UCSB Looks for Series Sweep of CSUN; Hosts Hawaii Saturday

Sarah Porter (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Sarah Porter (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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The Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 4-3) at CSUN (11-10, 4-3)
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
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Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 4-3) vs. Hawaii
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Rainbow Wahine: 15-26
Last Meeting: Feb. 11, 2017 - UCSB def. UH, 67-52
2017 Series: UCSB 2-0
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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.

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. 

Heavyweight Battle
On the road Saturday, UCSB squared off against first-place UC Davis for the second time this season and came up just short, 69-63. The Gauchos led by three points at the half, and by one going into the final period, but were outscored 25-18 over the last 10 minutes. The Aggies are now 17-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference play. Drew Edelman tallied a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double while Sarah Bates tied her career-high with 25 points. 

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 (20.9 ppg) and Tessa Boagni (11.9 ppg), the latter of which went for 25 against UCSB earlier this year. 

Rainbows in the Forecast
This Saturday, the Gauchos will welcome Hawaii to the Thunderdome for the first meeting between the two teams this season. UCSB won both games against the Rainbow Wahine last season, although Hawaii has a 26-15 all-time record in the series. This year, Hawaii is 9-12 overall and just 2-6 in Big West action, with its two wins coming against last-place Long Beach State and UC Riverside. The Rainbow Wahine are led by senior guard Sarah Toeaina, averaging 15.1 points per game. 

It's Raining Threes, Hallelujah!
UCSB continues to make it rain from beyond the arc, draining 12 three-pointers in their most recent game against UC Davis, on the heels of 13 makes against Long Beach State. The Gauchos are now 5-3 when making at least 10 three's in a game, while just 2-9 when failing to reach double figure treys. Six of the eight games UCSB has surpassed the 10 three-pointer plateau have come during the last nine games where UCSB is 6-3. The Gauchos are now 13th in the nation and first in the Big West with an average of 9.1 three-point attempts per game. UCSB has made 173 of its 485 attempts, a 35.7 shooting percentage. 

Bombs Away
Sarah Bates and Sarah Porter sit second and third in the Big West, respectively, among three-point makes per game leaders. Bates has drained 45 triples while Porter is close behind with 38. Bates currently leads the league with a 46.4 percentage (45-for-97) from downtown and ranks fifth overall in the nation. 

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 18 points per game over her last five games and leads all freshmen in the Big West with a scoring average of 16.3 points per game during conference competition. The Fresno, Calif. native has set new career-highs for three-pointers made in her past two games, with six at Long Beach followed by seven at UC Davis. 

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 eight 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."

Durr's Durability
Senior forward Chaya Durr is the only Gaucho to have played and started in all 19 games so far this season. She has been a catalyst defensively and leads the team in steals (24) and blocks (6), and now has a steal in five straight. 

Double-Double for the Road
Senior Drew Edelman recorded her fifth double-double and 12th of her career after a 13-point, 10-rebound performance against UC Davis on Saturday. The Sunnyvale, Calif. native is the only Gaucho to register a double-double this season and her last two have come on the road.