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Junior Stephanie Moore and the Tritons are set for Thursday's Spirit Night.

Moore, No. 2 Tritons Eagerly Await Spirit Night Contest vs. Stanislaus State

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — It’s usually not hard to find Stephanie Moore during Triton road trips.

The junior is often found in the team’s hotel lobby with an open book and notes sprawled across the table.

A key part of the No. 2-ranked University of California San Diego women’s basketball team, Moore plays a big role both on and off the court as the Triton community prepares for Spirit Night on Thursday.

Moore has assisted in promoting Spirit Night as a member of the Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC) Executive Board, while also focusing on basketball and the classroom. Along with senior teammate Shandiin Armao, who is also in TAC, the two helped decorate the third floor of RIMAC, endorse the “Paint The Night Blue and Gold!” theme, and visited with the Revelle College student council.

“I really enjoy Spirit Night, and over the years it’s been hyped up even more,” said Moore following Tuesday’s practice. “It’s an amazing atmosphere to have all the frats and colleges in attendance. You can just feel the crowd.”

A data science major at Roosevelt College, Moore’s academic concentration is cancer drug analysis and animal trials. Once the biology department administers a drug to an animal, Moore analyzes data based on how much the tumor size has shrunk, which dosage amount works best, etc. 

“It’s a lot of measurement data, but I like it,” she said.

The Merced, Calif., native is the Chair of Student Athlete Development within TAC, which ensures academic and career resources are readily available to student-athletes. She also creates newsletters and workshops.

“As chair of the committee, I want to let people know what they have available to them,” Moore explained. “People are more receptive if it comes from a fellow student-athlete.”

The true epitome of a student-athlete, Moore's athletic side stems from a family well-versed in several different sports. 

Her mother was a member of the Stanford swimming and rowing teams, while her father was on the Cal Berkeley men’s cycling team and later the US men’s cycling team. 

In addition, Moore's older sister played basketball at Saint Mary’s, and her younger sister, Delia, is a freshman guard at Cal State East Bay.

“It was always competitive with my sisters,” Moore said. “Growing up, my parents were super supportive of whatever sport we wanted to play. 

“They didn’t know a lot about basketball, so I didn’t have the cliché dad talking to me after the game saying, ‘Do this, do that.’ But they were always supportive.”

As the Tritons enter Thursday’s game against Stanislaus State with an undefeated 17-0 record, the junior provided a good perspective of the team’s mindset.

“Honestly, it doesn’t necessarily seem like we’re undefeated because our games have been close,” she said. “You’d think there would be pressure and we’d feel like, ‘We can’t lose, we can’t lose.’ But the feeling we try to take on is, ‘Let’s win.’ 

“Instead of thinking, ‘Don’t lose,’ every game, we just treat it like, ‘Let’s get it done.’


Game 18
vs. Stanislaus State (5-13, 4-10 CCAA)
Thursday, Jan. 31 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets


Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 17-0 
• CCAA: 13-0 
• Home: 6-0 
• Away: 8-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 2nd
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Jan. 22) : 2nd
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Jan. 22): 3rd
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Jan. 28): 1st
• CCAA Standings: 1st


The 2019 edition of the most anticipated hoops date of the season, Spirit Night, happens this Thursday, Jan. 31! RIMAC Arena will be packed to the rafters. There will be a free all-student tailgate, competitions, giveaways, free food, and more surrounding the doubleheader. Come out, show your Triton Spirit, and Paint the Night Blue and Gold! The women tip at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow. For more info, check out the Spirit Night event page on Facebook.


This winter's Triton Trifecta includes attending all three games at RIMAC Arena to redeem prizes and be entered to win a free Pepsi bike cruiser!  Fans should have already received a free UC San Diego tote bag sponsored by Pepsi upon entry at the home basketball games against Cal State San Marcos on Jan. 19, as well as UC San Diego tank top replica jerseys at the men's volleyball game on Jan. 25. The third and final stage will be to attend basketball Spirit Night against Stanislaus State on Jan. 31. Proof of admission for all three events puts you in a raffle to take home the free Pepsi bike cruiser. 


With a road victory at Humboldt State on Jan. 26, UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer has reached 150 total victories in seven seasons as Tritons head coach. VanDerveer has an all-time record of 150-49 (.754) at UC San Diego. 



  • UC San Diego is one of only three remaining undefeated teams in the nation.
  • The Tritons are ranked No. 2 in the latest WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. It's the highest the program has been ranked since the 2011-12 season.
  • UC San Diego took over the top spot in this week's D2SIDA West Region Media Poll for the first time this season. The Tritons spent the previous seven weeks ranked No. 2
  • The Tritons have begun the season 17-0, 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.
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams scored 23 points with 14 rebounds in a 72-61 road victory against Humboldt State on Jan. 26, which was head coach Heidi VanDerveer's 150th win with the program. The seventh-year head coach has an overall record of 150-49 (.754) at UC San Diego.
  • Senior guard Kayla Sato finished with 16 points in a 68-52 victory at Chico State on Jan. 24.
  • The Tritons have won 23-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 37 of its last 38 in conference play.
  • The Tritons have won 21-consecutive road contests, including 19-straight CCAA road games.
  • UC San Diego averages 77.8 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation.
  • The Tritons rank fifth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33) and have the eighth-fewest turnovers per contest (11.9).
  • UC San Diego is making an average of 8.2 3-point field goals per game, which is 31st nationally.
  • The Tritons rank 30th in the country in free-throw percentage as a team, making 75.0 percent (246-of-328) of their attempts.
  • UC San Diego is outscoring opponents by an average of 15.8 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the nation.
  • The Tritons average 15.9 assists per game, which ranks 32nd in the country.
  • Williams is averaging 20.1 points per game this season, which ranks 23rd in the nation. The junior forward is also 12th in rebounds per game (11.6), 21st in field-goal percentage (56.3), 45th in blocks per game (1.71) and her 11 double-doubles this season are tied for 10th-most nationally.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield is tied for 22nd in the country in rebounding, averaging 10.8 per contest.
  • Freshman guard Brianna Claros ranks 31st in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08).


(2017-18 stats listed)
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6, 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 2017-18 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, 2017-18 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, 2017-18 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, 2017-18 CCAA Player of the Year): 14.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, 5-4, 2017-18 All-CCAA Honorable Mention): 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.9 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (3)
• #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     
• #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 1/29)
1. UC San Diego 13-0, 17-0 

2. Cal Poly Pomona 12-1, 16-2
3. Chico State 9-5, 12-5
4. Humboldt State 9-5, 11-6
5. Cal State San Marcos 7-6, 10-7
6. San Francisco State 7-6, 8-10
7. Cal State San Bernardino 7-7, 8-10
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-7, 9-9
9. Sonoma State 5-8, 7-9
10. Cal State East Bay 5-8, 8-11
11. Stanislaus State 4-10, 5-13
12. Cal State LA 3-10, 6-11
13. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-13, 0-16


(Jan. 29 - Week 10)
1. Drury (19-0) 
2. UC San Diego (17-0)*
3. Ashland (18-1)
4. Thomas Jefferson (19-0)
5. Indiana (Pa.) (16-1)
6. Fort Hays State (18-1)
7. Union (Tenn.) (19-1)
8. Northwest Nazarene (17-1)*
9. University of the Sciences (18-1)
10. California (Pa.) (14-1)
11. Alaska Anchorage (17-1)*
12. Virginia Union (17-1)
13. Florida Southern (17-1)
14. West Texas A&M (16-2)
T-15. Grand Valley State (17-2) 
T-15. Southwestern Oklahoma State (17-1)
17. Bentley (18-2)
18. Lewis (16-2)
19. Colorado Mesa (16-1)
20. Angelo State (14-2) 
21. Anderson (S.C.) (17-2) 
22. North Georgia (14-3)
23. Central Missouri (13-4) 
24. Le Moyne (N.Y.) (16-2)
25. Azusa Pacific (16-3)

* - NCAA West Region team


• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 17
• Week 2 Poll: 14
• Week 3 Poll: 12
• Week 4 Poll: 10
• Week 5 Poll: 10
• Week 6 Poll: 9
• Week 7 Poll: 6
• Week 8 Poll: 5
• Week 9 Poll: 4
• Week 10 Poll: 2

• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 21
• Week 2 Poll: 19
• Week 3 Poll: 12
• Week 4 Poll: 9
• Week 5 Poll: 9
• Week 6 Poll: 9
• Week 7 Poll: 8
• Week 8 Poll: 7
• Week 9 Poll: 5
• Week 10 Poll: 3

(Jan. 21 - Week 9) (First-place votes)
1. UC San Diego (5)
2. Northwest Nazarene (1)
3. Alaska Anchorage  
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Azusa Pacific 
6. Central Washington
T-7. Chico State
T-7. Dominican
9. Simon Fraser
T-10. Humboldt State
T-10. Cal State San Marcos


Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 5-13 
• CCAA: 4-10 
• Home: 2-5 
• Away: 2-7 
• Neutral: 1-1 
• Highest National Ranking: NR


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


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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