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Senior Joleen Yang and the Tritons are set to begin NCAA West Region action on Friday.

Tourney Time! Tritons Set for NCAA West Regional at RIMAC Arena

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego women's basketball team, the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament and regular-season champions, begin NCAA West Region Tournament play against Dominican on Friday, March 15, beginning at 5 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.

It is the fourth-consecutive season the Tritons have qualified for the NCAA Tournament, as UC San Diego advanced to the West Region semifinals last year after defeating Seattle Pacific in the quarterfinals. It's the first time the Tritons have hosted the west regional tournament since 2012.

UC San Diego (29-0) is coming off a CCAA Tournament championship in Hayward, Calif., after defeating Cal State San Marcos in the semifinals, 70-63, and topping Cal Poly Pomona in the tournament final, 72-60. Junior forward Mikayla Williams was named CCAA Tournament MVP and was joined by fellow senior Kayla Sato on the All-Tournament Team.

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2019 NCAA Division II West Region Women’s Basketball Championship
RIMAC Arena - La Jolla, Calif.
Hosted by UC San Diego
All times listed as PST

Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinals
12 p.m.: Game No. 1. (No. 6 Hawaii Pacific vs. No. 3 Alaska Anchorage) 
2:30 p.m. Game No. 2. (No. 7 Humboldt St. vs. No. 2 Northwest Nazarene) 
5 p.m. Game No. 3. (No. 8 Dominican vs. No. 1 UC San Diego)
7:30 p.m. Game No. 4. (No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona vs. No. 4 Azusa Pacific) 

Saturday, March 16 - Semifinals
5 p.m.  Game 5 (Winner Game No. 1 vs. Winner Game 2)
7:30 p.m. Game 6 (Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4)

Monday, March 18 - Final
7 p.m. Game 7 (Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6)

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA DII TOURNAMENT (11-11 overall; 10-10 in West Regional; 1-1 in Elite Eight)
3/12/04 - Seattle Pacific 79, UC San Diego 59 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/10/06 - Seattle Pacific 62, UC San Diego 57 (regional quarterfinal at Bellingham, Wash.)
3/9/07 - UC San Diego 78, Western Washington 45 (regional quarterfinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/10/07 - UC San Diego 66, Alaska Anchorage 51 (regional semifinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/12/07 - UC San Diego 80, Chico State 63 (regional final at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/21/07 - UC San Diego 71, Glenville State 61 (national quarterfinal at Kearney, Neb.)
3/22/07 - Southern Connecticut State 67, UC San Diego 53 (national semifinal at Kearney, Neb.)
3/14/08 - UC San Diego 59, Cal State San Bernardino 46 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/15/08 - Seattle Pacific 76, UC San Diego 67 (regional semifinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/13/09 - UC San Diego 66, Cal State Dominguez Hills 65 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/14/09 - Alaska Anchorage 52, UC San Diego 49 (regional semifinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/12/10 - Humboldt State 76, UC San Diego 72 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/9/12 - UC San Diego 84, Chico State 66 (regional quarterfinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/10/12 - UC San Diego 81, Western Washington 66 (regional semifinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/12/12 - Alaska Anchorage 68, UC San Diego 63 (regional final at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/16/13- Grand Canyon 68, UC San Diego 57 (regional quarterfinal at Bellingham, Wash.)
3/11/16 - UC San Diego 74, Cal State East Bay 59 (regional quarterfinal at Azusa, Calif.)
3/12/16- UC San Diego 87, Azusa Pacific 77 (regional semifinal at Azusa, Calif.)
3/14/16- Alaska Anchorage 72, UC San Diego 57 (regional final at Azusa, Calif.)
3/10/17- Simon Fraser 69, UC San Diego 65 (regional quarterfinal at Anchorage, Alaska)
3/9/18- UC San Diego 64, Seattle Pacific 51 (regional quarterfinal at Azusa, Calif.)
3/10/18- Montana State Billings 75, UC San Diego 73 (regional semifinal at Azusa, Calif.)

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TRITONS WIN CCAA TOURNAMENT TITLE!
UC San Diego won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament championship with a 72-60 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the tournament final on March 9. It was the program's second CCAA Tournament title and the first since 2012-13. Junior forward Mikayla Williams was named tournament MVP, and was joined by senior guard Kayla Sato on the All-Tournament team. 

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MIKAYLA WILLIAMS NAMED D2CCA ALL-WEST REGION FIRST TEAM
Junior forward Mikayla Williams was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA )All-West Region First Team, the association announced on Thursday. Williams led all honorees with 52 total points and 16 first-place votes, one year after being named to the D2CCA All-West Region Second Team last season as a sophomore. 

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TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego has begun the season 29-0, its best start in program history. 
  • The Tritons won the CCAA Tournament championship for the second time in program history with a win over Cal Poly Pomona on March 10.
  • UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the fourth-consecutive season.
  • Tritons one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the nation, and are ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll for the seventh-straight week. 
  • UC San Diego averages 78.7 points per game, which ranks 12th in the nation.
  • The Tritons rank fifth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38) and have the 13th-fewest turnovers per contest (12.2).
  • UC San Diego averages 16.9 assists per game, which ranks 17th nationally.
  • The Tritons are making an average of 8.8 3-point field goals per game, which is 15th in the nation. 
  • The Tritons are outscoring opponents by an average of 18.8 points per game, which ranks 12th in the nation.
  • UC San Diego is tied for 18th in the country with 255 made 3-point field goals. 
  • The Tritons are allowing opponents to shoot just 27.4 percent from 3-point range, which ranks 19th nationally. 
  • Mikayla Williams is averaging 20.1 points per game this season, which ranks 17th in the nation. The junior forward is also shooting 55.1 percent from the field, 81.6 percent from the free-throw line and 10.4 rebounds per contest.
  • Junior guard Sydney Sharp's 83 made 3-point field goals this season is tied for 20th in the country. Sharp's 41.1 3-point field-goal percentage is good for 21st nationally.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield is 25th in the country in rebounding, averaging 10.7 per contest.

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FINAL NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS 
(March 10 ) 
1. UC San Diego 
2. Northwest Nazarene 
3. Alaska Anchorage 
4. Azusa Pacific
5. Cal Poly Pomona 
6. Hawai'i Pacific
7. Humboldt State
8. Dominican

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CCAA TOURNEY SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, March 5
• No. 1 UC San Diego 87, No. 8 San Francisco State 36 
• No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona 66, No. 7 Sonoma State 59 
• No. 6 Cal State East Bay 72, No. 3 Humboldt State 62 
• No. 4 Cal State San Marcos 75, No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills 69

Semifinals - Friday, March 8 at Cal State East Bay
• No. 1 UC San Diego 70, No. 4 Cal State San Marcos 63
• No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona vs. No. 6 Cal State East Bay, 2:35 p.m.

Final - Saturday, March 9 at Cal State East Bay
• No. 1 UC San Diego 72, No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona 60

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CCAA FINAL STANDINGS
(through 3/7)
1. UC San Diego 22-0, 27-0 

2. Cal Poly Pomona 19-3, 24-4
3. Humboldt State 17-5, 19-7
4. Cal State San Marcos 14-8, 18-9
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills 10-12, 14-15
6. Cal State East Bay 10-12, 14-15
7. Sonoma State 9-13, 11-15
8. San Francisco State 9-13, 10-18
9. Cal State San Bernardino 9-13, 10-16
10. Chico State 9-13, 12-13
11. Stanislaus State 8-14, 9-17
12. Cal State LA 6-16, 9-17
13. Cal State Monterey Bay 1-21, 1-24

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THE SCHEDULE .
Game 30
vs. Dominican (21-6)
Friday, March 15 • 5 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Watch • Live Stats 

Game 31
vs. No. 4 Azusa Pacific/No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona
Saturday, March 16 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Watch 

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 29-0 
• CCAA: 22-0 
• Home: 12-0 
• Away: 12-0
• Neutral: 5-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 2nd
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (March 12) : 2
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Feb. 26): 2
• CCAA Standings: 1st

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

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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WBCA COACHES POLL
(March 12 - Week 16)
1. Drury (31-0)
2. UC San Diego (29-0)*
3. Fort Hays State (30-1)
4. Ashland (29-2)
5. Northwest Nazarene (28-2)*
6. University of the Sciences (29-2)
7. Southwestern Oklahoma State (30-1)
8. Alaska Anchorage (28-2)*
9. Virginia Union (25-2)
T-10. Grand Valley State (27-3)
T-10. Thomas Jefferson (29-2)
12. Bentley (28-3)
13. Union (Tenn.) (27-3)
14. Indiana (Pa.) (26-3)
15. Anderson (SC) (29-2)
16.  West Texas A&M (28-3)
17. Florida Southern (28-3)
18. Glenville State (29-2)
19. Colorado Mesa (26-3)
20. Lewis (26-4)
21. Angelo State (24-5)
22. California (Pa.) (24-5)
23. Central Missouri (24-6)
24. Azusa Pacific (25-5)
25. Lubbock Christian (26-5)

* - 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
• Week 12 Poll: 2
• Week 13 Poll: 2
• Week 14 Poll: 2
• Week 15 Poll: 2
• Week 16 Poll: 2

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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
• Week 13 Poll: 2
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ABOUT DOMINICAN
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 21-6 
• PacWest: 18-4 
• Home: 12-4 
• Away: 9-2
• Neutral: 0-0
• 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. 

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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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