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The Tritons clinched the CCAA regular-season championship outright with a win over CSUSB on Saturday.
Back to the Top! Tritons Defeat CSUSB, Clinch Third Straight Regular-Season CCAA Title
Release: Saturday 02/10/2018 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The Tritons are back where they belong.

The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team clinched the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season championship on Saturday night, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 60-51, and then getting an overtime home win by Stanislaus State over Humboldt State.

The Tritons had already long clinched an 11th successive CCAA Tournament berth, as well as a first-round home game and no worse than a No. 2 seed. Heading into play Saturday night, only Humboldt State could still tip them for the title, but minutes after UC San Diego's victory at Coussoulis Arena, Stan State knocked off the Jacks in overtime in Turlock, 51-50, to put an end to that final threat.

It’s the third-straight regular-season conference title for UC San Diego (21-3, 17-1 CCAA) and the program’s sixth CCAA championship. The Tritons have won the conference outright for the second-consecutive season.

“One of our goals is to win the conference championship and win every game,” said UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer. “We did our work early this year.

“We weren’t playing exceptionally well (on Saturday), but great teams find ways to win.”

Senior Dalayna Sampton led the way on Saturday with 16 points and 13 rebounds, sophomore Mikayla Williams scored 15 points with 12 rebounds and junior Kayla Sato added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Senior guard Taylor Tanita came off the bench for the first time this season and finished with nine points and four assists.

The Tritons led by three entering the fourth quarter and held the Coyotes to just seven points in the final period. Consecutive buckets inside by Sampton and Williams pushed UC San Diego’s lead to seven, and a short jumper in the lane by Sato put the Tritons ahead, 54-48, with 5:58 left in the game.

Cal State San Bernardino (10-13, 8-11) pulled within three after Ashley Carson’s 3-pointer with 5:10 to go, but UC San Diego clamped down defensively and held the Coyotes scoreless the rest of the way.

The Tritons make their final regular-season road trip next weekend, as UCSD heads north to face Chico State on Thursday, Feb. 15, before taking on third-place 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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