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UC San Diego Begins 2017-18 Season With Exhibition at Stanford


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Saturday, Nov. 4 • 4:00 p.m.
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The University of California San Diego women's basketball team will travel to Stanford for an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. to start its 2017-18 campaign. The matchup will pit UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer against her older sister Tara VanDerveer, Stanford's head coach, for the fourth time. 

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 23-7
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 12-1
• Away: 9-2
• Neutral: 2-4
• Highest National Ranking: 17th
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Quarterfinal
• All-CCAA Team: Dalayna Sampton, Beth Mounier, Cassie MacLeod

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2016-17 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (Sr., 5-4, 9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG) 
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Jr., 5-6, 9.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, CCAA Honorable Mention) 
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9, 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG)
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1, 10.8 PPG,7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, CCAA Newcomer of the Year)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 8.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, .7 APG)

Starters Returning (4)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Jr., 6-1):10.8 PPG,7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
• Paige Song (G, Jr., 5-9):4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Taylor Tanita (G, Sr., 5-4):9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG
• Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6):9.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
Mikayla Williams (F, So., 6-1, 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, .7 APG

Starters Lost (2):
• Beth Mounier (G, Sr., 5-9): 12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.8 APG
Cassie MacLeod (F, Sr., 6-0): 9.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (7)
• Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .7 APG
• Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 3.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.3 APG
• Stephanie Moore (G/F, So., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, .4 RPG, .9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 5 GP
• Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .85 APG
• Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): .4 PPG, .6 RPG
• Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, So., 6-1): Did not play

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
• Haley Anderson (Sr., G, 5-8): 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
• Janae Peterson (Jr., F, 6-1): Did not play
• Brijaye Brackett (Fr., G, 5-8): Did not play
• Gigi Olelewe (Jr., F. 6-0): .7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, .3 APG

Newcomers (2)
• Kayla Soto (Jr., G, 5-8): Transfer from Westmont College
Emily Cangelosi (Fr., G, 5-9)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 32-6
• Pac-12: 15-3 (T-2nd)
• Home: 12-3
• Away: 11-2
• Neutral: 9-1
• Highest National Ranking: 6th
• Postseason: NCAA Final Four appearance

UCSD and Stanford have clashed three times, all in exhibitions. The Cardinal defeated the Tritons in Palo Alto last season, 85-41, in 2014, 71-54, and once again in 2011, 106-56. 

UC San Diego highlighted its 206-17 season capturing the 2016-17 CCAA regular-season crown. The Tritons finished runner-up in the CCAA Tournament after falling to Cal State East Bay, 62-53. UCSD earned a berth in the NCAA West Regional as the fourth-seed where they suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD has three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang also earned honorable mention accolades. 

UC San Diego, 17-3*
Cal State East Bay, 16-4 ^
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-6
Stanislaus State, 13-7
Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8
Cal State LA, 12-8
Chico State, 10-10
Cal State San Marcos, 10-10
Sonoma State, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-16
Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-16
San Francisco State, 2-18

* CCAA regular season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

(Oct. 31 - Preseason)
1. Ashland
2. Virgina Union
3. Harding
4. Alaska Anchorage
5. Colorado State - Pueblo
6. Bentley
7. Drury
8. Valdosta State
9. West Texas A&M
10. California (Pa.)
11. Emporia State
12. Queens (N.Y.)
13. Central Missouri
14. Wingate
15. Lander
16. Azusa Pacific
17. Rollins
18. West Florida
19. Minnesota State Moorehead
20. Indiana (Pa.)
21. Michigan Tech
22. Fort Lewis
23. University of the Sciences
24. Lincoln Memorial
25. Benedict

• Preseason Poll: Not receiving

Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team with a 104-44 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. She and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record and a 17-3 CCAA mark as the Tritons won a second-consecutive CCAA regular season title. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the 10th time since 2000-01, competing in the quarterfinals against Simon Fraser. 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.

Head coach Heidi VanDerveer announced the addition of Staci Gregorio to the UC San Diego women's basketball program as an assistant coach and video coordinator. No stranger to San Diego, Gregorio was the head coach of The Preuss School girl’s basketball team from 2014-17. Gregorio also acted as a skills development coach for Hoop Blessings in San Diego for the past two years, training semi-professional, Division I, II and III athletes through CoachUp. An accomplished player, Gregorio was a professional basketball player for two seasons in Europe for the C.E. Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, Spain in 2016-17 and BC Hellenen in Munich, Germany in 2014-15. Collegiately, Gregorio played for San Diego Mesa College. She received her bachelor’s degree in politics and government from Pacific University and earned her master’s degree in sports coaching from the University of Denver.

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UC San Diego opens its regular season Nov. 10-11 with a pair of non-conference games, playing Simon Fraser and California Baptist in Riverside. 


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