Release: Sunday 01/15/2006 
Briana Hinga and the 10-2 Women's Basketball team return to RIMAC Arena Friday & Saturday nights.
Briana Hinga and the 10-2 Women's Basketball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week’s Events:


Thu., Jan. 19---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM


Fri., Jan. 20---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM

Fri., Jan. 20---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Pacific---7:00 PM

Fri., Jan. 20---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM


Sat., Jan 21---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. USD---Noon

Sat., Jan. 21---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM

Sat., Jan. 21---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM




Now smack in the middle of a four-way tie for first place in the CCAA, the Women’s Basketball team will battle Cal State Dominguez Hills (7-5/2-4) and Cal Poly Pomona (6-7/3-3) at home this weekend...Coach Janell Jones’ charges bring a 10-2 mark into Friday’s night’s tilt with Dominguez and are 5-1 in league action...The Tritons are riding a six-game win streak and have taken nine of their last 10...The 10-2 start equals the record the 1996-97 UCSD team had out of the gate and has not been bettered since 1973-74 when the Shirley Petersen-coached team led by Judy Lower (Malone) went 14-2.


Last Wednesday, Leora Juster, the CCAA’s leading scorer, accounted for 22 points and four assists as UCSD posted a 65-59 triumph at Cal State San Bernardino...Fellow junior Hillary Hansen notched 20 points and freshman Michelle Osier 10 as UCSD assumed the lead early in the first half and took it the distance...The Tritons shot 46.4% from the floor and were +3 on the boards, thanks largely to the efforts of Briana Hinga (10 rebounds) and Osier (9).


Three nights later in Northern California, UCSD scored the first eight points of the game and went wire-to-wire in an 86-69 runaway over Cal State Monterey Bay...Juster and Osier registered 19 points each, while Meaghan Noud (15), Hansen (11) and Hinga (10) all reached double figures as the Tritons extended their advantage to as much as 30 points before cruising home...Osier’s seven boards helped UCSD to a six-rebound edge on the glass...In addition to her scoring exploits, Juster handed out six assists, had five rebounds and four steals.



Sporting two wins in its last three outings, the Men’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend to host Cal State Dominguez Hills (Fri.) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sat.)...Coach Bill Carr’s club is now 5-9 overall and 2-4 in CCAA play after splitting a pair of road games last week...Dominguez Hills comes in 4-8 overall and 2-4 in conference while Cal Poly Pomona is 8-5/4-2.


In what Carr termed a “clunker,” the Tritons were beaten, 64-42, Wednesday night at Cal State San Bernardino...The Coyotes led virtually all the way, stifling the UCSD offense to the tune of 21 turnovers and no three-pointers...Freshman A.J. Maulhardt’s eight points and five rebounds topped the Tritons in both categories.


Behind junior Robby Peters’ 16 points, UCSD turned it around Saturday night to claim a 67-62 victory at Cal State Monterey Bay...It was UC’s first-ever win over the Sea Otters, who had upset San Bernardino the previous night...A 9-2 run at the conclusion of the first half sent the Tritons into the locker room with a five-point edge...UCSD never relinquished the lead in the second 20 minutes but the pesky Otters didn’t let it get higher than 10...Junior Clint Allard racked up 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists while freshman Darryl Lawlor added 10...UCSD shot just 37.3% but turned the ball over only five times while getting 12 takeaways on the defensive end.



Things won’t get much easier for the rookie coach Kevin Ring and the Men’s Volleyball team this week...The Tritons (0-3), who opened against a pair of top 10 opponents last week, now travel to Northern California to battle Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes Stanford and Pacific, ranked 15th and 12th in the nation respectively.


Ring and Co. drew the nation’s No.1 ranked team, Long Beach State, for its 2006 debut Wednesday night and the results were as expected, despite a solid effort by the Tritons ...Long Beach got the best of a 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-21) contest, outhitting UCSD, .353 to .120...Senior Chris Sayers knocked down 13 kills but nobody else had more than Tim Dietrich’s six...The 49ers net supremacy was clearly reflected in their 16-4 blocking advantage.


Friday in Columbus, OH, the Tritons played tougher but still emerged on the short end of a 3-1 (30-25, 30-22, 31-33, 30-17) outcome against No. 10 Ohio State...Sayers matched his 13 kills from the opener but UCSD was again outhit (.412-.217) and outblocked (10.5-6.5)...Middle blocker Garret Smith hit a sterling .476 while recording 11 kills and Russ Hardy compiled eight kills and a team high 11 digs...Junior setter Brooks Dierdorff had 47 assists...Ohio State made it a sweep, Sunday, taking a closer encounter, 3-1 (30-23, 27-30, 30-25, 30-23)...Senior Jon Daze smacked 18 kills while Hardy (14) and Brendan Bowe also reached double figures in that department...Dierdorff dished out 49 more assists and the team hitting figures were closer (.292-.167) but the Buckeyes had a distinct edge (15.5-6.5) in blocking.



Coach Scott McGihon’s Women’s Swimming & Diving team will be trying to continue its recent dominance over USD when it hosts its crosstown Division I rival Saturday at noon in Canyonview Pool...McGihon’s squad posted 170-120 and 196-101 triumphs over the Toreros the past two seasons.


Last Saturday, on a cold, windy day in Northern California, both Triton teams were upended by an improved UC Davis squad...McGihon lauded the performance of his charges saying, “Davis was a little better than we expected, but both teams swam well and we lost a number of very close races”...The women fell, 188-112...Junior distance ace Sophie Levy was the only double winner, capturing the 1,000 (10:22.23) and 500 (5:04.51) freestyles, both in NCAA provisional qualifying times...Another junior, Susan Bell took the 400 individual medley in 4:33.07 and freshman Kendall Bohn clocked 2:22.93 in winning the 200 breaststroke.


For the men, diver Andrew Skewes prevailed on both the one and three-meter boards, posting an NCAA automatic qualifying score in the former...Individual event winners were senior Michael Baier in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.41), sophomore Evan Hsiao in the 100 breaststroke (58.00) and junior Jesse Marin in the 100 butterfly (52.63).



Friday night's basketball doubleheader against Cal State Dominguez Hills will also mark the start of two regular Friday night promotions--the Enerdyne Challenge and the Islands $10,000 Shootout...The Enerdyne Challenge, jointly sponsored by Enerdyne Technologies, UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering (JSOE) and UCSD Athletics, offers an opportunity for UCSD students to win outstanding prizes (this week it's a pair of HP Notebook computers) by solving engineering-oriented problems and attending Triton basketball games...The problems are presented weekly by selected JSOE faculty...Two students who answer the first problem correctly will be drawn at random during halftime of the men's game and must be present to win...Impetus for the promotion came from Brandon Nixon, former UCSD basketball standout and CEO of Enerdyne Technologies.


The Islands $10,000 Shootout will give one UCSD student a chance to win $10,000 by sinking a lay-up, free throw, three-pointer and half court shot (in sequence) within 25 seconds...If the contestant makes the first two shots he/she will get "free fries" at Islands Restaurant...Three shots earns a $25 Islands gift certificate and all four nets $10,000.



For more information about Triton sports, check our website at http://athletics.ucsd.edu.





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