THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Thu., Jan. 7---M Volleyball---UCSD at UCSB Invitational---11:00 AM/8:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 7---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 7---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 8---M Volleyball---UCSD at UCSB Invitational---TBD
Sat., Jan. 9---W Swimming---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---11:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 9---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 9---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 10---Swimming---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon, IWU---11:00 AM
MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO REBOUND VS. CHICO, STANISLAUS
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team returns home to host Northern California CCAA foes Chico State (7-2/3-1) and Cal State Stanislaus (5-4/1-3), Thursday and Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons are now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in CCAA play after dropping a pair of conference road contests last weekend in Los Angeles...They are 11th in the loop standings.
UCSD saw its modest two-game win streak interrupted Saturday afternoon, dropping a 62-53 decision at Cal State L.A...Most statistical breakdowns were close but the Golden Eagles, who won for the fifth time in six tries, dominated the Tritons, 50-24, on the boards and second chance points were key to the outcome...Senior Jordan Lawley racked up 24 points, including 10 from the free throw line, while also accounting for four rebounds and three assists...Junior Casey Ryan chipped in with seven points and a team high eight boards...Playing for the first time in 11 days, Carlson's charges saw L.A. race out to a 12-pt. lead within the first minutes and never got back within single digits until Christian Hatch's bucket at the final buzzer.
It was a similar story Sunday as Cal State Dominguez Hills stopped the visiting Tritons, 67-55...An otherwise tight battle was decided by the Toros taking advantage of their 34-20 advantage on the glass...Ten of those rebounds came on the offensive end and Dominguez turned them into 17 points...Eight minutes in, UCSD was up, 21-15, but the Toros scored nine consecutive points and held a 31-27 edge at the break...UCSD took the lead back at the 13:57 point of the second half but once again, CSUDH responded, netting the next seven markers and taking it home from there...Lawley was again high for the Tritons with 17 points as well as four assists...Hatch posted nine points and four boards while freshman Justin Brue contributed seven points and five rebounds.
UNBEATEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOME FOR PAIR
Riding a 10-game winning streak, the 14th-ranked Women's Basketball team will be home for the first time in conference play when it welcomes Chico State (6-3/3-1) and Cal State Stanislaus (1-7/0-4) to RIMAC Arena this Thursday and Saturday respectively...Coach Charity Elliott's team, off to the best start in school history, is 5-0 in CCAA action and half a game behind Humboldt State (6-0) in the league standings...Chico State comes in tied for third.
Last Monday, the Tritons registered perhaps their biggest win of the young season, overcoming nettlesome regional rival Seattle Pacific, 82-80 (2OT), in the first round of the Triton Holiday Classic...It marked UCSD's first win in nine tries against the 20th-ranked Falcons, who have ended the Tritons' season in the NCAA Playoffs three times in the last six years...This one was nip-and-tuck all the way with neither team able to get a lead of more than five points...It was tied at halftime, a Chelsea Carlisle free throw with 10 seconds left sent it to overtime, a Tiffany Hunter lay-in with eight ticks remaining forced a second extra period and the last three of Annette Ilg's career high 24 points ultimately decided the outcome...Ilg had a huge night, hitting 7-of-11 from the floor, grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists...She also connected on nine of her 11 free throw attempts on a night when UCSD let SPU stay in the game by converting a paltry 61.4% of its 44 attempts from the charity stripe...Four other Tritons---Carlisle (15), Hunter (11), Leilani Martin (11) and Lauren Freidenberg (10)---also scored in double figures... Carlisle topped UCSD with eight boards and the Tritons pressured the Falcons into 32 turnovers.
An aggressive, ball-hawking defense keyed a dominating first half that propelled UCSD to an 89-82 victory over Western Washington in Tuesday's tournament finale-a result much more impressive than the final score indicated...Led by Carlisle, who netted 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, the Tritons took control from the outset and had built a 41-23 lead at the break... Shooting 49.2% for the night and piling up another 23 turnovers, Elliott's club was up by as many as 25 in the second half before a late WWU rally made the box score more respectable... Ilg and Hunter tallied 15 and 10 points respectively and junior transfer Charity Smith had her best game of the season, coming off the bench to register 10 points and a team high nine rebounds.
UCSD posted its all-time best ninth straight win to start the season by tripping up host Cal State L.A., 65-61, Saturday, in a battle that was closer than many expected...It looked to be a romp early as the Tritons registered the game's first 10 points...They led throughout the first 20 minutes until the Golden Eagles, winless in league play, drew even seconds before halftime ...UCSD again led early in the second half but L.A. took its first lead, 42-41, at the 13:58 mark...Senior Kristin Cabral immediately scored to put UCSD back on top but L.A. clawed ahead by four with just under six minutes remaining...A three-ball by Carlisle with 1:08 on the clock put the Tritons in command for good...UCSD downed CSULA for the eighth consecutive time despite being out-shot (.509 to .383) and out-rebounded by eight...Carlisle and Hunter each rung up 15 points with the latter also snatching a team high eight boards... Carlisle's line included five assists and four steals as UCSD harassed the Golden Eagles into 20 turnovers.
Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons struggled again but a season high 28 points from Carlisle lifted them to a 69-64 triumph at Cal State Dominguez Hills...The host Toros zipped to a 14-3 advantage from the opening tip and were still five ahead at intermission...The two clubs exchanged the lead throughout the second half and were tied seven times over the final 7:22, the last at 60-60 with 1:46 remaining...Carlisle was responsible for seven of the Tritons' nine points from there to up the win streak 10 in a row... Hunter had another productive outing with 13 points and seven caroms... UCSD was again on the short end of the shooting percentage and rebounding numbers but for the eighth straight game caused 20 or more turnovers.
Listen to Charity Elliott's comments following win over WWU.
SWIMMERS ROUT TRUMAN STATE; BACK HOME SUNDAY
Coach Scott McGihon's Women's Swimming & Diving team travels to Los Angeles Saturday to square off against Division I Loyola Marymount and Kansas and then Sunday, the Triton men and women will be in action at Canyonview Pool, taking on D-II Grand Canyon and University of the Incarnate Word (TX).
Saturday at Canyonview, the Tritons served notice that they should again be a player at the national level, cruising handily past perennial NCAA Division II contender Truman State---228-30 (men) and 184.5-77.5 (women)...Although McGihon was hesitant to read too much into the victory, he was pleased with his squad's performance...The men won every event, getting double wins from Jereme Barnett-Woods (1,000 free/9:49.77 & 500 free/4:46.81), Dan Perdew (50 free/21.20 & 100 butterfly/51.80) and Julius Espiritu (100 back/53.68 & 200 back/1:57.98)...Freshman Shaun Stringer won the 200 butterfly (1:55.12) in dominating fashion and was second in the 100 fly...Perdew was part of two victorious relay foursomes, as was fellow senior Todd Langland who also captured the 100 freestyle in 47.26.
For the women, junior Anju Shimura, sophomore Alex Henley and freshmen Beth Dong and Katherine Tse all touched first twice...Shimura grabbed both backstrokes (100/59.66 & 200/2:05.67) while Henley prevailed in the 200 freestyle (1:53.79) and 200 individual medley (2:06.78)...Dong was best in both distance freestyle races (1,000/10:25.51 & 500/5:11.21) and Tse swept the freestyle sprints (50/24.56 & 100/53.06)...Shimura and Tse swam the lead and anchor legs on both winning relay units.
Hear Coach Scott McGihon's comments after victory vs. Truman State.
Interview with Anju Shimura after Truman State meet.
Interview with Shaun Stringer after Truman State meet.
MEN'S V-BALL GETS OPENING TEST AT SANTA BARBARA TOURNEY
Starting his third year at the helm of the Men's Volleyball team, reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MSPF) Coach of the Year Kevin Ring will take his spikers to Santa Barbara for the season-opening UC Santa Barbara Invitational Thursday and Friday night...The Tritons, who won a school record 13 games in 2009, open at 11:00 AM Thursday against UCLA and will play either BYU or defending NCAA champion UC Irvine at 8:00 PM...They will play one match Friday with the time and opponent to be determined by Thursday's results.
Pegged at No. 13, UCSD has been included for the first time in the AVCA's Pre-Season rankings...The Tritons, who finished 11th nationally a year ago, will have a veteran-laden lineup headed by junior setter Phil Bannan, an All-MPSF selection as a sophomore...Seniors Frank Fritsch, Jason Spangler and Will Ehrman will man the outside slots...All are returning starters as is junior middle blocker Calvin Ross...Partnering with Ross in the middle will be 6-7 junior Adrian Guthals, a standout as a freshman three years ago, but hampered by injuries the past two seasons.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten resumes this week...Guests will include head basketball coaches Charity Elliott and Chris Carlson in addition to Men's Volleyball Coach Kevin Ring...The show can be accessed at ucsdtritons.com Tuesday afternoon.
All UCSD students are invited to Tuesday night's annual Triton Jam "basketball carnival" at RIMAC Arena...The event, which starts at 8:00 PM, will give students an opportunity to meet players from the UCSD men's and women's basketball teams as well as win great prizes (roundtrip airline tickets on Jet Blue, i-Pods, mountain bike, etc.), participate in a variety of interactive games and contests and get free food courtesy of Papa John's Pizza, Santorini Greek Island Grill, SFO Concessions, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Pepsi.
The UCSD Athletic Department's 10th annual Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is set for Friday, Jan. 15...Reservations can be made by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (858) 534-8460.
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