THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Jan. 26---Golf---UCSD at San Diego Intercollegiate (Exhib.)---All Day
Wed., Jan. 28---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---6:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 30---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 30---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Pacific---7:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 30---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 31---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at SDSU/Wyoming---Noon
Sat., Jan. 31---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech/UC Irvine---3:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 31---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 31---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Stanford---7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 31---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 1---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Diego Christian---11:00 AM
NO. 21 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TESTS 10-GAME STREAK ON ROAD
The 21st-ranked Women’s Basketball team takes its 10-game winning streak and three-game conference lead on the road to Sonoma State (8-9/4-6) and Humboldt State (12-5/7-3) this weekend...Coach Charity Elliott’s squad, 17-2/10-0 at the midway point of the CCAA schedule, defeated both teams at RIMAC Arena during the first week of the CCAA season back in December...Sonoma State is currently tied for seventh in the league standings while Humboldt State is tied with Cal Poly Pomona three games behind UCSD in second place.
Friday morning it seemed likely senior Michelle Osier would sit out that night's game trying to shake off the effects of illness...But after receiving pre-game recognition for breaking the school's all-time rebounding record, Osier not only played, she started and racked up a game high 26 points in 25 minutes as UCSD stopped Cal State Stanislaus, 73-62...For good measure the Placerville senior snared seven rebounds...She piled up 20 of those points in the first half as the Tritons opened up a 39-27 edge...The Warriors never got closer than eight in the second half...Osier got plenty of help...Senior running mate Alexis Gaskin had 10 points and five rebounds while junior Erin Noonan registered eight in each category and dished out six assists...Freshman guard Chelsea Carlisle scored 12 points, knocking down four threes.
Gaskin had a monster game Saturday, hitting 8-of-13 shots en route to a 21-point, 13-rebound night as UCSD squashed Chico State, the pre-season pick to win the conference, 62-38...The Tritons led by just five at halftime but controlled the second half...For the game, UCSD's defense held the Wildcats to 29.4% shooting from the field and collected 29 turnovers...Carlisle, who hit 8-of-9 free throws, scored 14 points while Osier was held to a season low six.
TRITON MEN SWEEP HOME PAIR; FACE SONOMA STATE, HUMBOLDT STATE
At the halfway junction of the CCAA season, Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team is part of a three-way tie for second place, just one game short of league leader Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Tritons (10-6/7-3) now take on Sonoma State (7-10/3-7) and Humboldt State (14-6/7-3) to open a stretch of four consecutive games away from RIMAC Arena...UCSD toppled both teams at home last December...Sonoma State, a loser of three in a row, is languishing in a tie for ninth place, while Humboldt State is part of the three-team logjam behind Dominguez Hills.
After building a 10-pt. halftime lead, UCSD overcame a mediocre second half to put away visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 67-58, in front of 1,734 Friday night...The Tritons scored eight straight points early to take the lead, pushed it out to 15 and were still ahead by double digits at the break...They never lost control in the second 20 minutes but were unable to completely break the Warriors either...Good work at the charity stripe (17-20) kept Stanislaus at bay in the late going...Junior Jordan Lawley hit 6-of-12 and paced UCSD with 19 points...Senior Alan Husted was next with 15, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the line...Point guard Kelvin Kim added eight points to go with six assists...The Tritons owned a 38-33 rebounding advantage with senior Shane Poppen accounting for six.
UCSD rebounded from a lackluster first half Saturday to put away Chico State, 69-63...Down by 11 points at the break after converting just 20.7% of their shots in the opening session, the Tritons came out of the locker room on fire, hitting at a 78% clip and shutting out the Wildcats for the first eight minutes of the second half...Kim was the catalyst, scoring 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting and assisting on five other baskets...Lawley checked in with 13 and Poppen was again solid, contributing nine points and eight boards...Kim also accounted for three steals as UCSD pried 19 turnovers from the Wildcats.
UCSD WOMEN WHIP UC IRVINE AND CAL BAPTIST
Coach Scott McGihon’s Women’s Swimming & Diving team will challenge Division I San Diego State and Wyoming, Saturday at SDSU...The Triton men will face only Wyoming at the same venue...Both teams were in action last Saturday in Irvine with the Triton women punching out UC Irvine (176-124) and Cal Baptist (202-82) as the men suffered defeats to both opponents with UC Irvine prevailing, 185-96, and Cal Baptist coming out on top, 165-118.
In an impressive performance, the women sped to wins in nine events, including 1-2 finishes in both relays...Individual race winners for the Tritons included senior Kendall Bohn, who swept the 100 (1:06.24) and 200 (2:22.13) breaststrokes, sophomore Anju Shimura, an Irvine native, who captured the 100 (58:13) and 200 (2:04.90) backstrokes, senior Aubrey Panis, sophomore Ashtyn Douglas and freshman Alex Henley...Panis’ 24.63 triumph paced a 1-2-3 Triton sweep of the 50 freestyle while Douglas (53.63) and Panis led a 1-2-3-4 UCSD parade in the 100 freestyle...Henley touched first the 400 individual medley (4:30.94) and was second to Shimura in the 200 back.
Top finishers on the men’s side were runner-ups Steven Hardy (100 backstroke/54.02), Pablo Carrillo (100 breaststroke/57.71) and Kneif Lohse (200 freestyle/1:44.22)...Dan Perdew (21.63) and Todd Langland (46.96) were third in the 50 and 100 freestyles respectively and teamed with Blake Langland and Sam Stromberg for a silver medal finish in the 200 free relay (1:24.10).
SPIKERS TACKLE PRINCETON WEDNESDAY
Looking to reverse a four-match losing streak, Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team will host Princeton Wednesday at RIMAC Arena and then renew Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend at Pacific (2-6/0-3) and Stanford (5-3/1-2)...The Tritons, 1-4 on the season, swept last year’s two-game series with Pacific but dropped both match-ups with Stanford.
On Wednesday night in Orange Country, No. 5 UC Irvine, a team UCSD whipped twice in 2008, stung the Tritons, 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-19...The Anteaters hit .571 for the evening and dominated play at the net with a 14-4 blocking edge...Sophomore Joel Davidson (10) was the only UCSD player to reach double figures in the kill column.
Things didn't get better Saturday in Westwood as No. 8 UCLA avenged last year's loss to the Tritons with a 3-0 (30-26, 35-33, 30-22) triumph...One positive for UCSD was the play of struggling junior Frank Fritsch who turned in a huge performance, pounding 20 kills while hitting a scorching .552...Will Ehrman chipped in with 10 kills, Phil Bannan handed out 40 assists and UCSD hit a creditable .272 but it wasn't enough against a Bruin side that posted a .389 attack percentage.
SEASON OPENER FOR BASEBALL TEAM SUNDAY
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team will take its No. 4 pre-season Division II ranking out for a test drive Sunday when it opens the 2009 campaign against NAIA San Diego Christian at home...The Tritons are coming off a 43-18 season that saw them reach the NCAA D-II Playoffs for the second consecutive time...Key returnees include first team All-CCAA picks Garrett Imeson (2B) and Evan Kehoe (3B) as well as second team all-conference choices Matt Cantele (1B/DH), Vance Albitz (SS) and Kirby St. John (P)... Also returning is sophomore reliever Tim Shibuya, an honorable mention All-CCAA selection as well as the CCAA Freshman of the Year.
FENCERS HOME SATURDAY Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team hosts its final home event of the year Saturday when UC Irvine and Cal Tech visit for a three-way tussle at Main Gym...Freshman Michael Wong's 44th place finish (188 competitors) in foil was the squad's top result from last week's North American Cup in Louisville, KY.
NEWS & NOTES
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf Team will face local rivals in today’s San Diego Intercollegiate, an exhibition tournament at La Jolla Country Club...Spirit Night 2009 is set for Friday, Feb. 20 in conjunction with the UCSD-San Francisco State basketball doubleheader...Revelle College won the Spirit Night trophy in 2008 and a record 3,906 fans were in attendance.
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