Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara (2-9) at New Mexico St. (5-7)
Pan American Center - Las Cruces, N.M.
All-Time Record vs. the Aggies: 14-5
Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2012 - UCSB def. NMSU, 43-41
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Just in Time for the Holidays
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team snapped its nine-game losing streak on Friday, Dec. 22 with a 77-64 win over San Diego State inside the Thunderdome. After getting off to another slow start, trailing 16-7 after the first quarter, UCSB shot 62 percent the rest of the way, finishing 50 percent from the field for the game, to take down the Aztecs. Drew Edelman led the way with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double, including scoring 15 points alone in the third quarter and Makala Roper dished out eight assists.
Friday's game between UCSB and New Mexico State will be the 20th all-time meeting between the two programs, with the Gauchos holding a 14-5 advantage in the series. The last meeting came during the 2012-13 season with UCSB pulling out a 43-41 victory at home. The Gauchos are 9-1 at home during the series but just 5-4 on the road. The Aggies have had an up and down season so far in 2017-18, with a 5-7 record, and are coming off a 72-63 victory against Long Beach State. They are led by junior guard Brooke Salas, who is 34th in the nation with a scoring average of 19.9 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Gia Pack is also a threat averaging 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
In the Gauchos' 77-64 win over San Diego State on Friday night, Drew Edelman tallied a career-high 25 points. The senior forward was unstoppable in the paint, going 8-for-12 from the field, to go with a perfect 9-for-9 display from the free-throw line. 15 of her 25 points came in the third quarter alone and she added 10 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the season. Her previous career-high of 24 points came in the season-opening win against NAU on Nov. 10, UCSB's last win, and before that she had scored 22 points three times last season.
In another career-performance on Friday night, senior guard Makala Roper tied her career-high with eight assists against the Aztecs. After freshman point guard Danae Miller fouled out in just 13 minutes of action, the senior veteran handled the offense to the tune of eight assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes. She also dished out eight assists against CSUN as a sophomore.
Going the Distance
Freshman guard Sarah Bates played a career-high 40 minutes in Friday's win over San Diego State, while tallying 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Fresno, Calif. native went 3-for-8 from downtown and 5-for-12 from the field and now has four double-figure scoring games this season, three of which have come at home.
Starting to Turn the Corner?
With its most recent win snapping a nine-game losing streak since the season-opening victory over NAU, the Gauchos hope to turn the corner and enter Big West Conference play on a high note. Non-conference struggles are nothing new to UCSB the past three seasons as the Gauchos now have a 13-30 non-conference record under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, but have played much better in conference play with a 17-15 record over the last two years.
On the Road Again
After UCSB played its first home game in three weeks last Friday, the Gauchos will head back out on the road to face New Mexico State on Friday, Dec. 29. After returning home to begin Big West action on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6 against Long Beach and Cal Poly, respectively, UCSB plays four of its next five on the road, making 12 of its first 19 games, road games. Overall, the Gauchos will play 16 road contests and 12 at home.
Nothing Comes Easy
UCSB's opponents this season have a combined 59-49 record (.546 win percentage), while its last four have a combined 32-12 record. The Gauchos strength of schedule thus far ranks 117th in the NCAA out of 349 teams, while the combined record of their future opponents is just 43-61 (.413 win percentage), ranking them 217th.
By the Numbers
The Gauchos are currently averaging 62.6 points per game, shooting 39.2 percent (249-for-636) from the floor, 33.5 percent (88-for-263) from downtown and 71.0 percent (103-for-145) from the free-throw line. UCSB's opponents, meanwhile, are averaging 73.5 points per game while shooting 47.0 percent (308-for-656) from the field.
UCSB has made 88 three-pointers in 11 games to rank 47th in the nation with an average of 8.0 three-pointers made per game. Its 88 made three-pointers ranks 72nd in the nation and its 263 attempts ranks 73rd. Sarah Porter leads UCSB and ranks second in the Big West with an average of 2.1 made three-pointers per game. Aliceah Hernandez ranks fourth in the conference with an average of 1.9 made three-pointers per game and is also fourth with a 43.2 percentage from downtown. Sarah Bates is also in the Top-10 in the conference in made three's and percentage.
Redshirt sophomore Tal Sahar had her breakout performance in a UCSB uniform, setting season-highs in points (11), rebounds (7), field goals made (5), field goals attempted (17) and three-pointers attempted (9) against No. 17 Oregon State on Dec. 16. The Tarzana, Calif. native played a season-best 20 minutes and showed off her shooting ability to lead UCSB in scoring and rebounding in the game. Against San Diego State on Friday, Sahar played just two minutes but went 3-for-3 from the field for seven points and sparked a run to end the first half to help UCSB pull away.