UCSB Hosts UC Davis in Battle Between Top Teams in Big West

Danae Miller (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Danae Miller (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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The Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (6-10, 3-1) vs. UC Davis (13-3, 3-0)
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Aggies: 18-17
Last Meeting: Mar. 10, 2017 - UCSB def. UCD, 73-59
2017 Series: UCD 2-1
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Saturday, Jan.20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (6-10, 3-1) at Long Beach (2-16, 0-4)
The Walter Pyramid - Long Beach, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the 49ers: 51-29
Last Meeting: Jan. 4, 2018 - UCSB def. LBSU, 51-44
2017 Series: LBSU 2-1
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Ticket Information
Season tickets and individual game tickets are available online here or by calling the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB (8272).

Video Stream Available
UCSBGauchos.com will offer a live video broadcast of all UCSB women's basketball home games. Gerry Fall, Voice of the Gauchos, will be on hand for play-by-play duty while Don Ford will provide color commentary. A link to the broadcast can be found on the UCSB women's basketball schedule page or by clicking here.

Extension for Henrickson
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, announced by Director of Athletics John McCutcheon on Wednesday. "Bonnie has done a great job building the foundation of our women's basketball program," McCutcheon said. "We are excited to see continued progress over the next few seasons and this contract extension will support that growth."

Gauchos Edge Matadors on the Road
It was a seesaw affair between UCSB and CSUN at the Matadome last Thursday as the two teams went back and forth all night. No team led by more than four points until the Matadors went up by six midway through the third quarter, but the Gauchos responded with a 9-0 run, highlighted by a Sarah Porter three-pointer, to take a three-point lead. UCSB used an 8-0 run to start the fourth to take another lead and would hold of CSUN for the win. Sarah Bates led the way with 23 points to go with five rebounds and five assists while Porter finished with 18. 

UCI Rallies in Second Half to Upend UCSB
In more Big West road action on Saturday, the Gauchos led for much of the game until UC Irvine used a pair of 8-0 runs in the second half to overcome UCSB's early lead. Morgan Green finished with a game-high 25 points for Irvine and went on to win Big West Player of the Week for her performance. Drew Edelman led the Gauchos with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

UC Davis Comes to Town
UCSB will host UC Davis on Thursday night in a battle between the top two teams in the Big West standings. The Aggies are 3-0 in league play thus far with wins over UC Irvine, Hawaii and UC Riverside. They are ranked No. 8 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll and have ranked in the Top-25 of the poll every week this year. The Gauchos lead the all-time series 18-17 and knocked off the Aggies 73-59 in last season's Big West Tournament. UC Davis is led by junior forward Morgan Bertsch, who averages 19.8 points per game. 

Long Trip to Long Beach
Due to the closure of the 101 from the mudslides, traveling south has been quite a feat and UCSB will head that way once again for a matchup against Long Beach State on Saturday. The Gauchos defeated the Beach earlier this year, 51-44, behind a season-high 15 points from Makala Roper and a career-high 23 rebounds from Drew Edelman. LBSU is just 2-16 overall and winless in Big West play. They are led by Shanaijah Davison who is averaging 11.9 points per game.

And the Longest Streak goes to....
The Gauchos' most recent five-game winning streak, which came to a halt after a loss to UC Irvine on Saturday, is the longest winning streak under head coach Bonnie Henrickson during her tenure at UCSB. The Gauchos had two separate four-game winning streaks last season and surpassed that mark with a fifth win in-a-row against CSUN on Thursday. 

Speaking of Streaks
UC Davis is currently riding a 13-game winning streak in conference play dating back to last season. In Big West history, UCSB holds the all-time record with a 49 game winnin-streak that spanned from 1998 to 2001. Long Beach State has the second longest at 43 games from 1987-89 and UCSB also holds the third spot on the list with 26 games from 2001-03. 

Who Needs Overtime?
Through games on Jan.7, UCSB ranks 13th in the nation for most games played without going into overtime at 87. Maryland is currently No. 1 with 163 games played without going into overtime, dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Gauchos last overtime game was against UC Davis in the 2014-15 season. Of course, now that this is mentioned the odds of going into overtime have increased tenfold. Now we wait. 

It's Raining Threes, Hallelujah!
UCSB has made double-digit three-pointers in three straight games and four out of the last five and now have a 4-2 record when making 10 three's or more. The Gauchos currently rank 24th in the nation and first in the Big West with 8.8 made three-pointers per game. Their 141 total made three's is tops in the conference as well and 38th in the nation. UCSB is shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. Leading the way is Sarah Porter, who averages 2.2 made three's per game, and is 35-for-104 on the year. Sarah Bates is close behind with 30 made three's on 70 attempts for a 42.9 percentage to lead the team.  

Home Sweet 'Dome
The Gauchos have fared much better at home under head coach Bonnie Henrickson in the past two seasons, combining for a 16-11 record while going just 7-23 on the road. In conference play, UCSB is even better at the Thunderdome, compiling an 11-5 record against the Big West while going just 6-10 in road games. This year, UCSB has won three straight at home, including two to start conference play.  

Don't Forget About Dre
Senior point guard Drea Toler made her long awaited debut for the Gauchos against UC Irvine on Saturday night. After missing the fall quarter due to a university violation, Toler returned to the lineup and contributed a solid line of nine points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block with four turnovers in 24 minutes of action. The all-conference guard will be a welcome addition as UCSB makes a run through the Big West. 

Durr's Durability
Senior forward Chaya Durr is the only Gaucho to have started and played in all 16 games for UCSB this season. Durr has demonstrated her top-notch defensive ability and currently leads the team in steals (19) and blocks (5), while recently expanding her game to beyond the three-point line. The Sacramento native has made six three-pointers in the last seven games, including a career-high two against Cal Poly last Saturday. She had only made one three-pointer in her career leading up to this season.