THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Tue., Dec. 14---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Tue., Dec. 14---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 19---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---12:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 19---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---2:30 PM
MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS CCAA HOME OPENER TUESDAY
Looking for its first conference win of the season, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (5-3/0-2) comes off an eight-day layoff when it hosts Cal State East Bay (2-4/0-2) Tuesday night at RIMAC Arena...2010-11 CCAA regular season co-champion Humboldt State (6-1/2-1) visits La Jolla five days later for a rare Sunday afternoon tilt.
Last year, the Tritons swept their two games against Cal State East Bay but dropped both encounters with Humboldt State...Senior Casey Ryan's versatile play has led UCSD in the early going...The 6-4 Jackson, CA native is averaging team highs of 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game...He's also third on the club with 13 assists...Freshman James McCann (12.0) and junior Christian Hatch (11.5) are also scoring in double digits... Hatch is second to Ryan with 5.6 rebounds a game while McCann tops the Tritons with 29 assists...UCSD is out-shooting its opponents, .439 to .409 and is plus 10.8 in the rebounding column.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STARTS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND
Overcoming a rocky start with three wins in its last four outings, the young, improving Women's Basketball team will try to keep building on its recent success when it comes back to RIMAC Arena for its first two CCAA home games this week... UCSD (3-6/1-1) will test itself against Cal State East Bay (0-6/0-2) Tuesday and last year's nemesis Humboldt State (3-4/0-3) Sunday...The Tritons are 2-0 at home.
Coach Charity Elliot's crew, which won its second consecutive CCAA regular season crown in 2009-10, was 2-0 last year vs. Cal State East Bay but lost three-of-four against Humboldt State, including defeats in the conference and NCAA tournaments...UCSD won the only meeting at RIMAC Arena by 25 points and was beaten by four points in each of the three losses to the Lumberjacks.
This is a much different Triton team, one with less defined roles, still trying to establish its personality...Whereas last season only four different players led the squad in scoring over its 30-game campaign, five different individuals have already done so through this year's first nine contests...Junior All-American guard Chelsea Carlisle is again the offensive pacesetter, averaging 18.4 points per game, but has expanded her role, bringing down 4.8 rebounds per game (third on the team) and handing out a team-high 47 assists... Backcourt running mate Emily Osga is canning 14.3 points per game to go with 6.2 rebounds and 34 assists...Carlisle and sophomore Osga are also 1-2 in steals, combining for 35...Junior lefty Lauren Freidenberg is showing signs that this may be a breakout year, knocking down 12.9 points per outing while grabbing a team high 6.9 rebounds...She scored 27 against Cal State Monterey Bay...Junior Daisy Feder is a fourth Triton scoring in double figures (11.9/game).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with swimming & diving coach Scott McGihon, men's volleyball coach Kevin Ring and softball coach Patti Gerckens...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Two members of the NCAA runner-up Women's Soccer team---senior midfielder Lisa Bradley and junior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong---were named to the NSCAA All-American team...Triton team captain Bradley garnered first team honors for the second consecutive year while Armstrong, chosen for the first time, earned second team status.
The 11th annual Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 7:45 AM to 7:00 PM in the RIMAC Green Room...Reservations are needed and can be made by e-mail at email@example.com.
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