THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Fri., Jan. 20---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 20---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 21---Swim---UCSD at Cal Baptist---12:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 21---MVolleyball---UCSD at UC Irvine---2:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 21---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 21---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:30 PM
SIXTEEN IN A ROW FOR SECOND-RANKED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
After vaulting into the No. 2 slot nationally, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team showed that it deserved the accolade by romping to a pair of home wins last weekend...The Tritons, riding the crest of a school record 16-game win streak, will try to make it 18 straight when Sonoma State (5-9/3-7) and Humboldt State (11-3/7-3) visit RIMAC Arena this weekend...UCSD, leading the CCAA by a wide margin in scoring, rebounding and assists-turnover ratio, tops the conference table by a game and a half...Humboldt State enters the week's play fourth and Sonoma State is eighth.
Seniors Chelsea Carlisle and Lauren Freidenberg canned 20 points apiece, guiding UCSD to an 84-73 decision over Cal State East Bay last Friday night...Carlisle, No. 1 in the CCAA in scoring, assists and steals, also handed out a career best 12 assists and Freidenberg hauled in a team high eight rebounds as the Tritons shot a blazing 55% from the floor and saw all five starters reach double digits in the scoring column...A 12-2 run early in the first half was the catalyst for a 17-pt. halftime lead and Elliott's charges kept control with a workmanlike second half.
Saturday night was a different story as the Tritons were all business, feeding off an aggressive defense and 48.3% shooting to rout second place Cal State Monterey Bay, 91-63...Both teams started the night undefeated in conference action and the Otters looked every bit the part in jumping out to a 19-8 lead...UCSD gradually whittled into the deficit and took its first lead with 3:20 left until the break...From there it was all Tritons on both ends of the floor...Junior EmilyOsga poured in a game high 22 points while Freidenberg (18 pts./15 rebounds) and Carlisle (16 pts./10 assists) both cranked out double doubles and Feder chipped in with 15 markers...UCSD finished plus-four on the boards and turned the ball over just nine times while earning 28 points off the 15 turnovers they forced.
Listen to sophomore Erin Dautremont's Friday night post-game comments.
Listen to Head Coach Charity Elliott's Friday night post-game comments.
Listen to Head Coach Charity Elliott's Saturday night post-game comments.
Listen to junior Emily Osga's Saturday night post-game comments.
MEN'S BASKETBALL WHIPS MONTEREY BAY; HOME FOR TWO MORE
Looking to build off a heart-stopping victory over Cal State Monterey Bay last Saturday, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (6-9) plays two more at home this week, squaring off against Sonoma State (7-7/5-5) Friday and Humboldt State (10-4/6-4) Saturday...The Tritons are now 2-8 in CCAA play and rank 11th on the conference ladder, three games short of a berth in the league's championship tournament...Humboldt State is part of a four-team logjam in third place and Sonoma State is in a two-way tie for eighth.
Last Friday night, the Triton cagers suffered a deflating, 80-79, overtime loss to Cal State East Bay...After trailing by 11 in the first half and 39-32 at halftime, UCSD rallied and twice had an opportunity to salt the game away before succumbing...With a three-point lead and 10 second remaining in regulation, UCSD missed the second of two free throws and the Pioneers took advantage with a game-tying three...The same free throw scenario unfolded 55 seconds from the buzzer in OT and clinging to a one-point margin and then with 13 ticks remaining, the Tritons were unsuccessful again from the charity stripe, opening the door to East Bay's game-winning bucket...Sophomore point guard James McCann netted 22 points, dished out seven assists and even grabbed four rebounds... Senior Christian Hatch, the second best rebounder in the CCAA, recorded a double double with 16 points and 14 boards and junior Justin Brue buried 6-of-8 shots en route to a 15-pt. performance...UCSD shot 50% for the night and the two teams were virtually even in the rebounding department.
The sting of four consecutive losses was finally erased Saturday night as Carlson, playing without Hatch (injury), got 19-pt. efforts from both McCann and Brue and staved off Cal State Monterey Bay, 71-67...McCann added three assists, Brue snatched six caroms and senior Ryan Wheeler put in 18 quality minutes off the bench in Hatch's stead...This time, the Tritons were up eight at intermission and pushed it to 12 early in the second half only to see the Otters bounce back with a 17-4 run that brought them to within one with 13 minutes left...UCSD's defense stiffened but Monterey stuck around and finally knotted the score at 66 with 1:42 to go...From there, the snakebitTritons finally got some breaks...The Otters made an unforced turnover and on the ensuing possession, McCann got the ball back after turning it over and ended up getting a lay-up plus one...Junior Tyler McGrath sank a pair of free throws to ice the verdict.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with senior Ryan Wheeler.
SPIKERS LOOK TO REBOUND FROM TOUGH WEEK VS. UCI
After going 1-2 in a trio of non-conference matches last week, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team (2-3) returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this Saturday at No. 1 UC Irvine (4-1), which dropped a five-setter at home Sunday against No. 2 BYU...The clubs split their two matches last season.
On the heels of the previous week's impressive road win over No. 11 Hawaii, the Tritons could not quite get untracked in their home opener Wednesday night, dropping a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25) contest to No. 14 Loyola-Chicago...The visiting Ramblers had the upper hand in hitting percentage (.325-.155) and blocking (11-9.5)...Sophomore outside hitter Vaun Lennon punctured the Loyola defense with 14 kills and four aces and Ring got encouraging performances from two other sophs, lefty setter Mike Brunsting (27 assists/3 aces) and middle blocker Sebastian Brady (9 kills/.467 pct.).
At the Grand Canyon Tournament in Phoenix, Saturday, the young Tritons had to scramble back from an early deficit to prevail over New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 15-13)...Lennon rocked the Highlanders with 22 kills and Brunsting piled up 55 assists and 12 digs in this one...UCSD trailed, 10-8, in the decisive fifth set, got the lead thanks in large part to a slew of NJIT errors and then won it on the last of junior Carl Eberts' 15 kills...Eberts also contributed a pair of aces and transfer Greg Smith tacked on 10 kills.
Host Grand Canyon made short work of the Tritons in Sunday afternoon's tourney finale, punching out a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19) victory despite 11 kills from both Lennon an Eberts, the latter hitting at a robust . 417 clip...The Antelopes registered advantages in both hitting percentage and blocking and were never seriously threatened in any of the three sets.
Listen to Wednesday's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
SWIMMERS POST EASY WINS; FINISH REGULAR SEASON AT CAL BAPTIST
In its last tune-up prior to the Feb. 8-11 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships in La Mirada, the Swimming & Diving teams travel to Riverside to battle Cal Baptist Saturday...At Loyola Marymount's Burns Aquatic Center last Saturday, both the men's and women's swim teams rang up 10 wins as both emerged triumphant vs. Division I opponents---the men thumping Cal State Bakersfield, 165-97, and the women knocking off host LMU, 167-94.
On the men's side, senior Eric Owens and junior Adam Rice each accounted for two wins...Owens swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 in 51.58 and 200 in1:54.90...Rice clocked 51.35 in the 100 butterfly and 1:55.80 in the 200 individual medley, keying Triton sweeps in both...Nick Korth (100/56.84) and See Han Lee (200/2:04.99) dominated the breaststroke with senior Blake Langland (50 free/21.07), sophomore Alex Merrill (200 free/1:42.57) and freshman Dane Stassi (200 butterfly/1:53.89) rounding out UCSD's individual winners...The 200 medley relay quartet of Owens, Korth, Rice and Langland touched in 1:32.78 to win that event.
It was the ubiquitous Alex Henley in the limelight again on the women's side...The versatile senior was a triple winner, emerging best in the 200 individual medley (2:09.57), 100 backstroke (57.48) and 200 backstroke (2:04.82)...Rapidly becoming forces in their own right, junior Emily Adamczyk (100 breaststroke/1:05.51 & 200 breaststroke/2:19.45) and sophomore Anji Shakya (200 free/1:54.10 & 500 free/5:08.06) were also double winners...Gabby Rossbach (200 butterfly/2:07.78) and Jaclyn Amog (100 free/57.15) turned in blue ribbon performances as did sophomore Beth Dong, one of the year's best comeback stories, who went 10:41.41 to take the 1,000 freestyle over freshman Jessica Norgaard.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Head Basketball Coaches Chris Carlson and Charity Elliott as well as junior Carl Eberts of the Men's Volleyball team...Click here to listen to last week's edition of Triton Talk.
The UCSD San Diego Athletic Department's annual Blood Drive, held last Wednesday in conjunction with the American Red Cross, was a rousing success...With over 150 donors presenting, the effort surpassed the Red Cross goal by nearly 13%...It continues to be the Red Cross's largest single day drive at UCSD.
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The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds from the event go to benefit the UCSD Athletic Dept....For information on entries or sponsorships, call (858) 534-8460.
THE READERS' SPEAK
"I've been following with interest the story of UCSD's efforts to move to NCAA Division I. I had the opportunity to attend last Friday night's basketball games and was thinking how cool it would be to have the Tritons competing on a regular basis with San Diego State and USD. I think some of their teams, like women's basketball, might be competitive right away. Regardless, it seems like adding UCSD to Division I would only be a positive for the San Diego sports scene."
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