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Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year on Thursday.

Dalayna Sampton Named CCAA Player of the Year; Heidi VanDerveer Earns Coach of the Year Honors


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SAN RAMON, Calif. — The No. 25 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team garnered multiple California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) awards for the 2017-18 season, the conference announced on Thursday.

Senior forward Dalayna Sampton earned CCAA Player of the Year honors, while head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season.

Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams joins Sampton as All-CCAA First-Team selections, junior guard Kayla Sato was named All-CCAA Second Team, while senior guard Taylor Tanita and junior guard Joleen Yang each earned CCAA Honorable Mention.

Sampton finished ninth in points per game (15.4), second in rebounds per game (10.5) and fourth in field-goal percentage (51.6) during conference play, leading the Tritons to a 21-1 CCAA record and third-straight regular-season title.

The 2016-17 CCAA Newcomer of the Year, Sampton has been selected conference player of the week three times this season. Overall, she’s tied for 13th in the nation in total rebounds (302), 20th in rebounds per game (10.4) and 25th in offensive rebounds per game (3.7).

VanDerveer is currently in her sixth season as UC San Diego head coach, and has amassed a 131-47 (.736) record at the helm of the program. Even more impressive, the Tritons have a 75-15 (.833) mark over the past three seasons en route to winning three-straight CCAA regular-season titles.

Williams leads the Tritons in points per game (15.7), and ranks first in the conference in field-goal percentage (57.0) during conference play. She’s also seventh in points and sixth in rebounds per game (8.4).

A two-time CCAA Player of the Week, Williams has scored at least 12 points in 17-consecutive games.

Sato is third on the team in both scoring (11.9) and rebounding (5.6) overall this season, as well as second in assists (3.0). The first-year transfer guard from Westmont College also leads the Tritons with 45 steals and has scored in double-figures 20 times this season.

Tanita leads the conference and ranks seventh in the nation in assists per game (6.1) and will finish her career second all-time in assists for the program (464). The senior guard from Culver City is also averaging 5.6 points per game and ranks second on the team in free-throw percentage (84.2).

Yang ranks first in the conference and is third in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage (49.6), leading the Tritons in both 3-pointers made (65) and attempted (131). The junior from San Francisco is averaging 9.9 points per game and leads the team in free-throw percentage (85.7).

UC San Diego (26-3, 21-1 CCAA) has advanced to the CCAA Tournament semifinals where it will face No. 4-seed Chico State on Friday, March 2, at Cal Poly Pomona’s Kellogg Arena beginning at 5:35 p.m.


Player of the Year
Dalayna Sampton

Coach of the Year
Heidi VanDerveer

First Team
Dalayna Sampton
Mikayla Williams

Second Team
Kayla Sato

Honorable Mention
Taylor Tanita
Joleen Yang


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