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Junior forward Mikayla Williams is averaging 23.2 points per game, which ranks 13th in the nation.

Road Trip: No. 14 Tritons Set for Conference Games at Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Marcos

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — Winning on the road is always a challenge.

But it's something this year's Tritons are accustomed to.

The No. 14 University of California San Diego women's basketball team is set for California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) road contests at Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., before wrapping up the weekend against San Diego County foe Cal State San Marcos on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live and will have live stats.

UC San Diego (5-0, 1-0 CCAA) has already played five of its six games this season away from home, and is familiar with what it takes to earn a road victory.

"You're in a different environment with a different routine, but we've been on the road (this season)," said UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "So we understand road games, and sometimes it's easier because there are less distractions."

This weekend's opponents are two teams the Tritons are very familiar with and have success against in recent years. UC San Diego 26-3 all-time against Cal State Monterey Bay and  6-0 all-time record against Cal State San Marcos.

"Monterey Bay always plays very hard and they play very well at home," said VanDerveer. "San Marcos is a good challenge for us. They're big in the post and have athletic guards. It will be similar challenges from both teams."

Cal State San Marcos (4-1) has climbed to No. 9 in the D2 SIDA West Region Poll, with its only loss coming to 7th-ranked Simon Fraser.

Saturday's contest even more interesting due to the short distance between the two schools, as well as the long-time friendship between VanDerveer and Cougars head coach Renee Jimenez. But that's nothing the Tritons haven't seen before either.

"We're rivals with everybody," said VanDerveer. "That's the challenge when you come to UC San Diego — you're competitive with everybody. We know (Cal State San Marcos) very well, we know their staff well, and know we'll have to play well to beat them."

THE SCHEDULE
Game 6
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (0-5, 0-2 CCAA)
Thursday, Nov. 29 • 5:30 p.m.
The Kelp Bed • Seaside 
Watch • Live Stats 

Game 7
vs. Cal State San Marcos (4-1, 1-0 CCAA)
Saturday, Nov. 24 • 5:30 p.m.
The Sports Center • San Marcos 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-0 
• CCAA: 1-0 
• Home: 1-0 
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 17
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 20) : 17 
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Nov. 20): 21 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Nov. 19): 3rd 
• CCAA Standings: T-1st

UCSD

TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego is ranked 14th in this week's WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Tritons were receiving votes in the Top 25 preseason poll on Nov. 1.
  • UC San Diego has started the season 5-0, the program's best start since 2011-12. The Tritons won 26-straight games to begin that season, and reached the NCAA West Region Final.
  • The Tritons have won 11-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 25 of its last 26 in conference play.
  • Freshman guard Brianna Claros was named UCSD Tritons Athlete of the Week after recording 16 points and six assists in an 81-47 victory over Chico State on Nov. 24.
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams scored 17 points with 14 rebounds in the win against Chico State. Williams is averaging 23.2 points per game, which ranks 13th in the nation.
  • Williams is 15th in the nation in free-throw attempts (42), and is shooting 85 percent (36-of-42) from the line. 
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield ranks 21st in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per contest. 
  • Senior guard Joleen Yang scored 17 points and went 4-of-6 from 3-point range against Chico State. 
  • The Tritons are shooting 79.8 percent from the free-throw line as a team, which ranks 13th in the nation.

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2017-18 stats listed)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS 
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 - #11 Julia Macabuhay (G, Fr., 5-6)
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
• #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8, 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, All-CCAA Second Team)
• #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)

BIG WEST BOUND
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.

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 11/27)
1. UC San Diego 1-0, 5-0 

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

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Nov. 27 - Week 2)
1. Ashland (5-0)
2. Union (Tenn.) (5-0)
3. Indiana (Pa.) (4-0) 
4. Alaska Anchorage (6-0)*
5. West Texas A&M (6-0)
6. Bentley (6-0) 
7. Central Missouri (5-1)
8. Drury (6-0)
9. Virginia Union (6-0)
10. Fort Hayes State (5-0)
11. Carson-Newman (5-1) 
12. University of the Sciences (5-0) 
13. Black Hills State (4-0)
14. UC San Diego (5-0)*
15. Northwest Nazarene (6-0)*
T-16. Grand Valley State (4-1) 
T-16. North Georgia (4-1)
18. Lubbock Christian (6-2)
19. Edinboro (2-1)
20. California (Pa.) (5-0) 
21. Florida Southern (4-1) 
22. Embry Riddle (5-0)
23. Stonehill (5-1) 
24. Lewis (5-1)
25. Emporia State (5-1)

* - NCAA West Region team

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 17
• Week 2 Poll: 14

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 21
• Week 2 Poll: 19

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Nov. 26 - Week 2) (First-place votes)
1. Alaska Anchorage (5)
2. Northwest Nazarene 
3. UC San Diego (1) 
4. Central Washington
5. Cal Poly Pomona 
6. Concordia (Ore.)
7. Simon Fraser
8. Cal State LA 
9. Cal State San Marcos
10. Dominican 

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

ABOUT CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 0-5 
• CCAA: 0-2 
• Home: 0-1 
• Away: 0-3 
• Neutral: 0-1 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

ABOUT CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 4-1 
• CCAA: 1-0
• Home: 2-1 
• Away: 2-0
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

2017-18 HIGHLIGHTS
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. 

FINAL 2017-18 CCAA STANDINGS
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

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
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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