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Senior forward Shandiin Armao scored a season-high 12 points in the Tritons win on Thursday.

No. 2 Tritons Start Strong in Win Over Cal State Monterey Bay, 71-36

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team came out strong from the opening tip on Thursday evening, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay, 71-36, at RIMAC Arena. 

Junior forward Mikayla Williams scored 13 points with seven rebounds and four assists, while junior guard Sydney Sharp finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. 

Senior forward Shandiin Armao added a season-high 12 points along with eight rebounds, and junior forward Haleigh Hatfield recorded 10 points and nine rebounds.

UC San Diego (25-0, 21-0 CCAA) is now one win away from matching the program’s all-time best start to a season, as the 2011-12 team won its first 26 games.

In addition, the Tritons have won 35-straight games dating back to last season, 31-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contests and 15 in a row at home.

The Tritons jumped out to an early 17-2 lead when Armao scored inside followed by a Williams’ mid-range jumper.

A nice pass from freshman guard Brianna Claros to Williams streaking in transition pushed the lead to 19 with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter. Sharp’s 3-pointer from the wing made it 30-8 with 7:30 to go before halftime.

Redshirt freshman Emily Cangelosi knocked down a mid-range jumper, and senior Kayla Sato’s assist to Williams for a short jumper put UC San Diego on top, 52-21, with six minutes left in the third.

UC San Diego returns to action on Saturday, March 2, as the Tritons play host to Cal State East Bay on Senior Night 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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