If you're not heading to Turlock or Chico, you can still follow all of the action live. The game at Cal State Stanislaus will be covered by video at http://bit.ly/PKryHY, audio at http://www.kcss.net and live stats at http://bit.ly/Urlp3b. Chico State will have an audio broadcast at http://bit.ly/uFaxgn and live stats at http://bit.ly/WXsR4B.
LEAGUE LEAD ON LINE
Entering the week, Chico State is in first place in the CCAA with its 14-2 record, just ahead of UCSD at 13-3. In the teams' opening meeting this season at RIMAC Arena on Jan. 11, the Tritons handed the Wildcats their first loss by a score of 71-65. Chico, ranked ninth nationally at the time, came into the game at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in CCAA play. The Tritons play at last place Cal State Stanislaus (1-15) Friday, while the Wildcats host Cal State San Bernardino, which sits in a tie for seventh at 7-9.
Chico State (14-2), UC San Diego (13-3) and Cal State Monterey Bay (12-4) have clinched spots in the eight-team CCAA Tournament. The top four regular season finishers will host first round games on Tuesday, March 5. The semifinals and final will take place March 8-9 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The winner of the CCAA Tournament will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.
AGAINST THE RANKED
Saturday's game at No. 11 Chico State will mark the fifth time that UCSD has squared off against a nationally-ranked team this season. Three of the Tritons' first five games of the year were against ranked squads, including No. 13 Grand Canyon, No. 14 Western Washington and No. 15 Gannon. Chico State was ranked ninth when the Tritons and Wildcats hooked up at RIMAC Arena back on Jan. 11. UCSD is 1-3 against ranked teams this season.
The Tritons finally returned to RIMAC Arena last week following a season-long, six-game road trip that started at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. Since the 2000-01 season when UCSD joined the NCAA Division II ranks, it had never played more than five straight regular season games away from home. In addition, the Tritons had never played more than four consecutive CCAA games on the road. This week's games are the final road contests of the regular season for UCSD, which will play its final four at RIMAC Arena. Overall this year, UCSD is 8-1 at home and 6-4 in away contests.
OSGA NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Emily Osga was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Feb. 4 following her performances in wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. Against the Golden Eagles, Osga led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, going 6-for-9 from behind the arc as part of a 9-for-16 showing from the field. She also posted game-highs with seven rebounds and five assists. The night prior, Osga totaled 16 points, six boards, four assists and a block against the Toros. She was the second Triton to earn the honor this season as fellow guard Daisy Feder won it on Dec. 3 for her efforts against the same two teams at RIMAC Arena.
FEDER, OSGA EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Senior guards Daisy Feder and Emily Osga earned Capital One Academic All-District honors on Jan. 31. To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore, have completed a full year at the institution and possess legitimate athletic credentials. Feder maintains a 3.36 grade point average in ethnic studies while Osga holds a 3.7 as a human biology major.
The Tritons have been hot from three-point land all season. They lead the CCAA in total threes (147) and three-point field goal percentage (.343). Nationally, UCSD is 41st in three-point percentage and 48th in threes per game (6.4). The Tritons have netted at least 10 treys in seven games, including a season-high 11 vs. Seattle Pacific on Nov. 16. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 10th in the country in threes per game (2.9).
UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks fourth nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 76.9 percent (303-for-394) of its shots from the line.
JOIN THE CLUB
Both Daisy Feder and Emily Osga eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark this season. Osga did it at Humboldt State on Jan. 5 by recording 23 points, while Feder scored 28 against Grand Canyon on Nov. 10 to put her past the mark.
HUMBOLDT STATE REWIND
Daisy Feder matched a career-high with 29 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead UCSD to a 78-66 home win against the Lumberjacks on Feb. 8. The Tritons made almost 59% of their shots from the field in the first half and finished the night 18-for-22 from the free throw line. Erin Dautremont had 20 points and Miranda Seto added 10. HSU was led by Lisa Petty's 20 points.
CAL POLY POMONA REWIND
In its second overtime game of the season, UCSD held on for a narrow 66-64 win over the Broncos at RIMAC Arena on Feb. 9. Erin Dautremont recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Two other Tritons had double-figure point totals, including Emily Osga (16) and Daisy Feder (14). Osga equaled a season-high with five assists. CPP out-shot UCSD 42.4% to 37.7% and held a 41-35 advantage in rebounds, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass.
A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus enters the week at 2-19 overall and in last place in the CCAA at 1-15. The Warriors have lost 10 straight with their last win coming on Jan. 5 in the form of a 72-65 topping of Sonoma State. The team's other victory came on Dec. 29 against Holy Names (68-61). Lauren Godde is fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.8 points/game. She also leads the Warriors in rebounding at 7.7/game.
A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS
Chico State, ranked 11th nationally for the second-straight week, is 18-2 overall and in first place in the CCAA at 14-2. The Wildcats have won five straight and eight of their last nine, including road victories against San Francisco State (54-53) and Sonoma State (66-48) last week. Chico leads the league in scoring (68.6 points/game), field goal percentage (41.9%) and assists (15.2/game). Jazmine Miller is the team's top scorer at 12.6 points/game, while Courtney Hamilton leads all CCAA players with her 4.9 assists/game average.
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Feb. 8 drew 1,784 fans, the third-most to ever attend a women's game at RIMAC Arena. The crowd of 1,012 at the Chico State game on Jan. 11 set a new RIMAC mark for the most fans attending a non-Spirit Night game.
UCSD's 87 points against Cal State Stanislaus on Jan. 12 was a season-best. The last time the Tritons posted a higher point total was on Feb. 10, 2012 when they amassed 93 in a victory over Chico State at home.
ANDERSON-JEW LEAVES TEAM
Junior guard Nicole Anderson-Jew has decided to leave the team due to nagging knee issues. The San Rafael native played in five games for a total of 29 minutes this season. As a freshman, Anderson-Jew played in all 31 games with six starts, totaling 462 minutes. Last season, she saw action off the bench in 17 (170 minutes). For her career, she recorded 117 points, 71 rebounds, 82 assists and 34 steals over 53 games.
First year head coach Heidi VanDerveer and her staff have announced the signing of four high school seniors that will suit up for the Tritons during the 2013-14 season. Committing to UCSD over the 2012 early signing period were Haley Anderson (guard/forward, 5-8, El Dorado Hills, Oak Ridge HS), McKenzie Bolden (guard, 5-5, Atlanta, Innocents Episcopal School), Hannah Johnson (forward/center, 5-11, Saratoga, Saratoga HS) and Taylor Tanita (guard, 5-6, Culver City, Culver City HS).
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
UCSD broke a school record for victories last season, finishing at 30-3 overall. The Tritons won the CCAA regular season crown with a 21-1 mark and advanced to the finals of the NCAA West Regional. Ranked No. 1 in the nation for seven straight weeks, UCSD defeated Chico State and Western Washington in Regional play before falling to Alaska-Anchorage in the title game. Senior guard Chelsea Carlisle was named a WBCA All-American while four Tritons were named First Team All-CCAA. Head coach Charity Elliott was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year.
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