UCSB Faces Hawai’i in Big West Tournament Semifinal Friday

Ila Lane (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Ila Lane (Photo by Jeff Liang)
 
• The Schedule
Friday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the [1] UC Davis vs [8] Cal Poly game, whichever is later)
[2] UC Santa Barbara vs. [4] Hawai'i
Honda Center - Anaheim, Calif.
All-Time Record vs. the Rainbow Wahine: 17-30
Last Meeting: March 4, 2020: UCSB 57, at Hawai'i 56
 
• Big West Tournament Semifinal to be Broadcast on WatchESPN/ESPN app
Friday afternoon's game will be broadcast live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app with Trent Rush on play-by-play and Dave Miller on color commentary.
 
• Audio Broadcast Available throughout Big West Tournament
Friday's game will also be broadcast live on UCSBGauchos.com. Arthur Wilkie will handle the play-by-play for the Gauchos run at the Big West Tournament.
 
• The Gaucho Rewind: Gameday 29
G29: UCSB 57, Hawai'i 56: Ila Lane led all players with 20 points on the night on 10-of-14 shooting and added five rebounds, Coco Miller had 15 points, Tal Sahar dropped 11, and Danae Miller sank a game-winning shot as time expired as the Gauchos finished their regular season on a high note in Honolulu. The two squads were tied at the half, but UCSB outscored the Rainbow Wahine by eight points in the third only for the hosts to take the lead with just nine seconds left off a Julissa Tago free throw. The Gauchos got to ball to Danae Miller from the sideline with 4.1 seconds to go and she drilled the final shot as time expired.
 
• Scouting the Opposition: Hawai'i
The Rainbow Wahine lost four of their last five games in the regular season to fall to the fourth seed in the conference tournament, but they got past Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinal on Wednesday to set up the semifinal matchup with UCSB. In their tilt with the Titans, Julissa Tago led the way for the Wahine with 15 points and added five rebounds, while Nae Nae Calhoun scored 10 and brought down seven boards. Hawai'i held the Big West Player of the Year in Fullerton's Raina Perez to just 10 points on 4-of-20 shooting.
 
• The Season to Date
The Gauchos won just five games in their non-conference run, but picked it up when it got to Big West play. After suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Cal State Fullerton in its league opener, UCSB took down Central Coast rivals Cal Poly before earning its first road win of the season at UC Irvine. After winning two of its next seven, Santa Barbara finished its conference season on a strong run, winning five of its last six to secure the second seed via tiebreakers over UC Irvine and Hawai'i.
 
• Gauchos in the NCAA rankings
A pair of Gauchos rank in the top 30 in the NCAA across several statistical categories. Coco Miller has the ninth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country with a 2.78 mark. Ila Lane has the second-most total rebounds in the country (378), highest rebounds per game average (13.0), third-highest defensive rebounds per game mark (9.3), sixth-most double-doubles (19), and the 17th-best field goal percentage (57.6%).
 
Coco Miller Surpasses 1,000-Point Mark, 300 Assists
In the game against Pacific on December 5, Coco Miller's triple with 7:39 left in regulation made her the 27th member of the 1,000-point club in program history in her 102nd career game. She became the first to surpass the mark since both Nicole Nesbit and Melissa Zornig completed the feat in 2014. In the Gauchos' game against UC Irvine on Feb. 5, she also cleared 300 career assists with seven in the matchup against the Anteaters.
 
• Shining in the Spotlight
Ila Lane was named the Big West Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Feb. 24, becoming the first Gaucho to win the award three times since Sweets Underwood in the 2012-13 season.
 
• All-Conference Accolades
Following a successful regular season that saw UCSB finish with its highest seed since the 2010-11 campaign, three Gauchos landed spots on the Big West All-Conference teams. Ila Lane was named the league's Freshman of the Year and selections to the All-BIg West First Team and All-Freshman Team. She is the fifth student-athlete to earn Freshman of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of Santa Barbara greats in Erin Buescher, Lindsay Taylor, Kristen Mann, and Jordan Franey. Coco Miller finishes her final regular season as a Gaucho with her third career selection to an All-Conference team, following her nods to the 2015-16 All-Freshman team and 2018-19 All-Conference Second Team. Danae Miller returns to the All-Big West slate for the second season in a row after earning Second Team honors following the 2018-19 season.
 
• Watch This Space
Some impressive streaks are being carried into postseason play. Ila Lane is on a ten-game run in which she's scored in double-digits and Coco Miller has recorded at least two steals or three assists in 13 of UCSB's 16 games in conference play.