No. 2 Tritons Look Sharp in Road Win at No. RV Cal Poly Pomona, 101-72
POMONA, Calif. — There’s still exactly 26 days left until postseason play begins with the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament on March 5.
The Tritons brought out their playoff intensity a little early.
Junior guard Sydney Sharp matched a career high with eight 3-pointers, including six in the first half, finishing with 26 points to lift the No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team to a road win over No. RV Cal Poly Pomona, 101-72, on Thursday evening.
It’s the second time this season the Tritons topped 100 points. Coincidentally, Sharp was the team’s leading scorer in both contests.
Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting, fellow junior Mikayla Williams had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Joleen Yang had 16 points and tied a career-high with six assists.
UC San Diego (19-0, 15-0 CCAA) has now won seven of its last eight meetings against Cal Poly Pomona (18-3, 14-2) and now lead the Broncos in the conference standings by two games in the loss column with seven to play. In addition, the Tritons won their 29th-straight regular-season game and 22nd-consecutive road contest.
Sharp had 20 points by halftime, with her sixth and final three of the half giving the Tritons a 53-31 advantage at intermission. A three from the wing by freshman guard Brianna Claros followed by her driving floater put UC San Diego on top 70-45 with 4:06 left in the third period.
The Tritons’ 3-point flurry began early, as consecutive threes by Sharp and Hatfield put the Tritons ahead early 9-2. Another 3-pointer by Hatfield made it 14-4, forcing a Cal Poly Pomona timeout with 5:50 left in the first quarter.
Sharp’s pull-up jumper in transition followed by her spot-up three on a fast break pushed the lead to 15 with just over five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Another Sharp 3-pointer extended the advantage to 37-21 with 4:23 left in the first half.
Next up, the Tritons play at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 1 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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