Tritons Put Together Strong Effort After Slow Start, But Fall to Highlanders in Exhibition
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team took part in an exhibition at UC Riverside on Sunday afternoon. UC San Diego fought hard after a slow start, but ultimately fell to the Highlanders, 71-66.
The Tritons initially struggled, facing an 18-point deficit within the first two minutes. However, after falling behind 23-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Tritons bounced back during the second quarter. UC San Diego outscored UC Riverside, 20-12, to make it a 35-25 game at halftime.
After the break, the Tritons continued to narrow the gap, pulling within two points during the third quarter. Although the Tritons combined for 26 points in the final 10 minutes, they ultimately could not top the Highlanders.
Sydney Sharp recorded a game-high 20 points across the afternoon, going 6-for-11 beyond the arc. Sharp felt that the Tritons were able to display what they are capable of after the slow start.
“There were a lot of new pieces, so I think we struggled with that,” Sharp said. “Once we gained our composure, we showed we can play really well together and have a lot to work with. Everyone worked really hard and I can’t wait to see what we can do this season.”
Tyla Turner, who contributed 17 points in her first appearance as a Triton, tied for a game-best eight rebounds and picked up four assists. Turner felt that the exhibition was beneficial as the Tritons move closer to the start of the season.
“I loved the way we finished,” Turner said. “We should start the way we finished. We were a little nervous, but it’s okay. This prepares all of us for what’s about to come. There’s a bright future for us in the CCAA Tournament in our last year [in Division II].”
The Tritons will officially open the season at noon on Nov. 10. UC San Diego will host Canada-based Simon Fraser at RIMAC Arena. All of the Tritons’ home contests will be streamed on ESPN3.
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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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 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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