LA JOLLA, Calif. – UC San Diego opened 2014 with a loss to Cal State Stanislaus, 78-69, 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 Tritons were held to 37.3% from the field on 22-of-59 shooting despite being in the game until the final minutes. UCSD had three other players finish in double-figures on the night as Dana Webster finished with 12 points, Megan Perry poured in 11 points and McKennan Bertsch tallied 10 points in the loss, respectively.
UCSD falls to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play, while CSUS improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the CCAA.
The teams came out in the first half and exchanged baskets throughout the opening minutes as the score reached 27 apiece with 7:03 left. The Warriors ensued with a 6-0 run to take a 33-27 lead following a three by Riley Holladay and a three-point play from Jasmine Washington. The Tritons responded behind four straight points from Dana Webster and tied the game at 33 with a layup from Seto with 3:01 remaining.
The Warriors closed out the half on a 6-1 run to lead 39-34 at the intermission, a half that had the score tied 11 times and the lead change 10 times. The difference maker in the half was the three-point shooting from the Warriros, who finished 6-of-13 (46.2%) in the half, while the Tritons ended the period 2-of-10 (20%) from behind the arc.
Cal State Stanislaus came out in the second half and grabbed its largest lead of the night of 12 points at the 15:45 mark with the score 50-38. The Tritons responded with an 11-3 run to cut the Warrior lead to four at 53-49, highlighted by a Perry three to close the gap.
The game continued to be a battle until the Tritons cut the lead to a pair, 62-60, with 5:21 remaining following a Webster layup, but wouldn’t come any closer following a three from CSUS’s Alysa Valentine to put the game out of reach for UCSD. The Warriors managed to close out the final minutes with strong free-throw shooting to win 78-69 and escape RIMAC Arena with a conference win.
The Tritons managed to win the rebounding battle 41-34 in the loss, led by nine boards from Webster and eight rebounds from Erin Dautremont. The Tritons also outscored the Warriors 26-20 in the paint, but lost the turnover difference 20-14. Stephanie Yano finished with a game-high seven assists for UCSD, who finished with 12 total assists as a team to CSUS’s 20 total assists.
The Warriors were led by 16 points apiece from Holladay and Lauren Goode, while Briana Cotton finished with 14 points. Godde and Cassidy Sanders-Curry grabbed seven rebounds each to lead the Warriors on the glass in the win.
The Tritons are back at RIMAC Arena tomorrow night to face CCAA foe No. 21 Chico State at 5:30 p.m.