners are 5-2 and Saturday's game will be their first road contest of the season. UTEP has four players averaging double figures - Gloria Brown (11.6), Dietra Caldwell (11.1), Kayla Thornton (10.1) and Kelli Willingham (10.0). The Miners are coached by Keitha Adams, who is in her 10th season and is UTEP's all-time winningest women's basketball coach.

• at Cal State Bakersfield, 12/14
The Gauchos and Roadrunners will meet for the fourth consecutive season next Tuesday. CSUB is 7-3 and 3-0 at home this season. However the team has lost three of its past four games. Amber Williams and Britney McGee each average 12.9 points per game for the `Runners.

• Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 10 Emilie Johnson - Scored a season-high 18 points in win over USF
G 24 Angelei Aguirre - Averaging 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists in past five games
G 2 Kelsey Adrian - Has scored in double figures in her past four games
F 32 Margaret Johnson - Shooting just 22.2 percent from the floor
F 44 Mekia Valentine - Has double-digit rebounds in four of her past five games

• Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 1 Sweets Underwood - Has scored at least 8 points in all but one game this season
G 3 Nicole Nesbit - Handing out 2.67 assists in 19.0 minutes over past three games
G 11 Stefanie Corgel - Has played in each of the team's last three games
F 15 Adaeze Okolie - After not seeing the floor in opener, has played in past six games
G 22 Melissa Zornig - Frosh is averaging 24.4 min off bench - most by any reserve
G 33 Destini Mason - Has totaled 13 points, 3 rebounds in 20 minutes over past 2 games

• Four Score
Junior guard Kelsey Adrian has reached double figures in scoring in each of her past four games, averaging 13.3 points per game in that stretch. Adrian has hit double digits in five of her seven games this season and leads UCSB with her 11.4 points per game this year. Despite that, the Langley, British Columbia native has only led the team in scoring in only two games this season.

• Double Down
Mekia Valentine has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four of her past five games, averaging 10.6 boards per game in that span and 9.4 per game this season, the latter number ranking her second among Big West players. After her 15-point, 14-rebound effort on Sunday at USF, she has three double-doubles already this season (one of those was actually a triple-double, but still counts) after she posted 12 double-doubles last season. That number was the most by any Gaucho since Kristen Mann had 14 in 2004-05.

• More Double-Double Info ...
Valentine is averaging 9.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season, leaving open the possibility that she will average a double-double in her senior season. If the Greensboro, N.C. native should pull that off, she would be the first Gaucho to average a double-double since Erika Kienast had 15.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 1991-92.

• Swat Team
UCSB is averaging 5.0 blocks per game this season, which is the best in the Big West and 34th in the nation. Mekia Valentine is averaging 4.3 blocks per game, which is fifth in the nation and it's an even better 5.8 over her past four games. Last season UCSB was sixth in the nation with an average of 6.3 swats per game.

• Tenacious D
In each of the past two seasons, UCSB has led the Big West in opponent's field goal percentage and are doing it again this year. UCSB is allowing teams to shoot 34.6% from the floor - and just 28.0% from beyond the three-point line. The Gauchos rank 36th in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Last season the squad ranked 31st in the nation with its 36.3%. In 2008-09 UCSB ranked eighth in the country with a 34.6% clip.

• Back on Track
Prior to Sunday's game at USF, Emilie Johnson was shooting a mere 17.6 percent (9 of 51) in her previous four games. However she went 7-for-14 from the floor for a season-high 18 points. Johnson ranks second on the team with her 10.7 points per game.

• Sweets Tooth
Sophomore forward Sweets Underwood is third on the team with her 10.1 points per game this season and is second on the squad with 7.7 rebounds per game (which is third in the Big West). Underwood has done all of that despite averaging just 21.7 minutes per game this season. The Compton, Calif. native is shooting 60.9 percent from the floor, which ranks her first amongst all Big West players. Underwood has scored at least six points in every game this season and is averaging 11.2 points per game over her past five contests.

• All About Angelei
Sophomore transfer Angelei Aguirre has been making marks as a Gaucho, mainly for her generosity. Aguirre is first on the team with her 3.14 assists per game, ranking her ninth in the conference. Her assists-to-turnover ratio of 1.57 is fourth-best in the conference. Aguirre, the daughter of former NBA star Mark Aguirre, is averaging 4.4 assists per game over her last five contests.

• Shooter McGavin
Emilie Johnson is already in fourth place all-time in career three-pointers made with 114 all-time. Next for Johnson to leapfrog is Jess Hansen (1999-2003), who hit 215 in her career. Johnson has attempted 356 career treys, ranking her fourth all-time at UCSB.

• Put the Biscuit Where?
Through the first four games this season the Gauchos are shooting just 37.6 percent from the floor, ranking the team seventh in the Big West. Obviously it's early, but for statistical purposes, the lowest shooting percentage by a UCSB team came in 1974-75 when that squad shot 33.4 percent.

• Baby, It's Cold Outside
The Gauchos' shooting woes are not limited inside the line - in fact beyond the three-point line UCSB is among one of the poorest shooting teams in the country. Santa Barbara is hitting just 22.6 percent of its bonus bombs, placing the team 266th out of 270 ranked teams in the nation. The lowest three-point percentage by a Gaucho team was in 2005-06 when UCSB hit just 26.2 percent of its treys. Last season UCSB connected on only 28.3 percent of its bonus bombs, the sixth-lowest mark in school history.

• More Shooting Facts
Take away the Gauchos' shooting percentage from downtown and UCSB is hitting 43.8 percent of its two-point field goals, a much more palatable percentage.

• Fresh Faces
Two freshmen have seen plenty of court time so far this season - Nicole Nesbit and Melissa Zornig. Zornig is averaging 24.4 minutes per game, which is the most by any UCSB reserve and more than two of the Gauchos' regular starters. Nesbit, who is from Northridge, Calif., is playing an average of 17.3 minutes per contest. Zornig, who hails from Coto de Caza, Calif., is fifth on the team with her 5.7 points per game, while Nesbit is handing out 1.85 assists per game, which is third on the team.

By holding San Francisco to just 38 points, it marked the lowest non-conference point total the Gauchos had allowed since beating Nevada 59-37 on Dec. 4, 2008. The 71-38 victory was also the second-largest of Lindsay Gottlieb's career, following a 71-34 thrashing of Pacific last Feb. 4.

• Not Quite "Free" Throws
After opening the season by making 19 of 22 free throws, UCSB hasn't been as effective from the charity stripe. Santa Barbara has made just 59.3 percent of its foul shots (57-for-96) in its past five games. The Gauchos are shooting 64.4 percent from the line, ranking them sixth among Big West squads. Two seasons ago, in 2008-09, UCSB set a school record with its 75.7 percent free throw percentage. That on-the-mark clip was also the 13th best in the nation that season.

• Speaking of Free Throws ...
After starting the season just 1 of 5 from the charity stripe, Emilie Johnson has made 7 of her past 8 foul shots and is shooting 64.3 percent from the line. That number should only improve as the season moves on. After all, Johnson entered her junior campaign holding two of UCSB's top-five single-season free throw percentage marks. Johnson hit 84.3 percent of her freebies last season, ranking her fifth in school annals. In her freshman season of 2008-09, Johnson nailed 94.3 percent of her charity stripe shots. Johnson's 87.1 career free throw percentage entering this season currently leads everyone who has ever put on a Gaucho uniform.

• Destini's Destiny
Prior to Friday night at St. Mary's Destini Mason had played just 10 minutes in her Gaucho career. But, this past weekend she totaled 20 minutes at St. Mary's and USF and scored 11 points, pulled down three rebounds and had two steals.

• Minute (Wo)Men
Two Gauchos rank among the Big West's top-five in minutes played, but it seems to be a far cry from last year when Emilie Johnson and Meagan Williams finished 1-2 in minutes played. Kelsey Adrian leads the team with an average of 34.0 minutes per game, ranking her third in the Big West while Johnson is fifth in the conference with an average of 32.3 minutes per game.

• Early Birds
UCSB is 2-3 in games tipping off before 5 p.m. this season and in Lindsay Gottlieb's tenure the Gauchos are 26-15 (.634) in day games.

The Lindsay Gottlieb File
Lindsay Gottlieb is in her third 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 wins in seven of the squad's last eight games, taking a team that finished 9-7 in the Big West to the conference tournament's semifinals, keeping alive a streak of 20 years that UCSB had finished Big West play with a record above .500. In her first season at the helm, Gottlieb led the team 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 two seasons with the program, Gottlieb has guided the Gauchos to national prominence, leading the conference in field goal percentage defense both years while having her team set a school record in free throw percentage (08-09) and blocked shots in a season (09-10).. 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.

The Gaucho Fund, launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan, is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign.

GKids is the official kids club of UCSB Athletics. Members receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.