Game No. 10
No. 4 UC San Diego Tritons (9-0, 3-0) at Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes (2-5, 1-2)
Monday, December 19, 2011 • 5:30 p.m.
Coussoulis Arena (5,000) • San Bernardino, Calif.
What's On Tap
After cruising to a resounding 70-45 triumph over Cal State San Bernardino at home earlier this week, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will travel to San Bernardino to wrap up its home-and-home series with the Coyotes on Monday. The Tritons will be looking to sweep the season series with CSUSB, while also trying to build on their current nine-game winning streak before taking nine days off over the holidays. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Coussoulis Arena on the Cal State San Bernardino campus.
For the Record
UCSD enters Monday's rematch with Cal State San Bernardino sporting a flawless 9-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after routing the Coyotes on Monday at RIMAC. The Tritons scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back, rolling to yet another comfortable victory, this one by 25 points. UCSD has started the season 9-0 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. The Tritons are 6-0 away from home so far in 2011-12, going 3-0 in true road games and 3-0 in neutral site contests.
UCSD is ranked No. 4 in the current USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll, moving up one spot this week after coming in at No. 5 the previous two weeks. The Tritons began the season at No. 13 in the poll and have climbed a total of nine spots after winning nine straight to begin the year. UC San Diego hasn't been ranked this high since December of the 2007-08 campaign ( 's first season), when the squad earned a No. 3 ranking with a record of 8-0. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally in 2010-11.
Don't Forget About the D
While the Triton offense has been a thing of beauty this season, putting up 78.1 points on 46% shooting through nine games, it was UCSD's defense that really got after it in the win over Cal State San Bernardino on Monday. The Tritons held the Coyotes to just 45 points on 29% (16-56) shooting, which were both low marks for a UCSD opponent this season. The Tritons also hauled down a season-best 51 rebounds in the game, finishing +22 on the boards, and forced the Coyotes into a total of 20 turnovers, leading to 19 points on the other end. UCSD currently leads the CCAA in several offensive categories, including scoring offense, field goal percentage and assists per game, but the defense has definitely played a role in the team's early success as well.
Out in Front
UCSD has been absolutely dominant so far in 2011-12, winning its first nine games by an average over 21.0 points per game. The Tritons currently lead the CCAA and rank 13th in the nation in scoring margin, having outscored the opposition 78.1 to 56.7 to this point. As those numbers suggest, UCSD has won all nine of its games comfortably, with its lowest margin of victory coming in the 80-65 win over then-No. 4 Fort Lewis on Nov. 26. That's right, a 15-point win over the fourth-ranked team in the country! The Tritons, who have still yet to trail in the second half of any game this season, have won five contests by over 20 points, including their first three games in CCAA play. UCSD led by as many as 31 points in its 70-45 triumph over Cal State San Bernardino on Monday.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads UCSD in scoring, assists and steals through nine games.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Tallied nine points, five rebounds and three assists in Monday's win over CSUSB.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Shooting a career-high 51% from the field this season.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Recorded second double-digit rebounding effort of the season against the Coyotes (10).
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Finished with game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds on Monday.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is off to a brilliant start to the season, averaging 16.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.8 steals through UCSD's first nine games. She is shooting 56% (60-108) from the field overall and has hit 38% (13-34) 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 effort in UCSD's win over Cal State San Bernardino on Monday, finishing with 13 points, three boards, four assists, a blocked shot and a steal. She finished 5-of-7 from the field and connected on her only attempt from behind the arc.
Gimme the Rock
Senior center Lauren Freidenberg had her best game of the season to lead the Tritons to a convincing 70-45 win over Cal State San Bernardino. The Seattle native recorded her first double-double of the year, finishing with game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds in just 26 minutes. She finished 7-of-8 from the field and sank all five of her free throws to reach double figures for the seventh time in nine games. For the season, Freidenberg is averaging 14.1 points and hauling down 6.9 rebounds per game, which both rank second on the squad. She is shooting a team-high 59.6% (53-89) from the field. Freidenberg was named the ucsdtritons.com Female Athlete of the Week for her performance.
Cal State San Bernardino enters Monday's contest with an overall record of 2-5 after losing a 71-65 decision to San Diego Christian College at home on Wednesday... The Coyotes dropped to 1-2 in CCAA play following last week's loss to the Tritons and currently sit in a three-way tie for seventh place in the conference standings... Senior guard Eliza Dy is averaging team-highs of 11.7 points and 3.3 assists through seven games, while backcourt mate Angela Streets is putting up 11.6 points and grabbing 4.3 rebounds... Junior forward Kristen Huffman is the team's leading rebounder, hauling down 7.1 boards per night... San Bernardino is averaging 54.0 points per game offensively, while the defense is surrendering 60.9... UCSD holds a 23-8 lead in the all-time series with CSUSB following Monday's victory.
Last Time vs. CSUSB
UCSD jumped all over Cal State San Bernardino in Monday's matchup, racing out to a quick 10-0 lead and extending its advantage to 19-4 with eight minutes left to play in the first half. The Tritons' lead ballooned to 42-17 at halftime and they led by as many as 31 in the waning moments of the 70-45 victory. finished with game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds and scored 13 to pace UCSD, which shot 48% (29-60) from the field. Eliza Dy scored 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting, but no other player finished with more than seven for the Coyotes. UCSD held CSUSB to just 29% shooting from the field.
UCSD has won seven of the last nine regular season meetings with Cal State San Bernardino dating back to the 2007-08 season... In addition to leading the CCAA in scoring offense (79.1), field goal percentage (.464) and assists per game (17.4), the Tritons also rank first in rebounding offense (42.4), rebounding margin (+6.8), turnover margin (+6.88) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1)... UCSD ranks sixth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 56.7 points per game... The Tritons are currently navigating the slowest part of their schedule, playing just twice in a span of 25 days... Following Monday's matchup in San Bernardino, UCSD will not return to the court until Dec. 29 when San Francisco State pays a visit to RIMAC Arena.
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 Monday, 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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