This Week’s Events:
Fri., Jan. 27---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 27---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 27---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---Fencing---UCSD at West Coast Collegiate Invitational---All Day
Sat., Jan. 28---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---Noon
Sat., Jan. 28---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 28---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 29--- Fencing---UCSD at West Coast Collegiate Invitational---All Day
TRITON MEN SWEEP HOME PAIR; NORCAL TRIP NEXT
After capturing a pair home games last weekend, the Men’s Basketball team (6-9 overall/4-4 CCAA) has won four of its last five and pulled its league ledger back .500...Coach Bill Carr’s club now heads to Northern California where it will hook up with the first—Sonoma State (10-4/8-0)—and last—San Francisco State (0-14/0-8)—place teams in the CCAA.
Friday night, senior Odioh Odiye opened the game with a steal and a lay-up, followed that up with a trey from the wing to put UCSD up, 5-0, and it was off to the races from there as the Tritons rocked Cal State Dominguez Hills, 79-46, before 1,340 at RIMAC ...For the second consecutive time at RIMAC Arena, the UCSD men posted their largest-ever margin of victory in CCAA play...Odiye finished with 15 but freshman Henry Patterson was the star of the night, hitting nine-of-11 from the field, totaling 19 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and five steals...Sophomore Andrew Hatch went for 12 points (5-for-8) and handed out seven assists and junior Robby Peters sank five treys for 15 points...UCSD shot a blistering 58.5% on the night and sank 10 threes.
The next night, the Tritons completed the weekend sweep, outlasting Cal Poly Pomona, 83-79, in overtime...Steady point guard Clint Allard accounted for 19 points and five assists, Patterson rang up 16 points and nine rebounds and Peters delivered 13 points, almost all coming at critical times...Both teams shot well over 50% and the rebounding numbers were virtually even, but UCSD, the CCAA’s top team in scoring defense, forced six more turnovers and seemed to make the big plays when it counted...Down one at half, the Tritons went six up with just over six minutes remaining in regulation...Cal Poly clawed back, however, and seemed to have things in hand at 0:13 with a one point lead and two free throws...The Broncos converted just one, however, and Odiye took the inbounds pass the length of the court, finishing with a left-handed lay-up to push it to OT...The Tritons never trailed in the extra session and Peters’ long range bomb with 27 ticks left proved to be the final dagger.
WOMEN HOOPSTERS NO. 1 IN REGION--RUN WIN STREAK TO EIGHT
After posting triumphs at RIMAC Arena last Friday and Saturday night, Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games, remained in a three-way tie for first place in the CCAA and is now the No. 1 ranked team in the NCAA’s West Region...The Tritons boast a 12-2 overall record and are 7-1 in conference action...The victory skein is UCSD’s longest in Division II and best since a nine-game run in 1999-2000, its final year in Division III...The Tritons now travel to Northern California for contests against Sonoma State (8-7/5-3) and San Francisco State (4-10/0-8).
Junior guard Leora Juster, the CCAA’s leading scorer, struck for a career high 32 points Friday night to lead UCSD to a 67-52 triumph over visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills... Juster, who was perfect on four three-point tries and also distributed six assists, passed the 1,000-pt. mark for her career in the contest, becoming the eighth player in UCSD history to reach that plateau...She passed former Triton coach Judy Malone in the process...It was hardly all Juster, however...The Tritons held the Toros to under 30% from the floor and forced 18 turnovers...Freshman Michelle Osier just missed a double double, collecting nine points and nine rebounds...Junior Hillary Hansen had a game high 10 boards...The Tritons never trailed.
Juster just kept on rolling, Saturday, racking up 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, as UCSD turned in a surprisingly easy win over typically tough Cal Poly Pomona, 68-36...Again, it was hardly a one player show...Up 12 at the break, the Tritons delivered the knockout punch with a 10-0 run early in the second half while Juster was on the sidelines...Osier added 14 points and six rebounds while hard-working Briana Hinga contributed a team high 11 boards...UCSD harassed the Broncos into 27 turnovers and held them to a meager 22.4% from the floor...Following a poor 31.3% performance in the first 20 minutes, the Tritons finished at 40.7% for the game.
PEPPERDINE, USC INVADE RIMAC TO TEST MEN'S VOLLEYBALL SQUAD
After suffering back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) road losses in Northern California last week, the Men’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena to host Pepperdine (Friday) and USC (Saturday) this weekend...Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers are now 0-4 on the young season...Pepperdine is the nation’s No. 3 team and USC is ranked 12th.
Last Thursday, the Tritons battled No. 15 Stanford tough but were still shut out, 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)...Chris Sayers paced the offense with 10 kills and an ace while Russ Hardy chipped in with nine kills...Defensive ace Joe Sexton dug 11 balls.
The next night, UCSD took Pacific to four games, falling 3-1 (30-19, 30-25, 28-30, 30-25) in Stockton...Seniors Jon Daze and Sayers each piled up 16 kills and middle blocker Garret Smith put down 12 while hitting .364...Daze and Mike Reuter each had a team high 10 digs and junior setter Brooks Dierdorff had 53 assists, a pair of aces and three blocks... Pacific was plus-10 in the blocking department.
UCSD WOMEN SWIM, DIVE PAST USD FOR THIRD STRAIGHT TIME
Coach Scott McGihon's Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving teams will be home for the final time this year when they host Division I foe UC Irvine, Saturday...Six men and four women will be making their last competitive appearance at Canyonview Pool...Start time is noon.
Riding double wins by Susan Bell, Jennifer Sims and Jennie Margrave, the women's team defeated Division I crosstown rival USD for the third consecutive year, 170-120, Saturday at Canyonview Pool...In all, the Tritons captured 11 events including the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1:49.74).
Bell, the versatile junior, took both the 100 backstroke (58.90) and 200 individual medley (2:08.41) and was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.30) while freshman Sims swept the butterflys, winning the 200 in 2:07.55 and coming back to snag the 100 in 59.18...Margrave prevailed in both the one-meter (222.3 pts.) and three-meter (270.53 pts.) diving events...Single event winners included Sophie Levy (1,650 freestyle/ 17:19.38), Emily Harlan (50 freestyle/24.44), Shannon Simonds (100 freestyle/54.59) and Aubrey Panis (200 backstroke/2:11.53)...Levy was named a national Division II Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 9-15) by CollegiateSwimming.com.
FENCERS HEAD TO ARIZONA
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team swings back into action this weekend when it travels to Tempe, AZ for the West Coast Collegiate Invitational...The Tritons next home event will be a six-team dual meet that will include national power Notre Dame, Stanford and Air Force.
SPIRIT NIGHT FEB. 3; SIXTH, ROOSEVELT TAKE EARLY LEAD IN COLLEGE RACE
The annual Spirit Night basketball doubleheader is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3 against Cal State L.A....For more information, click the Spirit Night icon the UCSD Athletics home page...After two of the eight events in the Spirit Night College Competition, the standings are: 1-Sixth College, Roosevelt College (tie)...3-Revelle College...4-Marshall College...5-Muir College, Warren College (tie).
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