LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the 2012-13 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season standings according to the league's annual preseason coaches poll released Wednesday.
UCSD, the defending CCAA regular season champion, totaled 94 points and earned first place votes from three of the league's coaches.
Cal State Monterey Bay, which has won the last two league tournaments, topped the poll with 114 points and five first place votes. Cal State L.A. followed in second place with 100 points and three first place votes.
Chico State (89 points) trailed UCSD by five points to finish fourth with one first place vote. Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona tied for fifth with 82 points, while Cal State East Bay (56 points) was seventh, Cal State San Bernardino (49 points) placed eighth and Sonoma State (47 points) was ninth. Rounding out the poll was Cal State Dominguez Hills (35 points) in 10th, San Francisco State (30 points) in 11th and Cal State Stanislaus (14 points) in 12th.
First-year head coach Heidi VanDerveer takes over a UCSD squad that set a school record for victories in 2011-12 by finishing with a 30-3 record. Ranked No. 1 nationally for seven weeks, the Tritons went 21-1 in CCAA play - the most successful season in league history - and advanced to the NCAA West Regional title game.
UCSD returns three of five starters from last year's contingent, including all-region and All-CCAA First Team guards Daisy Feder and Emily Osga. Also returning is forward Erin Dautremont, who averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.
UCSD plays its first five games on the road, opening at the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim Nov. 9-11. After traveling to Western Washington's West Region Crossover tourney Nov. 16-17, the Tritons host the Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Visiting RIMAC Arena for the holiday tournament will be Azusa Pacific, Cal State San Bernardino and Tampa.
For the Tritons' complete 2012-13 schedule, click here.
2012-13 CCAA Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal State Monterey Bay (5), 114 points
2. Cal State L.A. (3), 100 points
3. UC San Diego (3), 94 points
4. Chico State (1), 89 points
T-5. Humboldt State, 82 points
T-5. Cal Poly Pomona, 82 points
7. Cal State East Bay, 56 points
8. Cal State San Bernardino, 49 points
9. Sonoma State, 47 points
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 35 points
11. San Francisco State, 30 points
12. Cal State Stanislaus, 14 points
(first place votes)
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