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Through three games, Erin Dautremont (right) is averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Tritons Host Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Classic Friday and Saturday
Release: Thursday 11/28/2013 

Fourth Annual UCSD Thanksgiving Classic
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Friday, Nov. 29
5:00 p.m. • Cal State San Bernardino (0-3) vs. Azusa Pacific (1-2) • Live Stats
7:00 p.m. • UC San Diego (2-1) vs. Metro State (1-1) • Live StatsLive Video

Saturday, Nov. 30
4:00 p.m. • Metro State vs. Cal State San BernardinoLive Stats
6:00 p.m. • UC San Diego vs. Azusa PacificLive StatsLive Video

General admission for each day of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic is $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.

Both of UCSD's tournament games will feature a live video stream, which can be accessed by clicking here. In addition, all four tournament games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Since moving to NCAA Division II status for the 2000-01 season, UCSD has gone 10-3 in home openers. The Tritons have won their last six RIMAC Arena starters and have lost only in 2001, 2002 and 2006. Last season's home opener was a 79-48 victory against Azusa Pacific in a UCSD Thanksgiving Classic game.

UCSD went 1-1 at last year's tournament, defeating Azusa Pacific, 79-48, and losing to Tampa in double overtime, 74-66. Against APU, Emily Osga scored a game-high 21 points, Daisy Feder had 19 and Erin Dautremont finished with 13. Megan Perry led all players with seven rebounds, while Miranda Seto dished out a game-high six assists. UCSD made 51% of its shots and netted 10 three-pointers. In the Tampa loss, Dautremont recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Feder had 21 points as the Tritons led 22-13 at halftime. In other games, Tampa defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 62-49, and APU downed CSUSB, 69-55. Feder and Dautremont were both named to the all-tournament team.

Junior guard Miranda Seto was namd the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week Monday following her performances at last week's West Region Crossover Classic at Azusa Pacific. 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, overtime 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.

UCSD went 1-1 last week at the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific. The Tritons came from behind to upset No. 13 Western Washington, 72-66 in overtime. McKennan Bertsch recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as UCSD erased a 16-point deficit in the second half. Miranda Seto finished with a game-high 16 points, Megan Perry had 11 and Stephanie Yano totaled 10 to go along with five assists. Erin Dautremont grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory. The day before, a buzzer-beating three-pointer gave No. 21 Seattle Pacific a 66-63 win over UCSD. Perry finished with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting with four three-pointers. She also added six rebounds, an assist and two steals. Seto totaled 17 points and three steals, while Bertsch doled out four assists. Dautremont and Taylor Hirz joined Perry with six rebounds apiece.

UCSD opened its 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 17 with a 70-65 victory at league opponent Cal State San Bernardino. Guard Miranda Seto set a new career-high by scoring 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-5 performance from the free throw line. She also dished out a game-high five assists. Megan Perry equaled a career-best with 13 points, Erin Dautremont added 10 points and Taylor Hirz pulled down a team-high six rebounds for the Tritons, who made 53.3% (24-for-45) of their shots in the game. UC San Diego led 30-25 at halftime and both squads put up 40 points in the second stanza. The Coyotes led by as many as four in the second half, but a layup by Seto with 6:57 remaining put UCSD up 47-45 and the Tritons held a lead the rest of the way. It was the first time that UCSD had ever kicked off a season with a CCAA game.

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)

G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 5.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 21.3 MPG
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 14.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 37.3 MPG, .484 FG%
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 18.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 38.3 MPG, 9 steals
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 8.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 26.3 MPG
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 8.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 25.0 MPG, .700 FG%

UCSD returns three starters, including All-CCAA First Team performer Erin Dautremont. The senior forward was the Tritons' leading rebounder last year, averaging 6.9 boards per game. Dautremont scored 11.8 points per game and carried a .480 field goal percentage, the fifth-highest among all CCAA players. Also returning are junior forward McKennan Bertsch and junior guard Miranda Seto. Starting all 33 games, Seto amassed a team-high 89 assists for an average of 2.7 per game, which ranked fifth in the CCAA. In 21 starts, Bertsch averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The Tritons need to replace their top two scorers as guards Daisy Feder and Emily Osga were lost to graduation. Feder, the CCAA's Most Valuable Player and an All-West Region First Team selection, put down 18.3 points per game last season, the third-best average in the conference. She led the league in three-point field goals (2.7/game) and free-throw percentage (.850). Osga averaged 12.4 points per game and led the CCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.461). She ranked second in overall field goal percentage (.503). For a complete breakdown of the 2013-14 roster, click here.

Heidi VanDerveer enters 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.

Metro State comes to La Jolla with a 1-1 overall record, defeating Nebraska-Kearney (79-64) and losing against No. 24 Minnesota State (63-75). Cassie Lambrecht leads the team with her 18.0 points per game average, while Tai Jensen and Amy Nelson are each averaging 12.5 PPG. Nelson is also the Roadrunners' top rebounder, pulling down 8.0 per game. Kya DeGarmo is distributing 5.0 assists a game. Lambrecht was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday after scoring a career-high 20 points against Nebraska-Kearney and 16 in the game versus Minnesota State.

Friday's game will be the first-ever meeting between UC San Diego and Metro State.

Azusa Pacific comes into the tournament with a 1-2 record. The Cougars defeated No. 13 Western Washington (76-62) and suffered losses against No. 21 Seattle Pacific (74-83) and Cal Poly Pomona (75-84). Four players are averaging over 10 points a game, including Kelly Hardeman (19.3), Sendy Valles (15.3), Allison Greene (14.7) and Elena Ala (12.0). Valles is averaging just under a double-double as she is hauling in 9.7 rebounds a game as well.

Azusa Pacific leads the all-time series, 13-7, dating back to the 1980 season. Last year, UCSD earned a 79-48 victory on Nov. 23 as part of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic. Prior to that game, the two squads hadn't met since 1994.

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