THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Fri., Dec. 5---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 5---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 6---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:30 PM
TRITONS GET ALASKA SWEEP; OPEN CCAA AT HOME FRIDAY
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Women’s Basketball team takes a 5-1 record into the first weekend of conference play...Coach Charity Elliott’s hoops squad hosts Humboldt State (4-2) Friday and Sonoma State (3-0) Saturday at RIMAC Arena, on the heels of a perfect (3-0) performance at last weekend’s Mount McKinley Bank North Star Classic in Fairbanks, AL...COMPARATIVE START...The Tritons were picked for second in the CCAA pre-season coaches’ poll while Humboldt State and Sonoma State were tabbed third and fourth.
The Tritons opened the tournament in holiday style, surprising 10th-ranked Holy Family (PA), 65-59, on Thanksgiving Day...UCSD scored 23 of the first 28 points, knocked down 62.1% of its shots in the first half and was cruising by 19 (41-22) by halftime...The Tigers turned the tables early in the second half, getting to within one late in the game, but UCSD regrouped to pull away in the final minutes...Senior Michelle Osier scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds and fellow senior Alexis Gaskin accounted for 12 points and nine boards...Sophomore Annette Ilg contributed 12 points while junior Erin Noonan was good for eight points, eight rebounds and a team high three assists.
Osier, Gaskin and Ilg were again the catalysts as UCSD kept the good times rolling Friday with a 73-60 triumph over Hawaii Pacific...Osier put up 20 pts. and grabbed eight rebounds while the numbers for Ilg and Gaskin were 16/5 and 11/7 respectively...Junior point guard Leilani Martin chipped in with seven points and six assists...Gaskin deposited a lay-up 21 seconds into the contest and UCSD, which never trailed, had a 10-point advantage at the break...HPU rallied to knot the game with 10:47 remaining but the Tritons went on an 18-8 spurt at that point to put it away.
An Osier double double (18 pts./11 rebounds) powered the UCSD to a 67-56 conquest of host Alaska-Fairbanks in the tournament wrap-up Saturday...UCSD ratcheted up the defense in this one, holding the Nanooks to just 28.6% shooting from the field and forcing 19 turnovers...Elliott’s club took the lead for good at 16:51 of the first half but was never able to extend the lead past 13 and Alaska was still hanging around, just seven down, with two minutes left...Gaskin had a double double (13 pts./10 rebounds) and Noonan went for 12 and seven.
UCSD MEN HOST HUMBOLDT, SONOMA FOR OPENING CCAA WEEKEND
Sitting 1-3 after splitting at pair of games as last weekend’s Notre Dame de Namur Tournament, Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team makes its 2008-09 RIMAC Arena debut this weekend, taking on Humboldt State (6-2) Friday and Sonoma State (3-1) Saturday...The Tritons won their first-ever CCAA Championship last winter by virtue of winning the conference tournament...Humboldt State tide for first in last year’s regular season league standings...The CCAA coaches’ pre-season poll forecast the Tritons would finish seventh this year and pegged Humboldt State and Sonoma State for fourth and eighth respectively.
In their first meeting of the year with a Division II opponent, UCSD got off on the right foot at the Notre Dame de Namur Tournament, whipping their hosts, 76-53, Friday in San Francisco...Led by junior Jordan Lawley and senior Alan Husted, the Tritons shot 53.8% from the floor, scored the game’s first nine points and were ahead by 11 at halftime... That’s as close as the Argonauts were able to get as Lawley tallied 17 (7-of-10) and Husted 16 (5-of-10)...UCSD was plus-10 on the glass and got a 10-pt. effort from freshman Ryan Wheeler in a 16-minute stint off the bench.
Lawley scorched the nets for a career high 31 points the next night, but it was not enough to get UCSD past No. 11 Central Washington, which topped the Tritons, 78-70...CWU raced out to an 8-1 lead but a Lawley steal and lay-up put UCSD up, 20-19, 12 minutes into the game...Unfortunately, that would be the last lead for the Tritons...The Wildcats pushed the margin to 10 by halftime and extended it to 17 in the second half before UCSD mounted a comeback that brought it to within four with 3:44 left in regulation... Central made its free throws down the stretch to close it out...The Wildcats nailed 51.9% of their shots and were 11-of-21 from three-point land...Lawley, UCSD’s only all-tournament choice, hit 9-of-17 and handed out three assists...Senior sixth man Shane Poppen led the Tritons with seven boards and scored 14, hitting 10-of-12 from the free throw line...Husted and point guard Kelvin Kim also hit double figures with 11 points each.
NEWS & NOTES
Senior Rebecca Bailey, UCSD’s all-time kill leader (1,364) was named to the AVCA’s All-West Region first team for the second consecutive year...Junior Sylvia Schmidt earned honorable mention accolades...Bailey was also a Daktronics All-West Region pick.
Senior A.J. Kotanjian finished the 2008 season as the top scorer on the Men’s Water Polo team with 67 goals...Three others—juniors Daniel Garcia (65) and Steve Donohoe (56) and senior Adi Jerkovic (51)—had more than 50...Jerkovic topped the squad with 96 assists, breaking Greg Goodrich’s single season mark, and finished his career with 237, also a UCSD record...Jerkovic also compiled 179 career goals (8th) and 150 steals (7th) in his four years...Ross Mecham (1996-99) is the only other player ranked in the career top 10 in all three categories...Senior Chance Vermilyea was the ’09 leader with 47 steals.
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