This Week’s Events:
Sat., Dec. 10---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Northwest Nazarene---5:30 PM
WOMEN HOOPSTERS GAIN ROAD SPLIT TO OPEN CONFERENCE
The youthful Women’s Basketball team split its first two CCAA contests of the season, springing an overtime upset at Cal State Bakersfield before dropping at 10-pt. decision at Cal State L.A...Now, 4-1 overall, the Tritons will entertain Northwest Nazarene (ID), Saturday at RIMAC Arena.
Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena, UCSD put four players in double figures, owned a 44-30 advantage on the boards and was plus-eight in the turnover department...It all added up to a 69-58 victory over visiting Alaska-Fairbanks in the final pre-conference outing...Junior guard Leora Juster led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Michelle Osier with 13 and Meaghan Noud and Hillary Hansen with 10 each...Hansen made it a double double by racking up 10 rebounds as well while sophomore guard Alexis Mezzetta handed out seven assists...The outcome was still in question at the eight minute mark but the Tritons blew it open with a 13-0 run in gaining their second win over the Nanooks this season.
Friday night, Coach Janell Jones’ club hit 11-of-12 free throws in overtime to hand Cal State Bakersfield its first loss of the season, 101-91...Juster buried six of those charity tosses (she was 10-10 from the line overall) and struck for a game and career high 30 points as well as five assists...Backcourt reserve Kim Buffum scorched the ‘Runners with eight treys, a career high 27 points and five assists...Osier continued her standout play, posting a double double with 20 points and 11 boards...Hansen also registered double figures with 12 markers and led UCSD with seven assists...The Tritons shot a blistering 52.2% for the game, were +15 in the rebounding department and reached triple digits for the first time since moving to Division II.
Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons found that life on the road can be tough in the CCAA, suffering an 80-70 loss at Cal State L.A...After burning Bakersfield with a dozen treys Friday, Jones’ charges could connect on just two-of-eight Saturday ...The Golden Eagles went wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 24 in the second half...Freshman Osier was a bright spot for UCSD, knocking down 19 points, complemented by 17 boards, 11 on the offensive end...Osier’s numbers helped the Tritons to a 54-33 edge in the rebounding column but they shot just 36.2% as a team...CSULA is 6-1 on the season.
NEAR MISSES ON ROAD FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team will take the week off for finals while trying to recover from a pair of heartbreaking losses during a conference-opening road trip last weekend...The 1-4 Tritons will be back in action a week from Tuesday when they go crosstown to take on NAIA Point Loma.
With two seconds left, the last two of Dwuan Rice’s game high 15 points lifted Cal State Bakersfield to a 51-49 victory over UCSD Friday...With 1:09 on the clock, freshman Henry Patterson’s lay-in had pulled the Tritons even for the first time in the second half...Junior Robby Peters led all UCSD scorers with 12 points, connecting on four three-pointers, while Patterson finished with 11...The Tritons won the rebounding battle, 37-30, and held the ‘Runners to a .362 field goal percentage...Junior Clint Allard topped UCSD in both rebounds (4) and assists (5)...Bakersfield is undefeated on the season and hung a loss on six-time defending CCAA champion Cal State San Bernardino the next night.
Saturday, it was another tough setback for Carr’s squad as Cal State L.A.’s Junior Rodriguez scored on a put back with four seconds left and then converted a free throw, breaking a 58-58 tie and giving the Golden Eagles a 61-58 triumph... UCSD, which led by as many as 11 in the first half and was up by 10 shortly after intermission, saw L.A. forge ahead in the late going but staged its own rally and took a three-point lead at the 2:39 mark on the second of Shane Poppen’s two free throws...But that would be the last scoring for the Tritons...On the night, freshman Darryl Lawlor came off the bench to net 16 points, hitting five-of-seven from the floor...Allard and sophomore Andrew Hatch each had four assists and the Tritons sank 48.8% of their shots, but the Golden Eagles had the edge in rebounding and turnovers.
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
Freshman middle blocker Rebecca Bailey of the Women’s Volleyball team won honorable mention status on the AVCA’s All-Pacific Region team...Additionally, three members of the Men’s Soccer team won NSCAA All-Far West Region honors...Senior midfielder Matt Davey was a first team choice while senior goalkeeper and freshman defender Devon Cook grabbed second team recognition.
The NCAA recently named is Division III 25th Anniversary Women’s Volleyball team...Former Triton great Vikki Van Duyne, part of the 1988 and 1990 NCAA title squads, was one of six players selected.
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