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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 live online video/audio stream which can be accessed by clicking here. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.
UCSD is 8-5 in season openers since becoming a member of NCAA Division II for the 2000-01 season. The Tritons have opened on the road in 11 of those 13 years, posting a 6-5 mark in those games. The home openers were both victories - Alaska Fairbanks (79-65) on Nov. 16, 2005, and Dixie State (71-61) on Nov. 16, 2008. Last season, the Tritons were defeated by Gannon (69-58) at the Disney Classic in Anaheim on Nov. 9 to begin the year. Sunday will be the first time that UCSD has kicked off a campaign with a CCAA game.
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)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2012-13 stats listed)
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): Redshirt
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 33 GP, 25.0 MPG, 6.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, team-high 89 assists
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 33 GP, 25.0 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 61 assists, 20 steals
F - #25 Taylor Hirz (6-2, So.): 22 GP, 8.0 MPG, 2.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG/Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 33 GP, 29.8 MPG, 11.8 PPG, team-high 6.9 RPG, 8 blocks, 24 steals
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 30 GP, 19.9 MPG, 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT SNAPSHOT
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.
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 COYOTES
Cal State San Bernardino enters Sunday's game with an 0-1 record after suffering a 65-64 loss at the buzzer against California Baptist on Nov. 9 in Riverside. Four Coyotes hit double-figure point totals, including Tayllor Gipson (game-high 17), Alexcia Mack (14), Adriana Brodie (12) and Jazzmyn Davis (12). Davis recorded a double-double by adding a game-high 11 rebounds. Last season, CSUSB went 13-14 overall and 11-11 in the CCAA, finishing seventh in the league. The Coyotes were knocked out of the CCAA Tournament in the first round by UCSD. Cal State San Bernardino returns 12 players from last year, but lost guard Eliza Dy, the team's lone All-CCAA performer last season, to graduation. Renee Jimenez is in her first year as the head coach of the Coyotes after compiling an impressive 97-46 record over five seasons at Cal State Monterey Bay.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD owns a 26-19 record in the all-time series against Cal State San Bernardino, dating back to 1985. The Tritons went 2-1 against the Coyotes last season. In the opening round of the CCAA Tournament in La Jolla on March 5, Daisy Feder had 19 points and 16 rebounds - both game-highs - to lead the Tritons to a 55-46 victory. The two regular season meetings came back-to-back in December. On the 16th in San Bernardino, the Coyotes won 66-62, while the Tritons took a dominating 57-34 victory at RIMAC Arena on the 30th.
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THE BIG PICTURE
We want to reward you for posting your creative photos showing Triton spirit. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram your pics and include our #TritonsRising hashtag. At the end of every month, we'll pick our favorite photos and dole out some swag to the winners!
Looking ahead to next week, UCSD plays in the first of two regular season tournaments, competing in the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific. On Nov. 22, the Tritons take on Seattle Pacific and will then play Western Washington on Nov. 23. WWU is currently ranked sixth in the nation. For a complete season schedule, click here.