SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a loss to No.13 Stanford, Yale (8-4) heads to UC Santa Barbara (5-7) for the final game of its California trip. This is also the team's final game of 2016 and the last game before Ivy League play begins in January.
UC Santa Barbara enters the contest on a season-best three-game winning streak, during which the team has recorded its three best shooting performances of the season. The Bulldogs faced their toughest opponent of the season in their most recent game. Experience defending against Stanford's elite scoring ability should help the Bulldogs against the Gauchos on Saturday. Freshman Megan Gornan starred for Yale in the loss to Stanford with a career-high 21 points, and she will look to continue showcasing her improved offensive play as well.
Yale Season Leaders
Junior Jen Berkowitz leads the Bulldogs with 13.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. She leads the Ivy League by a wide margin with a 60% field goal percentage. Senior Lena Munzer ranks 2nd on the team behind Berkowitz with 12.2 points per game, while freshman Megan Gorman ranks 2nd behind Berkowitz with 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior Tamara Simpson leads the Ivy League with 2.4 steals per game.
Report on the UCSB Gauchos
Head coach Bonnie Henrickson is in her second year with the program after serving the previous eleven seasons as head coach for Kansas. UC Santa Barbara won just ten total games in the two years before she arrived, but the Gauchos went 12-20 (8-8 Big West) last season and are poised to improve on that mark yet again this season.
UC Santa Barbara was picked to finish last in the conference in 2015-16 but advanced to the conference tournament and defeated its first opponent. After surprising their competition last season, the Gauchos were predicted to finish fourth in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll this season.
UC Santa Barbara has a balanced attack, with only one player scoring in double figures but five players scoring over 7.5 points per game. Sophomore Coco Miller leads the Gauchos with 10.3 points per game. Senior Onome Jemerigbe has been a versatile guard this season, averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 assists per game.
Junior Drew Edelman has also played an important role in UC Santa Barbara's winning streak. She earned All-Tournament honors at the Battle on the Border in Edinburg, Tedas, after averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds against Texas A&M Corpus and North Dakota State.
Next up, Yale returns to the east coast and hits the practice court in early January before returning to game action for the start of Ivy League play. Yale begins its conference slate with back-to-back road games at Penn and Princeton on Jan. 13 and 14, respectively.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity