Cal State East Bay (13-9, 11-7)
Friday, Feb. 22 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Cal State Monterey Bay (17-4, 14-4)
Saturday, Feb. 23 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Tickets for all home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages 7 and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. UCSD students and children under 7 are admitted free. For info on group tickets or questions, please call 858.534.2508.
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena this week, you can still follow the games live. Both contests 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.
THE TOURNEY PICTURE
Heading into this week's games, UC San Diego, Chico State, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay have clinched spots in the eight-team CCAA Tournament. UCSD, Chico and Monterey Bay have also secured home games in the first round of the tourney, which will be played on Tuesday, March 5 (7 p.m .for the UCSD game). 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. UCSD has qualified for the CCAA Tournament every season since the tourney was reinstated in 2008. The winner of the CCAA Tournament earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.
For the second straight week, UCSD is receiving votes in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. Other CCAA schools involved in the most recent poll include Chico State (No. 13) and Cal State Monterey Bay (receiving votes).
The NCAA released its first regional rankings of the season Wednesday. In the West, the top 10 are: 1. Western Washington, 2. Chico State, 3. Simon Fraser, 4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5. Grand Canyon, 6. UC San Diego, 7. Northwest Nazarene, 8. Montana State Billings, 9. Academy of Art and 10. Hawaii Pacific.
As a team, UCSD holds a .769 (330-for-429) free throw percentage. The single season record is .751 (526-for-700), set over the 2006-07 season. Daisy Feder has made 70 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 230 treys to her name, 25 behind all-time record-holder Chelsea Carlisle (255).
AGAINST THE RANKED
Last week's 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.
UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 76.9 percent (330-for-429) of its shots from the line. Daisy Feder is second in the league and 39th in the country at 84.6 percent (115-for-136).
The Tritons lead the CCAA in three-pointers made (158) and three-point field goal percentage (.343). Nationally, UCSD is 36th in three-point percentage and 51st in threes per game (6.3). 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 14th in the country in threes per game (2.8).
OSGA NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Emily Osga was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Feb. 4 following her performances in wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. Against the Golden Eagles, Osga led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, going 6-for-9 from behind the arc as part of a 9-for-16 showing from the field. She also posted game-highs with seven rebounds and five assists. The night prior, Osga totaled 16 points, six boards, four assists and a block against the Toros. She was the second Triton to earn the honor this season as fellow guard Daisy Feder won it on Dec. 3 for her efforts against the same two teams at RIMAC Arena.
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.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS REWIND
Daisy Feder's double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) helped lead the Tritons to a 69-50 win against the Warriors in Turlock on Feb. 15. McKennan Bertsch logged a career-high 15 points, Erin Dautremont added 11 points and Miranda Seto dished out five assists. UCSD out-rebounded CSUS, 50-39, and held the Warriors to just 21.9% (14-for-64) shooting from the field.
CHICO STATE REWIND
The Tritons held the Wildcats scoreless for the final 1:19 to eke out a 67-65 road win on Feb. 16. Erin Dautremont recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards, while Emily Osga matched her with 14 points and Miranda Seto chipped in with 11. For the second straight night, Seto finished with five assists. The lead changed hands 13 times.
A LOOK AT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay comes into Friday's game at 13-9 overall and is in fourth place in the CCAA with an 11-7 record. Winners of seven straight, the Pioneers most recently defeated Humboldt State (58-53) and Cal Poly Pomona (52-50) on the road last week. Brianna Terrance, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, leads the team in scoring (9.2 points/game), while Marlene MacMillan has a team-best 7.8 rebounds/game average.
A LOOK AT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay, which plays at Cal State San Bernardino Friday, comes into the week at 17-4 overall and 14-4 in the CCAA, good for third place. The Otters have won four straight, including road tilts at Cal Poly Pomona (64-54) and Humboldt State (51-43) last week. Brittani Jefferson is the team's top scorer and rebounder, averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 boards per game.
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 guard Chelsea 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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