PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 5.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 28.2 MPG
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 14.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.2 SPG, .790 FT%, 31.8 MPG
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 10.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, .364 3FG%, 35.5 MPG
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 10.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, .436 FG%, 29.3 MPG
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 8.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, .650 FG%, 24.0 MPG
THE TOURNEY PICTURE
Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State have clinched spots in the six-team CCAA Tournament. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A. and UC San Diego can all claim a berth with a single win this week. Cal State East Bay, Cal State Stanislaus, Humboldt State and San Francisco State are also still alive to make the tourney.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 2/27)
1. Cal Poly Pomona: 17-3, 20-4
2. Chico State: 13-7, 17-7
T-3. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 12-8, 16-8
T-3. Cal State L.A.: 12-8, 15-9
T-3. UC San Diego: 12-8, 15-9
6. Cal State East Bay: 11-9, 14-13
T-7. Cal State Stanislaus: 10-10, 13-11
T-7. Humboldt State: 10-10, 13-11
T-7. San Francisco State: 10-10, 14-12
10. Cal State San Bernardino: 7-13, 8-15
T-11. Cal State Monterey Bay: 3-17, 6-17
T-11. Sonoma State: 3-17, 4-20
Among all CCAA teams, UCSD ranks:
3. Three-Pointers (148)
5. Free Throw Percentage (.701)
6. Rebounds/Game (39.0)
6. Assists/Game (12.6)
8. Field Goal Percentage (.388)
8. Three-Point Percentage (.305)
8. Free Throws (363)
8. Fewest Turnovers/Game (16.3)
9. Field Goals (503)
9. Points/Game (63.2)
10. Steals/Game (5.7)
T-11. Blocks/Game (1.3)
Tritons ranked among the top 10 players in the CCAA include:
• Erin Dautremont
9. Rebounds/Game (6.8)
2. Minutes/Game (35.5)
T-5. Three-Pointers/Game (2.0)
9. Three-Point Percentage (36.4)
• Miranda Seto
T-2. Free Throws/Game (4.2)
T-2. Steals/Game (2.2)
T-6. Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.6)
7. Free Throw Percentage (.790)
T-8. Assists/Game (2.9)
9. Points/Game (14.3)
10. Minutes/Game (31.8)
• Stephanie Yano
T-5. Assists/Game (3.5)
Nationally, UCSD ranks 35th in scoring defense (61.6), 68th in three-pointers/game (6.2) and 78th in rebound margin (3.0).
NCAA RELEASES SECOND REGIONAL RANKINGS
The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season Wednesday and UC San Diego owns the ninth position in the West. Cal Poly Pomona is first and is followed by Montana State-Billings, Simon Fraser, Seattle Pacific, Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Academy of Art, Alaska-Anchorage, UCSD and Western Washington.
MILESTONES FOR DAUTREMONT
On Feb. 1 vs. Humboldt State, Erin Dautremont scored her 1,000th career point. She is the ninth Triton to reach the 1,000 career points mark during the school's NCAA Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). She also grabbed her 500th career rebound this season.
UCSD holds an 8-5 home record, a 6-3 mark on the road and a 1-1 record at neutral sites…The Tritons are 2-2 against nationally-ranked teams this season...The 47 points scored by Sonoma State last week were the second-fewest by an opponent this season (38 by Cal State Monterey Bay on 1/11)...UCSD is being out-scored 709-699 in the first half but out-scoring opponents 783-740 in the second...The Tritons and their opponents each hold a .388 shooting percentage...Cassie MacLeod set several career highs against San Francisco State last week including points (16), field goals (6), three-pointers (4) and blocks (2)...McKenzie Bolden saw her first collegiate action last week against Sonoma State...Erin Dautremont's double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. SFSU last week was her team-leading fifth of the season and second in her last four games...Miranda Seto's 10 FTM and 12 FTA at Cal State Monterey Bay (2/13) were both career-highs...Seto has scored in double-digits in 16 of 20 games played, including a career-high 25 against Cal Poly Pomona (1/31)...Until this year, the last time the Tritons lost four consecutive CCAA games was during their 2002-03 campaign...Emily Morris recorded her first career-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds at Chico State (2/7)...Both of those totals are career-highs…Four players have recorded nine double-doubles for the Tritons as Erin Dautremont has five, Megan Perry has two and McKennan Bertsch and Emily Morris each have one.
Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic's most valuable player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests. The forward was joined by Megan Perry, a fellow senior, on the All-Tournament Team. Dautremont was selected to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team in 2012 as well.
SETO EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONOR
Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Nov. 25 following her performances at the West Region Crossover Classic at Azusa Pacific on Nov. 22-23. Seto scored a game-high 16 points in a 72-66 overtime win against No. 13 Western Washington. She also contributed five rebounds and four assists in the comeback victory. In a 66-63 loss against No. 21 Seattle Pacific, Seto poured in 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including finding the bottom of the net on three attempts from behind the arc. She grabbed three boards and dished out three assists in the near-upset. Overall, Seto averaged 16.6 points and grabbed five steals on the weekend. It was the first CCAA honor of her career.
CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State (7), 112 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (4), 101 points
3. Cal State L.A., 90 points
4. UC San Diego, 86 points
5. Cal State East Bay, 80 points
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 78 points
7. Cal State San Bernardino (1), 77 points
8. Humboldt State, 44 points
T-9. Cal State Monterey Bay, 38 points
T-9. San Francisco State, 38 points
11. Sonoma State, 33 points
12. Cal State Stanislaus, 15 points
(first place votes)
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer is in her second season leading the Tritons in 2013-14. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 overall record and placed second in the CCAA with a 17-5 mark. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason for the eighth time since 2000-01. Prior to coming to La Jolla, VanDerveer spent four seasons at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an impressive 83-26 record and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco. She began her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. She also served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Beijing. VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.
UCSD SIGNS FOUR DURING EARLY PERIOD
• Abby Conklin: Guard/Forward, 5-10, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills High School
• Noam Leead: Guard, 5-10, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School
• GiGi Olelewe: Forward, 6-0, Agoura, Agoura High School
• Paige Song: Guard/Forward, 5-9, San Jose, Lynbrook High School
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Cal State L.A. comes into Friday's game with a 15-9 overall record and is 12-8 in the CCAA, tied for third place with Cal State Dominguez Hills and UC San Diego. The Golden Eagles have lost three straight after winning five consecutive contests. Last week on the road, they were felled by Humboldt State (66-62) and Cal Poly Pomona (65-54). In the CCAA, CSULA ranks first in blocks (4.0/game), third in rebounding (41.6/game) and eighth in scoring (66.6/game). Paige Melville leads the team and is seventh in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.4 points/game. Destinee La Fountain leads all CCAA players with her 10.0 rebounds/game average and is second in blocks (1.8/game).
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a commanding 26-5 advantage in the all-time series against Cal State L.A. On Jan. 25 in La Jolla, the Tritons earned a 78-61 win, never trailing in the game. Megan Perry led all players with 16 points, while Erin Dautremont and Miranda Seto each finished with 13 points for UCSD. For the Golden Eagles, Alisha Belt had a team-best 14 points and Kaija Powell had 10. Tina Fantroy pulled down seven boards. UCSD made 25 of 27 free throws and out-rebounded CSULA 39-26. The Tritons have won the last four meetings between the two squads.
ABOUT THE TOROS
Cal State Dominguez Hills, which hosts Cal State San Bernardino Friday, is 16-8 overall and tied with Cal State L.A. and UC San Diego for third place in the CCAA at 12-8. Losers of three straight games, the Toros were defeated on the road last week by Cal Poly Pomona (73-54) and Humboldt State (66-57). As a team, CSUDH leads the conference in rebounding (43.0/game) and steals (9.4/game) and is sixth in scoring (67.4/game). Monay Lee leads the team and is fifth in the league with her 14.8 points/game average. Tayler Champion is hitting 2.2 three-pointers/game, second in the CCAA. She is also averaging 7.9 rebounds/game, the fourth-highest average among conference players. Talia Rayford is just behind, pulling in 7.8 boards/game.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 25-9 advantage in the all-time series against Cal State Dominguez Hills. On Jan. 24 at RIMAC Arena, the Toros held on for a 68-67 overtime victory. The Tritons erased a 17-point deficit in the second half and Megan Perry hit a 10-footer with .4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into an extra period. McKennan Bertsch and Miranda Seto each finished with a game-high 17 points for UCSD. Talia Rayford and Amber Wharton led Cal State Dominguez Hills with 16 points apiece. UCSD out-shot CSUDH 48.1 percent to 37.9 percent. Prior to this season's loss, the Tritons had won 19 straight against the Toros.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
CCAA TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
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