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Freshman guard Julia Macabuhay scored a career-high 16 points in Wednesday's victory.

Sound of Victory: Loud Crowd Propels No. 10 Tritons Past CSUSB, 81-62

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — There was a loud excitement in the building beginning with pregame warmups.

The Tritons made sure it lasted until the end.

The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team shrugged off a slow start to earn a convincing win over Cal State San Bernardino, 81-62, on Wednesday afternoon at RIMAC Arena.

With the stands packed with elementary school spectators on IMPACT Field Trip Day, the Tritons bounced back from a 10-point deficit in the first quarter to lead by as many as 26 in the second half.

Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds to post her second double-double of the season, while senior guard Joleen Yang scored 16 points behind four 3-pointers and freshman guard Julia Macabuhay had a career-high 16 points along with five rebounds and four assists.

UC San Diego (9-0, 5-0 CCAA) remains unbeaten and has won 15-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contests dating back to last season. The Tritons also improved to 35-21 all-time against Cal State San Bernardino and have won seven-straight against the Coyotes.

After beginning the game 2-of-15 from the field, UC San Diego eventually found its rhythm. Macabuhay’s corner three cut the Tritons’ deficit to seven at the end of the first quarter, and Mikayla Williams’ bounce pass to Macabuhay for a layup knotted the score 15-15 early in the second period.

Junior Stephanie Moore’s cutting layup pulled UC San Diego back within one, and Macabuhay’s beautiful driving layup while fouled tied it again, 20-20.

A short baseline jumper while fouled by Williams put the Tritons on top for the first time all game, as her ensuing free-throw made it 23-22 with 3:40 left in the second quarter. 

Yang’s 3-pointer from the top of the key extended the lead to four, and Macabuhay’s corner three off an assist from fellow freshman Brianna Claros helped the Tritons take a 35-27 lead into intermission.

UC San Diego maintained its momentum after halftime, starting with Yang’s corner three to make it a nine-point game before Macabuhay’s pass in transition to a streaking Williams pushed the lead to 46-33 with just over six minutes to go in the third period. 

Hatfield’s open three off an inbounds play extended the advantage to 16 with 5:45 left in the third, as the Tritons outscored the Coyotes in the quarter 28-14.

After a short holiday break, UC San Diego returns to action with a home game against Humboldt State on Dec. 29 beginning at 5:30 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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