Tue., Dec. 15---W Basketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Tue., Dec. 15---M Basketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 18---W Basketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Classic---7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 19---W Basketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Classic---7:30 PM
Tue., Dec. 22---M Basketball---UCSD vs. S.D. Christian---7:00 PM
TRITON WOMEN SEIZE PAIR OF ROAD WINS TO OPEN CCAA
Living up to its pre-season rankings and casting aside some bad memories of a year ago, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team made its CCAA debut a winning one, collecting a pair of road victories last weekend...The 13th-ranked Tritons, now 3-0 overall, will not be back in action until Dec. 15 when they travel to Northern California to tangle with Cal State East Bay.
UCSD opened its conference schedule at Cal State San Bernardino, a squad that had frustrated the CCAA champion Tritons a year ago, beating them to snap a 15-game win streak in the regular season and then recording an upset in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament...There would be no such problems Friday night as UCSD cruised, 69-55, snatching the lead on a first-possession Chelsea Carlisle lay-up and keeping it unti the final buzzer...The Tritons shot a blistering 55.6% from the field, held San Bernardino to just 31.8%, out-boarded the Coyotes, 43-29, and used a ball-hawking defense to compile 16 turnovers and 11 steals...Sophomore guard Carlisle posted a team high 15 points to go with seven rebounds and two assists...Annette Ilg and Lauren Freidenberg each chipped in with eight points.
Twenty-four hours later, it wasn't nearly as pretty but the results were the same as UCSD edged host Cal Poly Pomona, 48-43...It was case of the proverbial "winning ugly" as both units shot in the low 30's (the two teams went scoreless through a four-minute stretch in the first half), the Tritons were out-rebounded, and trailed by three at halftime...Elliott's charges tied it early in the second half and after playing cat-and-mouse for the first 10 minutes, UCSD laid a 10-0 surge on the Broncos to take a comfortable lead that it never surrendered...Freshman Tiffany Hunter registered her first double double (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Carlisle's 16 made her the top point-getter for the Tritons...Ilg added eight markers and six rebounds.
Listen to weekend wrap-up with Coach Charity Elliott.
TOUGH CONFERENCE START FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team, still in search of its first win in 2009-10, will have a 10-day finals respite to try to get things sorted out after absorbing a pair of conference-opening road losses last weekend...The Tritons will take an 0-4 record into their Dec. 15 contest at Cal State East Bay.
Friday night, an ice cold (26.5%) first half shooting performance left UCSD with a 14-pt. intermission deficit that it was never able to overcome in a 73-57 defeat at Cal State San Bernardino...The Tritons scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half, including the first five by senior Jordan Lawley, to close the gap to six but the Coyotes ran it back up to 15 in the next three minutes and the margin was never got back to single digits... Senior Tyler Acevedo hit four treys off the bench en route to a game high 18 points but nobody else reached double figures...Sophomore Christian Hatch scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds in his best outing of the young season.
The next night, host Cal Poly Pomona, which reached last year's NCAA Division II championship tilt, overwhelmed UCSD, 68-46... The 16th-ranked Broncos came out of the gate with a 31-7 run and never looked back...Shooting was again an issue for Carlson's club as the Tritons connected on just 31.1% of their attempts from the floor compared to 50.9 percent for Cal Poly...Lawley accounted for 20 points and four boards while forward Justin Brue, who along with fellow freshman point guard Jake Tarabilda got the first two starts of his career during the weekend, pulled down a game high nine rebounds...Despite Brue's efforts on the glass, UCSD was out-rebounded by 11 on the night.
Hear Monday interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson.
FALL NUMBERS STRONG FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Coach Scott McGihon' Swimming & Diving team concluded its fall season with 21 athletes automatically qualified for the 2010 NCAA Division II Championships which are slated for March 10-13 in Canton, OH.
The 11 female swimmers already ticketed for Canton include Karla Holman, Anju Shimura, Jessica Ferguson, Alex Henley, Shea Kopp, Natasha Nguyen, Neda Nguyen, Mercedes O'Brien, Beth Dong, Megan Thomas and Katherine Tse.
On the men's side, swimmers Dan Perdew, Todd Langland, Jereme Barnett-Woods, Juan Pablo Carrillo, Sam Stromberg, Blake Langland, Julius Espiritu, Adam Rice and Shaun Stringer, along with diver Tyler Runsten have earned berths in the national meet.
UCSD will renew competition following the holidays when it hosts perennial NCAA Division II power Truman State, Jan. 2, at Canyonview.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten will feature Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, junior hoops standout Casey Ryan and UCSD Fencing Coach Heidi Runyan...The online radio show will be available late Tuesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.
The 10th annual UCSD Athletics Blood Drive, organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held Friday, Jan. 15 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the RIMAC Green Room...To make a reservation to donate blood, go to http://www.givelife.org...Use the code "AthleticsDept...For more information, call the UCSD Athletic office at (858) 534-8460.
The 2010 Spirit Night basketball doubleheader will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 when UCSD hosts Cal State San Bernardino...For more information and updates, check the Spirit Night icon on the front page of the UCSD Athletic website.
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