This Week’s Events:
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/Wagner---2:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 6---Women’s Swimming---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
UCSD WOMEN BACK TO CCAA PLAY AFTER TOURNAMENT SWEEP
Boasting a 6-2 record after capturing both games in last weekend's UCSD Classic, the Women's Basketball team returns to conference play with road contests at Humboldt State (7-2) and Sonoma State (3-5)...Coach Janell Jones' charges sport a 2-1 CCAA mark while both of this week's foes are 2-2.
Friday night, the Tritons rattled off the first nine points and were in command all the way, drubbing Western New Mexico, 87-51...Four players posted double figures, led by sophomore Meaghan Noud’s career high 20 points...The 6-foot lefty connected on 8-of-10 from the floor, drilling four three-pointers...Senior Hillary Hansen chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals while senior Leora Juster and soph Michelle Osier both recorded 11 points...The Tritons shot 56.7% from the field and out-rebounded the Mustangs, 42-26, while forcing 25 turnovers.
Saturday was a much different story but, in the end, just as impressive as the Tritons bounced back from a 17-point first half deficit to defeat 10th-ranked West Texas A&M, 76-71, in a game that had a postseason feeling...The Lady Buffs dominated the first half, confounding UCSD behind 23 points from All-American guard Emily Brister and 59% shooting...But Jones and Co. made a late first half surge to reduce the margin to eight at the break and came out of the locker room with a new sense of purpose, turning up the defensive intensity and taking control of the game...Ballhawking on the wings, UCSD (which had seven second half steals and caused 23 turnovers overall) went on a 14-0 run that produced a five-point advantage with 8:20 to go...The lead never got any larger but the Tritons never lost it either...Brister ended up with 35 points, but was matched bucket-for-bucket by Juster who more than stepped up to the challenge by matching her career high with 37 points...Juster was 10-of-16 from the field, 17-of-20 from the charity stripe, yanked down 11 rebounds and had three assists...Noud was again instant offense off the bench, striking for 14 points, and Hansen was a defensive force while notching 12 points and seven rebounds...Freshman Jillian Ricks hit just 1-of-7 on the night but that one, a three-pointer with 5:20 left in the game, was huge as it came just as West Texas A&M had narrowed the gap to one and seemed poised to reassert itself...The win was UCSD's second against a ranked team this season.
NORCAL TREK FIRST POST-HOLIDAY TEST FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
Coming off a two-week competitive layoff, the Men’s Basketball team jumps right into the meat of its CCAA schedule, traveling to Northern California to battle conference newcomer Humboldt State and defending league champion Sonoma State this week... UCSD is now 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA...Humboldt State is also 1-2 in conference play while Sonoma is winless in three tries...Coach Bill Carr’s Tritons are home again on Friday, Jan. 19 when they host Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD plays six of its next eight CCAA contests on the road.
TRITON SWIMMERS HOST UTAH FRIDAY
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams return to action this week, hosting Utah and Wagner Friday at Canyonview Pool...Wagner, whose assistant coach is former UCSD standout Christine Hyjek, will field only a women’s team and there will be no diving in this meet which will feature a slate of non-traditional events.
It will be only women a day later when UCSD travels to UCLA...The Utah event will be the last home appearance of the year for the Triton men while the final Canyonview outing for the women will be next week against Loyola Marymount...In the NCAA Division II Dual Meet Power Rankings, released Dec. 20, the UCSD women were No. 1 and the men No. 2.
TRITON SPIKERS PREP FOR OPENER WITH SUNDAY EXHIBITION
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball squad will have its first and only pre-season tune-up Sunday when it hosts Canadian visitor Thompson River University in an exhibition match at 2:00 PM...Among the returning starters for Ring’s club are senior setter Brooks Dierdorff, junior middle blocker Stephen Shaw and sophomore libero Eric Leserman... The regular season starts Jan. 12 at Long Beach State and the Tritons’ home opener is Jan. 23 against NAIA Hope University.
MEN’S WATER POLO TEAM GARNERS POST-SEASON HONORS
The Men’s Water Polo team, which went 26-6, won the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title and finished third at the NCAA Championships, continues to be recognized for its outstanding 2006 campaign...Senior Ty Lackey was selected first team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo and was named one of three finalists for the Peter J. Cutino National Player of the Year Award...Lackey was UCSD’s first-ever Cutino Award finalist...The Cutino winner will be announced at a June banquet at the Olympic Club in San Francisco...Lackey was also a first team Division II All-American.
Senior Jesse Casellini, the WWPA Player of the Year, earned honorable mention All-America status and joined Lackey as a first team Division II pick...UCSD dominated the Division II All-America choices as A.J. Kotanjian, Adi Jerkovic, Nestor Dordoni and goalie Jeremy Randall were also first teamers and Denny Harper snagged Coach of the Year recognition.
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