Cal State Monterey Bay (7-3, 4-3)
Friday, Jan. 18 • 5:30 p.m.
The Kelp Bed • Seaside
Cal State East Bay (4-7, 2-5)
Saturday, Jan. 19 • 5:30 p.m.
Pioneer Gym • Hayward
If you're not hitting the road with the team this week, the games can still be followed live. Friday's tilt at Cal State Monterey Bay will feature live video and live stats, which are accessible at http://bit.ly/Yc18SP. Saturday's game at Cal State East Bay will be covered by live stats at http://bit.ly/TzBVet.
This week's contests at Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay kick off a six-game road swing for the Tritons. It also includes visits to San Francisco State, Sonoma State, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. The Tritons won't play at RIMAC Arena again until they host Humboldt State on Friday, Feb. 8. Since the 2000-01 season when UCSD joined the NCAA Division II ranks, it has never played more than five straight regular season games away from home. In addition, the Tritons have never played more than four consecutive CCAA games on the road.
Last Friday's crowd of 1,012 at the Chico State game set a new RIMAC Arena mark for the most fans attending a non-Spirit Night (an annual campus event centered around a basketball doubleheader) game.
UCSD's 87-60 win over Cal State Stanislaus at home on Jan. 12 upped the team's win streak to a season-high three games. Furthermore, it put the Tritons over the .500 mark for the first time this year, moving them to 8-7 overall.
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.
FEDER HONORED BY SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS
Daisy Feder was named a Star of the Month for December by the San Diego Hall of Champions. Feder averaged a team-high 22.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over three CCAA contests. She also led UCSD in field goals made (23), field goal percentage (.500, 23-for-46), three-pointers made (11) and three-point field goal percentage (.440, 11-for-25) over the span. Feder drained 11 of 12 free throw attempts, just under 92 percent. Feder was also named a SDHOC Star of the Month back in February of 2012.
HITTING THE MARK
Senior guard Emily Osga recently became the second Triton (Daisy Feder) to score her 1,000th career point this season. Osga eclipsed the mark by recording 23 points in UCSD's 71-54 blowout victory at Humboldt State on Jan. 5. She was 9-for-14 from the floor while also adding seven rebounds and five assists.
TAKING ON THE RANKED
At No. 9, Chico State was the fourth nationally-ranked squad that the Tritons had played this season. Three of UCSD's first five opponents of the year were ranked among the nation's top 25 - Grand Canyon at No. 13, Western Washington at No. 14 and Gannon at No. 15. In addition, two other squads that weren't ranked when they played UCSD are now on the list. Simon Fraser is 10th and Tampa is 15th in the most recent WBCA poll, which was released on Jan. 15. UCSD is 1-3 when playing against a nationally-ranked squad this season.
CHICO STATE REWIND
UCSD spoiled ninth-ranked Chico State's perfect record last week, handing the Wildcats a 71-65 defeat at RIMAC Arena on Jan. 11. The Tritons came back from a 40-33 halftime deficit as Chico's shooting percentage dropped from 67% to 25% from one half to the next. Four UCSD players finished with double figure point totals including Daisy Feder (game-high 19), McKennan Bertsch (12), Erin Dautremont (11) and Emily Osga (11). Feder also posted nine rebounds and five assists, both game-highs.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS REWIND
UCSD picked up its third straight win on Jan. 12 at RIMAC Arena, an 87-60 drubbing of Cal State Stanislaus. The Tritons shot just under 51% from the floor and made 10 three-pointers for the fourth time this season. They out-rebounded the Warriors 47-35. Emily Osga led UCSD with 18 points. McKennan Bertsch (14) and Emily Morris (10) both set career-highs in points while Miranda Seto had a career-best seven assists.
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.
A LOOK AT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay enters Friday's match-up at 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the CCAA, good for fifth place. Most recently, the Otters split a pair of league games, losing to Cal Poly Pomona (47-52) and rebounding to defeat Humboldt State (59-49) the next night at the Kelp Bed. CSUMB ranks second in the CCAA in rebounds/game and three-pointers attempted per game. Brittani Jefferson leads the team in scoring (9.4 points/game) and rebounding (6.6 rebounds/game). The Otters are 2-1 at home so far this season.
A LOOK AT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay comes into the week with a 4-7 overall record and sits in 10th place in the CCAA at 2-5. The Pioneers have lost five of their last six games. They split two games at home last week, defeating Humboldt State (66-54) before falling against Cal Poly Pomona (55-43). Micah Walker is averaging a team-best 9.7 points per game, while Marlene MacMillan is pulling down 7.4 rebounds per contest. CSUEB, 3-4 at home this season, hosts Cal State San Bernardino Friday night before taking on the Tritons Saturday.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, HOW 'BOUT YOU?
A reminder that Spirit Night will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 when the women and men both host Humboldt State at RIMAC Arena. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men at 7:30. The Spirit Night trophy will be presented following the men's game and fireworks will close out the night on RIMAC Field. Last year's Spirit Night drew a crowd of 3,642.
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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