This Week’s Events:
Sat., Dec. 16---Diving---UCSD at Las Vegas Invitational---All Day
Sat., Dec. 16---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
WOMEN CAGERS IN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Looking to improve its 2-1 (1-1 CCAA) record, Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team travels to Carson, CA to tangle with Cal State Dominguez Hills, Saturday...The Toros are 2-0 in conference play and tied with Cal State Bakersfield atop the CCAA standings...The Tritons swept the season series last year, but two weeks ago, the improved CSUDH cagers upset No. 6 Chico State by 18 points, one night after the Wildcats had defeated UCSD.
In off-court news, it was confirmed last week that the Feb. 3 UCSD-Chico State clash in Chico will be televised live by CSTV as part of the network's NCAA Division II package...Tip-off has been moved to 1:00 PM...Star guard Leora Juster earned CCAA Player of the Week honors for the second time this season for her play from Nov. 27-Dec. 4.
MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO HAWAII PACIFIC
After coming out of finals with a disappointing home performance against Hawaii Pacific Sunday, the Men’s Basketball team will use a 10-day competitive layoff to try to get back on track in preparation for a December 20 CCAA road match-up with Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Tritons are now 3-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
In Sunday’s tilt, UCSD started out cold and never really found its rhythm, dropping a 53-50 decision to Hawaii Pacific...Offensively challenged in the first half, UCSD scored just two points in the opening eight and a half minutes, but HPU’s inability to take advantage of those woes allowed the Tritons to actually grab a one-point lead just before the half and trail by just one, 27-26, going into the locker room...The second half was seesaw, but in the late going, Coach Bill Carr’s charges again faltered, failing to score a field goal in the final 3:59.
Guards Clint Allard and Robby Peters each collected 12 points but the Tritons were outshot (54.1% to 34.0%) and beaten by nine on the boards... Reinforcements may be on the way, however, as sophomore Henry Patterson, a first team All-CCAA selection as a freshman, is expected to get the green light to play at Dominguez Hills and junior guard Andrew Hatch, a backcourt stalwart the last two seasons, figures to return from the injured list before the end of the month.
TRITON DIVERS COMPETE AT LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL
Under the direction of new diving coach Jennie Margrave, five divers will travel to Las Vegas for Saturday’s Las Vegas Invitational, featuring a primarily Division I field... Facing top-flight competition, it is hoped that several Triton divers will return qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships, scheduled for March in Buffalo...Prominent in that group are 2006 NCAA participants Andrew Skewes and Daniel Gordh.
MEN’S WATER POLO RECAP
Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team capped an outstanding season with a third place finish at the NCAA Championship in Los Angeles...The Tritons finished with a school record 26 wins against just six losses and won their 14th Western Water Polo Assn. title...Harper was loop Coach of the Year and senior Jesse Casellini the WWPA Player of the Year.
Stat leaders in 2006 included Ty Lackey (goals-77), Adi Jerkovic (assists-65), Nestor Dordoni (steals-29, field blocks-11), Casellini (ejections drawn-47) and Jeremy Randall (saves-223)...
Lackey’s goal total left him tied for ninth on the UCSD single season goals list .... Meanwhile, Jerkovic became the all-time assists leader (141) and is now tied for second on the single season assist chart.
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