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Sophomore guard Sydney Sharp and the Tritons will play CCAA road games this weekend at Sonoma State and at San Francisco State.
Tritons Hit the Road to Face Sonoma State on Friday, San Francisco State on Saturday
Release: Wednesday 01/31/2018 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 21
at Sonoma State (8-11, 5-10 CCAA)
Friday, Feb. 2 • 5:30 p.m.
The Wolves' Den • Rohnert Park
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Game 22
at San Francisco State (5-13, 3-12 CCAA)
Saturday, Feb. 3 • 5:30 p.m.
The Swamp • San Francisco
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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 17-3
• CCAA: 13-1
• Home: 8-2
• Away: 7-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 24
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Jan. 30): RV
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Jan. 30): 20th
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Jan. 29): 3rd
• CCAA Standings: 1st

LET ME IN
Tickets for all regular-season home games at RIMAC Arena are available for purchase at the main entrance box office starting one hour prior to tip-off. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17) and visiting student tickets are $5. UC San Diego students and children under 7 are free. 

WATCH LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, watch home games live on UCSDtritons.tv. Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. Veteran national announcer Steve Quis will be calling all of the action courtside. The single-game fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (RSr., 5-4): 5.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.3 APG
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Jr., 5-6): 10.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., 5-8): 11.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.8 APG
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1): 14.7 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.3 APG
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1): 14.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.5 APG

UCSD ROSTER BREAKDOWN (2016-17 stats listed)
Starters Returning (3)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Sr., 6-1): 10.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, RSr., 5-4): 9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 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 (9)
Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 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, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 3 GP
Mikayla Williams (F, RSo., 6-1): 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 APG
Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG
• Paige Song (Sr., 5-9, 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG)
Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RFr., 6-1): Redshirted

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): 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG

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

ABOUT SONOMA STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 8-11
• CCAA: 5-10
• Home: 7-4
• Away: 1-7
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 11th
NOTE — Sonoma State ranks third in the CCAA in field goal percentage (.418) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.368) in conference play. In addition, the Seawolves are second in defensive rebounds per game (33.4), third in assists (15.7) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.379). Sonoma State made a season-high 10 3-pointers in the first meeting of the season between the two teams on Jan. 27. Sophomore forward Ugochi Anudokem leads the Seawolves in points per game (13.3) and rebounds per game (7.6), while senior guard Madison Burroughs is averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE SEAWOLVES
• All-Time Record: 29-10 (.744)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 90-78 (1/27/18)

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-13
• CCAA: 3-12
• Home: 2-7
• Away: 3-6
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 13th
NOTE — San Francisco State ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage during conference play. Junior forward Jhaina Stephens is among the top players in the CCAA, averaging 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest for the season. In addition, senior guard Rachel Iozzia is averaging 5.1 assists per game and ranks third in conference play in assists per game. In the Gators' last game, Iozzia made five 3-pointers and Stephens recorded her eighth double-double of the season in a victory over Stanislaus State, 69-61, on Jan. 27. 

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE GATORS
• All-Time Record: 32-10 (.762)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 75-67 (12/29/17)

BACK TO BUSINESS
UC San Diego enters Friday night's contest winners of 13 of its last 14 games, and currently sits all alone in first place atop the CCAA standings. The Tritons are currently receiving votes in this week's WBCA national poll.

LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons won two CCAA home games last week, defeating Cal State San Marcos, 86-66, on Jan. 23, before knocking off Sonoma State, 90-78, on Jan. 27. Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams scored a career-high 24 points with eight rebounds, while junior guard Joleen Yang made 5-of-5 3-point attempts in the win over Cal State San Marcos. Junior guard Kayla Sato scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and senior guard Taylor Tanita matched her career high with 10 assists in the victory against Sonoma State.

UC San Diego 86, Cal State San Marcos 66
UC San Diego 90, Sonoma State 78

SAMPTON RECEIVES THIRD CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the third time this season on Jan. 30. Sampton previously earned the honor on Dec. 19 and Nov. 28. Sampton posted her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season in CCAA home victories last week against Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State. The senior forward recorded 20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a win over Cal State San Marcos on Jan. 23, and followed it up with a dynamic birthday performance of 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a victory over Sonoma State on Jan. 27. Sampton enters the week tied for 17th in the nation in total rebounds (208) and 18th in rebounds per game (10.4).

HOT SHOT 
UC San Diego junior guard Joleen Yang leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (52.2).
Yang leads the Tritons in 3-pointers made (48) and attempted (92) this season. As a team, UC San Diego is 14th in the country in 3-point percentage (37.3) and 29th in overall field goal percentage (44.5). 

PRECISION PASSING
Senior guard Taylor Tanita is fifth in the nation in total assists (126) and ranks sixth in the country in assists per game (6.3).
As a team, UC San Diego is 21st in the country in total assists (339), 21st in assist per game (17) and 24th in assist to turnover ratio (1.17).

OFF THE GLASS
The Tritons rank third in the nation in rebounding margin, dominating opponents on the glass this season 859-634 (11.3 per game)
. UC San Diego also ranks 17th nationally in defensive rebounds per contest (30 per game) and is tied for 38th in total rebounds per game (42.9). Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams has recorded eight double-doubles this season, which is tied for 35th nationally.  

CCAA LEADERS
The following players rank in the top five in the following categories:
(CCAA games only)
1. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (6.4)
1. 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage: Joleen Yang (.539)
1. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (2.9)
2. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (10.6)
3. Field Goal Percentage: Mikayla Williams (.539)
4. Field Goal Percentage: Dalayna Sampton: (.528)
5. Points/Game: Dalayna Sampton (15.3)
5. Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: Taylor Tanita (1.8)

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 1/29)
UC San Diego, 13-1
Cal Poly Pomona, 10-5

Humboldt State, 10-5
Cal State East Bay, 9-7
Cal State LA, 9-7
Chico State, 8-7
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 8-8
Cal State San Marcos, 6-7
Cal State San Bernardino, 7-9
Stanislaus State, 5-9
Sonoma State, 5-10
Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-11
San Francisco State, 3-12

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Jan. 30 - Week 10)
1. Ashland
2. Lubbock Christian
3. Bentley
4. Virginia Union
5. Carson-Newman
6. Central Missouri
7. Augustana (SD)
8. Alaska Anchorage
9. Drury
T-10. Southwestern Oklahoma State
T-10. Union (Tenn.)
12. Glenville State
13. Indiana (Pa.)
14. California (Pa.)
15. Edinboro
16. Southern Indiana
17. Michigan Tech
18. Azusa Pacific
19. University of the Sciences
20. North Alabama
21. Central Oklahoma
22. Wingate
23. Virginia State
24. Grand Valley State
25. West Texas A&M

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: NR
• Week 1: NR
• Week 2: NR
• Week 3: NR
• Week 4: NR
• Week 5: RV
• Week 6: RV
• Week 7: RV
• Week 8: 24
• Week 9: RV
• Week 10: RV

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: 14
• Week 1: RV
• Week 2: RV
• Week 3: 24
• Week 4: 20
• Week 5: 20
• Week 6: 18
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 14
• Week 9: 24
• Week 10: 20

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Jan. 29 - Week 10)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. Seattle Pacific
3. UC San Diego
4. Hawai'i Pacific
5. Azusa Pacific
6. Northwest Nazarene
7. Montana State Billings
T-8. Central Washington
T-8. Dominican
10. Cal Poly Pomona

2016-17 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego highlighted its 2016-17 season by capturing a second successive 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 it suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned CCAA Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD had three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang earned honorable mention.

FINAL 2016-17 CCAA STANDINGS
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

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's basketball team with a 116-46 overall record. VanDerveer was named 2016-17 CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, as she and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record (17-3 CCAA) and 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. 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 (SCIAC) titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco after beginning her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee, and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego plays host to second-place Cal Poly Pomona on Spirit Night, Friday, Feb. 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

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W Basketball vs. Sonoma State (quarterfinal)
5:30 PM
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Pomona (CPP)
Saturday, March 03
W Basketball at TBA (final)
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