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Photo by: Andy Wilhelm
Tritons Host UCSD Thanksgiving Classic at RIMAC Arena
Release: Thursday 11/23/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Eighth Annual UCSD Thanksgiving Classic

RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif 
Friday, Nov. 24
3:00 p.m. No. 17 Azusa Pacific (7-1) vs. Cal State San Marcos (0-2)
Live Stats
5:00 p.m. • UC San Diego (3-1) vs. Dominican (3-1)
Live Stats 

Saturday, Nov. 25
1:00 p.m. • Cal State San Marcos (0-2) vs. Dominican (3-1)
Live Stats 
3:00 p.m. • UC San Diego (3-1) vs. Azusa Pacific (7-1)
Live Stats 

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 3-1
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-0
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

LET ME IN
General admission for each day of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic is $10 for adults and $5 for non-UCSD students, children and seniors. UCSD students are FREE.

THANKSGIVING CLASSIC HISTORY 
The Tritons are 12-2 all-time in their own Thanksgiving Classic since the inaugural event in 2010. Last year, UCSD went 2-0 with a 82-69 win over Saginaw Valley State and beat Azusa Pacific 81-60. For their efforts, Taylor Tanita and Beth Mounier were named to the All-Tournament Team.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (Sr., 5-4, 6.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.75 APG)  
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9, 4.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1 APG)
G - #31 Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8, 11.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.0 APG)
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1, 11.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.5 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 14.5 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.25 APG)

UCSD ROSTER BREAKDOWN (2016-17 stats listed)
Starters Returning (4)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Jr., 6-1):10.8 PPG,7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
• Paige Song (G, Jr., 5-9):4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Taylor Tanita (G, Sr., 5-4):9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG
Mikayla Williams (F, So., 6-1, 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, .7 APG

Starters Lost (2):
• Beth Mounier (G, Sr., 5-9): 12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.8 APG
Cassie MacLeod (F, Sr., 6-0): 9.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (8)
• Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .7 APG
• Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 3.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.3 APG
• Stephanie Moore (G/F, So., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, .4 RPG, .9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 5 GP
• Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .85 APG
• Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): .4 PPG, .6 RPG
• Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, So., 6-1): Did not play
• Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6):9.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
• Haley Anderson (Sr., G, 5-8): 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Janae Peterson (Jr., F, 6-1): Did not play
• Brijaye Brackett (Fr., G, 5-8): Did not play
• Gigi Olelewe (Jr., F. 6-0): .7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .3 APG

Newcomers (2)
• Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8): Transfer from Westmont College
Emily Cangelosi (Fr., G, 5-9)

ABOUT DOMINICAN
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-1
• PacWest: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 2-1
• Neutral: 1-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• PacWest Preseason Poll: 5th

ABOUT AZUSA PACIFIC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-1
• PacWest: 0-0 
• Home: 4-1
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 3-0
• Highest National Ranking: 17
• PacWest Preseason Poll: 1st

UCSD ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
• Doiminican: 1-0 (1.00); Last meeting UCSD won 95-72  (11/27/15)
• Azusa Pacific: 12-12 (.500); Last meeting UCSD won 81-60 (11/26/16)

WEEKLY REWIND
UC San Diego split a pair of games at the West Region Crossover Classic. On Friday, the Tritons slipped past Western Washington by a score of 56-49. UCSD capped the tournament with a narrow 65-59 loss to Seattle Pacific on Satruday. 

UC San Diego 56, Western Washington 49
Seattle Pacific 65, UC San Diego 59 

WILLIAMS STARTING STRONG
Mikayla Williams led UCSD to two season-opening wins away from home. The redshirt sophomore had a career- and game-high 22 points against Simon Fraser Friday to help avenge the Tritons' NCAA West Regional loss to end last year. She shot 66.7 percent (10-15) from the field, with a game-high 12 rebounds and two blocks. On Saturday, Williams added a team-high 18 points and career-best 17 rebounds at reigning West champion and 2017 national semifinalist California Baptist, shooting 44.4 percent (8-18).

OFF THE BOARDS
Through four games, UCSD is outrebounding its opponents by a total of 193-160, including 134-110 on the defensive boards. Mikayla Williams is averaging a team-high 12.3 rebounds per game.

2016-17 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego highlighted its 206-17 season capturing the 2016-17 CCAA regular-season crown. The Tritons finished runner-up in the CCAA Tournament after falling to Cal State East Bay, 62-53. UCSD earned a berth in the NCAA West Regional as the fourth-seed where they suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD has three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang also earned honorable mention accolades. 

FINAL 2016-17 CCAA STANDINGS
UC San Diego, 17-3*
Cal State East Bay, 16-4 ^
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-6
Stanislaus State, 13-7
Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8
Cal State LA, 12-8
Chico State, 10-10
Cal State San Marcos, 10-10
Sonoma State, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-16
Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-16
San Francisco State, 2-18

* CCAA regular season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Nov. 21 - Week 1)
1. Ashland
2. Alaska Anchorage
3. Bentley
4. California (Pa.)
5. West Texas A&M
6. Wingate
7. Rollins
8. Lubbock Christian
9. Indiana (Pa.)
10. Michigan Tech
11. Drury
11. Central Missouri
13. Virgina Union
14. Fort Lewis
15. Northern State
16. Seattle Pacific
17. Azusa Pacific
18. University of the Sciences
19. Carson-Newman
20. Valdosta State
21. Pittsburg State
22. Emporia State
23. Central Oklahoma
24. Lander
25. Edinboro

UCSD IN THE WBCA
• Preseason Poll: Not receiving
• Week 1: Not receiving

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team with a 104-44 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. She and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record and a 17-3 CCAA mark as the Tritons won a second-consecutive CCAA regular season title. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the 10th time since 2000-01, competing in the quarterfinals against Simon Fraser. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 record overall and placed second in the conference at 17-5. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title. Prior to coming to La Jolla, VanDerveer spent four seasons at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an impressive 83-26 record and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco. She began her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. She also served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Beijing. VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.

GREGORIO NAMED ASSISTANT COACH
Head coach Heidi VanDerveer announced the addition of Staci Gregorio to the UC San Diego women's basketball program as an assistant coach and video coordinator. No stranger to San Diego, Gregorio was the head coach of The Preuss School girl’s basketball team from 2014-17. Gregorio also acted as a skills development coach for Hoop Blessings in San Diego for the past two years, training semi-professional, Division I, II and III athletes through CoachUp. An accomplished player, Gregorio was a professional basketball player for two seasons in Europe for the C.E. Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, Spain in 2016-17 and BC Hellenen in Munich, Germany in 2014-15. Collegiately, Gregorio played for San Diego Mesa College. She received her bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Pacific University and earned her master’s degree in sports coaching from the University of Denver.

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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

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LOOKING AHEAD
UC San Diego opens its conference season with a game against Cal State San Bernardino Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena. 

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