Game No. 21
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (20-0, 14-0) vs. Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles (13-5, 11-3)
Friday, February 3, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
Game No. 22
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros
Saturday, February 4, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
What's On Tap
After extending its unbeaten streak to 20 games with a pair of road wins last week, the No. 1-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team comes home for four straight beginning this weekend. The Tritons will host second place Cal State L.A. on Friday night, before welcoming Cal State Dominguez Hills to town on Saturday. As always, both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena. Friday will also be "Spirit Night" at RIMAC, which is the culmination of UC San Diego's annual spirit competition between the six prestigious colleges on campus. For more on Spirit Night, click here.
For the Record
UCSD enters Friday's showdown with Cal State L.A. sporting a flawless overall record of 20-0 and a perfect 14-0 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after taking down No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State last week. The Tritons, who currently hold a three-game lead over second place Cal State L.A. in the conference standings, have already clinched a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament with eight games remaining. UCSD is 9-0 at home this season, outscoring the opposition by over 22 points per game at RIMAC Arena.
At Home on the Road
As good as the Tritons have been at home this season, they've been just as dangerous on the road. UCSD improved to 8-0 in true road games with its two wins last week, defeating Cal Poly Pomona by a final margin of 69-53 on Thursday and then posting a 68-55 triumph at San Francisco State two nights later. In addition to the Tritons' impressive record, there has been very little drop off in their numbers away from home. UCSD is averaging 79.3 points and shooting 46.5% from the field in its nine home games this season and putting up 79.2 points on 46% shooting on the road. While you would always rather play in front of your home crowd, the Tritons have proven they are just as comfortable on the road.
A Streak for the Ages
With 20 wins in their first 20 games, the Tritons really have put together a historical run. In addition to shattering the program record for consecutive victories (16), UCSD has also accomplished something that no other team in the conference has done. Since the CCAA began sponsoring women's basketball in 1981-82, no team had ever started a season 20-0 until the Tritons' pulled it off this year. Cal Poly Pomona won its first 25 games in 1977-78, but that came before the CCAA's time, when the Broncos competed in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
Defense Wins Championships
UCSD has been playing extremely well on the defensive side of the ball lately and the trend continued in the team's victories over Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State last week. The Tritons held the Broncos and Gators to an average of just 54 points on 34% shooting from the field, marking five straight games that UCSD has limited the opposition to less than 39% shooting. Triton opponents have averaged just 55.5 points per game over the last five games, with only Cal State Monterey Bay reaching the 60-point mark on Jan. 14. For the season, UCSD ranks third in the CCAA in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, allowing 59.4 points on 38% shooting.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads the CCAA in both assists and steals and ranks second in scoring.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games and 13 of the last 15 overall.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards vs. Pomona.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Shooting 53% from the field through 20 games this season.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - UCSD's leading rebounder, hauling down 8.0 boards per game.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is having another tremendous season in 2011-12, averaging 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.7 steals through 20 games. She is shooting just under 50% from the field and has hit over 40% of her three-point tries. A two-time All-American, Carlisle currently leads the team in several categories, including scoring, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers made and minutes per game. She has scored in double figures in every game this season and has reached the 20-point mark on four occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native came up big against No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona last week, tallying 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Tritons' 69-53 victory. She finished 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown. Carlisle has made at least three triples in four consecutive games.
The Wizard of Osga
Junior guard Emily Osga is also having a tremendous season and she continued to get the job done against Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State last week, averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games. Osga tallied her first double-double of the season in the win over the Broncos, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while also dishing out three assists. The San Diego native had another strong outing against the Gators, tallying a game-high 18 points, five rebounds and two steals. For the season, Osga is averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. She is shooting 52% from the field and 45% from the three-point line. She ranks second on the team in both scoring and assists and third in rebounds.
Scouting the Golden Eagles
Cal State L.A. comes to town with an overall record of 13-5 and an 11-3 mark in the CCAA after picking up a pair of home wins over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay last week... The Golden Eagles defeated the Pioneers, 61-52, on Friday and then turned back the Otters by a final margin of 79-64 on Saturday... CSULA has won six straight and nine of its last 10 overall... Senior forward Lacy Ramon is averaging team-highs of 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds through 18 games... Junior guard Tessondra Williams is the other player averaging double figures for the Golden Eagles at 11.9 points per game... CSULA is scoring just over 70 points per game offensively, while the defense is giving up 63.5... UCSD leads the all-time series with Cal State L.A. 21-4 after defeating the Golden Eagles, 92-69, on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles... Erin Dautremont scored a career-high 27 points to lead the way for the Tritons.
Scouting the Toros
Cal State Dominguez Hills has an overall record of 3-18 and a 2-12 mark in conference after going 1-1 against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay last week... The Toros' defeated the Pioneers, 58-53, to snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday... Junior guard Porcha Davis is the team's leading scorer, averaging 8.9 points per game... She's also grabbing 3.8 rebounds per night and leads the team with 28 assists... Cal State Dominguez Hills has the worst offense in the CCAA, averaging just 49.9 points per game... Defensively, the Toros are allowing 63.0... UCSD holds a 22-8 advantage in the all-time series with CSUDH after defeating the Toros by a final margin of 79-54 on Dec. 2 in Carson.
UCSD is ranked No. 1 in the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the third consecutive week... The Tritons are now 4-0 against ranked opponents this season after defeating No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona last week... UCSD boasts the top offense in the CCAA, averaging 78.8 points per game... The Tritons also lead the league in field goal percentage (.460), scoring margin (+19.4), assists (17.9) and rebounds per game (42.2)... Head Coach Charity Elliott has used the same starting lineup in all 18 games this season... The Tritons have won 23 of their last 24 CCAA games dating back to last season.
UCSD Inks Two During Early Signing Period
UCSD signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Coach Elliott announced on Monday, Nov. 21. Leeann Alferness, a 6-0 center from Novato, and Taylor Hirz, a 6-2 center from Santa Ana, will join the Tritons as true freshmen in 2012-13. A standout at San Marin High School in Novato, Alferness led the Marin County Athletic League in scoring and rebounding as a junior, while Hirz led Foothill High School to the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs last season. Click here for more on the two newest Tritons.
Tritons Top Pick in CCAA Coaches Poll
With all five starters returning in 2011-12, UC San Diego was once again picked to finish first in the CCAA standings according to the preseason coaches poll that was released in October. UCSD, which finished third in the conference with a 17-5 record last season, received eight first place votes and a total of 116 points to earn the top spot in the poll for the third year in a row. Cal Poly Pomona garnered one first place vote and 98 points to finish second, while Chico State came in third with 97 points and defending CCAA regular season champion Cal State Monterey Bay was fourth with two first place votes and 94 points. Humboldt State earned the remaining first place vote and a total of 85 points to finish fifth.
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