After Christmas Weekend, UCSB Faces Idaho

After Christmas Weekend, UCSB Faces Idaho

Dec. 23, 2009

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• The Schedule
Monday, December 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Idaho (1-11)
at Idaho's Cowan Spectrum (7,000)
Series record vs. the Vandals - 17-4
Streak - Won 1
Last time out vs. the Vandals - W, 74-66 (3/12/05)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Gonzaga (9-4)
at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Series record vs. the Bulldogs - 2-0
Streak - Won 2
Last time out vs. the Bulldogs - W, 59-47 (12/7/08)
Broadcast live on AM 990 and streaming live online by clicking here.

• Get Your Tickets!
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here. There is also a 2-for-1 coupon online at Just look on the bottom right of the home page!

• New Saturday Hours
The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office now has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays, making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The ICA Ticket Office will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the ticket office, are already available during weekday hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 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.

• Slow Start
The last time UC Santa Barbara started its season with just three wins in its first 10 games was when neon shirts and pegged pants were stylish. The Gauchos are 3-7 on the season, marking their slowest start since the 1983-84 season when UCSB went 3-25 overall in Darla Wilson's first season as head coach.

• No Advantage at Home
UCSB has dropped five of its six games at the Thunderdome this season, already surpassing the number of losses from last year when the Gauchos went 13-2 at home. The last UCSB team to drop more than five home games was the 2006-07 squad, which lost nine games at home.

• Swat Team
UCSB is averaging 6.7 blocks per game, which ranks the team fifth in the nation. UCSB has blocked 67 shots already this season and the team is closing in on the school's top-10 in single-season block totals. The Gauchos are on pace to shatter the school's single-season record of 140 (set in 2003-04) while the 1981-82 team is 10th with 101 blocks. Mekia Valentine and Meagan Williams rank 1-2 in the Big West in blocks per game.

• Climbing the Charts
Mekia Valentine, who ranks third in the country with her 4.4 blocks per game average, has a team-best 40 blocks, which puts her just outside the school's top-10 in a single season. Currently Kris Grazzini (1993-94), Susie Matthews (1990-91 and 1991-92) and Patty Franklin (1980-81) hold that spot with 46 blocks in a season.

Probable Starters

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
10 Emilie Johnson G Leads team with 14.2 ppg and 33 assists
14 Jordan Franey F 1 of 3 to start all 10 games this year
21 Meagan Williams G Avg 9.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg - 3rd on team
32 Margaret Johnson F Averaging 3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg in 22.5 min
44 Mekia Valentine C Her 4.4 blocks per game is 3rd in nation
Possible Reserves

0 Bree Richardson G Avg. 8.9 min per game in 8 games
1 Sweets Underwood F Freshman has played in all 10 games
3 Megan Kritscher F/C Avg. 6.8 min per game in 5 contests
11 Stefanie Corgel G Made first career basket in 12/13 win
12 Ariana Gnekow G Key bench contributor w/ 2.9 ppg & 3.6 rpg
22 Chris Spencer G Her 5.2 rpg is second on the team
25 Jessie Goble F/C 2 points, 3 rebounds in 9 min on 12/13
33 Destini Mason G One of 5 freshman on team

• Valentine's Gift
Valentine is shooting a robust 62.7% from the floor, which is seventh in the nation and would be a school single-season record. The current top spot is occupied by Kira Anthofer, who shot 59.6% from the field in 1985-86.

• Leading Lady
Emilie Johnson leads the Gauchos in nearly every statistical category this season. The sophomore guard leads UCSB in points, assists, steals, minutes played, field goals attempted, free throw percentage and three-pointers made and attempted. Her averages also rank her in the top-10 throughout the Big West including points per game (fifth), assists per game (fifth), free throw percentage (second) and minutes played (first).

• Williams Watch
Meagan Williams entered her senior season with career averages of 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. The Sacramento native is averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, both of which rank third on the team. After starting just two games in her previous three seasons, Williams is one of just three players to have started all 10 contests this year for the Gauchos. She is averaging 1.7 blocks per game - second in the Big West and her 52% mark from the field is fifth in the conference.

• Disco is Dead, but the 70's Live On
Last season UCSB reached the 70-point mark just four times in 32 games. This year, through nine games, the Gauchos have scored 70 or more points three times.

• Shooting Stars
In six games this season UCSB has shot over 40% from the field - including twice when the Gauchos shot over 50%. UCSB is hitting 43.1% of its shots this season, which is second in the Big West and sits just outside of UCSB's single-season top-10. The last team to shoot that well was the 2004-05 squad, shooting 44.0% on the season. UCSB shot 59.3% in last week's win over Cal State Bakersfield, ranking it as the seventh-best all-time shooting performance in school single-game history.

• Opposites Attract
UCSB is proving to be quite the dichotomy this season when it comes to scoring. The Gauchos rank last in the Big West with their 58.0 points per game average. However its not as if UCSB is getting blown out. Santa Barbara is second in the conference, allowing teams 62.4 points per game.

• Triple Threat
Emilie Johnson, Mekia Valentine and Jordan Franey, three of the team's top four scorers, are doing much of the heavy lifting. The trio have combined to take 301 of UCSB's 508 total shots, or 59.3% of the team's entire shot total.

• Baby, It's Cold Outside
Despite shooting so well overall, UCSB has found it to be a different story from beyond the three-point arc. UCSB has had three games this season in which it failed to make a three-pointer and the Gauchos are shooting just 24.6% from downtown - last in the Big West. The last time a UCSB squad didn't hit a three-pointer in three games during a season was the 1993-94 campaign. The Gauchos have gone 0-for-17 (at Nevada), 0-for-10 (vs. Kentucky) and 0-for-8 (at Oregon State) from beyond the arc this season. In 1993-94, UCSB was 0-for-5 twice and 0-for-3 another time. Prior to this season, 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.

• Not Necessarily "Free"
Last season UCSB set a school record by shooting 75.7% from the free throw line. This season the Gauchos' 64.4% from the charity stripe is eighth in the nine-team Big West.

• The TO Show
UCSB has committed 201 turnovers through 10 games this season, which is tied for the most in the Big West. The Gauchos are forcing just 15.2 turnovers per game and they are also averaging just 5.2 steals per game, which is fewest in the Big West.

• 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 Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb has her own Twitter page at 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

• 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.