THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Fri., Jan. 9---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 9---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Hope International---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 9---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 10---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner Tournament---9:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 10---Swimming/Diving---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount (W)---11:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 10---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 10---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 11---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner Tournament---9:00AM
Sun., Jan. 11---Swimming---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---11:00 AM
MEN’S BASKETBALL STILL TIED FOR FIRST AFTER WEEKEND SPLIT
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team hits the road for the first time in CCAA play when it travels to Cal State San Bernardino (5-5/3-1) and Cal Poly Pomona (6-3/2-2) this weekend...The Tritons, 6-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play, are part of a four-way tie for first in the CCAA standings after splitting a pair of home games this past weekend ...Last season, UCSD downed both teams at home but fell to both on the road...In the 2008 post-season, the Tritons went overtime to knock off top-seeded San Bernardino in the first round of the CCAA Tournament and upended Cal Poly Pomona in the championship game.
In a game Carlson described as “a prime example of how tough it is to win in this league,” UCSD survived a Friday night dogfight with Cal State L.A., outscoring the Golden Eagles, 18-10, in the last 5:50 to emerge with a 68-64 victory...Senior point guard Kelvin Kim netted six of his team high 16 points in the final 2:17 to lead the Tritons...UCSD had trailed from the 10:14 mark of the second half until Kim drained a three-pointer with 2:17 remaining to make it 58-56...When Kim when to the bench briefly, battling cramps, freshman back-up Kirby Ruiz knocked down a clutch three-pointer with the shot clock running out to make it a five-point advantage...Kim came back in to score on a driving lay-up and two Brett Stuckey free throws iced the contest for the Tritons...Senior forward Shane Poppen, getting extra minutes due to an injury to Darryl Lawlor, racked up his third consecutive double double—15 points, 12 rebounds—while senior guard Alan Husted contributed 11 points and five assists and Stuckey chipped in with 10 markers.
UCSD saw its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday, dropping a physical skirmish with Cal State Dominguez Hills, 63-51...Although they led early, the Tritons had trouble from the outset with the combination of aggressive defensive tactics from the Toros and the free-wheeling standard of play...UCSD was up most of the first half but Dominguez Hills took a 20-19 lead into the locker room thanks to a pair of late free throws and assumed control for good with 17:46 remaining...Kim scored 14 and junior Jordan Lawley had 11 but the Tritons turned the ball over 18 times, shot a paltry 37.0% and missed a slew of key free throws en route to a 64.7% figure for the night at the line... Freshman forward Christian Hatch played 17 minutes off the bench, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STAYS UNDEFEATED IN CCAA
Off to a 4-0 start in conference play for the first time ever, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team will make its initial conference road trip this weekend, traveling to Cal State San Bernardino (6-4/4-0) and Cal Poly Pomona (8-5/4-0)...The Tritons are 11-2 overall and have won four straight...Coach Charity Elliott’s team is tied for the top spot in the CCAA with this week’s two opponents...UCSD swept San Bernardino last season but Cal Poly Pomona handed the Tritons two of their six conference defeats.
Friday night at RIMAC Arena, UCSD scored 28 of the first 35 points and cruised to a 79-59 triumph over Cal State L.A...The Tritons, who led by as many as 31 in the second half, got 15 points apiece from junior Annette Ilg and freshman Chelsea Carlisle and another 11 from senior Michelle Osier...UCSD shot just 36.6% from the field but won the rebounding battle, 51-37, and forced 24 turnovers...Osier had seven boards and point guard Leilani Martin handed out six assists.
The next evening, Ilg and junior Erin Noonan were the standouts as the Tritons ground out a 66-56 decision over a physical, athletic Cal State Dominguez Hills squad...Noonan recorded a game high 17 points while Ilg scored 14 (including three treys), grabbed four boards and had four assists...Senior Alexis Gaskin accounted for 10 points and helped key UCSD’s immediate second half comeback from a three-point intermission deficit.
Earlier in the week, in its first game back from the holiday break, UCSD ran roughshod over visiting NAIA San Diego Christian, 83-47...Elliott had 13 available players and all hit the scoring column...Osier and Noonan combined to shoot a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor and each finished with a team high 10 points...As a team, the Tritons shot a scorching 57.1% while holding the Hawks to just 28.6%...They also dominated the boards, outrebounding SD Christian, 49-24, with sophomore reserve Alison Weston pulling down seven...Martin distributed eight assists.
SWIMMING & DIVING HOSTS FINAL HOME EVENTS
Starting its drive towards the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference and NCAA Division II Championships, the Swimming & Diving teams will host Loyola Marymount (women) and Grand Canyon this Saturday and Sunday respectively at Canyonview Pool...They will be UCSD’s final home meets of the 2008-09 campaign and on Sunday the senior class of 2009 will be recognized prior to the start of competition.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOME 2009 OPENER FRIDAY
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team, coming off a 10-win season, opens its 2009 schedule at home Friday night against NAIA Hope International...Ring returns all but one starter from last year’s squad...Expected to debut in the starting lineup for the Tritons are setter Phil Bannan, middle blockers Adrian Guthals and Gerald Houseman, opposite Frank Fritsch and outside hitters Will Ehrman and Jason Spangler...The libero will again be senior Eric Leserman, UCSD’s all-time digs leader...Also expected to see ample playing time is middle blocker Calvin Ross while freshman Andrew Kaban will be pushing Leserman.
The Tritons will play a pair of road games next week, testing NAIA Cal Baptist before launching Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play at Long Beach State.
FENCERS HOST WEEKEND TOURNEY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team hosts its annual Bladerunner Tournament this Saturday and Sunday at UCSD’s Main Gym...The Tritons only other remaining home match will be Jan. 31 against UC Irvine and Cal Tech.
NEWS & NOTES
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