December 18, 2005

UCSB Hosts Arizona on Monday Looking for First Winning Streak of 2005-06

Dec. 18, 2005

The Schedule
Game 9 • Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 • 7:00 p.m. • Santa Barbara, CA
UC Santa Barbara vs. Arizona • The Thunderdome (6,000)

2005-06 Gaucho Record
2-6 overall/0-0 Big West Conference
2-1 home/0-5 away/0-0 neutral

Gauchos Play Second Straight Game Against a Pac-10 Team
Fresh off its first victory against a ranked team in over a year, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team continues its season-long five-game homestand on Monday, Dec. 19 by hosting Arizona (4-4 overall) in the Thunderdome at 7:00 p.m. The Gauchos will be in search of back-to-back wins for the first time in 2005-06 as they face their second straight opponent from the Pacific-10 Conference. It will be UCSB's final contest before a 10-day break from competition, its longest of the year.

Gauchos on the Air and Web
The Gaucho-Wildcat showdown will air live on KTLK 1340AM in Santa Barbara with "Showtime" Steve Wendt handling play-by-play duties and "$1.98" Don Ford providing color commentary. The broadcast begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the "Gaucho Pregame Show". 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".

Wilson Leads UCSB to 90-81 Overtime Upset of UCLA
Jessica Wilson's driving layup at the end of regulation forced overtime Saturday afternoon in the Thunderdome, and the UCSB sophomore guard then scored 11 points in the extra period as the Gauchos upset 24th-ranked UCLA 90-81. The Bruins led 35-31 at intermission and opened up a 63-47 advantage with 11:50 to play when senior Lisa Willis scored three of her game-high 28 points. Santa Barbara later responded with a 12-0 run, but could not grab the lead or pull even until the final buzzer. Ahead 74-72, UCLA's Nikki Blue missed two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining, and Wilson grabbed the rebound before going coast-to-coast down the right sideline and floating in a basket as the clock hit 0.0. Tied at 76-76 with less than three minutes to play in the extra frame, Wilson scored yet another acrobatic layup and her teammates hit five of their next six free-throws, while the Bruins made just one-of-seven field goals in overtime.

UCSB Team Three-Dot Data...
Saturday's win was UCSB's second in 15 all-time meetings vs. UCLA and was the Gauchos' first victory over a nationally-ranked team since defeating then-No. 9 Houston on March 22, 2004 in the NCAA Tournament...Santa Barbara has now won three of its last four overtime games...After shooting below 40% in every contest this season entering Saturday - a streak that was eight games long dating back to the 2004-05 finale - the Gauchos connected at an even 50% clip against UCLA...Santa Barbara reached the 90-point plateau for the first time since a 93-58 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 12, 2003...UCSB has been out-rebounded in all six of its losses, and won the battle of the boards during its two victories...Curiously, the Gauchos have committed fewer turnovers than any of the six teams to beat them, and equal miscues in their pair of wins.

UCSB Player Three-Dot Data...
Wilson's career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Bruins accounted for her first double-double as a Gaucho...She also nabbed a personal best four steals...UCSB had four players score in double-figures for the first time this season, and it marked the first time a player other than Jenna Green paced the team offensively...Santa Barbara's five starters played 180 of the squad's 225 total minutes Saturday, and accounted for 78 of the 90 points...Sophomore guard Ana Onaindia will likely miss her second straight game Monday while sorting out academic eligibility issues.

Scouting the Wildcats
Led by senior guard Natalie Jones' 17.3 points per game, Arizona will look to rebound from back-to-back road losses to eighth-ranked Maryland (92-67) and Fresno State (81-70). The Wildcats and Gauchos are no strangers to one another, having faced off seven times in the past eight seasons. UofA scored a 96-80 home victory Dec. 16, 2004 over UCSB, which had won the previous two meetings. That triumph gave Arizona a 6-5 edge in the all-time series.