Team Spirit: No. 2 Tritons Knock Off Stanislaus State on Spirit Night, 94-67
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The Tritons entered Thursday’s contest vividly remembering their last home loss at RIMAC Arena.
After the game, it felt like a distant memory.
The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team took care of business Thursday evening, earning a 94-67 victory over Stanislaus State on Spirit Night.
UC San Diego (18-0, 14-0 CCAA) suffered its only loss in the past 18 home contests last year against the Warriors. The Tritons have been on an historic run since that point, winning 28-straight regular-season games overall.
Junior Sydney Sharp led the way this time around, knocking down seven 3-pointers and finishing with 25 points. It was only the second-best shooting performance of the season for the guard from North Tustin, Calif., who scored 30 points with eight threes against San Francisco State on Dec. 6.
Junior forward Mikayla Williams added 19 points with nine rebounds, shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line. Fellow junior Haleigh Hatfield recorded double-digit rebounds for the fourth time in the last five games, finishing with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
In addition, freshman guard Brianna Claros had one of the best performances of her young Triton career, recording seven points along with a career-high 10 assists.
The Tritons shot 16-of-37 from three-point range as a team and 49 percent from the field overall. UC San Diego held a 42-29 rebounding advantage and forced Stanislaus State into 19 turnovers.
Sharp got the momentum started early, hitting two 3-pointers in the opening quarter as the Tritons took a 19-8 lead. Consecutive threes by senior guard Joleen Yang and Hatfield pushed the advantage to 37-22 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.
Stanislaus State (5-14, 4-11) began the second half on an 8-0 run, but Yang’s offensive rebound and bucket followed by a Claros’ three pushed the lead back up to 17, 51-34.
Another Sharp 3-pointer followed by Claros’ back-door assist to a cutting Stephanie Moore made it 60-43 with 3:01 left in the third, as the Tritons improved to 33-11 all-time against Stanislaus State.
UC San Diego will be back in action next Thursday, Feb. 7, as the Tritons hit the road to face Cal Poly Pomona beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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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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