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Tritons Host San Francisco State Friday, Travel to Stanislaus State to Finish Off 2017
Release: Wednesday 12/27/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 12
vs. San Francisco State (4-5, 2-4 CCAA)
Friday, Dec. 29 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
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Game 13
at Stanislaus State (5-7, 2-4 CCAA)
Sunday, Dec. 31 • 2:00 p.m.
Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena • Turlock
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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 9-2
• CCAA: 5-0
• Home: 3-1
• Away: 4-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): RV
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Dec. 21): RV
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Dec. 19): 20th
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Dec. 18): 2nd
• CCAA Standings: 1st

LET ME IN
Tickets for all regular-season home games at RIMAC Arena are available for purchase at the main entrance box office starting one hour prior to tip-off. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17) and visiting student tickets are $5. UCSD students and children under 7 are free.

WATCH LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, watch home games live on UCSDtritons.tv. Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. Veteran national announcer Steve Quis will be calling all of the action courtside. The single-game fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Monday, Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (RSr., 5-4, 5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.5 APG)
G - #21 Paige Song (Sr., 5-9, 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG)
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., G, 5-8, 10.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.1 APG)
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1, 14.6 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 0.9 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1, 13.0 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.0 APG)

UCSD ROSTER BREAKDOWN (2016-17 stats listed)
Starters Returning (3)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Sr., 6-1): 10.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, RSr., 5-4): 9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 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 (9)
Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 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, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 3 GP
Mikayla Williams (F, RSo., 6-1): 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 APG
Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG
Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6): 9.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RFr., 6-1): Redshirted

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): 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG

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

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 4-5
• CCAA: 2-4
• Home: 2-3
• Away: 2-2
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 8th

UCSD ALL-TIME AGAINST THE GATORS
• All-Time Record: 31-10 (.756)
• Last Meeting: UCSD won 65-55 (1/13/17)

ABOUT STANISLAUS STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-7
• CCAA: 2-4
• Home: 4-2
• Away: 1-5
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 9th

UCSD ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WARRIORS
• All-Time Record: 30-10 (.750)
• Last Meeting: UCSD won 82-67 (3/3/17)

BACK IN BUSINESS
UCSD returns from its short holiday break behind a five-game win streak dating back to Nov. 30. The Tritons enter the weekend as the only remaining undefeated team in CCAA play and are currently receiving votes in the WBCA national poll.

LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego improved to 5-0 in the CCAA after a successful two-game road stint. The Tritons defeated Cal State LA, 60-56, in a thrilling overtime victory before handing Cal State Dominguez Hills a 73-63 loss heading into the holiday break.

UC San Diego 60, Cal State LA 56 (OT)
UC San Diego 73, Cal State Dominguez Hills 63

MARGIN OF VICTORY
In its last five CCAA games, UCSD has won by an average margin of 13.5 points. For the season, the Tritons are averaging a margin of victory of 10.5.

OFF THE BOARDS
UCSD is outrebounding its opponents by a margin of 498-399, including 353-278 on the defensive boards. Dalayna Sampton is averaging a team-high 11.4 rebounds per game. Nationally, the Tritons rank 16th, averaging 45.3 rebounds per game.

VERSUS THE TRITONS
UCSD is currently keeping opponents under 40 percent from both field goal (.345) and three-point (.327) range, resulting in a 59.3 scoring average for other schools. The Tritons lead opponents in defensive (353-278), offensive (145-121) and total rebounds (498-399), keeping the opposition to 36.3 rebounds per game. UCSD also outnumbers its adversaries 179-134 in assists, leading to a 16.3 per-game average for the Tritons while allowing only 12.4 APG for opponents.

IN THE STATS
UC San Diego is ranked in the top-50 nationally in the following categories:
• 28th in assist/turnover ratio (1.19)
• 42nd in assists/game (16.3)
• 16th in rebounds/game (45.3)

CCAA LEADERS
The following players rank in the top three in the following categories:
CCAA games only
1. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (12.8)
2. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (5.5)
2. Field Goal Pct: Dalayna Sampton (.581)
3. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (2.5)
3. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Kayla Sato (2.0)

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/28)
UC San Diego, 5-0
Humboldt State, 5-1
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-2
Cal Poly Pomona, 3-2
Cal State LA, 4-3
Cal State East Bay, 3-3
Chico State, 3-3
San Francisco State, 2-4
Stanislaus State, 2-4
Cal State San Bernardino, 2-4
Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-5
Cal State San Marcos, 1-3
Sonoma State, 1-4

SAMPTON NETS SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was once again named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week, for the week of Dec. 19. She had previously won it for the week of Nov. 28. Scoring a career-high 27 points, Sampton helped UCSD win a 60-56 road decision over Cal State LA in overtime. The Vallejo product tallied a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal. The senior forward shot 57.1 percent (12-21) from the field and committed no turnovers in 38 minutes of play. She currently leads the Tritons in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. On the season, she has 161 points and is shooting 54.5 percent.

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Dec. 21 - Week 5)
1. Ashland
2. West Texas A&M
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Lubbock Christian
5. Carson-Newman
6. Alaska Anchorage
7. Bentley
8. Drury
9. Virginia Union
10. California (Pa.)
11. Central Missouri
12. Edinboro
13. Michigan Tech
14. Augustana
15. Fort Lewis
16. Central Oklahoma
17. Azusa Pacific
18. Southwestern Oklahoma State
19. Northern State
20. Southern Indiana
21. North Alabama
22. Wingate
23. Glenville State
24. Union (Tenn.)
25. Seattle Pacific

UCSD IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: NR
• Week 1: NR
• Week 2: NR
• Week 3: NR
• Week 4: NR
• Week 5: RV

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: 14
• Week 1: RV
• Week 2: RV
• Week 3: 24
• Week 4: 20
• Week 5: 20

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Dec. 18 - Week 5)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. UC San Diego
3. Seattle Pacific
4. Azusa Pacific
5. Dominican
6. Montana State Billings
7. Northwest Nazarene
8. Concordia (Ore.)
9. Hawai'i Pacific
10. Point Loma

2016-17 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego highlighted its 2016-17 season by capturing a second successive 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 it suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned CCAA Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD had three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang earned honorable mention.

FINAL 2016-17 CCAA STANDINGS
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

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
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.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego hosts a pair of CCAA games to open the new year. The Tritons play Humboldt State Friday, Jan. 5, before welcoming Chico State to RIMAC Arena Saturday, Jan. 6. Both contests will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

#BigWestBound

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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