UCSB to Host Pink Game Thursday, Senior Day Saturday

Seniors Dioseline Lopez, Jasmine Ware, Kendra Morrison (Photos by Tony Mastres)
Seniors Dioseline Lopez, Jasmine Ware, Kendra Morrison (Photos by Tony Mastres)

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (6-18, 4-6)
at The Thunderdome
Last time: W, 65-49 (1/16/16)
All-time Record vs. Matadors: 42-16
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Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State (18-6, 7-3)
at The Thunderdome
Last time: L, 60-52 (2/13/16)
All-time Record vs.. 49ers: 49-26
All-time Record vs. Matadors: 42-16 
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Records as of 2/17/16

Dome Sweet Dome
UCSB will be opening a three-game homestand this week in rematches with Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Gauchos pounded CSUN 65-49 in their first contest this year, but since then the Matadors have gone 4-3 and pushed the 49ers to overtime in a narrow 74-71 loss. Freshman center Channon Fluker 's play could help explain the team's recent rise, as she has averaged 20.4 points and 13.9 rebounds per game with seven consecutive double-doubles. With the 49ers' win over the Gauchos last Saturday, LBSU now sits in fourth place in the Big West and are one win shy of second place. 

Pink Game
The Gauchos will be hosting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game. There will be a giveaway of Pink "Gauchos" t-shirts, and the team will also be auctioning off personalized shooting shirts during the game. Proceeds from the auction will go on to fund breast cancer research.

Senior Day
Saturday will be Senior Day for the Gauchos. After UCSB plays Long Beach State, there will be a ceremony honoring seniors Dioseline Lopez, Kendra Morrison, and Jasmine Ware. The first 200 fans at the game will get a commemorative poster featuring the three Gaucho seniors.

Saturday's Doubleheader
This Saturday, the UCSB Basketball programs will be hosting a doubleheader with the women hosting Long Beach State at 2 p.m. and the men playing UC Davis at 7 p.m. Fans will be able to attend both games for the price of one ticket. For more information, contact the Ticketing Office at 805.893.UCSB (8272) or go online.

Last Week
The Gauchos split their road trip through the Southland last weekend with an 80-62 win at UC Irvine followed by a 60-52 loss at Long Beach State. UCSB's 80-point effort marked the eighth time the team has reached the 80-point plateau this season. It also marked the Gauchos' third road win in conference play, the most for the team since the 2012-13 season. UCSB's loss to Long Beach State came in a physical match up that resulted in the Gauchos shooting at a conference season-low 28.8 clip.

Makala Roper has become one of the most impactful Gauchos on this year's roster as the team's leading scorer (12.4 ppg) with five 20-plus point performances under her belt. Her breakout performance came in her 27-point outing at Pepperdine, which earned her the starting role she still holds today. Roper's final point tally in Malibu was a career high, while she also made 11-15 shots from the foul line and made four three-pointers. Along with her recent 25-point performance versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3/16), Roper has surpassed the 20-point mark twice in conference play and came up one-point shy of hitting 20 against Cal Poly (1/7/16). Entering this week, Roper owns the sixth-best three-point shooting percentage in the Big West with a 36.4 clip. So far, she has made 51 three-pointers this season, tied for third in the league.

Straight Shooters
Entering this week, UCSB is shooting 43.5 percent in conference. Je Zhé Newton leads the team and ranks eighth in the conference with a 51.7 shooting percentage, while Onome Jemerigbe and Jasmine Ware are tied for tenth with their 50 percent shooting clips. The team's leading scorer Makala Roper is knocking down 39.2 percent of her looks, as she has netted 141 points which ranks seventh in the conference. This has been a turnaround year in shooting category, as UCSB ranked last in the 2014-15 season with a team 37.3 league shooting percentage. 

She Has a Point
Onome Jemerigbe has started most of UCSB's games this season at point guard and is currently pacing the team with 4.0 assists per game, including a Big West-leading 5.8 apg in conference play. The junior has had some of her best career games recently, including her 11-assist performance against Cal State Fullerton (2/3/16). She also had 10 dimes at UC Davis (1/21/16), which was her first career double-digit assists game. In four of the past six games, Jemerigbe has scored 10 or more points. She recently hit her career best of 20 points at UC Irvine (2/11/16). In that six game stretch, she has shot 59.5 percent from the field. 

California Stealing
Highlighted by their 18-steal performance at Oregon, the Gauchos are second in the league with 9.1 steals per game with Coco Miller and Jasmine Ware tying for third in the conference with 42 steals each. UCSB's steals total in Eugene was the most for the program in a single game since Jan. 10, 2008 versus UC Irvine. The team has reached double figures in the steal category in 10 games this year, including the past two with 11 at UC Irvine and 12 at Long Beach State. The team also has had four games when they combined for nine steals, including their two recent games against Cal State Fullerton (2/3/16) and Hawai'i (2/6/16).

Second Chances
Chaya Durr is UCSB's second-leading rebounder with 99 overall rebounds, and leads the team with 45 offensive rebounds. Those offensive boards place her 10th in the Big West, while her 22 offensive rebounds in conference play are the league's seventh-most. Her best rebounding game this year came against Cal Poly when she grabbed 11, including four offensive boards. Durr also owns the team's second-best shooting percentage with a 46.5 percent clip. 

Turnover Turnaround
Since turning the ball over 27 times against Cal Poly (1/716) and 26 times versus UC Riverside (1/916) to open conference play, the Gauchos have limited their own turnovers in averaging just 14.2 giveaways in the past nine games. In that stretch, UCSB has gone 5-4 and has only allowed the opposition an average of 13.7 points from their turnovers, compared to the 30.5 point average in their first two league games.

Miller Time
Though only a freshman, Coco Miller has been one of UCSB's top scorers from the start of the season, as she is currently third on the team with a 9.5 ppg average. The guard is also second only to Roper for the most three-pointers on the roster with 46, ranking seventh in the Big West. The freshman has also shown she can set up plays for her teammates, as she is third on the team with 49 assists, behind only Onome Jemerigbe (101) and Makala Roper (62) who both play part or full time at point guard. 

Taylor Made
Taylor Farris is coming off a strong weekend where she shot 66.7 percent from the field, while averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. Against Long Beach State, the sophomore came up with eight points and nine rebounds through a season-high 36 minutes of action. Her best rebounding performance came in a win over Morehead State (12/28/15) with 13 boards, while she reached her career high in points after dropping 14 against Cal Poly (1/7/16).

Center of Attention
Je Zhé Newton has been a force on the defensive side of the floor with 26 blocks, ranking sixth in the league. Most recently, she recorded a conference-high four blocks against Cal State Fullerton (2/3/16); marking the second time she has reached the four-block plateau this year. Newton has scored in double figures in the two of the past three games, including a career-best 16 points at UC Irvine. Since the start of that stretch, she has shot 61.9 percent from the floor.