Tue., Dec. 30---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Diego Christian---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLOSES TOURNEY WITH BIG WIN
Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team takes an 8-2 ledger into the holiday break after splitting two games at its own UCSD Classic last week...The Tritons swing back into action Dec. 30 when they host NAIA San Diego Christian at RIMAC Arena.
In a battle of once-beatens, UCSD was unable to overcome late St. Mary's (TX) runs in both halves, falling, 75-65, in Friday's first round action...The lead exchanged hands throughout the first half but St. Mary's, now 9-1, scored 12 of the final 14 points to take a nine-point edge into the locker room...The Tritons clawed back but a 13-2 surge put the Rattlers up by 13 with 1:43 to go and steady free throwing sealed the outcome...Senior Michelle Osier led UCSD with 21 points and seven rebounds but the Tritons shot just 37.9% from the field and had trouble scoring in their set offense...Freshman Chelsea Carlisle, in uniform for the first time, came off the bench to tally 13 and handed out four assists...The Tritons forced 22 turnovers but St. Mary's owned a 41-28 edge on the glass.
After turning in its worst performance of the season, Elliott’s club came back with perhaps its best the next night, routing 21st-ranked Drury (MO), 86-61...Osier delivered another of her patented double doubles (19 pts./13 rebounds), but it was fellow senior Alexis Gaskin who really kicked it into high gear, hitting 8-of-11 en route to a 22-point, nine-rebound effort...Carlisle scored 17 and dished out five assists and sophomore Annette Ilg had a solid all-around game with 10 points, eight boards and five assists...This one was never in doubt as the Tritons barreled out to a 20-7 lead, were 14 up at halftime and extended their advantage to as much as 34 despite the fact that Elliott made liberal use of her bench...UCSD shot a blistering 53.4% from the field, completely dominated the rebounding stats (45-20) and got to the free throw line 27 times...The victory over Drury, which was ranked No. 4 earlier in the year, was particularly special for Elliott who hails from the Panthers’ Springfield, MO home.
MEN’S BASKETBALL HITS JACKPOT IN LAS VEGAS
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team will go into the Christmas holiday with plenty of cheer after sweeping two games at last weekend’s CCAA/Pac-West Shootout in Las Vegas...The double victory elevated the Tritons to 5-3 on the season and gives them a four-game win streak when they head back into conference play, Jan. 2...UCSD (2-0) is one of four undefeated teams in the CCAA.
Showing a bit of expected rustiness on the heels of a 14-day break around finals, the Tritons still had too much for Academy of Art University to handle, dropping the Urban Knights, 62-40, in the first round of the CCAA/Pac-West event Friday night...Moved into the starting lineup with an injury to Darryl Lawlor, senior Shane Poppen made the most of the minutes, scoring 13 points and snagging 11 rebounds for his first career double double...The Tritons never trailed, although they struggled offensively, shooting just 35.5% from the floor...But Carlson’s charges turned the ball over only four times and ratcheted up the heat defensively, limiting the Urban Knights to a 25.5% field goal percentage and finishing plus-9 on the boards...Senior Alan Husted followed Poppen with nine points and guard Kelvin Kim chipped in with six assists.
Saturday night, the Tritons were more impressive...Poppen (14 pts./12 rebounds) and A.J. Maulhardt (10/12) both recorded double doubles and all five starters reached double digits as UCSD whipped Grand Canyon, 78-60, in Sunday’s tourney finale...Husted drained four threes while registering a game high 19 points...He was followed by Kim who scored 14 to go with six assists, and Jordan Lawley with 13 markers...The Tritons, who again led wire-to-wire, shot 50.8% for the night and out-rebounded the Antelopes, 42-27.
NEWS & NOTES
The ninth annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will take place Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the RIMAC Green Room...It will run from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM...For reservations e-mail email@example.com.
Despite returning all but one player from a squad that won a school record 10 matches last year (six in conference), Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team was picked to finish 11th in the 12-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in a pre-season poll of the league coaches...The Tritons open the 2009 campaign at home against NAIA Hope International on Jan. 9.
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