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Joleen Yang and the Tritons play host to Cal Poly Pomona on Spirit Night this Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Spirit Night Showdown: First-Place Tritons Welcome Second-Place CPP on Friday, Go to CSUSB on Saturday
Release: Wednesday 02/07/2018 

Game 23 - Spirit Night
vs. Cal Poly Pomona (15-7, 12-5 CCAA) 
Friday, Feb. 9 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
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Game 24
at Cal State San Bernardino (9-12, 7-10 CCAA)
Saturday, Feb. 10 • 5:30 p.m.
Coussoulis Arena • San Bernardino
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Roster | Schedule |
• Overall: 19-3
• CCAA: 15-1
• Home: 8-2
• Away: 9-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 24
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Jan. 30): RV
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Jan. 30): 20th
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Feb. 5): 2nd
• CCAA Standings: 1st

Spirit Night, one of the most anticipated events of the year in Triton Athletics, is coming up on Friday, Feb. 9! We need the UCSD community - students, faculty, staff, and alumni - as well as the San Diego community to show their Triton Pride and help us #PackRIMAC! Spirit Night is a celebration of the rise of UC San Diego Athletics to the NCAA Division I ranks and a capacity crowd will demonstrate the energy and sense of community and tradition that Division I brings to campus! We're hosting a student tailgate with free food, interactive games, and a DJ that starts at 4:30 p.m. on RIMAC Field prior to the doubleheader basketball showdown between the top teams in the conference. The first-place Triton women host second-place Cal Poly Pomona at 5:30 p.m., while the fourth-place UC San Diego men tip off against the second-place Broncos at 7:30 p.m. Be there early and be a part of this incredible night! As always, UC San Diego students are admitted FREE! For full details, visit the Spirit Night page.

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. UC San Diego students and children under 7 are free. 

Visit the locations below to pick up a coupon for a $5 Spirit Night ticket! Redeem the coupon at the RIMAC Arena Box Office and help us #PackRIMAC!
Board & Brew Del Mar (1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014)
Board & Brew Pacific Beach (4516 Mission Blvd. Suite D, San Diego, CA 92109)
Papa John's Pizza La Jolla (7708 Regents Rd. Suite A, La Jolla, CA 92122)
USE Credit Union (UCSD Campus)

If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, watch home games live on Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. Local radio personality Ted Mendenhall will be calling the action courtside. The single-day fee is $5.99 for both games of the Triton Basketball doubleheader, 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.

On 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 NCAA 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.

(2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (RSr., 5-4): 4.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.3 APG
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Jr., 5-6): 10.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.0 APG
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., 5-8): 11.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.7 APG
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1): 14.6 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.3 APG
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1): 14.7 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.4 APG

(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
• Paige Song (Sr., 5-9, 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 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)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 15-7
• CCAA: 12-5
• Home: 10-1
• Away: 5-5
• Neutral: 0-1
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: T-2nd
NOTE — Cal Poly Pomona leads the CCAA in scoring defense (56.8 points per game), defensive field-goal percentage (.344) and offensive rebounds per game (15.9), and is third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.282). The Broncos are coming off a victory against Cal State San Marcos, 77-51, on Tuesday night. Senior forward Chelsea Waddy-Blow finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while senior forward Priscilla Brooks added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

• All-Time Record: 19-17 (.528)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 80-67 (2/17/17)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-12 • CCAA: 7-10 • Home: 2-7
• Away: 4-6
• Neutral: 4-6
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 9th
NOTE — Cal State San Bernardino leads the CCAA in blocked shots per game (4.9) and is third in field-goal percentage defense (37.1). Kaitlyn Parks ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (58.3), while Genaya Wilkinson is second in blocks per game (1.6). The Coyotes dropped a home contest against Stanislaus State, 67-56, on Feb. 3. Parks led CSUSB with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Coyotes, who lost three in a row before the short winning streak.

• All-Time Record: 33-21 (.611)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 65-43 (11/30/17)

UC San Diego enters Friday night's contest a winner of 15 of its last 16 games, and currently sits all alone in first place atop the CCAA standings by 3.5 games. The Tritons are currently receiving votes in this week's WBCA national poll and are ranked No. 2 in the D2SIDA West Region Media Poll. In addition, UC San Diego enters the week ranked 36th in the nation in scoring margin, as the Tritons are outscoring opponents this season by 13 points per game.

The Tritons won two CCAA road contests last week, Sonoma State, 80-43, on Feb. 2, before knocking off San Francisco State, 80-63, on Feb. 3.

Junior guard Kayla Sato scored a game-high 19 points and made her first four 3-point attempts of the night en route to finishing 5-of-6 from deep in the win over Sonoma State. The Tritons forced 17 turnovers and held the Seawolves to just 27.6 percent shooting for the game, including 0-for-13 from 3-point range. The 43 points allowed matched UC San Diego’s season-low.

Senior forward Dalayna Sampton (22 points, nine rebounds) and sophomore forward Mikayla Williams (21 points, nine rebounds) each had big games to lift the Tritons to a victory over San Francisco State. Junior guard Joleen Yang added 12 points with four assists, while senior guard Taylor Tanita recorded seven assists.

UC San Diego 80, Sonoma State 43
UC San Diego 80, San Francisco State 63

The Tritons rank fourth in the nation in rebounding margin, dominating opponents on the glass this season 931-692 (10.9 per game)
. UC San Diego also ranks 21st nationally in defensive rebounds per contest (30) and is tied for 47th in total rebounds per game (42.3). Senior forward Dalayna Sampton enters the weekend ranked 19th in the nation in total rebounds (226) and 21st in rebounds per game (10.3).

UC San Diego junior guard
Joleen Yang enters the week ranked third the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (50.9 percent). Yang leads the Tritons in 3-pointers made (54) and attempted (106) this season. As a team, UC San Diego is eighth in the country in 3-point percentage (37.8), 24th in overall field goal percentage (44.7) and 36 in scoring margin. 

Senior guard
Taylor Tanita is sixth in the nation in total assists (139) and ranks seventh in assists per game (6.3). As a team, UC San Diego is 17th in the country in total assists (376), 20th in assist per game (17.1) and 22nd in assist to turnover ratio (1.21).

Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the third time this season on Jan. 30. Sampton previously earned the honor on Dec. 19 and Nov. 28. The senior forward posted her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season in CCAA home victories last week against Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State. Sampton recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a win over Cal State San Marcos on Jan. 23, and followed it up with a dynamic birthday performance of 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a victory over Sonoma State on Jan. 27. 

The following players rank in the top five in the following categories:
(CCAA games only)
1. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (6.4)
1. 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage: Joleen Yang (.522)
1. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (2.9)
2. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (10.4)
3. Field Goal Percentage: Mikayla Williams (.546)
3. Field Goal Percentage: Dalayna Sampton: (.525)
3. Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: Taylor Tanita (1.8)
4. Field Goal Percentage: Dalayna Sampton (.531)

(through 2/7)
UC San Diego, 15-1
Cal Poly Pomona, 12-5
Humboldt State, 12-5
Chico State, 10-7
Cal State LA, 10-7
Cal State East Bay, 9-9
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 8-9
Cal State San Marcos, 7-9
Cal State San Bernardino, 7-10
Stanislaus State, 6-10
Sonoma State, 6-11
Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-13
San Francisco State, 3-14

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

• Preseason Poll: NR
• Week 1: NR
• Week 2: NR
• Week 3: NR
• Week 4: NR
• Week 5: RV
• Week 6: RV
• Week 7: RV
• Week 8: 24
• Week 9: RV
• Week 10: RV
• Week 11: RV

• Preseason Poll: 14
• Week 1: RV
• Week 2: RV
• Week 3: 24
• Week 4: 20
• Week 5: 20
• Week 6: 18
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 14
• Week 9: 24
• Week 10: 20
• Week 11: 17

(Feb. 5 - Week 11)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. UC San Diego
3. Hawaii Pacific
4. Azusa Pacific
5. Northwest Nazarene
6. Central Washington
7. Montana State Billings
8. Seattle Pacific
9. Dominican
10. Cal Poly Pomona

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. UC San Diego had three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang earned honorable mention.

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

Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's basketball team with a 116-46 overall record. VanDerveer was named 2016-17 CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, as she and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record (17-3 CCAA) and 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. 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 (SCIAC) titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco after beginning her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee, and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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UC San Diego heads back up north for a road game against Chico State on Thursday, Feb. 15, followed by a showdown at Humboldt State on Saturday, Feb. 17.


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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