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Senior guard Joleen Yang and the Tritons will play two games in Seattle this weekend.

Northwest Territory: No. RV Tritons Set for Sodexo Classic in Seattle


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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. RV University of California San Diego women's basketball team continues non-conference play this weekend at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic in Seattle, Wash. The Tritons take on Western Washington on Friday, Nov. 16, beginning at 1 p.m., prior to facing host Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

UC San Diego (2-0) began its season last weekend in San Marcos, as the Tritons earned a 75-70 victory over Simon Fraser on Nov. 9, before knocking off No. RV Hawaii Pacific, 76-64, on Nov. 10.

Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was pleased to see the Tritons meet their basic team goals in the opening contests of the season.

"I think we got better and learned each game," she said. "We always try to identify things important to us, such as playing together, communication, our effort and making sure we don't give up easy baskets. I thought we got better from (the Simon Fraser game) to Hawaii Pacific in accomplishing that goal, and it will be very important again this weekend."

UC San Diego's upcoming tests come from two teams it knows very well, as the Tritons defeated both in head-to-head matchups last season. However, VanDerveer acknowledged the familiarity goes both ways. 

"Familiarity helps, but they're also familiar with us," she said. "We're obviously quite a bit different team than last year, so we just have to go in with the mindset to be our best in order to beat two really good teams this weekend."

Game 3
vs. Western Washington (1-1)
Friday, Nov. 16 • 1 p.m.
Brougham Pavilion • Seattle, Wash. 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

Game 4
at Seattle Pacific (0-2)
Saturday, Nov. 17 • 5 p.m.
Brougham Pavilion • Seattle, Wash.
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0 
• CCAA: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0 
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 2-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): RV 
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 1) : RV 
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Oct. 31): RV 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Oct. 29): 4th 
• CCAA Standings: -

Mikayla Williams Named CCAA Player of the Week
Junior forward Mikayla Williams was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Tuesday. It’s the third-career honor for Williams, who became the conference’s first selection this season. The junior from Meath Park, Sask., scored a career-high 36 points with seven rebounds in a 76-64 victory over No. RV Hawaii Pacific on Nov. 10, one day after recording 25 points and 12 rebounds in a season-opening 75-70 win against Simon Fraser on Nov. 9. Overall this season, Williams is shooting 63 percent from the field (24-for-38) and 86 percent (13-of-15) from the free-throw line in team-high 73 minutes played.



  • UC San Diego is receiving votes in the WBCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Tritons are 12-4 all-time against Western Washington and 5-12 all-time against Seattle Pacific.
  • UC San Diego defeated both teams in head-to-head matchups in 2017-18. UC San Diego knocked off Western Washington at the West Region Crossover Classic, 56-49. The Tritons topped Seattle Pacific in the NCAA West Region Quarterfinal, 64-51.
  • Senior Kayla Sato is averaging 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds through two games. The Torrance native is shooting 50 percent from the field (10-for-20), 75 percent from the free-throw line (6-for-8) and has made three 3-pointers.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield is averaging 8.5 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.
  • The Tritons have out-rebounded opponents this season, 83-71, and have a plus-6 margin in rebounds per contest.

(2017-18 stats listed)
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6, 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, All-CCAA Honorable Mention) 
G - #22 Sydney Sharp (Jr., 5-10, 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG)
G - #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8, 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, All-CCAA Second Team)
F - #10 Haleigh Hatfield (Jr., 6-1, Transfer from High Point University)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, All-CCAA First Team)

Starters Returning (3)
• #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6): 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG
• #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8): 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG 
• #33 Mikayla Williams (Jr., 6-1): 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG

Starters Lost (2)
Dalayna Sampton (F, 6-1 CCAA Player of the Year): 14.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, 5-4 All-CCAA Honorable Mention): 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.9 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
• #40 Shandiin Armao (F, Sr., 5-10): 4.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG
• #14 Stephanie Moore (G/F, Jr., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
• #22 Sydney Sharp (G, Jr., 5-10): 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG     
• #30 Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RSo., 6-1): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 4.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 2.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.0 APG
Rebecca Williams (G, Jr., 6-1): 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (G, So., 5-10): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Newcomers (5)
• #12 Madison Baxter (G, Fr., 5-9)
• #15 Brianna Claros (G, Fr., 5-5)
• #24 Kendal Ellenbeck (G, Fr., 6-0)
• #10 Haleigh Hatfield (F, Jr., 6-1)
• #11 Julia Macabuhay (G, Fr., 5-6)

On Nov. 27, 2017 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. For more information, check out our full Big West Bound page here.

(through 11/13)
1. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-0 
2. Cal State LA, 2-0
3. Chico State, 2-0
4. Humboldt State, 3-0
5. UC San Diego, 2-0
6. Cal Poly Pomona, 1-1
7. Cal State East Bay, 1-1
8. Cal State San Bernardino, 1-1
9. Cal State San Marcos, 1-1
10. Sonoma State, 1-1
11. Cal State Monterey Bay, 0-2
12. San Francisco State, 0-2
13. Stanislaus State, 0-2

(Nov. 1 - Preseason)
1. Central Missouri 
2. Ashland 
3. Carson-Newman 
4. Union (Tenn.)
5. Indiana (Pa.) 
6. Alaska Anchorage 
7. West Texas A&M 
8. Bentley 
9. Drury
10. Lubbock Christian
11. Edinboro 
12. Fort Hays State 
13. Grand Valley State 
14. North Georgia
15. University of the Sciences
16. Azusa Pacific 
17. Florida Southern 
18. Virginia Union 
19. Stonehill
20. Southwestern Oklahoma State 
21. Wingate 
22. Black Hills State 
23. Valdosta State 
24. Northwest Nazarene
25. Lewis

• Preseason Poll: RV

• Preseason Poll: RV

(Oct. 29 - Preseason)
T-1. Alaska Anchorage
T-1. Northwest Nazarene 
3. Azusa Pacific
4. UC San Diego 
5. Cal Poly Pomona 
6. Hawaii Pacific
T-7. Simon Fraser
T-7. Dominican 
9. Western Washington 
10. Central Washington 

2018-19 CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank         School                            Points (First-place votes)
1.             UC San Diego                   144 (12)
2.             Cal Poly Pomona              114
3.             Cal State East Bay.           111 (1)
4.             Chico State.                       100
5.             Cal State LA.                      96
6.             Humboldt State.                  93
7.             Cal State Dominguez Hills  89
8.             Cal State San Marcos         67
9.             Sonoma State                     57
10.           Stanislaus State                  54
11.           Cal State San Bernardino    50
12.           Cal State Monterey Bay       21
13.           San Francisco State            18

Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 1-1 
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 1-1 
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking: NR


  • Western Washington was picked to finish tied for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. It was tied with Simon Fraser, which UC San Diego defeated in the season opener, 75-70.
  • The Vikings are currently ranked No. 9 in the D2SIDA West Region Preseason Poll. Western Washington finished 12-16 overall and 8-12 in GNAC play last season, but didn't qualify for the GNAC Conference Tournament.
  • Western Washington hosted last weekend's West Region Crossover Classic, and dropped its season opener to Humboldt State, 76-66. However, the Vikings bounced back to defeat Fresno Pacific, 66-65, on junior center Anna Schwecke's layup with 3.3 second remaining in the game.
  • Junior guard Dani Iwami was named to the All-GNAC Preseason Team one season after being named 2017-18 GNAC Newcomer of the Year. Also returning for Western Washington is sophomore guard Gracie Castaneda.

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-2 
• PacWest: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-2
• Highest National Ranking: NR 


  • Seattle Pacific was picked to finish seventh in the GNAC Coaches Poll.
  • The Falcons dropped consecutive games in last weekend's West Region Crossover Classic to begin the season. Seattle Pacific lost to Fresno Pacific, 80-69, on Nov. 9, before falling to Humboldt State, 79-77, on Nov. 10.
  • Mike Simonson enters his first season as head coach of Seattle Pacific. Simonson was an assistant coach for the Falcons starting in 2016 after spending nine seasons in various roles at Washington State.
  • Senior guard Riley Evans returns this season for the Falcons, and was an unanimous selection to the All-GNAC Preseason Team

UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, matching a program and conference-best 21-1 record in CCAA play. The Tritons finished a perfect 11-0 on the road in CCAA games last year, with winning streaks of 11 and 10 in a row during the season. Forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year and earned Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region First-Team honors, while head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-straight season and garnered Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 8 Coach of the Year accolades. In addition, returning forward Mikayla Williams was an All-CCAA First-Team and D2CCA All-West Region Second-Team selection, while returning guard Kayla Sato was named to the All-CCAA Second Team as well as the CCAA All-Tournament Team. 

1. UC San Diego, 21-1*
2. Cal Poly Pomona, 16-6
3. Humboldt State, 14-8^ 
4. Chico State, 14-8
5. Cal State LA, 13-9 
6. Cal State East Bay, 12-10 
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-11 
8. Sonoma State, 9-13 
9. Cal State San Bernardino, 9-13
10. Stanislaus State, 8-14 
11. Cal State San Marcos, 8-14 
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-17 
13. San Francisco State, 3-19

* CCAA regular-season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

A former WNBA coach, Olympic team scout and assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, VanDerveer enters her seventh season as UC San Diego head coach in 2018-19. VanDerveer was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, guiding the Tritons to a 28-5 overall record and 21-1 mark in conference play. She also earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II District 8 Coach of the Year honors. UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-straight year in 2017-18, making its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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