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Junior guard Sydney Sharp dropped a career-high 30 points on San Francisco State.

Sharp Shooter: Sydney Sharp Scores Career-High 30 Points in Win Over SF State, 102-78

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — When you’re hot, you’re hot.

Or in the Tritons’ case — white hot.

Junior guard Sydney Sharp scored a career-high 30 points with eight 3-pointers, lifting the No. 12 UC San Diego women’s basketball team to a 102-78 victory over San Francisco State in Thursday’s Winter Whiteout game at RIMAC Arena.

It’s the most points UC San Diego (8-0, 4-0 CCAA) has scored in a victory since becoming a member of division 2, and the second-highest point total overall in its division-2 era. 

The program record for most points in a game is 118. It’s happened twice, with the most recent being a 120-118 triple-overtime loss to Grand Canyon on Nov. 14, 2010.

On Thursday, the Tritons eclipsed the 101 points scored in an overtime home win against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 2, 2005. It’s the most points the Tritons have scored in regulation since putting up 97 against Stanislaus State exactly one year later on Dec. 2, 2006.

In addition, UC San Diego’s 14 made 3-point field goals matched the program’s all-time record set on Dec. 28, 1999 against Marian University (Wisc.).

Junior forward Mikayla Williams added 25 points with 14 rebounds, while junior forward Haleigh Hatfield finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Hatfield made three 3-pointers, as did senior guard Joleen Yang, who finished with 11 points.

The Tritons improved to 34-10 all-time against San Francisco State (2-7, 1-3), and have now won 14-straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contests and 28 of their last 29 in conference play.

UC San Diego outscored SF State 31-18 in the second quarter and 24-15 in the third to take a 23-point lead into the fourth.

Sharp’s three from the top of the key early in the second quarter pushed the Tritons’ lead to 34-29, and another Sharp 3-pointer moments later made it 37-29 with 5:50 to go in the first half.

The North Tustin, Calif., native made five more 3-pointers in the second half, the last of which put UC San Diego on top 100-72 with 2:33 remaining in the game.

After getting all of next week off, the Tritons return to action at home against Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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