SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's basketball team played hard throughout its Sunday game against Cal State San Bernardino, but in the end found itself on the losing side of a 66-62 score at Coussoulis Arena.
The Tritons fall to a 4-6 record overall and a 2-1 mark against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) teams. UCSD will have to wait two weeks before getting its chance to even the season series with the Coyotes when it hosts CSUSB at RIMAC Arena on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. in its final contest of the 2012 slate.
"We really needed to be much more aggressive," said first year UCSD head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "In the first half they really got us on our heels a little bit, attacked us off the dribble, and we didn't respond well."
UCSD senior guard Daisy Feder continued her offensive explosion, leading all scorers and rebounders with 28 points and nine boards. Feder also was one of four players with a game-high four assists. Out of her 28 points, 21 were scored in the first half.
Freshman guard Alexcia Mack of the Coyotes had a team-high 19 points to go along with two rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The contest proved that no lead was safe as it changed hands 18 times in all while the teams had the same score on six different occasions.
In regards to accuracy, the Coyotes went 25-for-58 (43.1%) while the Tritons went 24-for-56 (42.9%) from the paint. UCSD made seven of 20 (35.0%) from the arc and seven of nine (77.8%) from the free-throw line, which was better than CSUSB's 5-for-17 (29.4%) and 11-for-16 (68.8%) performances from those respective areas of the court.
UCSD out-rebounded Cal State San Bernardino, 38-30, but turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 14 points for the Coyotes.
With the Tritons facing a three-point deficit at the half (32-29), junior forward Erin Dautremont sprang to life for the Tritons by scoring every point in UCSD's 7-0 run to open the closing 20 minutes of the game. Dautremont, who went scoreless in the first half, gave the Tritons the lead, 34-32, on a three-pointer with 18:51 left to play.
In all, the West Hills native contributed the Tritons' first 10 second-half points as part of UCSD's 10-2 scoring run. The end of Dautremont's stretch also presented the Tritons with their largest lead of the game when she made a layup with 14:17 left to play, giving UCSD a five-point, 39-34 advantage.
However, the Coyotes put an end to their own scoring drought by netting seven unanswered points, tying the game at 39-39 before capping the run on Mack's layup with 11:23 remaining to put them up 41-39. This signified the first of four lead changes in a 67-second span.
Later in the closing half, Dautremont scored on a jumper with 6:06 prior to the final buzzer and yielded UCSD a narrow 53-52 lead, which proved to be the Tritons' final one of the game.
On the Coyotes' next possession, Nicole Chapple's layup gave CSUSB a 54-53 lead with 5:48 left in the contest, marking the game's 18th lead change. It commenced a 6-0 run for the Coyotes.
Feder's three-pointer to stop the run with 4:14 left trimmed the Coyotes' lead back to two and made the score 58-56.
A minute later with the Coyotes ahead, 60-56, Mack nailed a three-pointer to extend CSUSB's lead count from four to seven, its largest of the game.
Both teams began the game going scoreless on their first three possessions, but the 0-0 tie was broken by CSUSB's Adriana Brodie's second free throw attempt at the 18:38 mark.
Nearly a minute later, UCSD scored its first basket as well as its first lead on Feder's three-pointer with 17:40 to go. It proved to be the first of eight lead changes in the opening 20 minutes alone.
On the next possession, Brodie answered Feder's trey with a jumper to even the score, 3-3, marking the first of six ties in the contest, four of those coming in the first half.
Sophomore center Dana Webster's jumper with 2:36 before the half brought the Tritons to the better end of a 27-26 score. However, fourteen seconds later, Jaslyn Cosey's jumper put the Coyotes ahead, 28-27, and they held an advantage until the break.
"We were passive offensively and not in a great rhythm," said VanDerveer. "We gave ourselves some good chances down the stretch, but they made more plays than we did."
The Coyotes (3-3, 2-1 CCAA) will play a non-conference game against Hope International (7-5) at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.