Photo by: Andy Wilhelm
UCSD Continues Non-Conference Stretch at West Region Crossover Classic in Azusa
Release: Thursday 11/16/2017 

Game 3
vs. Western Washington (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 17 • 5:30 p.m.
Felix Event Center • Azusa
Live StatsLive Video 

Game 2
vs. RV Seattle Pacific (2-0)
Saturday, Nov. 18 • 5:30 p.m.
Felix Event Center • Azusa
Live StatsLive Video

Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 2-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 1-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-0
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (Sr., 5-4, 7.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 8.5 APG)  
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9, 6.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, .5 APG)
G - #31 Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8, 10.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.0 APG)
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1, 10.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.5 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 20.0 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 1.5 APG)

UCSD ROSTER BREAKDOWN (2016-17 stats listed)
Starters Returning (4)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Jr., 6-1):10.8 PPG,7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
• Paige Song (G, Jr., 5-9):4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Taylor Tanita (G, Sr., 5-4):9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG
Mikayla Williams (F, So., 6-1, 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, .7 APG

Starters Lost (2):
• Beth Mounier (G, Sr., 5-9): 12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.8 APG
Cassie MacLeod (F, Sr., 6-0): 9.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (8)
• Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .7 APG
• Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 3.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.3 APG
• Stephanie Moore (G/F, So., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, .4 RPG, .9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 5 GP
• Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .85 APG
• Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): .4 PPG, .6 RPG
• Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, So., 6-1): Did not play
• Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6):9.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
• Haley Anderson (Sr., G, 5-8): 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Janae Peterson (Jr., F, 6-1): Did not play
• Brijaye Brackett (Fr., G, 5-8): Did not play
• Gigi Olelewe (Jr., F. 6-0): .7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .3 APG

Newcomers (2)
• Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8): Transfer from Westmont College
Emily Cangelosi (Fr., G, 5-9)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 1-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• GNAC Preseason Poll: 6th

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0
• GNAC: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 1-0
• Highest National Ranking: RV
• GNAC Preseason Poll: 2nd

• Western Washington: 11-4 (.733); Last meeting WWU won 84-65  (11/19/16)
• Seattle Pacific: 4-12 (.250); Last meeting SPU won 62-45 (11/18/16)

UC San Diego got its 2017-18 season started off on the right note, winning both of its games in Riverside last weekend. In a rematch of the NCAA West Region Quarterfinal, the Tritons downed Simon Fraser, 69-53, to win their season-opener. UCSD returned to action the next day to defeat reigning West Region Champion California Baptist by a score of 78-64.

UC San Diego 69, Simon Fraser 53
UC San Diego 78, California Baptist 64 

Mikayla Williams led UCSD to two season-opening wins away from home. The redshirt sophomore had a career- and game-high 22 points against Simon Fraser Friday to help avenge the Tritons' NCAA West Regional loss to end last year. She shot 66.7 percent (10-15) from the field, with a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocks. On Saturday, Williams added a team-high 18 points and career-best 17 rebounds at reigning West champion and 2017 national semifinalist California Baptist, shooting 44.4 percent (8-18).

Through two games, UCSD is outrebounding its opponents by a total of 95-70, including 25-14 on the offensive boards. Mikayla Williams is averaging a team-high 14.5 rebounds per game.

UC San Diego highlighted its 206-17 season capturing the 2016-17 CCAA regular-season crown. The Tritons finished runner-up in the CCAA Tournament after falling to Cal State East Bay, 62-53. UCSD earned a berth in the NCAA West Regional as the fourth-seed where they suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD has three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang also earned honorable mention accolades. 

UC San Diego, 17-3*
Cal State East Bay, 16-4 ^
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-6
Stanislaus State, 13-7
Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8
Cal State LA, 12-8
Chico State, 10-10
Cal State San Marcos, 10-10
Sonoma State, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-16
Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-16
San Francisco State, 2-18

* CCAA regular season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

(Oct. 31 - Preseason)
1. Ashland
2. Virgina Union
3. Harding
4. Alaska Anchorage
5. Colorado State - Pueblo
6. Bentley
7. Drury
8. Valdosta State
9. West Texas A&M
10. California (Pa.)
11. Emporia State
12. Queens (N.Y.)
13. Central Missouri
14. Wingate
15. Lander
16. Azusa Pacific
17. Rollins
18. West Florida
19. Minnesota State Moorehead
20. Indiana (Pa.)
21. Michigan Tech
22. Fort Lewis
23. University of the Sciences
24. Lincoln Memorial
25. Benedict

• Preseason Poll: Not receiving

Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team with a 104-44 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. She and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record and a 17-3 CCAA mark as the Tritons won a second-consecutive CCAA regular season title. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the 10th time since 2000-01, competing in the quarterfinals against Simon Fraser. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 record overall and placed second in the conference at 17-5. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title. 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.

Head coach Heidi VanDerveer announced the addition of Staci Gregorio to the UC San Diego women's basketball program as an assistant coach and video coordinator. No stranger to San Diego, Gregorio was the head coach of The Preuss School girl’s basketball team from 2014-17. Gregorio also acted as a skills development coach for Hoop Blessings in San Diego for the past two years, training semi-professional, Division I, II and III athletes through CoachUp. An accomplished player, Gregorio was a professional basketball player for two seasons in Europe for the C.E. Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, Spain in 2016-17 and BC Hellenen in Munich, Germany in 2014-15. Collegiately, Gregorio played for San Diego Mesa College. She received her bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Pacific University and earned her master’s degree in sports coaching from the University of Denver.

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The Tritons will host the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic in its eighth year. UCSD will play Dominican on Friday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. and Azusa Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. 


Saturday, November 03
W Basketball at UC Riverside (Exhibition)
2:00 PM
Riverside (SRC Arena)
Friday, November 09
W Basketball at Simon Fraser
4:00 PM
San Marcos (The Sports Center)
Saturday, November 10
W Basketball at Hawaii Pacific
6:00 PM
San Marcos (The Sports Center)
Friday, November 16
W Basketball at Western Washington
1:00 PM
Seattle, Wash. (Brougham Pavilion)
Saturday, November 17
W Basketball at Seattle Pacific
5:00 PM
Seattle, Wash. (Brougham Pavilion)
Saturday, November 24
W Basketball vs. Chico State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Thursday, November 29
W Basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay
5:30 PM
Seaside (The Kelp Bed)
Saturday, December 01
W Basketball at Cal State San Marcos
1:00 PM
San Marcos (The Sports Center)
Thursday, December 06
W Basketball vs. San Francisco State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Wednesday, December 19
W Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Saturday, December 29
W Basketball vs. Humboldt State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Monday, December 31
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State
2:00 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Thursday, January 03
W Basketball at Cal State LA
5:30 PM
Los Angeles (Cal State LA Gymnasium)
Saturday, January 05
W Basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
1:00 PM
Carson (Torodome)
Saturday, January 12
W Basketball at Stanislaus State
5:30 PM
Turlock (Fitzpatrick Arena)
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