SEASIDE, Calif. - Cassie MacLeod's double-double and Beth Mounier's 14 points paved the way for the University of California San Diego's razor-thin 63-62 victory against Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday night in Seaside.
With its sixth win in a row, UCSD improves to 10-3 overall and 6-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Otters fall to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in league action. After tonight, the Tritons are the first CCAA team to break into double-digit wins and retain the No. 1 spot in the conference.
MacLeod captured her second double-double of the season behind 12 points and 10 rebounds. Her three baskets from beyond the three-point line accounted for her only field goals in the game. She went 3-4 from the free-throw line to add to her total.
A suppressed offense in the first half (.192 FG%, 5-26) was offset by the Tritons leading Cal State Monterey Bay in two crucial categories: rebounds (42-33) and free-throws (21-26). CSUMB finished the night with 58.3 percent in shooting.
McKenna Hill led all scorers with 22 points while Courtney Keaton led her team with 10 rebounds.
Eight ties and seven lead changes meant that the game would ultimately be decided in the final seconds. With UC San Diego down by one (62-61) and less than 10 seconds remaining, Yang drove down the left side and drew a foul at 6.1 seconds remaining in the fourth. Shooting two, she sank the game-winner to finalize the score.
With neither team able to take a double-digit advantage over the other, the free-throw line proved to be the Triton's trump card, with 21 points coming from the stripe. Yang posted the most free-throws made, going 6-6.
The third quarter saw both teams score over 20 points and shoot over 40 percent. It was an improvement on the defensive end in the fourth that gave UCSD the opportunity to climb into the lead at the last second.
This victory marked Heidi VanDerveer's 200th win in her coaching career. Of her 200, 92 of those wins were captured as a Triton.
UCSD will finish out the road trip with a match against Cal State East Bay on Saturday, Jan. 7. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.