UCSB Battles Cal Poly Wednesday in Pivotal Blue Green Rivalry Game

Akilah Jennings (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Akilah Jennings (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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The Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (11-14, 8-5) at Cal Poly (14-11, 8-5)
Mott Gym - San Luis Obispo, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Mustangs: 54-27
Last Meeting: Jan. 6, 2018 - UCSB def. CP, 73-68
2018 Series: UCSB Leads, 1-0
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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (8-13, 5-4) vs. UC Riverside (8-18, 5-7)
The Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif. 
All-Time Record vs. the Highlanders: 25-22
Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2018 - UCR def. UCSB, 84-76
2018 Series: UCR Leads, 1-0
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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.

UCSB Throttles Past Cal State Fullerton
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team defeated Cal State Fullerton in back-to-back games after a 78-59 rout over the Titans at the Thunderdome on Thursday night. Donning pink in the annual Play4Kay game to raise awareness for cancer, UCSB used a 24-2 run that stretched from the first to second quarter to take an early 32-11 lead and never looked back. Makala Roper flirted with a triple-double, tallying 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while Drew Edelman put up 20 points and eight boards to lead the Gauchos. 

Gauchos Upend Second-Place UC Irvine
After UC Irvine rallied to edge the Gauchos 77-74 at their place earlier in the season, UCSB bounced back in a big way with a huge 27-point victory, 82-55, over second-place UCI, snapping the Anteaters seven game winning streak. Both Drea Toler and Drew Edelman produced double-doubles on a night when the Gauchos shot 46 percent and dominated throughout. UCI's Morgan Green, who entered the game averaging just under 25 ppg in conference, got in early foul trouble and was held to 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting. 

Clash With Cal Poly
On Wednesday, the Gauchos head north to take on Cal Poly in a pivotal Blue Green Rivalry game. Both UCSB and Cal Poly are tied for third in the Big West with 8-5 records and are looking to gain ground on second-place UC Irvine, who has a 9-3 record. Earlier this season, the Gauchos topped the Mustangs 73-68 at home, holding off a late rally and 30 points from Dynn Leaupepe. UCSB was led by 17 points apiece from Tal Sahar and Sarah Bates

UC Riverside Preview
On Saturday, the Gauchos welcome UC Riverside to the Thunderdome for the final home game of the year. The Highlanders defeated the Gauchos two weeks ago in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the wire. UCSB led 67-63 midway through the fourth, but a late Riverside rally, along with 22 free-throw attempts unraveled the Gauchos. Edelman finished with 21 and 10 for UCSB while UCR was led by 30 points from Michelle Curry. 

Home Sweet 'Dome
The Gauchos have fared much better at home under head coach Bonnie Henrickson in the past three seasons, combining for a 22-16 record while going just 12-31 on the road. In conference play, UCSB is even better at the Thunderdome, compiling a 16-7 record against the Big West while going just 9-13 in road games. This year, UCSB is 5-2 at home in conference play and 6-5 in the Thunderdome overall compared to a 5-8 record on the road. 

Edelman Nets Player of the Week Honors
Announced on Monday afternoon, UC Santa Barbara senior forward Drew Edelman was named Big West Player of the Week after averaging a double-double and leading the Gauchos to a pair of key conference victories. Edelman averaged 16 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent (11-for-20) from the field in home wins over Cal State Fullerton (78-59) and second-place UC Irvine (82-55) at the Thunderdome. Edelman scored 20 points with eight rebounds against CSF before going for 12 points and 15 rebounds against UCI. 

Thank You Seniors!
Saturday marks the final home game for a quartet of seniors. The UCSB Department of Athletics would like to recognize, congratulate and thank seniors Chaya Durr, Drew Edelman, Makala Roper and Drea Toler for their dedication and contributions to the women's basketball program over the last four years. 

Toler Tallies First Career Double-Double
Senior point guard Drea Toler dished out a career-high 10 assists to go with 10 points, eight of which came via the charity stripe, to record her first career double-double in a big 82-55 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday. Her eight made free-throws and 14 attempts were also career-highs as the Anteaters applied a hack-a-Drea strategy late in the fourth quarter. Since her return to the lineup, the Gauchos are 5-5 and have won four of their last five as they have started to find their rhythm. 

It's Raining Threes, Hallelujah!
The Gauchos shot 52.9 percent on 9-of-17 shooting from behind the arc against UC Irvine on Saturday, their best percentage of the season and only second time they have reached the 50 percent plateau. UCSB is now 7-5 when making at least nine three-pointers in a game, as opposed to 4-9 when they make less than nine three's. Over the last five games, UCSB is shooting 39.2 percent (40-for-102) with an average of eight makes per game on an average of 20.4 attempts. 

Bombs Away
The Gauchos rank 29th in the nation and first in the Big West with an average of 8.6 made three-pointers per game. UCSB is shooting 35.1 percent (216-for-616) from downtown. Sarah Bates and Sarah Porter sit second and third in the Big West, respectively, among three-point makes per game leaders. Bates has drained 57 triples while Porter is close behind with 48. Makala Roper is third in the league with a 42.6 percentage from downtown (26-for-61) while Bates ranks fourth at 42.5 percent (57-for-134).

Double-Double Machine
After her double-double streak ended at three games after a 20-point, eight rebound performance against Cal State Fullerton last Thursday, Drew Edelman started a new streak on Saturday with a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double against UC Irvine. Edelman now has four double-doubles in the last five games, nine for the season, and 16 in her career. 

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 12 times in the last 15 games, including five in-a-row. She is averaging 13.8 points per game during conference play and has gone 11-for-25 (44 percent) from three-point range in her last five games. 

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."