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UCSB Hosts Idaho State on Three Stripe Life Night; Faces Sacramento State on the Road

Taylor Mole (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Taylor Mole (Photo by Jeff Liang)

Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 2022 — 7:00 PM
Idaho State (1-1) at UC Santa Barbara (2-0)
Santa Barbara, Calif. — Thunderdome
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Saturday, Nov. 19th, 2022 – 7:30 PM
UC Santa Barbara (2-0) at Sacramento State (0-1)
Sacramento, Calif. — The Nest
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On the Air
Both games will be aired live on the ESPN+ and live stats will be available. Links can be found on the schedule page.

Three Stripe Life Night!
Tomorrow's game with ISU marks Three Stripe Life Night! Any fan that comes to the Thunderdome sporting any kind of Adidas clothing or accessories will receive a ticket to be entered in multiple prize drawings over the course of the game. Several Adidas items will be up for grabs.

Lane Earns Sixth Career Big West Player of the Week Award

The Big West announced its first round of basketball awards Monday afternoon naming Ila Lane of the UCSB women's basketball team Player of the Week. It is her sixth time earning the honor in her career.

Lane had a lot to do with UC Santa Barbara's perfect 2-0 start out of the gate, as the senior averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against a pair of West Coast Conference foes. She was incredibly efficient as well going 15-for-21 from the floor for a .714 field goal percentage. 

In last Monday night's season opener at Santa Clara (73-61), the veteran post player went for a double-double of a team-high 17 points and game-high 11 boards, seven of them on the offensive glass. On Thursday night in UC Santa Barbara's home opener versus Pepperdine (71-63), Lane went 8-for-9 from the floor and shared the game high of 16 points to go with a team-best six more rebounds.

UCSB Out to 2-0 Start After Home-Opening Win
Last Thursday the Gauchos opened up the Thunderdome doors and welcomed the Pepperdine Waves to their home opener. UCSB had a hot start in the contest, leading by as much as 21 points by halftime, but the Waves responded with a big third quarter that forced the Gauchos to play well down the stretch. UCSB did just that scoring 20 points in the final period and to cling on to the win. Ila Lane led the way with 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting and Taylor Mole had four triples on the night for a total of 14 points.

Gauchos Top Santa Clara in Season Opener
UCSB went on the road to open the season this past Monday and took home the victory topping the Broncos 73-61. The Gauchos outshot Santa Clara 45.2% to 36.7%, won the rebound battle 40 to 31, won the points in the paint battle 42 to 30, and held the team to just 14.3% shooting from the three-point line. Four Gaucho starters ended the game in double-figures led by Ila Lane who poured in 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and completed the double-double with 11 rebounds.

Lane Named to Lisa Leslie Award Watch List
For the third season in a row, senior center IIa Lane from the UCSB women's basketball team was selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the 2023 Lisa Leslie Award Watch List. This award is awarded annually the top center in women's college Basketball. Lane first got selected in the 2020-2021 season and then again in the 2021-2022 season.  She is one of the 20 centers to be inducted into this list.

The list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will then be chosen in March to be presented to Lisa Leslie and to the committee. To help Lane move forward in this selected process, fans have the chance to vote. Fan voting opens up Friday, October 21 so fans can vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. The top ten player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round.

To check out all 20 centers on the list, click here.

Gauchos Picked 2nd in Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll, Lane Selected to Preseason Team
The Big West announced its Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll and Team on Oct. 20, 2022. The UCSB women's basketball team was picked to finish second, which is the program's highest preseason ranking in the Bonnie Henrickson era. Making the preseason team for the second straight year was senior big Ila Lane.

After finishing third in the poll the last two seasons, the Gauchos make their way into the top two garnering two first place votes and finishing only behind reigning champion Hawai'i.

For the second straight year Gaucho big Ila Lane has been selected by the coaches around The Big West as one of the top players in the conference. Last season she led the conference with 9.7 rpg, a .580 field goal percentage, and 12 doubles-doubles and was named to the All-Big West Second Team. She also ranked eighth with nearly a block a game, 11th with 12.1 ppg, and 12th with 32 mpg.