Fri., Dec. 29---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 30---Women’s Basketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 4---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Thu., Jan. 4---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 5---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. Utah---2:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 6---Swimming & Diving (W)---UCSD at UCLA---11:00 AM
Sat., Jan. 6---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM
Sun., Jan. 7---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Thompson River (exhib.)---2:00 PM
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-2) HOSTS HOLIDAY TOURNEY
Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team will come off the holiday break and head right back into action this week, hosting the annual UCSD Classic Tournament, Friday and Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons will face Western New Mexico (1-5) the first night and take on West Texas A&M (10-1) 24 hours later...CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino, the fourth team in the tourney, plays the same two teams on opposite nights...UCSD brings a 4-2 season mark into the WNM contest after splitting a pair of games against ranked Division II opponents at last week’s Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas.
In the Las Vegas opener, No.24 Seattle Pacific dominated the first half, went into the break up by nine and made that stand, topping the Tritons, 70-60...Senior Hillary Hansen had a big 18-pt., nine-rebound effort but star guard Leora Juster was held to a “season low” 16 while uncharacteristically hitting just 6-of-18 from the floor...Senior guard Kacie Kostlan chipped in with 14 points, including four treys, and sophomore Michelle Osier had a team high 11 rebounds, pacing UCSD to a 49-36 advantage on the boards.
The Tritons put that loss behind them quickly, rebounding the next night to squash No. 14 Western Washington, 83-64...Juster had a mammoth outing, pouring in 34 points, while hitting all 13 of her free throws, earned a double double with 10 assists and also had five steals...Hansen stayed hot, netting 20 points to go with seven rebounds, and Kostlan and Osier both contributed 12 points...Osier was again the rebound leader with nine... UCSD got the lead early, extended it to double digits midway through the first half and was never threatened.
MEN’S HOOPS TEAM DOWNED BY CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Still looking for elusive consistency after dropping a Wednesday CCAA road game at Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Men’s Basketball team will have two weeks to find some answers before hitting the road again for conference clashes at Humboldt State and Sonoma State in early January...The Tritons now stand 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA.
Coach Bill Carr’s club let a 13-pt. first half advantage slip away while losing, 60-51, at Cal State Dominguez Hills...A 12-3 first half run gave UCSD a sizable early lead but a 21-2 second half blitz by the Toros turned the tables and the Tritons were never able to fully recover...Senior guard Robby Peters play mirrored that of the team as he knocked down four three-pointers while scoring all 12 of his points in the first half...Fellow guard Clint Allard recorded 11 points, six rebounds and five assists and sophomore all-conference forward Henry Patterson, seeing his first regular season action of the season, delivered 11 points.
UCSD SECOND IN FINAL FALL DIRECTORS’ CUP STANDINGS
Buoyed by big post-season performances from Men’s Water Polo, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Cross Country, UC San Diego closed out the fall season second in the NCAA Division II Directors’ Cup standings, released last Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Defending D-II Directors’ Cup champion Grand Valley State (MI) controls the top spot with 400 points...UCSD is second with 232.5 points while Tampa (219 pts.), Abilene Christian (204) and Chico State (193) round out the top five...The Directors’ Cup annually ranks the top overall athletic programs at each level based on NCAA Championship results.
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