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Senior guard Emily Osga scored 23 points in addition to seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in Saturday's victory against Humboldt State.
Closing-Half Runs Lead Tritons to 71-54 Win Over Jacks
Release: Saturday 01/05/2013 

ARCATA, Calif. - Making its first trip to Northern California this season, the UC San Diego women's basketball team glided with ease to a 71-54 victory over Humboldt State on Saturday in front of a lively crowd at Lumberjack Arena.

"We had a great team effort tonight, especially defensively. Our defense really set the tone," said Tritons head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "Emily Osga and Daisy Feder came out and had a good presence. It was a great team win for us."

With the win, the Tritons climb to 6-7 overall and 4-2 against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) teams. UCSD returns home on Friday to host No. 14 Chico State (10-0, 6-0 CCAA) in a game scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Not only did Osga, a senior guard, lead all scorers with 23 points in the win, she also crossed the 1,000-point mark for her career. The San Diego native also had seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.

Feder, also a senior guard that recorded her 1,000th career point earlier in the season, tallied 17 points in addition to seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

The Lumberjacks were paced by senior guard Lisa Petty, who contributed 15 points and had six rebounds, one assist and a steal.

Leaving the intermission with a 24-18 lead, Feder fired off a three-pointer 28 seconds into the second half, the first three-pointer made in the game.

But after back-to-back layups by Petty to bring the Lumberjacks within five with a score of 27-22, the Tritons broke free from HSU in the form of a 9-0 run. Osga highlighted the run, scoring seven of the points on a trey and a pair of jumpers. The second jumper in the run ended the streak at the 14:56 mark, but Osga scored the next five points for UCSD. Osga's stretch of points concluded on a layup with 11:45 to go in the game and made the score, 41-24.

Midway through the second half, sophomore guard Miranda Seto scored seven straight points, including the first four of a 6-0 run. The Redwood City native's scoring span was closed with a layup and brought the Tritons to a 48-28 lead with 10:18 remaining.

"I thought that Miranda's second half gave us a great spark to build momentum," VanDerveer said. "She really stepped up tonight as well."

Osga's final points came on a trey with 7:59 before the buzzer and extended the UCSD lead to a 28-point, 58-30 advantage amid a 7-0 run, which Feder started with a layup at the 8:39 mark and finalized with a three-pointer at the 7:21 reading. It was with the three-pointer that Osga, who came into the game with 978 career points, passed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

In spite of runs of 6-0 and 10-0 by the Lumberjacks in the game's final minutes, they were too late and many minutes apart.

Junior guard Jain Tuey's three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining cut the Tritons lead to 15 and made the score, 69-54, but the lead returned to 17 and the score became 71-54 after Seto made both of her free throws just 23 seconds before the end of regulation.

The opening 20 minutes of the game were atypical for the Tritons, who did not score a single first-half trey (0-for-8). However, UCSD was remarkable on defense during the first half, holding HSU to a lackluster 0-for-10 from behind the arch.

Osga gave the Tritons an early lead with a layup only 1:04 into the contest.

On the next possession 11 seconds later, junior forward Kelly Kime answered Osga's score with a layup to bring about the game's first tie.

With the game tied, 4-4, the Tritons rang off six straight points on a run capped off by junior guard Megan Perry's layup with 13:31 before the half.

UCSD went up by as many as nine when freshman center Taylor Hirz scored on a layup to put the Tritons up, 14-5, at the 11:55 mark. After a nearly four-minute span in which neither team scored during the middle of the half, sophomore forward McKennan Bertsch sank both of her free throws to bring the Tritons' lead back to six points, 16-10, with 6:11 to go in the first half.

"Our post defense was solid with McKennan and Taylor, who had her most extensive playing time of the season," VanDerveer said.

Ahead 16-14 with 3:36 left, Hirz commenced a 6-0 run consisting of three straight jumpers. The run was extended by Osga and capped off by Feder at the 2:26 and 2:01 marks, respectively.

Osga's jumper 53 seconds before halftime gave UCSD an eight-point, 24-16 cushion. HSU freshman forward Amanda Kunst made the final points of the half with a layup 35 seconds prior to the half.

The Lumberjacks (7-5, 3-3 CCAA) ended their homestand with the loss and will travel to Cal State East Bay (3-6, 1-4 CCAA) to play the Pioneers in a Friday game scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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