UCSB Looks to Bounce Back Against Hawai'i Saturday Afternoon

Makala Roper (Photo by Felipe Garcia)
Makala Roper (Photo by Felipe Garcia)

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (7-13, 4-4) vs. Hawaii (9-13, 2-7)
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 Kevin Bromley will provide color commentary. A link to the broadcast can be found on the UCSB women's basketball schedule page or by clicking here.

Poor Shooting Night Plagues UCSB 
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team shot just 20.3 percent (13-for-64) from the field, its lowest shooting percentage of the season, and second lowest all-time in the history of the program. It's third lowest shooting percentage also came against CSUN, three seasons ago, when the Gauchos fell 60-21. On Wednesday, UCSB was still in the game midway through the fourth quarter, trailing by five, 33-28, but were unable to score to close the gap. Tal Sahar scored a team-high five points on back-to-back baskets in the fourth quarter. 

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 9-13 overall and just 2-7 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 points per game. 

Heavyweight Battle
On the road last 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. 

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. 

Live or Die by the Three
After a 3-for-29 performance from downtown in a 48-30 loss to CSUN on Wednesday, UCSB dropped from 13th to 23rd in the nation in most three-pointers made per game. The Gauchos average 8.8 made three-pointers per game and are 5-3 when they make at least 10. When they fail to hit double-digit three's, the Gauchos are just 2-10. For the season, UCSB is shooting 34.2 percent from downtown (176-for-514) and lead the Big West in makes per game and attempts. 

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 is currently second in the league with a 42.5 percentage (45-for-106) from downtown and ranks 33rd in the nation. 

Bates is Ballin'
Prior to a tough shooting night against CSUN on Wednesday, freshman guard Sarah Bates was 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 had 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 five 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 seven points per game. With Toler in the fold, UCSB recorded a season-best 23 assists against Long Beach two weeks ago. 

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 20 games so far this season. She has been a catalyst defensively and leads the team in steals (24) and blocks (7), and now has at least a steal or a block in 11 of the last 12 games. 

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 last 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.