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UC San Diego Opens CCAA Play at Home Thursday, Travels to Cal State San Marcos Saturday


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Game 7
vs. Cal State San Bernardino (3-2, 1-1 CCAA)
Thursday, Nov. 30 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live StatsLive Video 

Game 8
vs. Cal State San Marcos (0-4, 0-0 CCAA)
Saturday, Dec. 2 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live StatsLive Video

Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 4-2
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 1-1
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• Against Nationally Ranked Teams: 0-1
• D2SIDA West Region Poll (Nov. 27): 4th
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

Tickets for all regular season home games at RIMAC Arena are available for purchase at the main entrance box office starting one hour prior to tip-off. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17) and visiting student tickets are $5. UCSD students and children under 7 are free.

If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, watch home matches live on Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. San Diego media personality Steve Quis will be calling all of the action courtside. The single-match fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

On Monday, Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

Saturday is Homecoming at Cal State San Marcos and a sellout is expected at The Sports Center. We suggest buying your tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. Tickets can be purchased online here.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (Sr., 5-4, 4.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6 APG)  
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9, 4.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.5 APG)
G - #31 Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8, 9.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.6 APG)
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1, 13.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 14.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 1.6 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)

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

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-4
• CCAA: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-1
• Neutral: 0-3
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 8th

• Cal State San Bernardino: 32-21 (.604); Last meeting UCSD won 66-60 (2/23/17)
• Cal State San Marcos: 4-0 (1.00); Last meeting UCSD won 84-60 (1/19/17)

UC San Diego hosted the eighth annual UCSD Thanksgiving Classic and finished the weekend 1-1. The Tritons earned a convincing 75-47 win over Dominican on Friday afternoon before falling short to 17th-ranked Azusa Pacific by a score of 82-76 on Saturday. Senior Dalayna Sampton averaged 17.5 points and nine rebounds over the two games and was named the all-tournament team. 

UC San Diego 75, Dominican 57
No. 17 Azusa Pacific 82, UC San Diego 

Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week, for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 6. Sampton helped UC San Diego finish 1-1 at last weekend’s UCSD Thanksgiving Classic. The Tritons earned a decisive 75-57 win over Dominican Friday, before falling to 17th-ranked Azusa Pacific by a score of 82-76 on Saturday.Over two games, the forward shot 52.4 percent (11-21) overall, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds. The Vallejo native shot 86.6 percent (13-15) from the free-throw line, including a perfect 6-for-6 finish against Dominican. Sampton tallied a team-high 23 points against Azusa Pacific. For her efforts, she was named to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team.

UCSD is outrebounding its opponents by a total of 287-227, including 201-157 on the defensive boards. Mikayla Williams is averaging a team-high 12 rebounds per game.

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).

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. 

(Nov. 28 - Week 2)
1. Ashland
2. Alaska Anchorage
3. Bentley
4. California (Pa.)
5. West Texas A&M
6. Rollins
7. Indiana (Pa.)
8. Lubbock Christian
9. Drury
10. Virgina Union
11. Fort Lewis
12. Central Missouri
13. Seattle Pacific
14. Wingate
15. Carson-Newman
16. Northern State
17. Azusa Pacific
18. Michigan Tech
19. Pittsburg State
20. University of the Sciences
21. Central Oklahoma
22. Lander
23. Valdosta State
24. Edinboro
25. Southwestern Oklahoma State

• Preseason Poll: Not receiving
• Week 1: Not receiving
• Week 2: Not receiving

1. Alaska Anchorage
2. Seattle Pacific
3. Azusa Pacific
4. UC San Diego
5. Simon Fraser
6. Montana State Billings
7. Point Loma
8. Hawai'i Pacific
9. Northwest Nazarene
10. West Oregon

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

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.

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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UC San Diego welcomes Cal State Monterey Bay to RIMAC Arena Friday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m.


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