THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Sun., Dec. 11---M-Basketball---UCSD vs. Dixie State---1:00 PM
NO. 5 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PERFECT THROUGH EIGHT
Now 8-0 after sweeping a pair of CCAA road games last week, the fifth-ranked Women's Basketball team will take a nine-day break for finals before re-entering conference play next Monday at home against Cal State San Bernardino...The Tritons, 2-0 in CCAA play, join Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Monterey Bay as the only undefeated squads in the league...Only twice in school history has the team started off with eight consecutive victories...Both were also Charity Elliott-coached clubs...Her first UCSD team also won its first eight in 2007-08 and her 2009-10 outfit prevailed in its first 14.
UCSD had three players in double figures and scored a whopping 34 points off 27 turnovers Friday night in clubbing Cal State Dominguez Hills, 79-54, in the CCAA opener for both teams...The Tritons hit 60.7% from the floor in the first half, took a 16-pt. cushion into the break and breezed through the final 20 minutes...Senior guard Chelsea Carlisle made 6-o-8 shots, tallying a team high 14 points to go with six assists...Fellow senior Lauren Friedenberg racked up 13 and junior Emily Osga added 11...The host Toros out-rebounded the Tritons, 46-30, but were stymied by 33.3% shooting.
Twenty-four hours later, sophomore forward Erin Dautremont had the biggest game of her young career, exploding for 27 points (12-of-14) and eight rebounds as UCSD hammered Cal State Los Angeles, 92-69...Freidenberg (18 pts./9 rebounds), Carlisle (17 pts./6 assists) and senior Daisy Feder (12 pts.) lent ample offensive support as the Tritons fired away at a 52.2% clip from the floor, were plus-20 on the glass and forced 21 turnovers.
CARLSON'S CAGERS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AT HOME SUNDAY
Reeling from the loss of its first three conference games, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (3-4) will try to turn things around Sunday when it hosts D-II regional foe Dixie State at RIMAC Arena.
Last Friday night in Carson, Cal State Dominguez Hill put together a 16-2 run midway through the first half en route to a 63-53 victory over the Tritons...Both teams shot just over 40%, got 23 points apiece from their benches and the battle of the boards was close, but UCSD turned it over 17 times and let the Toros build a 20-pt. second half lead before closing the gap late...One bright spot was junior forward Justin Brue who accounted for 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
One night later, the Tritons dropped their third in a row, a 49-41 defensive struggle at Cal State Los Angeles...Both clubs shot in the low 30's but the host Golden Eagles out-rebounded UCSD, 39-28, and forced the visitors into 16 turnovers from which they earned a difference-making 11 points...Junior Tyler McGrath had nine points to lead the Tritons but seven came at the free throw line...Point guard James McCann and Brue both canned eight but senior Christian Hatch, the squad's leading scorer, managed just six, giving him an uncharacteristic 10 for the weekend...He did lead the Tritons with seven rebounds.
MEN'S WATER POLO FINISHES FOURTH AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
An outstanding season came to a crushing finish Sunday in Berkeley as the 10th-ranked Men's Water Polo team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships...A pair of NCAA defeats left the WWPA champion Tritons with a final record of 17-11...Top-seeded USC captured its fourth national title in a row.
The Tritons, who came in with high hopes after winning their unprecedented 15th WWPA crown, were seeded third in the NCAA final four and had visions of magic in their heads, trailing second-seeded UCLA just 2-1 with 1:10 remaining in the first half of Saturday's semi-final...But the talented Bruins struck for a pair of goals in the final 70 seconds before intermission and another six unanswered scores in the second half to turn a nip-and-tuck affair into a 10-1 romp... Senior goalie David Morton, MVP of the WWPA Championship, almost singlehandedly kept UCLA at bay in the first half and ended up with nine saves...Freshman Matt Michalko recorded the Tritons' lone goal.
While the round one result against the heavily-favored Bruins might have been expected, the outcome of Sunday's third place match-up with Eastern invader Princeton certainly was not... Facing a motivated underdog, UCSD came out on the short end of a 9-7 decision...The Tritons looked the part of the favorite early doubling Saturday's goal output when senior Graham Saber connected twice in the first 1:32...But the Tigers fought back to knot it 4-4 at the half and took their first lead at 6-5 late in the third quarter...Down, 7-5, UCSD rallied on a pair of spectacular goals by sophomore Josh Stiling and it was still 7-7 with under two minutes to go in regulation... But Princeton re-took the lead at 1:34 and put a dagger into the Tritons' hopes of another comeback with an improbable long range score with 28 ticks remaining...Saber finished up with three goals and Morton chalked up 15 more saves...The key to the game likely came early as junior stalwart John Butler was whistled for his second ejection just 2:16 into the contest...His playing time (and Harper's flexibility) were seriously limited from that point on and he collected his third and final foul late in the third period.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to have interviews with Head Swimming & Diving Coach Corrie Falcon, junior Justin Brue from the Men's Basketball team and sophomore Erin Dautremont of the Women's hoop squad...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
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The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.
The annual UCSD Athletics Blood Drive, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the RIMAC Green Room...UC San Diego is the Red Cross's No. 1 blood donating campus in California and the Athletic Dept. Blood Drive is the No. 1 single day drive at the University...For more information or to reserve a time to donate blood, call (858) 534-8460.
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