UCSB Returns Home to Face San Diego

UCSB Returns Home to Face San Diego

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The Schedule
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) vs. San Diego (4-1)
at the Thunderdome – Santa Barbara, Calif.
All-Time Record vs. the Toreros: 14-8
Last Meeting: Nov. 25, 2016 - USD def. UCSB, 77-63
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Last Week in Review
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team dropped both games at the 2017 Hilton Concord Classic hosted by St. Mary's over Thanksgiving weekend. The Gauchos fell 89-59 to St. Mary's before being upended by UAB 67-54 on Saturday. The Gaels outscored UCSB 52-16 in the paint and outshot the Gauchos 53.2 percent to 30.5 percent to dominate the game from start to finish. Aliceah Hernandez led UCSB with 13 points, all of which came in the first half, and Drew Edelman also reached double figures with 10 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds.

Against UAB on Saturday, the Gauchos found themselves tied 48-48 after three quarters, but were outscored 19-6 in the final quarter to drop their fourth straight game. UCSB shot just 38 percent while the Blazers hit on 44 percent and outrebounded the Gauchos 37-29. Akilah Jennings was the lone Gaucho in double-figures and finished with 14 points.

A Look Ahead
UCSB will be playing its third game in four days when it takes on San Diego on Monday night at the Thunderdome. UCSB has played just one home game thus far in five games, losing a big lead to Seattle and eventually falling 77-71. The young Gauchos will look to snap a four-game skid and return to the win column. It will be no small task, however, as San Diego is off to a 4-1 start and its only loss came by one-point at Hawai'i in overtime. The Toreros are coming off a 74-40 victory over Long Beach State and are led by senior guard Aubrey Ward-El, who is averaging 15.4 points per game, and senior forward Sydney Williams, averaging 10.4 points per game.

Toreros History
The Gauchos lead the all-time series against San Diego, 14-8, but lost the most recent meet- ing 77-63 to the Toreros last season. In that game, Maya Hood exploded for 30 points and 10 rebounds for USD while Sarah Porter finished with 11 points and Chaya Durr added 10 for UCSB.

Playing a Key Role
Akilah "Kiki" Jennings was named to the 2017 Hilton Concord Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points per game while totaling five rebounds and a pair of steals through two games. Jennings tallied a career-high of 14 points against UAB after playing 36 minutes and going 4-for-8 from downtown. She was also nominated for Big West Player of the Week for her performance.

By the Numbers
The Gauchos are currently averaging 68.6 points per game, shooting 40.5 percent (120-for-296) from the floor, 35.0 percent (42-for-120) from downtown and 75.3 percent (62-for-82) from the free-throw line. UCSB's opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 78.8 points per game while shooting 46.6 percent (149-for-320) from the field.

Same Old Drew
All-Big West selection from a year ago and team captain Drew Edelman has picked up where she left off with a handful of big performances to start the 2017-18 campaign. The redshirt senior leads the Gauchos with a 16.2 ppg average after opening the year with 24 and 23 point performances against NAU and Santa Clara, respectively. In the home opener against Seattle, Edelman went for 16 points while pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds and now leads the team with 8.4 boards per game.

Fabulous Freshmen

Freshmen guards Sarah Bates and Danae Miller have impressed through the first few games of their collegiate careers. After a 25-point scoring outburst for Bates in the season-opener against NAU, the Fresno, Calif. native followed up her performance with games of nine points and 11 points against Santa Clara and Seattle, respectively. She currently leads the team with 27.2 minutes per game and is 10-for-25 from downtown. Miller, meanwhile, opened up with eight points and four assists against NAU before dishing out a six-assist performance at Santa Clara and adding a teamhigh four more against Seattle. She now leads the team with 18 assists. Cece Quintino has also been in the mix and is tied for third on the team with 12 assists. Bates is second with 16 to make the top-three assist leaders all freshmen.

Aye Aye, Captain!
Chaya Durr, Drew Edelman, Coco Miller, Makala Roper and Sarah Porter were all voted as team captains for the upcoming season. The group represents every returning upperclassmen for a UCSB team that has significantly improved over the past two seasons.

Key Returners
UCSB returns four of its five starters from last season, including leading scorer and rebounder Drew Edelman. After transferring from USC, Edelman had a standout debut season for the Gau- chos, earning Second Team All-Big West while leading UCSB with 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Also returning will be junior guard Sarah Porter, who averaged 10.2 points per game while leading the team with 76 three-pointers, and Coco Miller, who averaged 9.1 points per game and was second on the team with 58 threes. Honorable Mention Big West selection Drea Toler (10.2 ppg) also returns, but will have to wait until December to join the team.

Incoming Talent
After sitting out last season due to NCAA Transfer rules, Tal Sahar will make her much anticipated UCSB debut. Sahar, a transfer from Seattle, averaged 10.2 points per game while shooting an impressive 38.2 percent from downtown for the Redhawks. Foothill College junior transfer Akilah Jennings will also look to make an immediate impact while five freshmen join the Gauchos in 2017- 18. Danae Miller (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and Celine Quintino (Henderson, Nev./ Liberty HS) will factor in at the point guard position. Sarah Bates (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) is also a guard while Nina Radford (Portland, Ore./Grant HS) and Mira Shulman (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS) can play both the guard and forward positions.

New Coaches
Joining Henrickson's coaching staff this year is associate head coach Alex Delanian and assistant coach Eliza Pierre. Delanian was most recently the associate head coach at Hawaii while Pierre comes from Cal where she was the assistant director of basketball operations before being pro- moted to interim assistant coach. Pierre and Delanian join assistant coach Nate Fripp who enters his third season with Henrickson and director of basketball operations Ashlee Klingenberg, who begins her second season.