LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Despite a pair of 17-point efforts from senior guards Daisy Feder
and Emily Osga
in their final regular season home game on Friday at RIMAC Arena, the UC San Diego women's basketball team concluded its regular season with a tough 53-50 loss to San Francisco State on Senior Night.
The Tritons drop to 19-10 overall and 17-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play to end the regular season in second place. UCSD will host a CCAA Tournament first round game against No. 7 seed Cal State San Bernardino (13-13, 11-11 CCAA) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Feder finished with a double-double, which included 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Tritons. Osga, in addition to her 17 points, had five rebounds, two blocks and four steals.
Sophomore forward Farrah Shokoor led the Gators with a game-high 18 points and had seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal, while junior forward Lauren Varney contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
UCSD finished the game with a subpar 19-for-55 (34.5%) performance from the field, including a dismal 7-for-28 (25%) showing in the second half. In contrast, the Gators went only 8-for-27 (29.6%) in the first half and surged to a 12-for-22 (54.5%) effort in the second half to finish the night with a 20-for-49 (40.8%) performance.
With a six-point, 31-25 lead at the half, UCSD later led by as many as seven on three occasions. The last of those occurred when Feder sank both of her free throws with 7:41 left to give the Tritons a 48-41 lead. However, Feder's free throws proved to be the last Triton points for nearly seven minutes, during which time the Gators went on an 11-0 run.
Shokoor scored the last six points of the run, all on layups, tying the game, 48-48, with 4:04 remaining in regulation. She gave the lead back to SFSU, 50-48, at the 3:24 mark and capped the run with 1:55 to go to double the Gators' advantage to four, 52-48, their largest of the game.
The first half was a wild one in which no lead was secure with seven lead changes in all, including four in less than a minute.
A pair of free throws from Shokoor tied the game at 15-15 with 8:08 left in the half. But Feder scored five straight points on a layup and a three-pointer to retain a 20-15 advantage for the Tritons at the 6:04 mark.
UCSD led by as many as seven in the first half, 28-21, when Osga nailed a jumper with 2:37 remaining in the opening frame. The Tritons arrived at the intermission with a 31-25 lead.
The Gators, who improve to 12-14 overall and 9-13 in CCAA competition, clinched the eighth seed in the CCAA Tournament. SFSU will travel to Acker Gym for the first round of the CCAA Tournament to face 15th-ranked Chico State (21-4, 17-4 CCAA), the No. 1 seed, on Tuesday in a game slated for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
Senior forward Erin Grady also played her last regular season home game in a Triton uniform.
2013 CCAA Tournament First Round Games
Tuesday, March 5
No. 8 San Francisco State at No. 1 Chico State, 5:30 p.m.
No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino at No. 2 UC San Diego, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona at No. 3 Cal State Monterey Bay, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Cal State East Bay at No. 4 Cal State L.A., 7 p.m.
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