This Week’s Events:
Wed., Nov. 20---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Alaska-Fairbanks---5:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---5:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS ALASKA-FAIRBANKS; OPENS CCAA PLAY
The Women’s Basketball team takes a 2-1 record into its final pre-conference outing, Wednesday, against Alaska-Fairbanks after splitting a pair of games at the Concordia Thanksgiving Classic last weekend ...The Tritons then play their CCAA opener Friday night at Cal State Bakersfield ...Saturday night, Coach Janell Jones’ Tritons complete the two-day league road trip at Cal State L.A...
Wednesday will mark Alaska-Fairbanks second trip to RIMAC Arena this season... UCSD stopped the Nanooks, 79-65, in its 2005-06 debut...Bakersfield is 2-0 on the season and beat two Division I teams in exhibition play...Cal State L.A. is 4-1 including two wins at the Concordia tournament.
A second half shooting slump led to a 61-60 Triton defeat at the hands of South Dakota in the opening round of the Concordia Thanksgiving Classic Friday...Up 35-32 at halftime, UCSD went stone cold from the floor in the second half, hitting just 21.2% of its attempts...Freshman Meaghan Noud came off the bench to score a team high 15 points (on 6-of-9 shooting) and Hillary Hansen (12), Leora Juster (11) and Alexis Mezzetta (11) all hit double figures but that wasn’t enough to offset the shooting woes...On the plus side, freshman Michelle Osier pulled down nine rebounds and, as a team, the Tritons had just six turnovers.
Showing no ill effects from a personal 3-for-18 shooting nightmare the night before, Juster turned in her biggest effort of the young season, knocking down 9-of-14 field goal attempts on her way to 25 points, as UCSD rolled over host Concordia, 65-36, Saturday ...And scoring was just part of the story for the junior guard who collected six boards, five assists and five steals... Mezzetta and Noud were also in double figures for the second consecutive night with 13 and 10 points respectively...The Tritons opened up a seven-point halftime advantage and made it a runaway by outscoring the Lady Eagles, 38-16, after the break...UCSD shot 43.1% from the floor and out-rebounded Concordia, 41-32, with Hansen’s eight leading the way.
BAKERSFIELD, CAL STATE L.A. FIRST CCAA FOES FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team opens CCAA play on the road this weekend, going to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State State L.A...The Tritons ended pre-conference activities last week by splitting a pair of road contests and bring a 1-2 mark into their league debut...Bakersfield, a perennial Division II power, won its only outing to date while CSULA is 1-3.
Carr & Co. got their first win of the young season, 54-47, at Pomona-Pitzer last Tuesday ...Sophomore Clint Allard knocked down 18 points for the winners, hitting 6-of-12 from the floor, and handed out six assists...Junior Robby Peters hit three treys while accounting for 11 points...UCSD led most of the way but was never able to extend its advantage to more than seven points and the Sagehens closed the gap to one with 4:10 remaining...But the Tritons took control from there and only some late difficulties at the free throw line (UCSD made just three of its last nine) kept it tight...Sophomore Drew Spaventa paced UC with five rebounds...For the second straight game, the Tritons outshot their opponents from the field and committed fewer turnovers.
Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Tritons flew to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon but it was hardly a holiday as the Antelopes jumped on top early and hung a 72-60 defeat on the visitors...Grand Canyon hit UCSD like a whirlwind right out of the opening tip, scoring the first 19 points before the Tritons were unable to find the net for the first seven minutes of the contest...Down 10 at intermission, UCSD went on a 25-9 run late in the second half to get within three but the ‘Lopes held on by hitting their free throws down the stretch...One bright spot for the Tritons was freshman Henry Patterson who tickled the twine for a game high 19 points, hitting 9-of-10 from the floor while accounting for six rebounds and a pair of assists...Sophomore guard Andrew Hatch grabbed six boards and handed out five assists...As a team, the Tritons shot just 40% and went to the charity stripe only nine times compared to 25 for GCU.
DAVEY REPEATS AS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Senior soccer star Matt Davey was named first team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American for the second consecutive year...UCSD's leading scorer with 10 goals and six assists during the 2005 season, the Laguna Niguel, CA native carries a 3.79 GPA and is scheduled to graduate in June with a degree in Bioengineering...After helping the Tritons to an 11-5-2 season, Davey was named first team All-CCAA for the third straight year.
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