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Junior Mikayla Williams scored 23 points with 12 rebounds in Friday's season-opening victory.

Opening Statement: No. RV Tritons Knock off Simon Fraser in Season Opener, 75-70

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. — The No. RV University of California San Diego women’s basketball team got off to a strong start to the 2018-19 season, defeating Simon Fraser, 75-70, on Friday afternoon at The Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos.

UC San Diego (1-0) has now won six-straight season openers, beating Simon Fraser in the first game of each of the past two seasons. The Tritons also improved to 6-1 all-time at The Sports Center.

Junior forward Mikayla Williams led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Kayla Sato added 15 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Friday also featured impressive debuts by a couple UC San Diego newcomers. Freshman guard Julia Macabuhay recorded 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with junior forward Haleigh Hatfield finishing with 12 points and six rebounds in her first game in a Triton uniform.

UC San Diego forced Simon Fraser (0-1) into 16 turnovers and scored 16 points off the Clan’s miscues. The Tritons also held a 40-26 edge in points in the paint.

After trailing at halftime, 39-35, UC San Diego outscored Simon Fraser 16-9 in the third period to seize control of the game.

The Tritons return to action on Saturday when they take on No. RV Hawaii Pacific at 4 p.m., in a contest between two NCAA West Region Tournament teams from last season.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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