Williams, Sato Propel No. 5 Tritons Past CSU San Marcos in Double OT, 68-67
LA JOLLA, Calif. — Mikayla Williams was honored prior to the game for reaching the 1,000-point milestone for her career.
The junior forward added plenty to her total on Saturday.
Williams finished with 24 points, including 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the fourth quarter and overtime periods alone, leading the No. 5 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team to a thrilling 68-67 double-overtime victory over Cal State San Marcos at RIMAC Arena.
The Meath Park, Sask., native also posted career highs with 18 rebounds and six blocks, while going 4-for-5 from the free-throw line to help the Tritons remain undefeated.
Senior guard Kayla Sato was magnificent as well, scoring a season-high 20 points in her first home game of the season. Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield snatched a season-high 17 rebounds to go with seven points, and senior guard Joleen Yang added seven points.
UC San Diego (15-0, 11-0 CCAA) trailed 38-24 at halftime, but held Cal State San Marcos (10-5, 7-4) to 16 points in the second half and just four in the third period.
Both teams scored eight points in the first overtime period, including a deep 3-pointer by Cougars junior Chloe Eackles to pull within one with 11 seconds left. That led to CSU San Marcos freshman Dynnah Buckner’s game-tying basket with two seconds remaining that sent the game to a second overtime.
The Tritons have now won 21-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season contests and 35 of its last 36.
Next up, UC San Diego hits the road for conference games at Chico State on Jan. 24 and at Humboldt State on Jan. 26.
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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