UCSB Tabbed to Finish Third in Big West Preseason Poll

Drew Edelman (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Drew Edelman (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Announced on Wednesday afternoon by the Big West Conference, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team was selected to finish third in both the Media and Coaches Poll while senior forward Drew Edelman was voted to both the Media and Coaches Preseason All-Conference Team.

Last season, the Gauchos improved on their win total yet again under second-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson, posting a 16-16 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in the Big West to finish tied for fourth. UCSB rode an end of the year hot-streak all the way to the Big West Tournament Final, upsetting top-seeded UC Davis in the semifinals, before falling just one-point shy against Long Beach State in the title game.   

Despite graduating four-year starter Onome Jemerigbe, the Gauchos return four of their five starters from last season, led by senior forward Drew Edelman.

Edelman is fresh off of leading the United States women's basketball team to a gold medal this summer at the 2017 Maccabi Games in Israel, where she earned Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 24.6 points per game.

In her debut season for the Gauchos last year, the USC transfer, who redshirted the 2015-16 season, led the Gauchos in scoring (11.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game) en route to Second Team All-Big West accolades and All-Big West Tournament honors.

Last season's regular season champion and 25-game winner UC Davis was voted to the top spot in both polls, receiving six of eight first-place votes in the Coaches Poll and 16 of 19 first-place votes in the Media Poll. Next on the list was CSUN, receiving two first place votes in each poll, followed by the Gauchos.

UCSB begins the season with an exhibition against Cal State East Bay next Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome.

Season tickets and individual game tickets are available online here or call the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB (8272).

Coaches Poll Results (1st-place votes)                       

1. UC Davis (6)    77
2. CSUN (2)                     69
3. UC Santa Barbara    63
4. Hawai'i   49
5. UC Riverside   46
6. Cal Poly (1) 44
7. Long Beach State  25
8. UC Irvine    24
9. Cal State Fullerton   9


Media Poll Results (1st-place votes)                       

1. UC Davis (16)    166
2. CSUN (2)                   148
3. UC Santa Barbara    112
4. Hawai'i   98
    Cal Poly  98
6. UC Riverside 91
7. Long Beach State (1) 81
8. UC Irvine    37
9. Cal State Fullerton   24