"We always talked about coming out with great energy and effort, and I felt we did that tonight," said head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "I felt that we stepped up and felt a little more comfortable tonight in our offensive flow. Daisy Feder and Emily Osga shot the ball very well and set the tone for the rest of the offense."
The Tritons, who never trailed in the game, improve to 1-3 overall and will take on the 14th-ranked Vikings of Western Washington (0-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the same venue. The game can be followed live here.
Consistent offense was very instrumental in the Tritons' victory. Just six days removed from her 28-point performance against Grand Canyon, senior guard Daisy Feder eclipsed it with a career-high 29 points in addition to four rebounds and an assist. Her seven three-pointers are also a career-high.
Feder received support from senior guard Emily Osga, who contributed 19 points and three rebounds as well as game-highs in both assists and steals with four and three, respectively, and junior forward Erin Dautremont, who ended with 12 points as well as a share of the game-high in rebounds with six. Dautremont also had three assists and a steal.
The Falcons were led by sophomore guard Suzanna Ohlsen, who scored 19 points and also had an assist, a steal and a block. Senior guard Rachel Murray matched Dautremont for the game-high in rebounds and ended the game with five points, an assist and a steal.
The Tritons came into the second half with a comfortable 20-point, 53-33 lead. Though the Falcons trimmed the lead to as little as 15 on Murray's layup to make the score, 63-48, with 12:20 left in the game, UCSD answered SPU's 6-0 run by embarking on a 17-7 run to bring the lead back to 25 on Dautremont's jumper with 5:37 remaining and the scoring reading, 80-55.
Sophomore guard Miranda Seto's layup with 1:30 to play was the final Triton bucket to give UCSD an 86-62 lead. Seto, who scored a career-high 14 points, had three rebounds and assists each over the 40 minutes.
For the game, the Tritons made more than half of their attempts, finishing with a 31-for-57 (54.4%) showing from the paint, an 11-for-21 (52.4%) performance from three-point range and a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe. In comparison, the Falcons made 23 of 53 (43.4%), 5 of 13 (38.5%) and 16 of 20 (80%) in those respective categories.
UCSD opened the contest by jumping out to a three-point lead with Osga's trey just six seconds into the game. In fact, the Tritons' first 12 points were on account of four shots from the arc, including two from Feder and one from Seto.
Feder played the first half as if she never left the Disney Tip-off Classic, scoring 22 points to go along with two rebounds and an assist, and made the Tritons' final two points of the half with a pair of free throws to extend their lead to 25, their largest of the game up to that point, and made the score, 53-28, with 1:31 to spare in the first frame.
The rest of the team also produced impressive numbers in the opening half. UCSD arrived at the intermission with a 20-point, 53-33 lead after going 19-for-31 (61.3%) from the field, including a stellar 10-for-14 (71.4%) from three-point range, whereas the Falcons made 13 of 27 (48.1%) from the paint and went 3-for-7 (42.9%) from the arc. The Tritons made all five of their free throws while the Falcons made four of their six attempts.
SPU (2-1) will play Azusa Pacific (0-1) in the game prior to the Tritons on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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