No. 6 Tritons Keep Rolling, Defeat Stanislaus State, 78-65
TURLOCK, Calif. — The No. 6 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team kept its undefeated season alive on Saturday evening, earning a road victory over Stanislaus State, 78-65.
UC San Diego (14-0, 10-0 CCAA) has now won 20-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season contests and 34 of its last 35 in conference play. In addition, the Tritons have won 19-straight road games and 17-consecutive CCAA road contests.
The 14-0 start to the season is the program’s best since winning 26 straight to begin the 2011-12 campaign. That year, the Tritons were ranked No. 1 in the nation and reached the NCAA West Region Final.
Senior guard Joleen Yang made four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, while junior forward Mikayla Williams recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Stanislaus State (3-11, 2-8) is the last CCAA team to defeat UC San Diego in the regular season. After the Tritons stormed out to a 23-11 lead after the first quarter and a 40-26 halftime advantage, the Warriors pulled within six, 52-46, heading into the fourth.
But UC San Diego showed resiliency like it has all season. Junior Stephanie Moore knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead to nine, and a Claros layup off an assist from senior guard Kayla Sato made it 57-49 with 7:52 to play.
Claros followed with a three off a pass from Yang, and a Williams’ bucket inside put the Tritons in front comfortably, 63-50, with 6:59 to go.
The win sets up next weekend’s showdown against county foe Cal State San Marcos at Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The two teams played a thrilling game in the first meeting on Dec. 1, as the Tritons pulled out the victory on a Julia Macabuhay buzzer beater.
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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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