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The Tritons are 5-4 over their last nine matches.
UCSD Mini Tournament on Tap for Tritons
Release: Wednesday 03/28/2012 
UCSD Mini Tournament
Game 24
No. 18 UC San Diego (12-11) vs. Brown (12-10)
Friday, March 30 - 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Pool - La Jolla, Calif.

UCSD Mini Tournament
Games 25 & 26

No. 18 UC San Diego (12-11) vs. Azusa Pacific (7-18)
Saturday, March 31 - 11:30 a.m.
No. 18 UC San Diego (12-11) vs. Fresno Pacific (4-21)
Saturday, March 31 - 2:00 p.m.
Canyonview Pool - La Jolla, Calif.

The 2012 Western Water Polo Association Women's Championship Tournament will take place April 27-29 at Canyonview Aquatic Center. UCSD, looking to defend its 2011 conference title, plays host to eight other WWPA squads. The winner of the conference tournament advances to the eight-team NCAA Championships May 11-13 at San Diego State. Click here for the Tournament Central page and for more information on the conference championships.

UCSD used a powerful second half comeback to take down No. 11 Indiana in the first game of the Aztec Invitational on March 17, outscoring the Hoosiers 4-1 in the final 16 minutes to steal a 7-6 victory. The game served as revenge of sorts for the Tritons; the last time the two teams met - during the Second Round of the 2011 NCAA Championships - IU rallied to outscore UCSD 4-2 in the final stanza to swipe the game, 11-8. Last Saturday, UCSD set a team season high with eight field blocks and held the Hoosiers to a 25-percent success rate on 6-on-5's. Katherine Biehle and Leah Gonzales matched season highs with four steals and five assists, respectively, while Allie Taylor registered 10 saves in the cage. UCSD is 7-5 all-time against Indiana.

Sophomore Sarah Lizotte earned her second WWPA Player of the Week honors of 2012 after putting of numbers of 10 goals, three assists, five steals and seven ejections drawn at the Aztec Invite. Lizotte scored twice in UCSD's loss to No. 14 Hawaii before registering a game high six goals in the Tritons' 10-8 win over the Bisons of Bucknell in the Invite finale. The performance was her second six-goal outing of the year and was the fourth time she tallied five or more goals in a single contest this season.

UCSD faced Brown and Fresno Pacific around the same time of the year in 2011, coming away with two wins by scores of 11-9 and 10-8. Kirsten Bates scored four goals and Biehle added three in the win over the Bears, while Melissa Bartow and Lizotte each scored twice against the Sunbirds. UCSD is a combined 6-0 all-time against Brown and FPU, and has never faced Azusa Pacific.

UCSD accomplished two things the team had never done before this season at the Aztec Invitational. Coming into the weekend, UCSD was 0-8 when trailing at the half against its opponents. However, the Tritons won both their games at the Invite when trailing at the break. Down 5-3 against Indiana, UCSD outscored IU 4-1 in the final two quarters to take the win. Behind 4-2 at the half against Bucknell the following day, the Tritons doubled the Bisons' scoring output in the second half, 8-4, to take it, 10-8. Conversely, UCSD sat at a perfect 9-0 when leading at the half heading into the Aztec Invitational. Up 5-1 at the break against Princeton, the Tritons were outscored 5-1 in the second half before falling to the Tigers, 7-6, in overtime.

UCSD is 1-1 when tied at the half ... Bates moved into a tie for ninth place all-time with 153 career steals ... Jessica Tran scored seven goals and had two assists with three steals at the Aztec Invite ... Biehle registered a team-high eight steals at the Invite ... Gonzales finished the weekend with nine assists ... Bates and Biehle each scored five times in the four matches ... Bartow registered a team-high 10 ejections drawn.

You've heard UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp on the pool deck, but now you can follow his own perspective on the team through Twitter. Follow @UCSDcoachK all season for an in-depth look inside the Triton women's water polo program. In addition, you can always keep in touch with UCSD Athletics through @UCSDtritons and

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