Thu., Dec. 30---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Thu., Dec. 30---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 3---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Mon., Jan. 3---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
HOME SPLIT KEEPS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT .500 IN CCAA
Coach Charity Elliott's youthful Women's Basketball team, showing improvement but continuing to have growing pains, split a pair of home games last week and heads into the holiday break with 4-7 overall ledger, 2-2 in the CCAA...The Tritons renew league hostilities Dec. 30 when Sonoma State (4-4/2-2) invades La Jolla...Both teams are part of a four-team fifth place logjam in the CCAA standings.
If there is such a thing as laboring through a 24-point victory, the Tritons achieved it last Tuesday while topping Cal State East Bay, 61-37, at RIMAC Arena...The winless Pioneers rushed out to a 9-3 advantage and after finally reclaiming the lead with 6:51 left in the half, UCSD was able to push the margin to seven at the break despite shooting just 31% and making only one of nine tries from beyond the arc...Elliott's club took control in the second session, connecting at a 59.3% clip and harassing East Bay into the majority of its 33 turnovers...Juniors Chelsea Carlisle and Lauren Freidenberg scored a dozen points each with the former dishing out eight assists and the latter pulling down a team high seven rebounds.
There was no such happy ending Sunday afternoon as the Tritons squandered a solid first half against Humboldt State before ending up on the wrong side of a 92-88 double overtime verdict...In a first half played a breakneck speed, UCSD was up by as much as 13 and took a 10-pt. edge into intermission (46-36)...With 12:30 to go in regulation, Elliot & Co. had run the lead back to 13 and appeared to have matters well in hand...But Humboldt State kept chipping away and tied it at 64 with 4:15 left...After the Lumberjacks forged a five-point lead of their own with 1:12 remaining, it was UCSD's turn to rally and a three-pointer by Carlisle coupled with a lay-up by Osga, 20 ticks from the buzzer, took the game to OT...Both teams led before finishing the first overtime still even but it was all Humboldt in the second as the Tritons lost to their NorCal rivals for the fourth time in the last five meetings (all four of the losses coming by exactly four points)...Carlisle finished with 29 points, 17 in the first half, as well as nine rebounds and five assists...Osga accounted for 19 points, six boards and five assists while junior Daisy Feder hit all 10 of her attempts at the free throw line and registered 16 points...Freshman guard Nicole Anderson-Jew collected a career high 13 points...The Tritons were outshot, .447 to .375, and beaten, 57-45, on the glass after out-rebounding HSU by one in the first half.
Listen to Coach Charity Elliott's Sunday post-game comments.
MEN'S BASKETBALL BEATS EAST BAY, FALLS TO HUMBOLDT STATE
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team goes into the holiday break 6-4 overall and 1-3 in CCAA action...The UCSD cagers will be off until Dec. 30 when they will host Sonoma State (4-4/2-2) at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons lost both of last year's match-ups with the Seawolves, who were picked to finish sixth in the CCAA's pre-season coaches' poll...Sonoma State is tied for sixth and UCSD tied for ninth on the current CCAA table.
UCSD shot 49% from the floor and out-rebounded visiting Cal State East Bay, 40-23, en route to 69-55 victory last Tuesday, its first league win of the season...Things were still tight (34-30) at halftime, but the Tritons hit the accelerator in the second half, particularly on the boards...Senior Casey Ryan had another big night, collecting 14 points and 14 rebounds for his fourth straight double double...Junior Christian Hatch canned seven-of-eight field goal attempts and finished with 16 points while sophomore Tyler McGrath got 11 in his first outing after being sidelined for the last five games with an injury.
The Tritons suffered a disappointing, 67-57, home loss to defending conference co-champion Humboldt State Sunday afternoon...In a contest where neither team led by more than six until the final 35 seconds, UCSD let a winnable game against a good opponent slip from its grasp...The Tritons held the Lumberjacks to a mere 35.2% from the field and had the upper hand on the scoreboard inside the seven minute mark of the second half before capitulating down the stretch...HSU outscored UCSD, 19-7, from there forward...Hatch was UCSD's high scorer with 15 points and sophomore Justin Brue complimented his 13 points with a team best eight boards... Freshman point guard James McCann chipped in with 10 points, eight from the free throw line.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Listen to Tuesday's post-game interview with senior Casey Ryan.
NEWS & NOTES
Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, will not be heard the next two weeks, but will return on a regular basis, January 5.
The 11th annual UCSD Athletic Department Blood Drive, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the RIMAC Green Room...The event will run from 7:45 AM to 7:00 PM...Appointments to donate blood can be made by e-mailing email@example.com.
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