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Junior Haleigh Hatfield and the Tritons earned a road win at Chico State on Thursday.

No. 4 Tritons Start Strong in Road Win at Chico State, 68-52

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CHICO, Calif. — The No. 4 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team came out strong from the start on Thursday evening, earning a road victory over Chico State, 68-52.

The Tritons took a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and were able to hold off the Wildcats the rest of the way.

UC San Diego (16-0, 12-0 CCAA) has now won 22-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season contests and 36 of its last 37 in conference play.

In addition, The Tritons have won 20-straight road games and 18 in a row on the road in CCAA action. 

Senior guard Kayla Sato led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points and three steals. Fellow senior Joleen Yang scored 14 points with three assists and junior forward Mikayla Williams recorded her 10thdouble-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield had another strong game with eight points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Shandiin Armao scored her first two points of the season playing in just her second game due to injury.

The Tritons broke open a 45-38 lead after three quarters by outscoring the Wildcats by nine in the fourth. Sato scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting in the final period, as UC San Diego won its eighth-straight against Chico State (11-5, 8-5).

A layup by junior Sydney Sharp followed by a Sato bucket inside made it 51-40 with 7:20 left to play. The second of Sato’s two 3-pointers down the stretch pushed the lead to 62-50 with three minutes remaining. 

UC San Diego returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26, as the Tritons continue this week’s two-game road trip at Humboldt State 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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