Game No. 25
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (24-0, 18-0) at Cal State Monterey Bay Otters (17-4, 14-4)
Friday, February 17, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
The Kelp Bed (1,000) • Seaside, Calif.
Game No. 26
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons at Cal State East Bay Pioneers
Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
Pioneer Gymnasium (3,500) • Hayward, Calif.
After wrapping up their home slate with wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last week, the undefeated and No. 1-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team will play four straight on the road to conclude the 2011-12 regular season. The Tritons will travel to Seaside for a clash with second place Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday evening, before squaring off with Cal State East Bay in Hayward on Saturday. Both games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD embarks on its four-game road trip with a flawless overall record of 24-0 and a perfect 18-0 tally in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after registering a pair of comfortable wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last week. The Tritons turned in a dominant second half performance to blow by the Wildcats, 93-76, on Friday and then took care of business against a short-handed Warrior squad on Senior Night, winning by a final margin of 85-51. UCSD, which has put together the best start in the history of the conference this season, has been virtually unbeatable in CCAA play for over a calendar year, winning 27 of its last 28 CCAA games dating back to January of last season.
Another CCAA Title Within Reach
The Tritons clinched at least a share of the 2011-12 CCAA regular season championship with their victory over Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday and can wrap up the crown outright with a win over Cal State Monterey Bay or Cal State East Bay this weekend. With a four-game lead in the conference standings, UCSD has already locked up the top seed in the upcoming CCAA Tournament, which will begin with a first round home game on Tuesday, February 28. The Tritons have won three of the last four CCAA regular season championships, but are still looking for their first CCAA Tournament title after falling short the previous four years. UCSD finished third in the league standings with a record of 17-5 in 2010-11 .
View From the Top
UC San Diego has clearly separated itself from the rest of the CCAA and there are several numbers that show just how dominant the Tritons have been this season. UCSD has a ridiculous scoring margin of +20.0 in conference play, winning all but one of its games by double digits. The Tritons have won 11 games by at least 20 points in 2011-12, including last week's victories over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus. UCSD leads the league in scoring offense at 79.6, averaging over 10 more points per game than second place Cal State L.A. (69.0). The Tritons are also the top-ranked team in the league in terms of field goal percentage (.459), three-point field goals made (167), rebounds (42.0) and assists (17.7).
At Home on the Road
If the Tritons are going to conclude the regular season with an undefeated record, they're going to have to win their final four games on the road. Based on their body of work thus far, that's a very realistic possibility. UCSD is a perfect 8-0 in true road games this season, winning those eight games by an average of over 16 points per game. The Tritons are putting up 79.2 points on 45.6% shooting on the road, which is virtually identical to their numbers at home: 80.5 points on 46.2% shooting. UCSD has been just as comfortable on the road as at home this season, something that bodes well for the postseason.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - UCSD's all-time career assist leader with 519 dimes in three-plus seasons.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Averaging a team-high 16.9 points over the Tritons' previous eight games.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - UCSD's top three-pointer shooter at 42% (31-74) this season.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in win over Chico State on Friday.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Has a total of five double-doubles in 2011-12.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is having another spectacular season in 2011-12, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.7 steals through 24 games. She is shooting just under 50% from the field and has hit over 39% 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 all but one game this season and has reached the 20-point mark on five occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the fifth time in 2011-12 on Monday after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals in UCSD's wins over Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last week. She had a monster performance against the Wildcats, finishing with a game-high 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals. She was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Daisy Feder continued her recent scoring tear last week, averaging 17.0 points on 41% shooting against Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus. She finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Wildcats and then tallied 15 points, five boards and three helpers in limited action against the Warriors the following night. Feder has now scored in double figures in 15 straight games, averaging over 15 points per night over that span. For the season, she is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists. The Santa Monica native is shooting 36% from the field and 33% from the three-point line.
Scouting the Otters
Cal State Monterey Bay enters Friday's showdown with an overall record of 17-5 and a 14-4 tally in CCAA play after knocking off Cal State East Bay, 68-57, on Tuesday night in Seaside... The Otters have won three straight and five of their last seven to reclaim second place in the CCAA standings... Junior guard Brandi Stephens is the only player averaging double figures for CSUMB at 11.0 points per game, while junior forward Brittani Jefferson is putting up 9.8 points and hauling down a team-high 7.6 rebounds per night... The Otters rank sixth in the CCAA, averaging 65.8 points per game offensively, while the defense also ranks sixth, allowing 59.9... UCSD holds a 13-2 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Monterey Bay after defeating the Otters by a final margin of 91-63 on Jan. 14 in La Jolla.
Scouting the Pioneers
Cal State East Bay has an overall record of 10-14 and a 7-11 mark in conference after losing to Cal State Monterey Bay on Tuesday... The Pioneers had won four straight prior to falling to the Otters... Junior forward Marlene MacMillan is the team's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 8.9 points and 9.0 boards, respectively... As a team, CSUEB is averaging 56.2 points per game offensively and allowing 58.3 on the other end... UCSD has won seven out of eight previous meetings with Cal State East Bay after knocking off the Pioneers, 84-73, in the first meeting of the year back in mid-January.
UCSD is ranked No. 1 in the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the fifth consecutive week... The Tritons received all 32 first place votes in this week's poll... UCSD's defense was outstanding in the win over Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, holding the Warriors to just 23% shooting for the game... That was the lowest figure by a Triton opponent this season... UCSD ranks third in the CCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding the opposition to just 37.7% shooting for the season... Head coach Charity Elliott has used the same starting lineup in all 24 games this season... After facing Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay this week, the Tritons will wrap up the regular season at Humboldt State and Sonoma on Wednesday and Friday of next week.
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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