UCSB Travels North for Battle with First-Place UC Davis

Aliceah Hernandez (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Aliceah Hernandez (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-11, 4-2) vs. UC Davis (16-3, 6-0)
The Pavilion - Davis, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Aggies: 18-18
Last Meeting: Jan. 18, 2018 - UCD def. UCSB, 68-61
Season Series: UCD Leads 1-0
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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-11, 4-2) at CSUN (11-9, 4-2)
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Matadors: 44-18
Last Meeting: Jan. 11, 2018 - UCSB def. CSUN, 74-73
Season Series: UCSB Leads 1-0
Video / Audio / Live Stats

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. Meanwhile, Eric Evelhoch will have the call for the audio stream which can be found here.

Battle at the Top of the Big West
Entering last Thursday night's matchup ranked second in the Big West, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team went up against first-place and undefeated in conference, UC Davis. The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead and the two teams went back-and-forth until the Aggies pulled away with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to snag a 68-61 victory. Morgan Bertsch led UC Davis with 16 points and 10 rebounds while UCSB was led by 15 points from Drea Toler

Has it Been That Long?
For the first time since the 2010-11 season, and first time in head coach Bonnie Henrickson's tenure, UCSB topped Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid. The Gauchos took advantage of a 49ers team that has now lost 11 straight games to cruise to a 90-74 victory. Drew Edelman (23 points) and Sarah Bates (22 points) combined for 45 points while UCSB went 13-for-31 from three-point range, including a career-high six from Bates. Sarah Porter was also instrumental in the victory, dishing out seven assists and grabbing seven rebounds. 

Big West Standings Traffic Jam
It's crowded atop the Big West women's basketball standings. UC Davis stands alone in first with a 6-0 conference record, but after that there's a four-way tie in second place. UCSB, Cal Poly, CSUN and UC Irvine are all 4-2, and that figures to get shaken up after this weekend. 

UC Davis Rematch
The Gauchos will look to play spoilers on the road, trying to halt a 15-game conference winning streak for the Aggies. Coming off a 68-61 defeat at the Thunderdome last Thursday, UCSB will try to gain an advantage in the all-time series that is deadlocked at 18-18. In the last 10 years, UCSB is 5-5 on the road against the Aggies, but have lost the past two trips to the Pavilion. The Aggies are led by junior forward Morgan Bertsch, who ranks third in the conference with a scoring average of 19.6 points per game. 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. 

Looking for a CSUN Sweep
Earlier this season, the Gauchos pulled out a narrow 74-73 victory on the road against CSUN and will look to sweep the season series when the Matadors come to the Thunderdome on Wednesday night. Sarah Bates went for 23 points in the win while draining five three-pointers while Sarah Porter added 18 points on four triples. The Matadors have a tandem scoring threat in Channon Fluker (20.6 ppg) and Tessa Boagni (12.1 ppg), the latter of which went for 25 against UCSB earlier this year. 

It's Raining Threes, Hallelujah!
UCSB continues to make it rain from beyond the arc, draining 13 three-pointers in its victory over Long Beach State on Saturday. The Gauchos are now 5-2 when making at least 10 three's in a game, while just 2-9 when failing to reach double figure treys. Five of the seven games UCSB has surpassed the 10 three-pointer plateau have come during the last eight games where UCSB is 6-2. The Gauchos are now 20th in the nation and first in the Big West with an average of 8.9 three-point attempts per game. UCSB has made 161 of its 456 attempts, a 35.3 shooting percentage. 

Bombs Away
Sarah Bates and Sarah Porter are both tied for second in the Big West with 38 made three-pointers on the year. Bates currently leads the league with a 44.7 percentage (38-for-85) from downtown while Aliceah Hernandez is also in the top-10 for UCSB with a 38.2 percentage (21-for-55). 

All-Time Streaks
UC Davis is currently riding a 15-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 winning-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. 

Bates is Ballin'
Freshman guard Sarah Bates is averaging 16.4 points per game over her last five games, and has surpassed 20 points twice during that span. Against LBSU, Bates drained a career-high six three-pointers on nine attempts and finished 8-for-11 from the field, setting another career-high with field goals made. She leads the Gauchos and ranks eighth in the conference with an average of 14.8 points per game during league play. 

Don't Forget About Dre
Redshirt senior point guard Drea Toler made her much-anticipated debut this season against UC Irvine and has been an immediate contributor in her three games back. The all-conference guard from a year ago tallied a season-high 15 points against UC Davis last Thursday and has dished out five assists twice while averaging 10 points per game. With Toler in the fold, UCSB recorded a season-best 23 assists against Long Beach on Saturday. 

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 last 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."