THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Wed., Jan. 13---M Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 14---W Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 14---M Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 15---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 16---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 16---W Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. USD---Noon
Sat., Jan. 16---W Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 16---M Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 16---M Volleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
NO. 9 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL KEEPS ROLLING
With an all-time season-opening best 12 straight wins behind them, the undefeated and ninth-ranked Women's Basketball team will try to make it 14 in a row this weekend when CCAA foes Cal State Monterey Bay (9-2/5-2) and San Francisco State (6-9/2-5) visit RIMAC Arena to close out a four-game homestand...Rapidly improving CSUMB has won six of its last seven games and is fourth in the league standings while SFSU is ninth...Coach Charity Elliott's Tritons are 7-0 in conference play and moved into first place alone, courtesy of Humboldt State's loss at Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night...UCSD is 40-7 in CCAA regular season play during Elliott's two-plus seasons at the helm and has won 26 of its previous 27 regular season conference outings.
For all practical purposes, last Thursday's, 75-62, triumph over Chico State was over in the first half as UCSD shot a blistering 51.4% in the first 20 minutes and took a 22-pt. edge into the locker room...Sophomore guard Chelsea Carlisle lit it up for 23 points and junior Tiffany Hunter racked up a double double with a matching 13 points in the scoring and rebounding columns...Senior Annette Ilg added 10 and the Tritons collected 25 turnovers.
Hitting Cal State Stanislaus with a 26-2 run to open the second half, the Tritons turned a nine pt. halftime advantage into a 72-38 runaway Saturday night at RIMAC Arena... UCSD played a fairly unmemorable first 20 minutes but still led 33-24 at intermission...Elliott's charges lowered the boom after the break, hitting at a 50.0% clip from the floor while limiting the Warriors to just 17.2%...Ten of UCSD's 12 players found the scoreboard, led by Ilg with 11...Hunter just missed a second double double, scoring eight but grabbing 12 boards and sophomore Daisy Feder sank all three of her long distance tries for nine points...The defense created another 25 turnovers, running its streak of 20 or more to 10 straight games.
Listen to Coach Charity Elliott's Saturday night post-game comments.
MEN'S HOOPS DUMPS STANISLAUS; HOME VS. MONTEREY, SFSU
After splitting a pair of RIMAC Arena nail biters last week, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will stay on the home front this week, testing Cal State Monterey Bay (4-8/2-5) and San Francisco State (11-4/4-3) Thursday and Saturday...UCSD sports a 3-7 overall mark, is 2-5 in league and tied with Monterey Bay for ninth place...San Francisco State is tied for sixth.
The young Tritons had first place Chico State on the ropes last Thursday but let the Wildcats slip out of La Jolla with a 77-68 decision...Trailing, 34-28, after an uninspiring first half, UCSD fell back by eight but then went on a 22-6 blitz to take a 52-44 lead with 11:43 remaining...Chico State battled back to deadlock the score at the 8:25 mark and it was still even, 60-60, with just over four minutes left...The Wildcats inched away from there with the final score representing their biggest lead of the night...Guard Jordan Lawley rang up 22 points to go with six rebounds and three dishes...Fellow senior Tyler Acevedo finished with 16 points...The Tritons wound up with narrow advantages in the shooting and rebounding department but were minus-6 in the turnover battle.
Two nights later, Carlson's club showed its grit, riding Lawley's 26 points to hold off bigger, quicker Cal State Stanislaus for an 81-72 win...Lawley, who posted a double double with 10 boards, had five assists and knocked down 13-of-14 free throws...Two areas that had been nettlesome for the Tritons proved decisive on this night as they hit 90.6% from the charity stripe and out-rebounded the Warriors, 35-29...Sophomore point guard Jay Wey chipped in with 13 points and UCSD got key play from a bevy of bench players, including freshmen Dylan Bohanan (9) and Justin Brue (8) who combined for 17 points...Up as many as 14 early in the second half, the Tritons saw Stanislaus climb to within a point on three different occasions but never allowed the visitors to draw even.
Hear Coach Carlson's post-game interview following Cal State Stanislaus win.
SWIMMERS ROUT D-II FOES; WOMEN DEFEAT LMU
Crosstown Division I rival USD will be next up for the Women's Swimming & Diving team, Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons, who have defeated the Toreros eight consecutive times, nipped conference rival Loyola Marymount, 105-99, Saturday in Los Angeles and both the men and women repelled Division II foes Grand Canyon and University of the Incarnate Word (TX) Sunday at Canyonview...On Saturday, the women were defeated, 150-53, by Division I Kansas...Sunday's women's scores were 229-54 (vs. GCU) and 220-74 (UIW) while the men's were 197-84 (vs. GCU) and 189-109 (UIW).
Relays were instrumental in the Tritons' victory over LMU...In the 400 medley relay, the foursome of Alex Henley, Mercedes O'Brien, Karla Holman and Katherine Tse touched in 3:56.45 while the quartet of Anju Shimura, Amber Tan, Shea Kopp and Jessica Ferguson clocked 3:32.99 in the 400 freestyle.
In Sunday's D-II showdown, the women got three wins from sophomore Alex Henley and doubles from Shimura, Ferguson and sophomore Kailey Makuta...Henley finished No. 1 in the 200 butterfly (2:05.77), 200 backstroke (2;05.14) and 200 individual medley (2:05.79)...Shimura raced to wins in the 100 freestyle (53.08) and 100 backstroke (59.73) and with freshman distance ace Beth Dong sidelined, Makuta stepped into the breach, capturing the 1,000 (10:56.54) and 500 (5:14.94) freestyle events...Like the women, the men swept the relays and they got individual wins from Todd Langland (100 free/46.71), Shaun Stringer (200 butterfly/1:55.34), Jon Masehi-Lano (200 breaststroke/2:07.65), Jereme Barnett-Woods (500 free/4:41.13) and Dan Perdew (100 butterfly/51.25)...The Tritons also got a victory from diver Danielle Niculescu on the one-meter board (212.47 pts.) and Patrick Cohen claimed an NCAA qualifying spot by finishing second on the one-meter with 289.35 pts.
Listen to Sunday post-meet interview with Jessica Ferguson.
Listen to Sunday post-meet interview with Todd Langland.
MEN'S V-BALL TOPS UCSB; BEGIN MPSF AT CSU NORTHRIDGE
Playing against some of the toughest competition in the nation at last week's UC Santa Barbara Invitational, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team found that it can still hang with the best...Despite losing two of its three contests in Santa Barbara, all vs. ranked opponents, the Tritons emerged with the knowledge that every match will present an opportunity to win...Now, it will be back on the road to start Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season action with Cal State Northridge first on the docket, Wednesday night...UCSD will be back at UC Santa Barbara Saturday.
Thursday morning, the 13th-ranked Tritons fell to No. 8 UCLA in their season opener, 3-2 (30-24, 24-30, 26-30, 31-29, 15-8), a clash where they were two points from victory in game four... Seniors Will Ehrman and Frank Fritsch pounded 17 and 15 kills respectively with junior all-conference setter Phil Bannan handing out 49 assists....No. 2 UC Irvine, the defending NCAA champions, proved a tougher task that evening, putting away UCSD, 3-1 (30-28, 22-30, 30-26, 30-21)...Senior Jason Spangler's 16 kills led the Tritons.
Fritsch registered 27 kills as Ring and Co. closed out the tourney with a 3-2 (30-22, 30-27, 29-31, 26-30, 15-11) conquest of host UC Santa Barbara...With back-up setter Erik Sierks at the controls distributing 68 assists, the Tritons hit .368 as a team in subduing the No. 14 Gauchos...Ehrman hammered another 17 kills and Cyrus Kiani contributed 14... Spangler and Fritsch have moved up to third and fourth on the all-time UCSD kill list.
NEWS & NOTES
Audio and video streaming of all home conference men's & women's basketball games will continue this week at ucsdtritons.com with Craig Elsten calling the action... Coverage will be available at 5:30 PM on game nights.
The 10th annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held his Friday in the RIMAC Green Room...Appointments can be reserved between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM...For more information contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-4211.
UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will feature UCSD basketball head coaches Charity Elliott and Chris Carlson, as well as junior All-American swimmer Anju Shimura this week...The program will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com
The Leon T. Roach Vault-a-thon will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at the UCSD Track & Field Stadium...The event will be a fund-raiser for the purpose of developing an upgraded pole vault area at the stadium that will also serve as a memorial to Triton student-athlete Leon T. Roach...Roach, a sophomore vaulter on the track & field team, died tragically last summer following a training accident.
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will send a select group of fencers to the annual North American Cup this weekend in San Jose...The individual-oriented event will feature some of the country's premier fencers.
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