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Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests.
UCSD Dives Into CCAA Play With Two Road Games
Release: Wednesday 12/04/2013 

Game Six
at RV Humboldt State (3-1, 0-0 CCAA)
Thursday, Dec. 5 • 5:30 p.m.
Lumberjack Arena • Arcata
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Game Seven
at RV Cal Poly Pomona (4-1, 1-0 CCAA)
Saturday, Dec. 7 • 5:30 p.m.
Kellogg Gym • Pomona
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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.

UCSD (4-1, 1-0 CCAA) opened play at home in the fourth annual Thanksgiving Classic last week and finished with a clean 2-0 record. Erin Dautremont scored a game-high 26 points to lead UCSD to a narrow 62-61 overtime victory against Metro State in the first game at RIMAC Arena. Dautremont had a hot hand all night, making 8 of 12 shots from the field, including all four of her three-point attempts. The forward was 6-for-8 from the free throw line and collected a team-high six rebounds as well. Guard Miranda Seto netted 11 points while also contributing four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Guards Haley Anderson and Megan Perry each pulled down five rebounds for the Tritons in the win. In the second game of the classic, Perry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and added a team-best 11 points for her first career double-double to lead UCSD to a 52-50 win over Azusa Pacific. Five of her boards came on the offensive glass and the senior guard also chipped in with two assists and a steal in a full 40 minutes of play. Junior forward McKennan Bertsch also turned in a strong performance for UCSD, collecting eight points and 10 rebounds. Dautremont and Anderson each totaled nine points and junior guard Stephanie Yano dealt five assists and had two steals.

Dautremont was tabbed the tourney's most valuable player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests. The forward was joined by Perry, a fellow senior, on the All-Tournament Team. Dautremont was selected to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team last season as well.

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.

Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week 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, 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 at the West Region Crossover Classic hosted by Azusa Pacific. On Nov. 23, 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.

Humboldt State enters with a full head of steam after winning three-straight contests over Western Washington (77-68), Academy of Art (87-83) and Dominican (71-59). The only loss came in the season opener against Seattle Pacific, who was ranked sixth, 71-66. Thursday’s game will mark the home and conference opener for HSU, who is 9-1 in the past 10 seasons in their first game at home. HSU, who was picked to finish eighth in the CCAA, is currently receiving votes in the national poll as of Dec. 3. The ‘Jacks are led by Kersey Wilcox, who is averaging 17.8 points per game and 7.5 assists per game. Jae Shin pours in 16.8 points per contest, while Megan Shields grabs 8.5 rebounds per match to complement the production from Wilcox. HSU is lethal from downtown and averages eight threes per game, led by Shin’s 18 treys on the season. Joddie Gleason is currently in her 10th season at the helm of the ‘Jacks.

The Tritons hold an 11-8 all-time series record against Humboldt State. UCSD won both matches in 2012-2013 by a combined 37 points. In the first game in Arcata, the Tritons dominated in a 74-49 victory. In the second matchup in La Jolla, UCSD opened up a 43-40 first half lead to power the Tritons to a 78-66 victory. The ‘Jacks last defeated UCSD on Feb. 22 in Arcata, a 74-73 decision while the Tritons were ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Cal Poly Pomona is currently 4-1 overall and 1-0 in CCAA play in 2013-14. The Broncos have picked up wins over then #18 Simon Fraser (66-64), Azusa Pacific (84-75 OT), Cal State San Bernardino (69-41) and Merrimack (88-81). The Broncos only loss came against Simon Fraser, who both picked up a win in back to back games on Nov. 8-9, 73-64. CPP, who was picked to finish second in the CCAA, is currently riding a four-game home stretch and will play six of their first seven matches at home. The Broncos have also won three-straight contests. Junior Ariel Marsh, who was just named CCAA Player of the Week, averages 12.8 points per game and a team-high 4 assists per game. Jada Blackwell leads the Broncos in scoring at 17 points per contest and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game inside the paint. Cydnie Jones also averages 9.4 boards per contest, giving the Broncos a 4.6 rebounding margin over their opponents on the year. Danielle Bishop is currently in her fourth season as head coach of Cal Poly Pomona.

The Broncos hold a 10-3 all-time series record against UCSD. The season series was split last season with each team earning wins on their respective home floors. CPP earned a 68-63 win in Pomona on Jan. 3, before the Tritons answered with a 66-64 overtime in at RIMAC Arena on Feb. 9.

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