Gauchos Host Cal State Fullerton Thursday; UC Irvine Saturday in Two-Game Homestand

Drew Edelman (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Drew Edelman (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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The Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (9-14, 6-5) vs. Cal State Fullerton (7-16, 2-8)
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Play4Kay Game
All-Time Record vs. the Titans: 56-24
Last Meeting: Feb. 10, 2018 - UCSB def. CSF, 59-52
2018 Series: UCSB Leads, 1-0
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Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-13, 5-4) vs. UC Irvine (16-8, 8-2)
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Anteaters: 64-31
Last Meeting: Jan. 13, 2018 - UCI def. UCSB, 77-74
2018 Series: UCI Leads, 1-0
Video / Audio / Live Stats

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.

Road Trip Split
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team split its pair of games on the road last week with a loss against UC Riverside and a win over Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos are now 3-3 on the road in the Big West after having split all three of its two-game road trips this season.

UC Riverside Edges UCSB Late
UCSB went back and forth with UC Riverside last Thursday, but came up short down the stretch, 84-76. Both teams were an even 23-23 after the first quarter until the Highlanders pulled ahead with an 11-3 run, taking a 45-35 lead into the break. UCSB responded with a 10-0 run to start the second half to tie the game, and eventually took a four-point lead, 67-63, with just over six minutes remaining in the game. UCR, however, scored six straight points to regain the lead and never looked back, holding off the Gauchos. Michelle Curry led the Highlanders with 30 points and nine rebounds while Drew Edelman provided a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double for UCSB. 

Gauchos Escape With Win Over Fullerton
The Gauchos salvaged a split on the road trip with a win over Cal State Fullerton on ESPNU. UCSB jumped out to an early 32-18 lead behind strong post play from Drew Edelman and hot shooting from Sarah Bates. The Titans, however, mounted a late rally and took a 52-51 lead with 2:28 remaining in the game. Edelman came through with a clutch basket late and Danae Miller sealed the game with a steal. Edelman tallied another double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCSB. 

Clash With the Titans, Again
UCSB will turn right around and play Cal State Fullerton again, this time at home on Thursday night in the Thunderdome. With the recent loss against the Gauchos, the Titans have now lost seven in-a-row and are just 2-8 in conference play while falling to 7-16 overall. Since Bonnie Henrickson took over at UCSB, the Gauchos are 5-0 against CSF. The Titans are led by junior guard Hannah Thompson, averaging 13.2 points per game, and junior center Daeja Smith, who averages 12 points and nine rebounds per game. 

UC Irvine Preview
The Gauchos are eager for a rematch with UC Irvine after dropping a game that went down to the wire 77-74 earlier in the season. A pair of 8-0 runs in the second half for the Anteaters unraveled an early UCSB lead and snapped a then, five-game winning streak for the Gauchos. UCI's Morgan Green went for 25 points in that game while UCSB was led by 18 points and 11 rebounds from Edelman. Green has been setting the league on fire ever since, averaging 24.1 points per game in conference play, second only to Cal Poly's Dynn Leaupepe, who is averaging 26.6 points per game. 

Home Sweet 'Dome
The Gauchos have fared much better at home under head coach Bonnie Henrickson in the past three seasons, combining for a 20-16 record while going just 12-31 on the road. In conference play, UCSB is even better at the Thunderdome, compiling a 14-7 record against the Big West while going just 9-13 in road games. This year, UCSB is 3-2 at home in conference play and 4-5 in the Thunderdome overall compared to a 5-8 record on the road. 

Still Raining Threes?
UCSB curtailed its three-point attempts after a 3-for-29 showing against CSUN on Jan. 31 with a 5-for-10 performance (a season-low for attempts) in a win against Hawai'i on Feb. 3. This past week, it would seem as if the Gauchos are back to their three-point shooting ways after a 12-for-31 game against Riverside and a 6-for-22 night at Fullerton. 

Bombs Away
The Gauchos rank 26th in the nation and first in the Big West with an average of 8.7 made three-pointers per game. UCSB is shooting 34.5 percent (199-for-577) from downtown and are 5-4 when making 10+ three's in a game. Sarah Bates and Sarah Porter sit second and fourth in the Big West, respectively, among three-point makes per game leaders. Bates has drained 53 triples while Porter is close behind with 44. Bates is currently second in the league with a 43.1 percentage (53-for-123) from downtown and ranks 24th in the nation. 

Double-Double Machine
Drew Edelman has been on a tear recently, recording her third straight double-double this week and fourth in the last five games. The senior forward recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds against UC Riverside before a 22-point, 11-rebound performance against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. Edelman is averaging 23.3 ppg and 11 rpg in her past three games. She has also been contributing to the defensive end after tallying two blocks in her past three games, after having no blocks until then. 

Bates is Ballin'
After scoring double-figures just three times through the first 10 games of the year, freshman guard Sarah Bates has scored double-figures 10 times in the last 13 games. She is averaging 14.6 points per game over the last seven games and during conference play leads all freshmen and is Top10 in the league with a scoring average of 14.1 points per game.  The Fresno, Calif. native also recently set new career-highs for three-pointers made 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 eight games back. The all-conference guard from a year ago tallied a season-high 15 points against UC Davis earlier this year and dished out a season-best six assists while tallying four steals in a win over Hawai'i. With Toler in the fold, UCSB recorded a season-best 23 assists against Long Beach State. 

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 Jan. 17. "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."