Gauchos Round Out Regular Season at Hawai'i Thursday

Sarah Bates (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Sarah Bates (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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The Schedule
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (12-15, 9-6) at Hawai'i (11-16, 4-10)
Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, O'ahu
All-Time Record vs. the Rainbow Wahine: 16-26
Last Meeting: Feb. 3, 2018 - UCSB def. UH, 71-61
2018 Series: UCSB Leads, 1-0
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Wild Finish Highlights Senior Night Victory over UC Riverside
The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team sent its seniors out on a high note in their last game at the Thunderdome, with a 72-70 come-from-behind victory over UC Riverside on Saturday night. The Gauchos trailed by as many as 11 with eight minutes left in the game, and trailed by six points with 41 seconds left, but found a way to win down the stretch. Six straight points from Tal Sahar on a three-pointer and three free-throws narrowed the gap, and then Drew Edelman scored with eight seconds left to tie the game at 70-70. After UCR missed a potential game-winner, it seemed as if the game was heading into overtime, until the officials put 1.5 second back on the clock. That was all UCSB would need as they got fouled and Sarah Bates sank both free-throws to seal the win. Edelman finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the win. 

Cal Poly Edges UCSB with Late Basket
In a Blue-Green Rivalry matchup at Mott Gym, UCSB and Cal Poly battled back and forth down the stretch in a battle for third place in the Big West. A Drea Toler layup with 29 seconds left gave UCSB a 72-71 lead, but the Mustangs scored the game-winner on the next possession when Lynn Leaupepe drove to the lane off a handoff with 23 seconds on the clock. The Gauchos had a good look at a potential game-winner of their own but missed their chance. Edelman led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds for UCSB. 

Rainbows in the Forecast
UCSB will head to Hawai'i for the final game of the regular season on Thursday night. Earlier this season, the Gauchos defeated the Rainbow Wahine 71-61 at home behind a 27-point, 12-rebound performance from Drew Edelman. This season, Hawai'i is 11-16 and 4-10 in the Big West and is coming off an 85-80 loss against Long Beach State. Sarah Toeaina leads the team with an average of 16 points per game to go with 6.1 rebounds per game. 

On the Road Again
UCSB heads back out on the road to conclude the regular season and is just 5-9 away from home and 3-4 on the road in the Big West this season. In head coach Bonnie Henrickson's tenure, UCSB is 12-32 overall on the road while boasting a 23-16 record at home. In the Big West over the past three seasons, UCSB is 17-7 at home compared to 9-14 on the road. 

Big West Conference Tournament Looming
The Big West Conference Tournament is right around the corner, set to begin next Tuesday, Mar. 6 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym. After the first two rounds, the tournament moves to the Honda Center for the semifinals and finals, to be held Friday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 10, respectively. Currently, UCSB is the No. 4 seed and needs a win at Hawai'i to secure that spot. 

Thank You Seniors!
Saturday marked 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. 

Bombs Away
The Gauchos rank 33rd in the nation and second in the Big West with an average of 8.4 made three-pointers per game. UCSB is shooting 34.9 percent (227-for-650) from downtown and is 7-5 when making at least nine three-pointers in a game, as opposed to 5-10 when they make less than nine three's. Sarah Bates and Sarah Porter sit second and third in the Big West, respectively, among three-point makes per game leaders. Bates has drained 60 triples while Porter is close behind with 50. Bates also ranks fourth in the league with a 42.3 percentage from downtown (60-for-142). 

Dimes for Drea
Senior point guard Drea Toler tied her career-high with 10 assists against UC Riverside on Saturday's thrilling senior night victory. She had previously set her career-high with 10 assists in UCSB's last home game, an 82-55 win over UC Irvine. In her 12 games this season, she ranks second in the conference with an average of 4.4 assists per game. 

Tal on a Tear
Redshirt sophomore Tal Sahar had a career-night on Saturday against UCR with a season-high 21 points in just 18 minutes off the bench. It was her best game in a UCSB uniform and she also set career bests in free-throws made and attempts after she went 5-for-5 from the line. Sahar can fill it up with the best of them and she is averaging nearly 18 points per game per 40 minutes. 

Drew "Double-Double" Edelman
Senior forward Drew Edelman has taken her game to another level recently, averaging nearly 22 points per game and 11.4 rebounds over the past seven games since Feb. 3. During that time, Edelman has tallied six double-doubles, to give her 11 this season and 18 in her career, while also scoring a career-high of 27 points, twice. 

Showing 'Em the Ropes
Since making a return to the starting lineup on Feb. 3 against Hawai'i, Makala Roper has led UCSB to a 5-2 record during a pivotal stretch against conference opponents. The senior guard has showcased her all-around game with averages of eight points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Overall, when Roper has started this season, the Gauchos are 7-2. 

Durr's Durability
Senior forward Chaya Durr is the only Gaucho to start and play in all 27 games this season. She has been a key contributor to UCSB, especially on the defensive end where she leads the team in steals (27) and is second on the team with eight blocks. At one point during the season, she put together a stretch where she had at least a steal or block in 10 out of 11 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."