UC San Diego Falls to Simon Fraser in NCAA West Regional Quarterfinal, 69-65
ANCHORAGE, Alaska. - Turnovers and cold shooting late in the game doomed the fourth-seeded University of California San Diego women's basketball team as it dropped a 69-65 decision to fifth-seeded Simon Fraser in an NCAA Division II West Regional quarterfinal at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage Friday evening.
UC San Diego committed 17 turnovers, leading to 15 points for SFU. The Tritons shot 42.4 (25-59) percent for the game, however made just 35.3 percent (6-17) of their attempts in the fourth quarter. They made seven of their 18 three-point attempts and hit 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line.
With the loss, UCSD concludes its 2016-17 campaign with a 23-7 overall record.
SFU advances to the semifinal round, improving to 25-7 on the season.
Mikayla Williams recorded her second double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tritons. The freshman forward also totaled two blocks. Junior Dalayna Sampton, senior Beth Mounier and sophomore Joleen Yang scored in double digits with 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For the Clan, Sophie Swant notched a game-high 17 points while Rachel Fradgley grabbed nine boards. Ellen Kett and Ozi Nwabuko each had four steals.
SFU shot 39.7 percent (27-68) overall and racked up 13 steals. The Clan also made nine of their 19 three-point attempts.
The Tritons started out slow, trailing by four, 31-27 at the half. Williams led UCSD with nine points in the first two quarters.
UCSD made back-to-back layups to knot the game at 31 to open the second half. The Tritons went on an 11-point run to take their largest lead, 47-42, with 1:37 remaining in the quarter. During the stretch, UCSD made three-consecutive three-pointers. Marcella Hughes, Mounier and Yang each tallied five points in the frame.
Leading 60-57 with 6:03 left to play, the Tritons gave up nine consecutive points as SFU took back the lead, 66-60. Mounier made a three-pointer with three seconds showing on the clock but it wasn’t enough as UCSD saw its 2016-17 season come to an end.
UCSD finished its season as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season champion and the runner-up in the conference tournament. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year and Sampton the Newcomer of the Year. Four Tritons received all-conference honors.