Hot Shooting Lifts Tritons Past Dominican in West Region Quarterfinal, 81-58
LA JOLLA, Calif. — Senior guard Joleen Yang made six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lift the No. 2-ranked University of California San Diego women’s basketball team to an emphatic victory over Dominican, 81-58, in the NCAA West Region quarterfinal at RIMAC Arena.
With the win, UC San Diego (30-0) advances to Saturday’s west region semifinal beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, as the Tritons outscored the Penguins by 15 in the second quarter to take a 42-22 lead into intermission. UC San Diego was even sharper coming out of the break, scoring 31 points in the third period to take a commanding 73-37 heading into the fourth.
Dominican senior Natalie Diaz, the nation’s leading scorer, finished with 14 points and five rebounds to lead the Penguins.
Senior guard Kayla Sato added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Tritons, while Mikayla Williams finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. UC San Diego made a program-record 15 3-point field goals as a team.
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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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