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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.
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PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 6.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 28.3 MPG, 13 steals
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 14.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.0 MPG, 15 steals
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 13.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.0 MPG, .446 FG%, 17 3FGM
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 11.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 30.7 MPG, .448 FG%
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 6.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 22.7 MPG
CCAA STANDINGS (through 12/20)
T-1. Cal Poly Pomona: 3-0, 6-1
T-1. San Francisco State: 3-0, 7-2
3. Cal State L.A.: 3-1, 5-2
T-4. Cal State Stanislaus: 2-1, 5-2
T-4. UC San Diego: 2-1, 5-2
T-4. Cal State East Bay: 2-1, 5-5
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2-2, 6-2
T-8. Chico State: 1-2, 5-2
T-8. Humboldt State: 1-2, 4-3
T-10. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-3, 3-3
T-10. Cal State San Bernardino: 0-3, 1-5
T-10. Sonoma State: 0-3, 1-6
IN THE CCAA
UCSD ranks third in 3FGM (48), fifth in 3FG% (.331), seventh in FTM (105), seventh in rebounds/game (40.1), eighth in FG% (.396), ninth in points/game (65.3), ninth in FGM (152), ninth in steals/game (7.6), 10th in FT% (.652), 10th in assists/game (11.3), 10th in turnovers/game (17.4) and 10th in blocks/game (1.3).
Individually, Megan Perry ranks second in minutes/game (37.0), fourth in 3FGM/game (2.4) and sixth in 3FG% (.415); Miranda Seto is second in steals/game (3.0), fifth in minutes/game (35.0), seventh in FGM/game (5.4), ninth in points/game (14.8) and 10th in 3FGM/game (1.6); Stephanie Yano is eighth in assists/game (3.1). (only players in the top 10 are listed)
As they have been since the season opened, the Tritons are receiving votes in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll. Bentley retained its top spot in the poll and is followed by Gannon in second and Emporia State in third. Just one CCAA team is found in the national top 25 as Chico State is ranked 21st. Other CCAA squads joining UCSD in the receiving votes category include Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A. and San Francisco State.
UCSD SIGNS FOUR DURING EARLY PERIOD
• Abby Conklin: Guard/Forward, 5-10, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills High School
• Noam Leead: Guard, 5-10, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School
• GiGi Olelewe: Forward, 6-0, Agoura, Agoura High School
• Paige Song: Guard/Forward, 5-9, San Jose, Lynbrook High School
TRITONS SPLIT CCAA ROAD SERIES
UCSD's last game came on Dec. 7, a 67-78 loss at Cal Poly Pomona. Down 20 points, 46-26, at the half, the Tritons out-scored the Broncos 41-32 in the second frame, but it wasn't enough to overcome CPP's 59% shooting. Megan Perry drained a career-high 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, while Stephanie Yano finished with 10 points and four assists. Miranda Seto and Dana Webster each totaled nine points, while Webster also added a team-best five rebounds. Two nights prior at Humboldt State, Erin Dautremont's double-double of 12 points and 13 boards powered UCSD to a 71-63 victory. Perry and Yano also had 12 points with Perry contributing six boards and five assists as well. Cassie MacLeod was 4-for-6 from the floor and finished with 11 points. Both teams shot under 40%, but the Tritons turned the ball over just eight times, a season low.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY
UCSD opened play at home in its fourth annual Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 29-30 and finished with a clean 2-0 record. Erin Dautremont scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Tritons to a narrow 62-61 overtime victory against Metro State. Dautremont had a hot hand all night, making eight of 12 shots from the field, including all four of her three-point attempts. The forward was 6-for-8 from the free throw line and collected a team-high six rebounds as well. Guard Miranda Seto netted 11 points while also contributing four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Guards Haley Anderson and Megan Perry each pulled down five rebounds for the Tritons. In the second game of the tourney, Perry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and added a team-best 11 points for her first career double-double to lead UCSD to a 52-50 win over Azusa Pacific. Five of her boards came on the offensive glass and the senior guard also chipped in with two assists and a steal in a full 40 minutes of play. Forward McKennan Bertsch also turned in a strong performance for UCSD, collecting eight points and 10 rebounds. Dautremont and Anderson each totaled nine points and guard Stephanie Yano dealt five assists and had two steals.
Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic's most valuable player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests. The forward was joined by Perry, a fellow senior, on the All-Tournament Team. Dautremont was selected to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team in 2012 as well.
Since moving to NCAA Division II status for the 2000-01 season, UCSD has gone 11-3 in home openers. The Tritons have won their last seven RIMAC Arena starters and have lost only in 2001, 2002 and 2006.
YOU WIN ONE, YOU LOSE ONE
UCSD went 1-1 at the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific Nov. 22-23. The Tritons came from behind to upset No. 13 Western Washington, 72-66 in overtime. McKennan Bertsch recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as UCSD erased a 16-point deficit in the second half. Miranda Seto finished with a game-high 16 points, Megan Perry had 11 and Stephanie Yano totaled 10 to go along with five assists. Erin Dautremont grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory. The day before, a buzzer-beating three-pointer gave No. 21 Seattle Pacific a 66-63 win over UCSD. Perry finished with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting with four three-pointers. She also added six rebounds, an assist and two steals. Seto totaled 17 points and three steals, while Bertsch doled out four assists. Dautremont and Taylor Hirz joined Perry with six rebounds apiece.
SETO EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONOR
Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Nov. 25 following her performances at the West Region Crossover Classic at Azusa Pacific on Nov. 22-23. Seto scored a game-high 16 points in a 72-66 overtime win against No. 13 Western Washington. She also contributed five rebounds and four assists in the comeback victory. In a 66-63 loss against No. 21 Seattle Pacific, Seto poured in 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including finding the bottom of the net on three attempts from behind the arc. She grabbed three boards and dished out three assists in the near-upset. Overall, Seto averaged 16.6 points and grabbed five steals on the weekend. It was the first CCAA honor of her career.
UCSD opened its 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 17 with a 70-65 victory at league opponent Cal State San Bernardino. Guard Miranda Seto set a new career-high by scoring 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-5 performance from the free throw line. She also dished out a game-high five assists. Megan Perry equaled a career-best with 13 points, Erin Dautremont added 10 points and Taylor Hirz pulled down a team-high six rebounds for the Tritons, who made 53.3% (24-for-45) of their shots in the game. UC San Diego led 30-25 at halftime and both squads put up 40 points in the second stanza. The Coyotes led by as many as four in the second half, but a layup by Seto with 6:57 remaining put UCSD up 47-45 and the Tritons held a lead the rest of the way. It was the first time that UCSD had ever kicked off a season with a CCAA game.
CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State (7), 112 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (4), 101 points
3. Cal State L.A., 90 points
4. UC San Diego, 86 points
5. Cal State East Bay, 80 points
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 78 points
7. Cal State San Bernardino (1), 77 points
8. Humboldt State, 44 points
T-9. Cal State Monterey Bay, 38 points
T-9. San Francisco State, 38 points
11. Sonoma State, 33 points
12. Cal State Stanislaus, 15 points
(first place votes)
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT SNAPSHOT
UCSD returns three starters this season, including All-CCAA First Team performer Erin Dautremont. The senior forward was the Tritons' leading rebounder last year, averaging 6.9 boards per game. Dautremont scored 11.8 points per game and carried a .480 field goal percentage, the fifth-highest among all CCAA players. Also returning are junior forward McKennan Bertsch and junior guard Miranda Seto. Starting all 33 games, Seto amassed a team-high 89 assists for an average of 2.7 per game, which ranked fifth in the CCAA. In 21 starts, Bertsch averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The Tritons need to replace their top two scorers as guards Daisy Feder and Emily Osga were lost to graduation. Feder, the CCAA's Most Valuable Player and an All-West Region First Team selection, put down 18.3 points per game last season, the third-best average in the conference. She led the league in three-point field goals (2.7/game) and free-throw percentage (.850). Osga averaged 12.4 points per game and led the CCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.461). She ranked second in overall field goal percentage (.503). For a complete breakdown of the 2013-14 roster, click here.
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer enters her second season leading the Tritons in 2013-14. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 overall record and placed second in the CCAA with a 17-5 mark. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason for the eighth time since 2000-01. Prior to coming to La Jolla, VanDerveer spent four seasons at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an impressive 83-26 record and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco. She began her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. She also served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Beijing. VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.
ABOUT THE COYOTES
Cal State San Bernardino enters Sunday's game with a 1-5 overall record and is tied for 10th in the CCAA at 0-3. The team's lone victory was a 60-52 win against Metro State on Nov. 30 at UCSD's Thanksgiving Classic. The Coyotes' three league losses have come against UCSD (65-70), Cal Poly Pomona (41-69) and Humboldt State (61-73). Tayllor Gipson is averaging a team-high 14.8 points/game, while Alexcia Mack is scoring 11.5 points/game. On the boards, Jazzmyn Davis is hauling in 8.8 rebounds/game, while Gipson is doling out a team-best 2.4 assists/game.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD owns a 27-19 record in the all-time series against Cal State San Bernardino, which dates back to 1985. The Tritons opened their 2013-14 season with a 70-65 win at Coussoulis Arena, the first time the team had kicked off a campaign with a CCAA contest. UCSD has won the previous three match-ups, with its last loss against the Coyotes coming on Dec. 16, 2012 in San Bernardino (62-66).
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A couple of big events that you don't want to forget:
• Triton Jam - Tuesday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.
• Spirit Night - Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.
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The Tritons start the new year at RIMAC Arena, hosting Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Jan. 3, and Chico State on Saturday, Jan. 4. Both games tip at 5:30 p.m.