Game No. 9
No. 5 UC San Diego Tritons (8-0, 2-0) vs. Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes (2-3, 1-1)
Monday, December 12, 2011 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,200) • La Jolla, Calif.
What's On Tap
After rolling to a pair of impressive road wins to open California Collegiate Athletic Association play Dec. 2-3, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will come home to host conference rival Cal State San Bernardino on Monday in its only game of the week. Returning to the court after an eight-day layoff for final exams, the Tritons will square off with the Coyotes at 7:00 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on campus. UCSD and CSUSB will meet again a week later, wrapping the home-and-home series on Monday, Dec. 19 in San Bernardino. That contest is set for 5:30 p.m. at Cousoulis Arena.
For the Record
UCSD enters Monday's clash with Cal State San Bernardino sporting a perfect overall record of 8-0 and a 2-0 mark in the CCAA after knocking off Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. during the opening weekend of conference play. After coasting to a resounding 79-54 victory over the Toros on Dec. 2 in Carson, the Tritons came back to dispatch the Golden Eagles by a final margin of 92-69 the following evening in Los Angeles. UCSD has started the season 8-0 for the second time in three years, having also accomplished the feat in 2009-10. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad won its first 14 games that year, suffering its first defeat on Jan. 21 at Humboldt State.
UCSD is ranked No. 5 in the current USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll, having claimed the fifth spot in the poll for the second consecutive week. The Tritons began the season at No. 13 and have climbed eight spots after winning their first eight games of the year. UC San Diego hasn't been ranked this high since December of the 2007-08 campaign, when the squad earned a No. 3 ranking after going 8-0 to start that season. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally in 2010-11.
The UCSD offense has been a thing of beauty this season as the Tritons have averaged 79.1 points on 46% shooting through eight games. UCSD has been absolutely rolling the last two weeks, putting up 84.0 points and shooting 49% from the field in its last four games after averaging 74.2 on 44% shooting over its first four. The offense was firing on all cylinders in the win over Cal State L.A. as the Tritons scored a season-high 92 points. UCSD converted 36-of-69 shots in the game for a field goal percentage of 52%, also a high mark for the year. The Tritons currently lead the CCAA in several offensive categories, including scoring offense, field goal percentage and assists per game.
Out in Front
UCSD also leads the league in another important category: scoring margin. The Tritons enter Monday's matchup with Cal State San Bernardino with an impressive scoring margin of +21.0 through eight games, which is nearly seven points higher than second place Cal Poly Pomona's margin of +14.2. While the UCSD offense is off to a stellar start in 2011-12, the defense has done its part as well, holding the opposition to just 58.1 points on less than 40% shooting for the year. Playing extremely well on both sides of the ball, the Tritons have won all eight of their games comfortably, with their lowest margin of victory coming in the 80-65 win over then-No. 4 Fort Lewis on Nov. 26. UCSD, which has not trailed in the second half of any game this season, has won four contests by over 20 points, including its previous two victories over Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads UCSD in scoring, assists and steals through eight games.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Tallied 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in win over Cal State L.A.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Shooting 52% (15-29) from the field over the last four games.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Scored a career-best 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting Saturday against the Golden Eagles.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Averaged 15.5 points on 72% shooting against CSUDH and CSULA.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is off to a brilliant start to the season, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.0 steals through UCSD's first eight games. She is shooting 55% (55-101) from the field overall and has hit 36% (12-33) of her three-point tries. A two-time All-American, Carlisle currently leads the team in several categories, including scoring, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers made and minutes per game. She has scored in double figures in every game this season and has reached the 20-point mark on two occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native had another strong weekend against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A., averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 boards, 6.0 assists and 4.5 steals in UCSD's two wins. She shot 65% (13-20) from the field and dropped 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
Dautremont's Career-High Keys Win Over CSULA
Sophomore forward Erin Dautremont had the best game of her career against Cal State L.A. on Dec. 3, finishing with a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Tritons to the 92-69 win. The West Hills, Calif. native finished a remarkable 12-of-14 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free throw line, shattering her previous career mark of 12 points, which came in UCSD's 82-65 win over Hawaii Pacific on Nov. 18. For the season, Dautremont is averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. She is shooting 57% from the field and has scored in double figures on three occasions in 2011-12.
Scouting the Coyotes
• Cal State San Bernardino enters Monday's contest with an overall record of 2-3 and a 1-1 mark in CCAA play after splitting two games with Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills Dec. 2-3. The Coyotes lost a 79-56 decision against the Golden Eagles in Los Angeles to open their conference slate, but bounced back with a 63-57 win over the Toros in Carson the following evening... CSUSB has already been to La Jolla this season, participating in the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 25-26. The Coyotes lost back-to-back games against Fort Lewis College (72-52) and Cal State San Marcos (46-43), two teams the Tritons beat handily... Senior guard Angela Streets is the only player scoring in double figures for CSUSB, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, while backcourt mate Eliza Dy is currently averaging 9.2 points and a team-high 3.6 assists... Junior forward Kristen Huffman is the team's leading rebounder, hauling down 5.8 boards per night... San Bernardino is averaging 53.6 points per game offensively, while the defense is surrendering 57.0.
• UCSD holds a 22-8 lead in the all-time series with Cal State San Bernardino after splitting the season series with the Coyotes in 2010-11. CSUSB claimed the first meeting of the year after escaping with a 60-58 win in La Jolla on Jan. 20, but the Tritons responded with a convincing 76-50 win in San Bernardino the final week of the regular season. UCSD has won six of the last eight regular season meetings with CSUSB dating back to the 2007-08 season.
UCSD currently ranks seventh in the CCAA in scoring defense, allowing 58.1 points per game... The Tritons rank eighth in field goal percentage defense with opponents shooting 39.6%... UCSD leads the league in rebounding offense (41.4), rebounding margin (+6.8), assists (17.4), turnover margin (+6.88) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1)... The Tritons forced a total of 48 turnovers against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.... UCSD's opponents are averaging nearly 23 miscues per game in 2011-12... Chelsea Carlisle averaged a team-highs 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in two games against Cal State San Bernardino last season... The Tritons held the Coyotes to just 55.0 points in the two games.
UCSD Inks Two During Early Signing Period
UCSD signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Coach Elliott announced on Nov. 21. Leeann Alferness, a 6-0 center from Novato, and Taylor Hirz, a 6-2 center from Santa Ana, will join the Tritons as true freshmen in 2012-13. A standout at San Marin High School in Novato, Alferness led the Marin County Athletic League in scoring and rebounding as a junior, while Hirz led Foothill High School to the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs last season. Click here for more on the two newest Tritons.
Tritons Top Pick in CCAA Coaches Poll
With all five starters returning in 2011-12, UC San Diego was once again picked to finish first in the CCAA standings according to the preseason coaches poll that was released in October. UCSD, which finished third in the conference with a 17-5 record last season, received eight first place votes and a total of 116 points to earn the top spot in the poll for the third year in a row. Cal Poly Pomona garnered one first place vote and 98 points to finish second, while Chico State came in third with 97 points and defending CCAA regular season champion Cal State Monterey Bay was fourth with two first place votes and 94 points. Humboldt State earned the remaining first place vote and a total of 85 points to finish fifth.
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