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Gauchos Set for Two-Game Slate at Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic

Danae Miller (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Danae Miller (Photo by Jeff Liang)

Saint Mary's Thanksgiving Classic Schedule
at UCU Pavilion - Moraga, Calif.

Friday, November 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara (2-1) vs. California Baptist (2-1)
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Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara (2-1) at Saint Mary's (CA) (2-2)
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Gauchos Take 2 of 3
UCSB earned its first road win of the young season this past Saturday at Pepperdine, 74-63, behind a breakout performance from senior guard Megan Anderson. The former San Jose Spartan hit 5-of-7 (71.4%) from three-point range for a game-high 20 points. With a pair of opening month wins over WCC teams, the Gauchos are out to their best three-game start during the Bonnie Henrickson era (since 2015-16).

Lane and Tucker Start Strong
Juniors Ila Lane and Alexis Tucker have totaled the most points on the team through three games. Former Big West Freshman of the Year Lane is coming off a season-high 17 points (7-12 FG) in the win over Pepperdine. She has dominated the glass for the Gauchos, currently averaging a double-double with a conference-leading 12 rebounds to go along with 10.7 points per game. Tucker meanwhile has come off the bench to average 10.3 points a night.

• Deep Threat
Anderson's brilliant shooting display against the Waves resulted in UCSB's first 20-point performance of the season. It also set a new Gaucho scoring-high for her in 13 appearances with the team.

Miller Time
Senior Danae Miller has been a foundational piece for UCSB out of the point guard position since 2017-18. Over the past two years combined, she has averaged just a tick under 13 points and four assists per game. The 2018-19 All Big West Second Team selection is just 14 points away from becoming the 28th player to join the program's 1,000-point club.

• Scouting the Opposition: California Baptist & Saint Mary's
Since California Baptist made the move to Division I, the Lancers have gone 3-0 against the Gauchos, most recently winning at the Thunderdome 85-75 last December. CBU is out to a 2-1 start, led by reigning WAC Player of the Week sophomore forward Caitlyn Harper's 21.7 points per game. The Lancers hung tight with No. 15 Oregon State in their only loss, 80-72. They have already beaten a Big West team, knocking off UC Irvine in overtime 93-88 behind a 21 point, eight rebound, 17 assist near triple-double from senior point guard Ane Olaeta.

On Saturday, UCSB faces the tournament host Gaels who have gotten out to a 2-2 start. The Gaels are led by senior guard Taycee Wedin (14 ppg) and sophomore forward Ali Bamberger (13.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg). Saint Mary's has won its last five games against the Gauchos, taking a 7-3 edge in their last 10 meetings since 2001. SMC also has a win over a Big West school having defeated UC Davis 52-50 less than two weeks ago.

• Lane, Mole Selected to Big West Preseason All-Conference Teams
UCSB landed two players on the preseason Big West All-Conference teams last week as junior center Ila Lane was named to the Coaches' Team and senior guard Taylor Mole was named to the team selected by members of the media around the conference.

Lane also received at least two votes to the Media Team and Mole did the same on the coaches' vote.

The Gauchos were picked to finish third in the coaches' poll, finishing with one first-place vote, while they slotted in at sixth on the media vote, also with one first-place tally.

• Lane Named to Lisa Leslie Award Watch List
Junior center Ila Lane was named to the 2022 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List last week, recognizing the top 20 centers in women's college basketball. Lane opted-out of the 2020-21 season, but her freshman campaign in 2019-20 was one of the best in program history, leading the Big West as the only player averaging a double-double with 15.3 points and 13 rebounds per game.

• The Gaucho Review: 2020-21 Season
The Gauchos activated their clutch factor late in the season, posting a 7-9 finish in conference play after winning five of the last six games to close out the regular season. In the first round of the Big West Women's Basketball Tournament, UCSB nearly upset second-seeded UC Irvine. The Gauchos matched the program record for most three-pointers in a single game in their 77-63 win over CSU Bakersfield and broke it in their season-ending loss to UC Irvine, scoring 18 three-pointers.

• Lane, Miller, Mole Among Returnees
After opting out of the 2020-21 season, former Associated Press All-American Ila Lane is returning to the court for UC Santa Barbara in the 2021-22 campaign. Lane led all NCAA freshmen in rebounds in her first season, en route to earning Big West Freshman Player of the Year honors. Danae Miller is also coming back for a fifth year, with the 2020-21 preseason All-Big West selection hoping to lead the blue and gold back to glory. All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree Taylor Mole will continue to be an integral part of the lineup, having taken the team lead in rebounding last season.

• Going Digital
Install the new UCSB Gaucho Gameday app on your smartphone for exclusive UCSB coverage all season long. Now available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

UCSB is moving to mobile ticketing beginning this season. For more information, click here.