CCAA Tournament First Round
No. 2 UCSD (19-10) vs. No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino (13-13)
Tuesday, March 5 • 7 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Tickets for Tuesday's first round game in La Jolla can be purchased at RIMAC Arena staring one hour prior to tip off. Prices are $8 for general admission, $5 for students (with ID) and seniors (60+) and $2 for children (under 12). For the semifinals and finals at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Friday and Saturday, single day tickets good for all games that day are $25 for reserved courtside, $15 for reserved (sections 104 & 116), $10 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors and children.
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena Tuesday, you can still follow the contest live. The game will feature an audio/video broadcast with Craig Elsten calling the action at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ. In addition, live stats will be available at http://bit.ly/fsRBt5.
UCSD has qualified for the CCAA Championship Tournament every year since the tourney was reinstated in 2008. The Tritons have hosted a first round game in each of those seasons. UCSD comes in as the No. 2 seed, while Cal State San Bernardino is the seven seed. The semifinals and final will be contested at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Friday, March 8 (12 and 2:30 p.m.) and Saturday, March 9 (5:30 p.m.), respectively. The winner of the CCAA Tournament earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. For complete tourney information, visit the CCAA's official tournament page.
UCSD IN THE CCAA TOURNEY
3/4/08 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 59, San Francisco State 56
3/7/08 Semifinal at Cal State San Bernardino - UCSD 57, Sonoma State 55
3/8/08 Final at Cal State San Bernardino - Chico State 69, UCSD 63
3/3/09 First Round at UC San Diego - Cal State San Bernardino 62, UCSD 57
3/2/10 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 73, Cal State Dominguez Hills 48
3/5/10 Semifinal at Humboldt State - Humboldt State 82, UCSD 78
3/1/11 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 76, Chico State 71
3/4/11 Semifinal at Cal State L.A. - Cal Poly Pomona 78, UCSD 75
2/28/12 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 70, Sonoma State 53
3/2/12 Semifinal at UC San Diego - Cal State L.A. 77, UCSD 76
The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season on Feb. 27. The top 10 in the West goes: 1. Western Washington, 2. Simon Fraser, 3. Chico State, 4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5. Grand Canyon, 6. UC San Diego, 7. Northwest Nazarene, 8. Hawaii Pacific, 9. Alaska Anchorage and 10. Academy of Art. Automatic berths in the NCAA Regional are earned by the tournament champions in the CCAA, GNAC and PacWest. The other five at-large spots are determined by regional rankings.
As a team, UCSD holds a .762 (369-for-484) free throw percentage. The single season record is .751 (526-for-700), set over the 2006-07 season. Daisy Feder has made 77 three-point field goals this year. That single season mark is held by Meaghan Noud, who drained 84 during the 2007-08 campaign. Career-wise, Feder has 237 treys to her name, 18 behind all-time record-holder Chelsea Carlisle (255).
UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks 13th nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 76.2 percent (369-for-484) of its shots from the line. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 30th in the country at 85.5 percent (130-for-152).
A LOOK AT THE COYOTES
Cal State San Bernardino enters Tuesday's game at 13-13 overall. The Coyotes finished seventh in the CCAA with an even 11-11 mark and won both of their games last week to close out the regular season, defeating San Francisco State (68-57) and Sonoma State (59-41) at home. Eliza Dy leads the team in scoring at 11.8 points/game and is third in the league in assists with her 3.4 average. Adriana Brodie is the Coyote's leader on the boards, averaging 5.9 rebounds/game. CSUSB does not lose the ball often and leads all CCAA squads with just 10.7 turnovers/game. The Coyotes missed a CCAA Tournament berth last season for the first time since 2008. San Bernardino advanced to the tourney's final game in 1993 and 1994, taking the title the second time around.
AGAINST THE RANKED
The Feb. 16 game at No. 11 Chico State was the fifth time that UCSD had squared off against a nationally-ranked team this season. Three of the Tritons' first five games of the year were against ranked squads, including No. 13 Grand Canyon, No. 14 Western Washington and No. 15 Gannon. Chico was ranked ninth when the Tritons and Wildcats hooked up at RIMAC Arena back on Jan. 11. UCSD is 2-3 against ranked teams this season, both victories coming against Chico State.
The Tritons finally returned to RIMAC Arena on Feb. 8 following a season-long, six-game road trip that started at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. Since the 2000-01 season when UCSD joined the NCAA Division II ranks, it had never played more than five straight regular season games away from home. In addition, the Tritons had never played more than four consecutive CCAA games on the road.
The Tritons lead the CCAA in three-pointers made (176) and are second in three-point field goal percentage (.340). Nationally, UCSD is 46th in three-point percentage and 66th in threes per game (6.1). The Tritons have netted at least 10 treys in seven games, including a season-high 11 vs. Seattle Pacific on Nov. 16. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 19th in the country in threes per game (2.66).
FEDER, OSGA EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Daisy Feder and Emily Osga earned Capital One Academic All-District honors on Jan. 31. To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore, have completed a full year at the institution and possess legitimate athletic credentials. Feder maintains a 3.36 grade point average in ethnic studies while Osga holds a 3.7 as a human biology major.
JOIN THE CLUB
Both Daisy Feder and Emily Osga eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark this season. Osga did it at Humboldt State on Jan. 5 by recording 23 points, while Feder scored 28 against Grand Canyon on Nov. 10 to put her past the mark.
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Feb. 8 drew 1,784 fans, the third-most to ever attend a women's game at RIMAC Arena. The crowd of 1,012 at the Chico State game on Jan. 11 set a new RIMAC mark for the most fans attending a non-Spirit Night game.
UCSD's 87 points against Cal State Stanislaus on Jan. 12 was a season-best. The last time the Tritons posted a higher point total was on Feb. 10, 2012 when they amassed 93 in a victory over Chico State at home.
ANDERSON-JEW LEAVES TEAM
Junior guard Nicole Anderson-Jew has decided to leave the team due to nagging knee issues. The San Rafael native played in five games for a total of 29 minutes this season. As a freshman, Anderson-Jew played in all 31 games with six starts, totaling 462 minutes. Last season, she saw action off the bench in 17 (170 minutes). For her career, she recorded 117 points, 71 rebounds, 82 assists and 34 steals over 53 games.
First year head coach Heidi VanDerveer and her staff have announced the signing of four high school seniors that will suit up for the Tritons during the 2013-14 season. Committing to UCSD over the 2012 early signing period were Haley Anderson (guard/forward, 5-8, El Dorado Hills, Oak Ridge HS), McKenzie Bolden (guard, 5-5, Atlanta, Innocents Episcopal School), Hannah Johnson (forward/center, 5-11, Saratoga, Saratoga HS) and Taylor Tanita (guard, 5-6, Culver City, Culver City HS).
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
UCSD broke a school record for victories last season, finishing at 30-3 overall. The Tritons won the CCAA regular season crown with a 21-1 mark and advanced to the finals of the NCAA West Regional. Ranked No. 1 in the nation for seven straight weeks, UCSD defeated Chico State and Western Washington in Regional play before falling to Alaska-Anchorage in the title game. Senior guardChelsea Carlisle was named a WBCA All-American while four Tritons were named First Team All-CCAA. Head coach Charity Elliott was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year.
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