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Dana Webster is coming off a seven point, six rebound performance against Cal State San Bernardino.
UCSD Begins 2014 with Two CCAA Home Games
Release: Thursday 01/02/2014 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game Nine
vs. Cal State Stanislaus (6-2, 3-1 CCAA)
Friday, January 3 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Video/AudioLive Stats

Game Ten
vs. No. 21 Chico State (5-4, 1-3 CCAA)
Saturday, January 4 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Video/AudioLive Stats

LET ME IN
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.

GOING LIVE
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.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 6.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 28.1 MPG, 14 steals
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 14.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.0 MPG, 15 steals
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 35.9 MPG, .443 FG%, 18 3FGM
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 30.9 MPG, .461 FG%
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 6.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 22.4 MPG

CCAA STANDINGS (through 1/2)
1. Cal Poly Pomona: 4-0, 7-1
T-2. San Francisco State: 3-1, 7-3
T-2. Cal State L.A.: 3-1, 6-2
T-2. Cal State Stanislaus: 3-1, 6-2
T-2. UC San Diego: 3-1, 6-2
T-2. Cal State East Bay: 3-1, 6-5
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2-2, 6-2
T-8. Chico State: 1-3, 5-3
T-8. Humboldt State: 1-3, 4-4
T-8. Sonoma State: 1-3, 2-6
T-10. Cal State San Bernardino: 0-4, 1-6
T-10. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-4, 3-4

IN THE CCAA
UCSD ranks fourth in 3FGM (53), fourth in 3FG% (.338), sixth in FTM (123), seventh in FG% (.409), eighth in rebounds/game (39.5), 10th in turnovers/game (17.6), ninth in points/game (65.5), ninth in FGM (174), 10th in steals/game (7.1), 10th in FT% (.661), 10th in assists/game (11.5) and 10th in blocks/game (1.4).

Individually, Megan Perry ranks third in minutes/game (35.9), fourth in 3FGM/game (2.2) and fifth in 3FG% (.419); Miranda Seto is second in steals/game (2.5), 10th in minutes/game (32.0) and 10th in points/game (14.2); Stephanie Yano is sixth in assists/game (3.2). (only players in the top 10 are listed)

POLL POSITION
As they have been since the season opened, the Tritons are receiving votes in this week's 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 Chico State is ranked 21st. Other CCAA squads joining UCSD in the receiving votes category include Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A. and San Francisco State.

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

UCSD CLOSES 2013 WITH WIN OVER COYOTES
Erin 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 Miranda Seto poured in 11 points and Haley Anderson tallied a career-high 10 points off the bench.

TRITONS SPLIT CCAA ROAD SERIES
On Dec. 7, UCSD suffered a 67-78 loss at Cal Poly Pomona. Down 20 points, 46-26, at the half, the Tritons out-scored the Broncos 41-32 in the second frame, but it wasn't enough to overcome CPP's 59% shooting. Megan Perry drained a career-high 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting, while Stephanie Yano finished with 10 points and four assists. Miranda Seto and Dana Webster each totaled nine points, while Webster also added a team-best five rebounds. Two nights prior at Humboldt State, Erin Dautremont's double-double of 12 points and 13 boards powered UCSD to a 71-63 victory. Perry and Yano also had 12 points with Perry contributing six boards and five assists as well. Cassie MacLeod was 4-for-6 from the floor and finished with 11 points. Both teams shot under 40%, but the Tritons turned the ball over just eight times, a season low.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY
UCSD opened play at home in its fourth annual Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 29-30 and finished with a clean 2-0 record. Erin Dautremont scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Tritons to a narrow 62-61 overtime victory against Metro State. Dautremont had a hot hand all night, making eight 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 second game of the tourney, 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. 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 guard Stephanie Yano dealt five assists and had two steals.

TURKEY TROPHY
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.

HOMELAND SECURITY
Since moving to NCAA Division II status for the 2000-01 season, UCSD has gone 11-3 in home openers. The Tritons have won their last seven RIMAC Arena starters and have lost only in 2001, 2002 and 2006.

YOU WIN ONE, YOU LOSE ONE
UCSD went 1-1 at the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific Nov. 22-23. 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.

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.

OPENING STATEMENT
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.

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 WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus enters Friday's game with a 6-2 overall record and is tied for second in the CCAA at 3-1. The Warriors are coming off an overtime win against league-favorite Chico State, 83-82, on Dec. 21 in Chico at Acker Gymnasium. It marked the second victory over the Wildcats for the Warriors after beating them in Turlock 71-68 on Nov. 26. The two losses came against San Francisco State, 96-81, on Dec. 7 in San Francisco and Menlo College, 85-84 on Dec. 14. The Warriors are led by Lauren Godde’s 17.1 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. Riley Holladay (10.5) and Briana Cotton (10.3) also average double-digit points for the Warriors. Ana Burch facilitates the Cal State Stanislaus offense by averaging 3.3 assists per contest. Wayman Strickland is the head coach of the Warriors and is currently in his second season.

ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD owns a 24-8 record in the all-time series against Cal State San Stanislaus. The Tritons grabbed a pair of wins last season, the first a 87-60 victory at RIMAC Arena. Setting the pace for the Tritons was senior guard Emily Osga with 18 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. The second victory came in Turlock in a 69-50 decision. Forward McKennan Bertsch helped out with her 15 points, eight rebounds and a steal while forward Erin Dautremont scored 11 points and had eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and a steal.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS
Chico State entered the 2013-14 season as the CCAA-favorite, picked by the league coaches. The Wildcats are coming off an 83-82 loss on Dec. 21 to Cal State Stanislaus and have lost three of their last four contests after starting the year 4-0. The two other losses have come against the Warriors (71-68) on Nov. 26 and San Francisco State (82-65) on Dec. 6. The lone win during the stretch came versus Sonoma State, 65-58, on Dec. 7. The Wildcats have four players that are scoring in double-digits on the season, led by Jazmine Miller’s 12.9 points per game. Hannah Womack (12.4), Analise Riezebos (11.9) and McKenzie Dalthrop (10.8) are the three other Wildcats scoring in double-figures. Riezebos leads Chico State averaging 5.8 rebounds per contest while Courtney Hamilton facilitates the offense with 7.4 assists per game. Brian Fogel is currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcats.

ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 20-11 all-time series record against Chico State. The Tritons have won the previous eight matchups with the Wildcats, with the last loss coming on Feb. 13, 2010 in a 77-67 decision. The last meeting came on Feb. 16, 2013 in Turlock. UCSD earned a 67-65 at Acker Gym over the 11th-ranked Warriors, powered by Erin Dautremont as she claimed a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

FORGET ME NOT
A couple of big events that you don't want to forget:
Triton Jam - Tuesday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m.
Spirit Night - Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.

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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!

CRYSTAL BALL
The Tritons continue their five-game homestand with two more CCAA contests next week. UCSD faces Cal State East Bay on Friday, Jan. 10 and Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday, Jan. 11. Both games are slated for 5:30 tipoff at RIMAC Arena.

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