D2SIDA National Poll (Feb. 14): Receiving Votes
NCAA West Region Poll (Feb. 15): 5
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (stats through 2/16)
G - #4 Beth Mounier (Sr., 5-9): 12.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, .363 3P%
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9): 4.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, .386 FG%, .362 3P%
G - #13 Joleen Yang (So., 5-6): 9.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, .224 3P%, .837 FT%
F - #5 Cassie MacLeod (Sr., 6-0): 10.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, .290 3P%, .735 FT%
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1): 10.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, .628 FT%, .563 FG%
• Starting Experience Returning (5): Haley Anderson (G), Cassie MacLeod (F), Beth Mounier (G), Paige Song (G), Taylor Tanita (G)
• Starting Experience Lost (2): Jamie Katuna (G), Farrah Shokoor (F)
• Other Letterwinners Returning (5): Shandiin Armao (F), Gigi Olelewe (F), Janae Peterson (F), Rebecca Williams (F), Joleen Yang (G)
• Other Letterwinners Lost (2): Marissa Hing (G), Abriana Conklin (G)
• Newcomers (8): Brijaye Brackett (G), Stephanie Moore (G/F), Marcella Hughes (G), Dalayna Sampton (F), Sydney Sharp (G), Kristen Vrcelj (F), Mikayla Williams (F), Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F)
UC San Diego came out of this weekend with another split. It took a 67-49 victory over the Toros of Cal State Dominguez Hills but fell to the Golden Eagles at Cal State LA 75-69. The Tritons still remain on top of the CCAA despite the losses, but only one game ahead of the second place Cal State East Bay.
ONE LAST NIGHT IN THE ARENA
On Senior Night this Saturday, Feb. 18, UCSD will honor four seniors for their careers as Tritons. Beth Mounier, Cassie MacLeod, Haley Anderson and Janae Peterson will participate in their final regular-season home game for UC San Diego. The ceremony will take place just before the 5:30 p.m tip-off.
Mounier transferred from Weber State after her freshman year and has proudly donned #4 for UCSD for the past two years. The guard from Woodland Hills has started in every game this season and is currently the leading scorer for the team with 12.3 PPG.
MacLeod came to UCSD straight out of high school and has played a combination of a guard and forward throughout her career. The Agoura Hills product has also started in all 23 matches this season. Number 5 will take the floor on Saturday with 10 PPG and 7.6 RPG.
Peterson came to La Jolla after two years at Kent State. The former Division I forward only played four games in the 2015-16 season due to injury, but has been an irreplaceable source of energy for the team. Peterson is a Lake Elsinore native, and will be found on the bench, faithfully cheering her team on as she has done for the past two years.
Anderson is another four year letter winner for the Tritons. Over the course of her career, she too had played both a guard and forward. From El Dorado Hills, she came to UCSD and has represented the Tritons in jersey 24 for all four years. She currently averages 2.7 PPG and has started in 41 games.
Friday night's game against Cal Poly Pomona will see the Tritons don pink warm-up shirts for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. Last year, SF State was the opponent and UCSD took the victory, 63-40.
THE CCAA TOURNAMENT
With its 14-3 conference record, UCSD has clinched a spot in the CCAA Tournament. The top four teams in the regular-season standings will host quarterfinal games on Feb. 28. The semifinals and final will be contested March 3-4 at the new Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Tickets are now available online at csusmcougars.com/tickets or by calling 760-750-7102.
THE FINAL PUSH
With only three regular-season contests remaining, UCSD currently sits at the top of the CCAA with a 14-3 record. Cal State East Bay is right on the heels of the Tritons, sitting in second with a 13-4 record. In order to win the conference championship alone, UC San Diego needs to win out its remaining games. If UCSD suffers another loss and CSUEB wins out, both will share the 2016-17 season championship.
CCAA STANDINGS (through 2/15)
1. UC San Diego: 14-3 (18-5)
2. Cal State East Bay: 13-4 (16-8)
3. Cal Poly Pomona: 11-5 (13-9)
3. Stanislaus State: 11-5 (13-12)
5. Cal State San Bernardino: 10-6 (13-7)
6. Cal State LA: 10-7 (13-12)
7. Chico State: 9-7 (14-8)
7. Cal State San Marcos: 9-7 (12-9)
9. Sonoma State: 7-9 (11-11)
10. Humboldt State: 6-10 (7-16)
11. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 3-13 (6-17)
12. Cal State Monterey Bay: 3-14 (6-18)
13. San Francisco State: 0-16 (2-21)
IN THE CCAA STATS (through 2/15)
Team (all games, top 5)
1. Three-Point Field Goals Made, 7.1 per game
1. Scoring Offense, 68.1 PPG
1. Defensive Rebounds, 28.4 RPG
1. Rebounding Offense, 40.9 RPG
1. Scoring Margin, 9.8
1. Assists, 14.8 APG
1. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.05
2. Field Goal Percentage, .415
2. Field Goal Defense Percentage, .354
2. Rebounding Margin, 6.3 RPG
4. Offensive Rebounds, 12.6 RPG
5. Free Throw Percentage, .712
5. Scoring Defense, 58.3
5. Blocked Shots, 3.06 BPG
5. Rebounding Defense, 34.6
IN THE NATIONAL STATS (through 2/15)
Team (all games, top 50)
23. Assist Turnover Ratio, 1.13
28. Assists Per Game, 15.9
34. Rebound Margin, 6.5
35. Defensive Rebounds Per Game, 29.0
40. Three-Point Field Goals Attempted, 551
43. Fewest Turnovers, 323
44. Three-Point Field Goals Made Per Game, 7.4
44. Assists, 366
45. Field Goal Defense Percentage, 36.5
QUICK STATS (through 2/15)
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Cal Poly Pomona is currently 13-9 overall and 11-5 in the CCAA. At its previous game, CPP took a 68-44 win over Humboldt State. The Broncos are led in scoring by Chelsea Waddy-Blow with 12.3 PPG. Priscilla Brooks has the most rebounds with 179 total. Danelle Bishop is in her seventh year as head coach.
UCSD holds a slim lead on the all-time series against Cal Poly Pomona, 18-17. Earlier this season, the two teams met at Kellogg Gym, with UCSD suffering a 56-65 loss.
ABOUT THE LUMBERJACKS
Humboldt State will face UC San Diego for the only time in the regular season 6-10 in the CCAA and 7-16 overall. The Jacks lost their last match-up against Cal Poly Pomona, 44-68. Tyra Turner leads Humboldt in both scoring and rebounds with 12.3 PPG and 114 total rebounds. Michelle Bento-Jackson is in her first season as head coach.
UC San Diego leads the series 15-10. The last time UCSD saw Humboldt was over a year ago on Jan. 28 in Arcata. UCSD came away with a win, 76-51.
TANITA EARNS SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Taylor Tanita was once again named the CCAA Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 21-27. She had previously won it for the week of Nov. 7-13. The junior guard averaged 17 points, six assists and five rebounds as UCSD defeated Saginaw Valley State and west region rival, Azusa Pacific, at the annual UC San Diego Thanksgiving Classic. Along with the victories, Tanita also captured the tournament MVP award for her efforts. She shot 44.4 percent (4-9) from the field, 33.3 percent (1-3) from behind the arc and was 78.5 percent (11-14) from the free throw line against Saginaw Valley State. The Culver City product had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Tritons defeated Azusa Pacifc 81-60.
MACLEOD IS AWARDED HER SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADE
Cassie MacLeod was named CCAA Player of the Week for the second time in her career for the week of Jan 23-29. Her first came for the week of Dec. 12-19. On Jan 27, MacLeod tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds against Stanislaus State, good for her third double-double of the season. UCSD went on the win that match, 68-55. On Jan. 28 in a 68-48 victory against Chico State, the senior forward almost picked up her fourth double-double when she scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. Over the two contests, she averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds while draining 13 of 21 shots, good for a .619 percentage. MacLeod currently averages 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She earns the fourth CCAA Player of the Week award given to a Triton, with Taylor Tanita being bestowed the first two.
MOUNIER IS A SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS STAR OF THE MONTH
Beth Mounier was named a San Diego Hall of Champions (SDHOC) Star of the Month for January. Over seven games in January, Mounier averaged a team-high 16.9 points, to lead UC San Diego to a perfect 7-0 record with six of those wins coming on the road. The senior guard also helped the Tritons remain in first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and hit a team-best 19 three-point field goals. Mounier scored 10-plus points in six of the seven games, including a career-high 24 against CCAA rival Chico State. During the month, Mounier tallied a .463 shooting percentage and averaged 4.4 rebounds. A Woodland Hills native, Mounier only missed two free throws during the month, going 23-for-25, good for a .92 percentage. She started all seven games and averaged 34.7 minutes of playing time. Overall this season, Mounier is averaging a team-high 12.3 points and the most three-pointers made with 38.
VERSUS THE TRITONS
UCSD is currently keeping opponents under 40 percent from both field goal (.365) and three-point (.316) range, resulting in a 60.9 scoring average for other schools. UCSD has outscored its opposition 1600-1400. The Tritons lead opponents in defensive (661-555), offensive (274-231) and total rebounds (935-786), keeping the opposition to 34.2 rebounds per game. UCSD also outnumbers its adversaries 366-275 in assists, leading to a 28th ranked 15.9 APG average for the Tritons while allowing only 12.0 APG for opponents.
PITCHING A TENT
At the beginning of league play, the Tritons placed as low as eighth in the CCAA after losing the conference opener to Cal Poly Pomona at Kellogg Gym. With three losses so far in league action and by defeating Cal State LA and Stanislaus on the critical weekend of Dec. 29, UC San Diego secured the top spot in the CCAA, and is currently sitting in first place alone.
A VALIANT DEFENSE
UC San Diego held an undefeated record at home, with an 9-0 streak that began with an 82-69 upset victory against No. 23 Saginaw Valley State on Nov. 25 at the UCSD Thanksgiving Tournament. The last time the Tritons began a season at least 9-0 at home was in the historic 2011-12 season, where they went a perfect 14-0 at home just before falling to Cal State LA in the CCAA Tournament Championship. The streak ended on Feb. 4 when the Tritons fell to Cal State East Bay 57-71.
SAME MISTAKES, DIFFERENT RESULTS
The win over Stanislaus State saw the Tritons committ 22 turnovers thanks, in part, to a very aggressive full-court press by the Warriors. This marks the first time this season where UCSD was able to overcome 20 or more turnovers and end up with a win. UCSD beat the odds again when it overcame 22 turnovers against Sonoma State, winning 72-64. In the final regular season match between the two, UCSD racked up 23 TO's against Stanislaus. The result was favorable for the Tritons again, UCSD won 68-55. Up until Dec. 30, UCSD could not rally back to a victory after tallying at least 20 TOs, the first game being against Seattle Pacific (22 TO's) and the second being Cal Poly Pomona (20 TO's).
For nine consecutive weeks, UC San Diego's women's basketball team held the No. 6 spot in the NCAA Division II West Region. In the week 10 edition of the poll, the Tritons advanced one spot to No. 5, surpassing Seattle Pacific. UCSD is five points away from advancing past Simon Fraser and going up to No. 4. Alaska Anchorage currently sits at the top of the region, receiving six first place votes. Last year, UCSD fell to Alaska Anchorage in the regional championship, losing 57-72.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FINISH
UC San Diego only has three regular season matches left and all of them will take place within two hours of RIMAC. After two final home matches, the Tritons will take a road trip to Cal State San Bernardino to finish the regular season. The Tritons will then remain in the southland for the CCAA Tournament, hosted by Cal State San Marcos.
On Feb. 9, UC San Diego women's basketball head coach Heidi VanDerveer earned her 100th victory as a Triton. Her record at the time of her accomplishment was 100-40. She ended last season with an overall win-loss record of 190-118. UCSD leads the CCAA with a 14-3 conference record. Her sister, Tara, recently hit the 1,000 career win mark as the head coach of women's basketball at Stanford.
THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT SPEARHEADS...
Cassie MacLeod and Dalayna Sampton constitute the second and third arms of UC San Diego's offensive power, with MacLeod averaging 10.0 and Sampton averaging 10.1 points. Together, they score 20.1 of the 69.6 average points UCSD claims. Between them, they average .488 percent in overall shooting and .290 percent from the three-point line.
...AND THE TIP OF THE TRIDENT
Beth Mounier currently averages a team-high of 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Of the past 12 games, she has scored the most in seven of them for an average of 11.8 points. She sports the third best three-point shooting percentage (.363) of the team and leads in assists (54). She is .825 percent from the free-throw line, missing just ten of her free-throws this season (47-57).
HUGHES FOR THREE (OR FOUR)
In a three-game span (12/1/16-12/19/16), sophomore transfer Marcella Hughes made at least four shots from behind the three-point arc in each one. For her efforts, she averaged 4.3 three-pointers made, 13.7 PPG, and a .619 3PT shooting percentage over the course of the three.
Joleen Yang ended 2016 and began 2017 on very high notes. On Dec. 29, she shattered her career scoring record by dropping 24 points (prev: 12 points) against Cal State LA off of three made three-pointers, a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line and going 8-16 in made field goals. On Jan. 5, Yang took matters into her own hands after a back-and-forth game against Cal State Monterey Bay went into the final seconds. With UCSD down by one (62-61), she made a game-clutching drive down the left side and drew a foul at 6.1 seconds remaining in the fourth. She sank both the tying shot and game winner.
A SHARP RETURN
Sydney Sharp returned to the floor on Jan. 19 against Cal State San Marcos after a seven-game recovery period. The freshman from Orange County injured her ankle in December against Cal State San Bernardino diving for a loose ball.
LET IT FLY
It's no secret that UC San Diego will shoot the three-pointer. Marcella Hughes currently leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 38 percent (27-71). Behind her, Paige Song is shooting at 36.2 percent (21-58). Rounding out the top three, is Beth Mounier with 36.3 percent (49-135).
Heidi VanDerveer is in her fifth campaign as the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team with an 84-39 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer led the Tritons to a 26-5 overall mark, taking home a share of the CCAA regular-season crown with an 18-2 record in conference play. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the ninth time since 2000-01 and advanced all the way to the West Regional title game. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 record overall and placed second in the conference at 17-5. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title. 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.
CARLISLE PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Head coach Heidi VanDerveer promoted Chelsea Carlisle to the position of associate head coach prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. Carlisle is in her fifth year on the Triton coaching staff after a stellar four-year playing career as a UCSD student-athlete. She has helped the team to an 82-37 overall record and guided UCSD to the 2012-13 CCAA Tournament and 2015-16 CCAA regular season titles during her four years as an assistant coach. As a player, Carlisle was a three-time All-American and graduated as the school's all-time career leader in assists (575), while ranking second in both points (1,950) and steals (262). She graduated from UCSD in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
The Tritons went 26-5 during the 2015-16 season, taking home a share of the CCAA regular season crown with an 18-2 record in conference play. UCSD defeated Cal State East Bay and Azusa Pacific in the first two rounds of the NCAA West Regional, before getting knocked out by Alaska Anchorage in the regional finals, one game shy of reaching the Elite 8. UCSD had four players named All-CCAA in Beth Mounier, Taylor Tanita, Jamie Katuna and Farrah Shokoor. Shokoor was named the conference's Player of the Year as well as All-American by the WBCA and CCA.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. UC San Diego (11), 141 pts
2. Stanislaus State (1), 124 pts
3. Cal Poly Pomona (1), 117 pts
4. Chico State, 91 pts
5. Cal State East Bay, 82 pts
6. San Francisco State, 75 pts
7. Cal State San Marcos, 71 pts
8. Humboldt State, 68 pts
9. Cal State LA, 65 pts
10. Cal State San Bernardino, 62 pts
11. Cal State Monterey Bay, 44 pts
t-12. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 37 pts
t-12. Sonoma State, 37 pts
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