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Prior to Saturday's game against Sonoma State, five Tritons - Erin Dautremont, Kim Manlangit, Rachel Marty, Megan Perry and Stephanie Yano - will be recognized as they'll be playing in their final career contest at RIMAC Arena.
THE CANNED FOOD DRIVE IS ON
The CCAA is holding its annual canned food drive competition during the month of February and all league schools will be collecting canned goods to donate to local service organizations. UC San Diego will once again be participating on behalf of the San Diego Food Bank. Donation bins are currently located in the lobby of the Intercollegiate Athletics suite through Feb. 24. In addition, bins will be present at the following home events:
• Friday, Feb. 21 - women's/men's basketball vs. San Francisco State
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - baseball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - softball vs. Cal State East Bay
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - women's/men's basketball vs. Sonoma State
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 28.3 MPG
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 15.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, .418 FG%, .329 3FG%, .792 FT%, 2.3 SPG, 32.4 MPG
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 11.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, .372 3FG%, .784 FT%, 36.0 MPG
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 10.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, .420 FG%, 29.7 MPG
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 7.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, .625 FG%, 24.2 MPG
CCAA STANDINGS (through 2/19)
1. Cal Poly Pomona: 15-3, 18-4
T-2. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 12-6, 16-6
T-2. Chico State: 12-6, 16-6
T-2. Cal State L.A.: 12-6, 15-7
T-5. Cal State Stanislaus: 10-8, 13-9
T-5. UC San Diego: 10-8, 13-9
T-5. San Francisco State: 10-8, 14-10
8. Cal State East Bay: 9-9, 12-13
9. Humboldt State: 8-10, 11-11
10. Cal State San Bernardino: 5-13, 6-15
11. Sonoma State: 3-15, 4-18
12. Cal State Monterey Bay: 2-16, 5-16
Among all CCAA teams, UCSD ranks:
4. Free Throw Percentage (.705)
5. Three-Pointers Made (130)
7. Free Throws Made (337)
7. Rebounds/Game (38.6)
7. Assists/Game (12.3)
8. Field Goal Percentage (.385)
8. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (.296)
8. Fewest Turnovers/Game (16.6)
9. Points/Game (62.8)
9. Field Goals Made (457)
10. Steals/Game (6.0)
T-11. Blocks/Game (1.3)
Tritons ranked among the top 10 players in the CCAA include:
• Erin Dautremont
T-9. Rebounds/Game (6.9)
1. Minutes/Game (36.0)
T-5. Three-Pointers/Game (2.0)
8. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (.372)
• Miranda Seto
2. Free Throws/Game (4.4)
2. Steals/Game (2.3)
T-5. Points/Game (15.0)
T-5. Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.6)
T-6. Free Throw Percentage (.792)
8. Mintues/Game (32.4)
T-8. Assists/Game (2.9)
• Stephanie Yano
T-5. Assists/Game (3.5)
NCAA RELEASES FIRST REGIONAL RANKINGS
The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season Thursday and UC San Diego owns the eighth position in the West. Montana State-Billings tops the list and is followed by Simon Fraser, Cal Poly Pomona, Seattle Pacific, Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A., UCSD, Western Washington and Academy of Art.
MILESTONES FOR DAUTREMONT
On Feb. 1 vs. Humboldt State, Erin Dautremont scored her 1,000th career point. She is the ninth Triton to reach the 1,000 career points mark during the school's NCAA Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). She also grabbed her 500th career rebound this season.
UCSD holds a 6-5 home record, a 6-3 mark on the road and a 1-1 record at neutral sites…The Tritons are 2-2 against nationally-ranked teams this season...Miranda Seto's 10 FTM and 12 FTA at Cal State Monterey Bay (2/13) were both career-highs...Seto has scored in double-digits in 15 of 18 games played, including a career-high 25 against Cal Poly Pomona (1/31)...Her seven points at Cal State East Bay (2/15) were a season-low...Cassie MacLeod set several career-bests at Cal State East Bay (2/15), including points (12) and rebounds (8)...Erin Dautremont's double-double at Cal State Monterey Bay (2/13) was the fourth of her season...UCSD is out-scoring opponents 723-680 in the second half, but is being out-scored 653-623 in the first...Until this year, the last time the Tritons lost four consecutive CCAA games was during their 2002-03 campaign...Emily Morris recorded her first career-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds at Chico State (2/7)...Both of those totals are career-highs…Four players have recorded eight double-doubles for the Tritons as Erin Dautremont has four, Megan Perry has two and McKennan Bertsch and Emily Morris each have one…Cassie MacLeod, Haley Anderson and Jacquelynne White have all seen their first career action as a Triton this season.
Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic's most valuable player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests. The forward was joined by Megan Perry, a fellow senior, on the All-Tournament Team. Dautremont was selected to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team in 2012 as well.
SETO EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONOR
Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Nov. 25 following her performances at the West Region Crossover Classic at Azusa Pacific on Nov. 22-23. Seto scored a game-high 16 points in a 72-66 overtime win against No. 13 Western Washington. She also contributed five rebounds and four assists in the comeback victory. In a 66-63 loss against No. 21 Seattle Pacific, Seto poured in 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including finding the bottom of the net on three attempts from behind the arc. She grabbed three boards and dished out three assists in the near-upset. Overall, Seto averaged 16.6 points and grabbed five steals on the weekend. It was the first CCAA honor of her career.
CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State (7), 112 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (4), 101 points
3. Cal State L.A., 90 points
4. UC San Diego, 86 points
5. Cal State East Bay, 80 points
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 78 points
7. Cal State San Bernardino (1), 77 points
8. Humboldt State, 44 points
T-9. Cal State Monterey Bay, 38 points
T-9. San Francisco State, 38 points
11. Sonoma State, 33 points
12. Cal State Stanislaus, 15 points
(first place votes)
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer is in her second season leading the Tritons in 2013-14. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 overall record and placed second in the CCAA with a 17-5 mark. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason for the eighth time since 2000-01. Prior to coming to La Jolla, VanDerveer spent four seasons at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an impressive 83-26 record and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco. She began her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. She also served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Beijing. VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.
UCSD SIGNS FOUR DURING EARLY PERIOD
• Abby Conklin: Guard/Forward, 5-10, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills High School
• Noam Leead: Guard, 5-10, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School
• GiGi Olelewe: Forward, 6-0, Agoura, Agoura High School
• Paige Song: Guard/Forward, 5-9, San Jose, Lynbrook High School
ABOUT THE GATORS
San Francisco State enters Friday's game with a 14-10 overall record. The Gators, along with UCSD and Cal State Stanislaus, are tied for fifth place in the CCAA at 10-8. SFSU was a double winner at home last week, upsetting No. 14 and league-leading Cal Poly Pomona (78-63) and downing Humboldt State (72-70) the night before. San Francisco State leads the CCAA in field goals made (611) and three-point percentage (.344) and is second in three-pointers made (146). Katie Batlin leads the team and is fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 15.2 points/game. She is also the team's top rebounder, pulling down 7.9 boards/game, the fifth-best average in the CCAA. Batlin leads the conference in steals/game (2.8) and is fourth in assists/game (3.9).
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a commanding 17-3 advantage in the all-time series against San Francisco State. On Jan. 18 at The Swamp, McKennan Bertsch and Megan Perry scored 15 points apiece to lead UCSD to a 62-54 victory. Perry notched a double-double by adding 13 rebounds, while Bertsch had five boards, two assists, a steal and a block. SFSU got double-doubles out of Katie Batlin (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Lauren Varney (11 points, 11 rebounds). The Triton defense held the Gators under 30 percent shooting.
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State comes into the week with a 4-18 overall record and in 11th place in the CCAA with a 3-15 mark. The Seawolves, who play at Cal State San Bernardino Friday, split their home games last week, losing against No. 14 Cal Poly Pomona (64-74) before defeating Humboldt State (56-55). The team's other two league wins came against San Francisco State (69-63) and Cal State Stanislaus (71-58). Kristina Fahey is averaging a team-best 9.9 points/game, while Bronte Sheahan is just behind at 9.5. Fahey also leads the team on the boards (6.2/game) and in assists (2.7/game). SSU is turning the ball over 17.2 times per game, tied with Chico State for the worst average in the league.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 21-10 advantage in the all-time series against Sonoma State. On Jan. 17 in Rohnert Park, the Tritons exploded for 49 points in the second half to earn a 79-62 win. Megan Perry totaled a game-high 18 points, while Erin Dautremont and Miranda Seto each scored 16 points. Three Seawolves also hit double-digit point totals, including Tanner Adams (17), Bronte Sheahan (16) and Molly Kommer (10). Sonoma State led by 10 points, 35-25, at the half. The Tritons shot 23.5 percent in the first half and 52.9 percent in the second.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
CCAA TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the 2014 CCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are now on sale at http://www.axs.com, over the phone at (888) 929-7849, or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. All purchases made online or over the phone are subject to a convenience fee. Base ticket prices are unchanged from last year. New this year: Groups of 10 or more can get $2 off any ticket by contacting Jessica Reveles at email@example.com or (909) 244-5516. Complete information is available here.
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UCSD concludes its regular season on the road next week, playing at Cal State L.A. on Friday, Feb. 28, and at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, March 1. Both games tip at 5:30 p.m.