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The No. 2 Tritons have two home games this week at RIMAC Arena.

No. 2 Tritons Play Host to Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State LA This Week

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 2 University of California San Diego women's basketball team is set for two home contests this week at RIMAC Arena, as the Tritons play host to Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Cal State LA on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

Both games begin at 5:30 p.m., with a live stream and live stats available at ucsdtritons.com.

Thursday's game against Cal State Dominguez Hills has the theme of "Think Pink," as the team will wear pink to support breast cancer awareness.

With six regular-season games remaining, UC San Diego (20-0, 16-0) is within reach of its best start in program history. The 2011-12 team began the season 26-0. 

The Tritons currently lead second-place Cal Poly Pomona by two games in the loss column in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings.

UC San Diego is one of only two undefeated teams in the nation, is ranked No. 2 in the nation for the third-consecutive week and has won 30-consecutive regular-season contests dating back to last season.

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THE SCHEDULE .
Game 21
vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-12, 8-8 CCAA)
Thursday, Feb. 14 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

Game 22
vs. Cal State LA (8-13, 5-12 CCAA)
Saturday, Feb. 16 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 20-0 
• CCAA: 16-0 
• Home: 7-0 
• Away: 10-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 2nd
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Feb. 12) : 2
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Feb. 5): 2
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Feb. 4): 1
• CCAA Standings: 1st

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SYDNEY SHARP NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard Sydney Sharp was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Feb. 12. A native of North Tustin, Calif., Sharp shot 60 percent from 3-point range (12-of-20) and averaged 22 points in two conference road victories. The junior guard matched a career high with eight 3-pointers, finishing with 26 points and five assists in an impressive 101-72 win at second-place Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 7. Sharp followed it up by sinking 4-of-8 3-pointers and scoring 18 points in a victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 9. This season, Sharp is averaging 10.7 points per game, leads the team in 3-point field-goals made (55) and is a close second in 3-point field-goal percentage (.390).

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TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego is one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the nation, and is ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll for the third-consecutive week. 
  • UC San Diego is No. 1 in the D2SIDA West Region Media Poll for the third-straight week. 
  • The Tritons have begun the season 20-0, the program's best start since 2011-12. The Tritons won 26-straight games to begin that season.
  • UC San Diego has won 30-consecutive regular-season contests dating back to last season. It is the longest regular-season winning streak in program history. 
  • The Tritons have won 26-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 40 of their last 41 in conference play.
  • Junior guard Sydney Sharp was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Feb. 12.
  • On Feb. 11, Junior forward Mikayla Williams earned San Diego Sports Association (SDSA) Star of the Month for January.
  • Sharp matched a career-high with eight 3-pointers, finishing with 26 points and five assists in the Tritons' 101-72 road win at Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 7.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield recorded double-doubles in both UC San Diego victories last week, highlighted by an 18-point, 11-rebound performance on 6-of-7 shooting against Cal Poly Pomona. 
  • Williams scored 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with five rebounds in the win at Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 9.
  • UC San Diego averages 79.8 points per game, which ranks 13th in the nation.
  • The Tritons rank fifth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.37) and have the 10th-fewest turnovers per contest (12.2).
  • UC San Diego is making an average of 8.9 3-point field goals per game, which is tied for 15th nationally.
  • The Tritons rank 21st in the nation in rebounds per contest at 43.3 a game.
  • UC San Diego is outscoring opponents by an average of 17.4 points per game, which ranks 16th in the nation.
  • The Tritons’ 16.8 assists per game rank 18th in the country.
  • Williams is averaging 19.8 points per game this season, which ranks 24th in the nation. The junior forward is also 19th in rebounds per game (10.9), 19th in field-goal percentage (57.0) and her 11 double-doubles this season are tied for 21st-most nationally.
  • Hatfield is tied for 22nd in the country in rebounding, averaging 10.9 per contest.
  • Freshman guard Brianna Claros ranks 16th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.45).

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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, 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)

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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 2/12)
1. UC San Diego 16-0, 20-0 

2. Cal Poly Pomona 15-2, 19-3
3. Humboldt State 11-5, 13-6
4. Chico State 9-7, 12-7
5. Cal State San Marcos 8-8, 11-9
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills 8-8, 12-10
7. Cal State East Bay 8-9, 11-12
8. Cal State San Bernardino 8-10, 9-13
9. Sonoma State 7-9, 9-10
10. San Francisco State 7-9, 8-13
11. Stanislaus State 6-12, 7-15
12. Cal State LA 5-12, 8-13
13. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-17, 0-20

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WBCA COACHES POLL
(Feb. 12 - Week 12)
1. Drury (23-0) 
2. UC San Diego (20-0)*
3. Indiana (Pa.) (20-1)
4. Fort Hays State (21-1)
5. University of the Sciences (22-1)
6. Union (Tenn.) (23-1)
7. Northwest Nazarene (21-1)*
8. Virginia Union (21-1)
9. Thomas Jefferson University (21-1)
10. Alaska Anchorage (21-1)*
11. Ashland (21-2)
12. Grand Valley State (21-2)
13. Southwest Oklahoma State (21-1)
14. Bentley (21-2)
15. Florida Southern (20-2) 
16. Lewis (20-2)
17. Angelo State (18-2)
18. Anderson (S.C.) (21-2)
19. Colorado Mesa (19-2)
20. West Texas A&M (19-3) 
21. California (Pa.) (18-3)
22. Lubbock Christian (19-4)
23. Glenville State (20-2) 
24. Central Missouri (16-5)
25. Lindenwood (16-4)

* - 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
• 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
• Week 11 Poll: 2

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• 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
• Week 11 Poll: 3
• Week 12 Poll: 2

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Feb. 11 - Week 11) (First-place votes)
1. UC San Diego (6)
2. Northwest Nazarene 
3. Alaska Anchorage  
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Dominican 
6. Azusa Pacific
7. Humboldt State
8. Simon Fraser
9. Central Washington
10. Hawai'i Pacific
T-10. Chico State

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ABOUT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 12-10 
• CCAA: 8-8 
• Home: 8-5 
• Away: 4-4 
• Neutral: 0-1 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

ABOUT CAL STATE LA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 8-13 
• CCAA: 5-12 
• Home: 4-6 
• Away: 2-7 
• Neutral: 2-0 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

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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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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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