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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.
All UCSD home games will feature a FREE live video stream with audio. You can access the video/audio feed by clicking here. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.
TOWELS AND TAILGATES
The first 1,500 students in attendance Friday will get a free Triton rally towel, courtesy of Triton Tide and Greek Life. In addition, Smart & Final is sponsoring a student tailgate with free food between the women's and men's games. On Saturday, all fans at RIMAC Arena will receive a schedule poster.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT
Don't miss it! Annually the biggest event of the basketball season at RIMAC Arena, the 2014 edition of Spirit Night will take place on Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. For a photo gallery from last year's Spirit Night, click here.
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 6.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 29.1 MPG, 15 steals
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 15.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 31.6 MPG, 20 steals
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 35.6 MPG, .443 FG%, 23 3FGM
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 12.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 32.1 MPG, .447 FG%
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 7.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 21.9 MPG, .786 FG%
CCAA STANDINGS (through 1/7)
T-1. Cal Poly Pomona: 5-1, 8-2
T-1. Cal State Stanislaus: 5-1, 8-2
T-1. Cal State East Bay: 5-1, 8-5
T-4. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4-2, 8-2
T-4. Cal State L.A.: 4-2, 7-3
T-4. UC San Diego: 4-2, 7-3
T-4. San Francisco State: 4-2, 8-4
T-8. Chico State: 2-4, 6-4
T-8. Humboldt State: 2-4, 5-5
10. Sonoma State: 1-5, 2-8
T-11. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-6, 3-6
T-11. Cal State San Bernardino: 0-6, 1-8
IN THE CCAA
UCSD ranks fourth in 3FGM (64), fourth in 3FG% (.332), fourth in FTM (165), sixth in FT% (.690), seventh in FG% (.411), eighth in rebounds/game (39.5), ninth in points/game (66.9), ninth in FGM (220), ninth in assists/game (12.0) 10th in turnovers/game (18.0), 10th in steals/game (6.8), and 11th in blocks/game (1.2).
Individually, Megan Perry ranks second in 3FGM/game (2.3), third in minutes/game (35.6) and sixth in 3FG% (.411); Miranda Seto is third in steals/game (2.5), seventh in points/game (15.0), 10th in minutes/game (31.6) and 10th in FG/G (4.9); Stephanie Yano is sixth in assists/game (3.8); Erin Dautremont is 10th in REB/G (7.4). (only players in the top 10 are listed)
The Tritons are no longer receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. Bentley retained its top spot in the poll and is followed by Gannon in second and Emporia State in third. Just one CCAA team is found in the national top 25 as Cal Poly Pomona is ranked T-24th. Other CCAA squads in the receiving votes category include Cal State East Bay, Chico State, Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State L.A.
UCSD SIGNS FOUR DURING EARLY PERIOD
• Abby Conklin: Guard/Forward, 5-10, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills High School
• Noam Leead: Guard, 5-10, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School
• GiGi Olelewe: Forward, 6-0, Agoura, Agoura High School
• Paige Song: Guard/Forward, 5-9, San Jose, Lynbrook High School
MILESTONES FOR DAUTREMONT
Erin Dautremont is currently at 933 career points. She’ll be the ninth Triton to reach the 1,000 career points mark during the DII era. She also grabbed her 500th career rebound this season.
TRITONS OPEN 2014 WITH A CONFERENCE SPLIT
UCSD opened 2014 with a loss to Cal State Stanislaus, 78-69, last Friday night at RIMAC Arena despite 16 points from Miranda Seto. The Tritons fell victim to three Warriors in double-figures as CSUS finished the game shooting 48.3% from the floor. The next night, the Tritons closed the game on a 12-4 run to earn a victory over No. 21 Chico State, 76-65. Dautremont recorded a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds and Seto scored a game-high 19 points to power UCSD to the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) win.
UCSD CLOSES 2013 WITH WIN OVER COYOTES
Dautremont scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Tritons ended 2013 with a win over visiting Cal State San Bernardino 67-55 on Dec. 22 at RIMAC Arena. UCSD shot 53.7% on 22-for-41 from the floor on the afternoon, while the defense held the Coyotes to 32.3% on 21-for-65 shooting. The Tritons had two other double-digit scorers as Seto poured in 11 points and Haley Anderson tallied a career-high 10 points off the bench.
Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic'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 in 2012 as well.
SETO EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONOR
Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Nov. 25 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 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.
CCAA PRESEASON POLL
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)
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT SNAPSHOT
UCSD returns three starters this season, 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.
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
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.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay enters on a four-game winning streak and sits atop the CCAA standings with a 5-1 conference record and a 8-5 overall record. The Pioneers have beaten Cal State Monterey Bay twice, Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State during the winning streak. The last loss was suffered against Cal State L.A. on Dec. 7, a 51-47 decision. The Pioneers are led by Brianna Terrance’s 15.86 ppg and Danielle Peacon’s 12.9 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Peacon is coming off a pair of double-double’s and was named the CCAA player of the week for her efforts against CPP and HSU. Stephanie Lopez also averages 10.1 ppg and dishes out a team-high 3.8 apg for the Pioneers. CSUEB is led by fourth-year head coach Suzy Barcomb.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 9-2 all-time series record against Cal State East Bay. The two squads split the season series last year, with each team grabbing wins on road. On Jan. 19, strong shooting from the perimeter led the UCSD to a 61-50 league victory as the Tritons drained 10 three-pointers in the game. The only loss against the Pioneers came on Feb. 22, as CSUEB grabbed a 59-44 win at RIMAC Arena. Forward Erin Dautremont led the Tritons with a game co-high 14 points in the loss.
ABOUT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay enters with a 3-6 overall record and an 0-6 mark inside CCAA play. The Otters began the season with three-straight wins, but have lost six straight since their last win on Sunday, Nov. 17 against Notre Dame de Namur, 53-38. The Otters have fallen to Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay (twice), Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona during the losing streak. Cal State Monterey Bay is led by Nikki Beckman (10.5 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Ashley Morgan (9.6 ppg, 6 rpg). Kerri Nakamoto is in her first year at the helm of the Otters.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Tritons hold a 16-3 all-time series record against Cal State Monterey Bay. The two teams split the regular season series a year ago as each team held its own on their home floors. At the CCAA Tournament, UCSD rolled to a 67-51 victory in a semifinal match-up. Dautremont scored a career-high 28 points, while Daisy Feder added 23.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
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The Tritons hit the road to Northern California next week for a pair of CCAA games. UCSD faces Sonoma State on Friday, Jan. 17 and San Francisco State on Saturday, Jan. 18. Both games are slated for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.