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Senior Joleen Yang and the Tritons take on San Francisco State on Thursday.

No. 12 Tritons Play Host to SF State in Thursday's Winter Whiteout!

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 12 University of California San Diego women's basketball team returns home for just its second game this season at RIMAC Arena, as the Tritons play host to San Francisco State for Winter Whiteout on Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

It will be the first Winter Whiteout ever at RIMAC Arena. Wear white to the games and help turn RIMAC Arena into one giant winter wonderland of Triton fanatics! Fans will receive a FREE white t-shirt (while supplies last). The men's game follows the women's contest. Winter Whiteout Facebook Event

UC San Diego (7-0) continues to rise in national perception, as the Tritons moved up to No. 12 in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

It's well-deserved, as UC San Diego remained undefeated behind two road victories last week. The Tritons had five players score double figures in a lopsided win at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 29, and finished the weekend with a thrilling 54-52 comeback victory at Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 1.

Junior forward Mikayla Williams continued her outstanding start to the season, starting with a 16-point performance on just eight shots (7-for-8) at Cal State Monterey Bay. Against Cal State San Marcos, the Meath Park, Sask., native scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to pull out a close win.

Williams has simply been one of the best players in the nation this season. She ranks 22nd in the nation with 21.7 points per game, is 19th with 10.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line (46-of-54). 

The junior forward had plenty of help. Freshman guard Julia Macabuhay scored seven points in the fourth quarter on 3-of-5 shooting, including the game winning-basket, in the victory at Cal State San Marcos. The Los Angeles native is closing in on double-figure scoring with 9.1 points per game.

Meanwhile, Haleigh Hatfield has been a rebounding machine. The junior forward averaged 12 per game during the recent road trip, and ranks 25th in the country with 10.6 per contest. Redshirt freshman guard Emily Cangelosi also put up a career-high 10 points off the bench at Monterey Bay.

The Tritons have won 13-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) games and 27 of their last 28 in conference play. It's UC San Diego's best start since the 2011-12 season, when the Tritons won 26-straight games to begin the year and reached the NCAA West Region Final.

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 8
vs. San Francisco State (2-6, 1-2 CCAA)
Thursday, Dec. 6 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-0 
• CCAA: 3-0 
• Home: 1-0 
• Away: 3-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 12
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Dec. 4) : 12
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Dec. 4): 12 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Dec. 3): 2nd 
• CCAA Standings: 1st

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LET ME IN
Tickets to all regular season home games are available for purchase at the RIMAC Arena Box Office beginning one hour prior to the game.

Reserved Chairback Seating
• Adult - $12.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $8.00

General Admission
• Adult - $10.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $5.00
• UC San Diego students, Children 3 and Under - Free

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HOOPS ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
All home games this season will be covered by a live pay-per-view video stream at UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window and $34.99 for the entire 2018-19 academic year, which includes all broadcasts from other Triton athletics teams. The high definition broadcasts can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego is ranked 12th in this week's WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. It's the highest the program has been ranked since beginning the 2012-13 season at No. 8.
  • The Tritons have started the season 7-0, the program's best start since 2011-12. UC San Diego won 26-straight games to begin that season, and reached the NCAA West Region Final.
  • The Tritons have won 13-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 27 of its last 28 in conference play.
  • The Tritons rank 12th in the country in free-throw shooting as a team, making 79.3 percent (111-of-140).
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams had a 16-point performance on just eight shots (7-for-8) at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 29.
  • Williams scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half in a win at Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 1.
  • Williams ranks 22nd in the nation in points per game (21.7), 19th in rebounds per game (10.7) and is shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line (46-of-54). 
  • Freshman guard Julia Macabuhay scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including the game winning-basket against Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 1.
  • A native of Los Angeles, Macabuhay is closing in on a double-figure scoring average with 9.1 points per game.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield has been a rebounding machine, ranking 25th in the country with 10.6 per contest.
  • Redshirt freshman guard Emily Cangelosi scored a career-high 10 points off the bench at Monterey Bay.

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MILESTONE WATCH
UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer is just 10 victories away from reaching 150 for her Triton career. In her seventh season as head coach, VanDerveer has an impressive overall record of 140-49 (.741).  

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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)

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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.

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/4)
1. UC San Diego 3-0, 7-0 

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

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

* - NCAA West Region team

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 17
• Week 2 Poll: 14
• Week 3 Poll: 12

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 21
• Week 2 Poll: 19
• Week 3 Poll: 12

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

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

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ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 2-6 
• CCAA: 1-2 
• Home: 2-4 
• Away: 0-2 
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

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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

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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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