No. 2 Tritons Earn Hard-Fought Victory Over CSU Dominguez Hills, 89-70
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team earned a hard-fought victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills, 89-70, on Thursday night at RIMAC Arena.
With the win and Cal Poly Pomona’s road loss at Humboldt State, UC San Diego (21-0, 17-0 CCAA) stands in first place by three games in the loss column in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with five games remaining.
The Tritons have now won 31-consecutive regular-season contests, 27-straight CCAA regular-season games and 41 of its last 42 in conference play dating back to last season.
UC San Diego was led Thursday evening by senior Joleen Yang’s 22 points, as the San Francisco native shot 9-of-13 from the field and made 4-of-6 3-point attempts.
Junior forward Mikayla Williams scored 21 points and matched a career high with six blocks, junior guard Sydney Sharp finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, while junior forward Haleigh Hatfield finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Tritons shot 56.5 percent from the field as a team and 54.5 percent from 3-point range (12-of-22), while also racking up 24 assists compared to just 11 for Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-11, 8-9).
A pivotal play occurred early in the fourth quarter after the Toros pulled within single digits. Cal State Dominguez Hills had a transition opportunity to pull closer down the stretch, but Williams hustled back defensively and poked the ball away from behind, which led to a Hatfield layup at the other end.
While it may not be a play that shows up on a highlight reel, it had significant impact in halting the Toros’ late momentum.
Zhane Carter scored a game-high 24 points for a scrappy Cal State Dominguez Hills squad, but the senior shot just 7-of-20 from the field.
The Tritons return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16, as they play host to Cal State LA at RIMAC Arena 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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