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UCSD Wins Third-Straight, Beats Western Washington 56-49
Release: Friday 11/17/2017 

AZUSA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team won its third-straight game with a 56-49 victory over Western Washington at the West Region Crossover Classic Friday in Azusa.

UC San Diego improves to 3-0 on the season. The Vikings suffered their first loss of the year and fall to 2-1 overall.

The Tritons shot 35.5 percent (22-62) overall and held WWU to 22.7 percent (17-75) from the field. UCSD only made 19 percent (4-21) of its three-point attempts while the Vikings shot 26.9 percent (7-26) from behind the arc.

WWU outrebounded UCSD, 53-49.

Senior Dalayna Sampton finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 16 points and grabbing 12 boards. Sophomore Mikayla Williams also had a double-double, tallying 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Kayla Sato and senior Taylor Tanita added 12 and nine points, respectively.

"Dalayna was a force and Taylor made big shots," said UCSD head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "Even though this wasn't one of our most solid overall games, I feel as though we found ways to win and that is the make of a championship team".

The Vikings’ Hannah Stipanovich finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds while Dani Iwami notched 12 points.

A slow start had the Tritons trailing by four, 12-8, after the first quarter. WWU went on a nine-point run in the middle of the frame to take an early lead.

Sato opened up the second quarter with a three-pointer followed by a layup from Williams that put UCSD back in the lead. The Vikings answered with a three from Bobbi Westerndorf to knot the game at 15. The Tritons scored 12 unanswered points, including back-to-back three-pointers from Tanita to make it 30-21 at the half.  

WWU outscored UCSD 12-2 to open up the second half, retaking the lead, 33-32. However, the Tritons answered, going on a seven-point run that gave them a three-point advantage, 41-38 after the third quarter.

UCSD broke open the scoring in the fourth quarter, gaining its largest lead of the game, 51-39, with 5:44 remaining. The Vikings brought the game within five down the stretch but the Tritons held on to secure the seven-point win.

"We will learn from this game and improve individually and collectively," said VanDerveer. 

The Tritons play Seattle Pacific Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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