2010 Seattle Pacific Sodexo Classic • Seattle, Wash.
Game No. 4
UC San Diego Tritons (0-3) vs. Western Washington Vikings (0-0)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Royal Brougham Pavilion (2,650) • 1:00 pm
Game No. 5
UC San Diego Tritons at Seattle Pacific Falcons
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Royal Brougham Pavilion (2,650) • 5:00 pm
UCSD's game against SPU on Saturday will be webcast live and can be viewed here.
Live stats for both of UCSD's games this weekend are available here.
The Week Ahead
After dropping three straight at the Disney West Coast Tip Off Classic in Anaheim to open the season, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will look to get things turned around at the Seattle Pacific Sodexo Classic this weekend. UCSD will face regional foes Western Washington and SPU during the two-day event, which will be held at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific campus. The Tritons will take on the Vikings on Friday at 1:00 p.m. to open the tournament, before squaring off with the host Falcons in a 5:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday. The tournament field will also feature San Francisco State, with the Gators facing SPU on Friday and WWU on Saturday.
Not So Happy After All
While they were playing across the street from the happiest place on earth, the Tritons left Anaheim anything but after going 0-3 at the Disney Classic over the weekend. UCSD shot a combined 34% in back-to-back losses to No. 13 Alaska Anchorage and Texas Woman's University and then lost a heartbreaking 120-118 triple overtime decision to Grand Canyon in the tournament finale despite shooting a much-improved 46% and all five starters reaching double figure scoring. The Tritons' opponents shot a combined 45.5% from the field and out-rebounded UCSD 140-126. The Tritons were also outscored 138-109 in the second half during the tournament.
UCSD Ties Record in Loss to GCU
While the Tritons came up short in Sunday's three overtime marathon with Grand Canyon, they did reach one pretty impressive milestone: their 118-point total tied the school record for points in game, which was originally set on February 8, 1992 when UCSD defeated Cal Lutheran by a whopping 118-41 margin. On the flip side, the 120 points the Tritons allowed was the most in program history. The previous mark came in a 113-55 loss at Chapman on January 3, 1980.
Rank and File
After finishing with an overall record of 25-5 and posting a 19-3 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play in 2009-10, UCSD earned a No. 11 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll that was released on November 3. The Tritons also garnered a No. 7 ranking in last month's Division II Bulletin preseason poll, marking the second year in a row UCSD has been ranked to start the season.
Scouting the Tournament Field
• Western Washington returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's squad that posted an overall record of 23-5 and finished with a final national ranking of 18. The Vikings were 14-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and lost to Chico State in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional. Among the returnees in 2010-11 is senior guard Amanda Dunbar, who was an all-region selection after averaging 17.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game a year ago, while senior forward Lauren Hefflin also returns after posting averages of 4.7 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior. WWU, which went 1-1 in exhibition matchups with Washington (L, 63-46) and Pacific Lutheran (W, 100-60), was picked to finish third in the GNAC in 2010-11.
• Seattle Pacific enters the season ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 after posting a 27-4 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2009-10. The Falcons welcome back a total of 10 letterwinners and three starters, including senior center Melissa Reich, who averaged 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. Junior guard Jordan Harazin is also back following a 6.3-point, 2.8-rebound and 2.7-assist campaign as sophomore. SPU lost a 67-61 decision in an exhibition matchup with the University of Portland, but bounced back to defeat George Fox, 97-48, last week to conclude its preseason slate. The defending GNAC Champions were picked to repeat in 2010-11 in the league's coaches poll.
Head-to-Head With WWU, SPU
The Tritons are a perfect 7-0 in seven previous meetings with Western Washington and trail the all-time series with Seattle Pacific, 8-1. UCSD defeated both teams last season, posting back-to-back victories over the Falcons and Vikings during the Triton Holiday Classic December 28-29. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad outlasted SPU 82-80 in double overtime for the program's first win over the Falcons to open the tournament, and then knocked off WWU 89-82 the next evening.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Averaged team-highs of 20.3 points and 3.7 assists at Disney Classic.
G - Daisy Feder • Jr., 5-7 - Leads UCSD with 10 threes through three games in 2010-11.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Scored a career-best 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting in loss to Grand Canyon.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Posted averages of 7.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in Anaheim.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Recorded double-doubles (points-rebounds) against TWU and GCU.
Carlisle's Record-Setting Performance Not Enough
After shooting just 22% (6-27) in UCSD's first two games at the Disney Tip Off Classic, junior guard Chelsea Carlisle bounced back in a big way against Grand Canyon, scoring a career-high 46 points on 16-for-29 shooting from the field. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native hit 4-of-10 from the three-point line and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe, while also finishing with five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the loss to the Antelopes. Carlisle's performance was not only a personal best, but also set the individual program record for most points in a game, eclipsing Cari Young's 40 scored in a win over Pomona-Pitzer on November 26, 1991. Carlisle was named a State Farm Coaches First Team All-American after averaging 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a sophomore last season.
The Wizard of Osga
Sophomore guard Emily Osga had a stellar start to the season in Anaheim, averaging 17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three games at the Disney Classic. After finishing with 20 points, four assists and a pair of steals in UCSD's 74-62 loss to No. 13 Alaska Anchorage, the San Diego native turned in another monster effort in the triple overtime defeat to Grand Canyon two days later. She finished with a career-high 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc, while also tallying six boards and three assists. Osga appears to have made a huge leap after averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11 minutes per game as a freshman last season.
Tritons Top Pick in CCAA Coaches Poll
After winning a fourth consecutive CCAA regular season title last season, UC San Diego was once again picked to finish first in the league standings according to the preseason coaches poll that was released in October. UCSD, which finished with a record of 19-3 in CCAA play in 2009-10, received six first place votes and a total of 114 points to earn the top spot in the poll for the second year in a row. The Tritons narrowly beat out Chico State, which garnered four first place votes and 103 points to finish second, while Cal Poly Pomona was third with 89 points and Humboldt State finished fourth with 87. Cal State Monterey Bay totaled 82 points to claim fifth place, finishing two points in front of sixth place Cal State L.A., which received the remaining two first place votes.
At 0-3, UCSD is off to its worst start in Charity Elliott's four seasons as head coach... The Tritons have not started 0-3 since the 2002-03 campaign, when they lost their first eight games to begin the season and went on to finish with an overall record of 10-17... The Tritons did not lose their third game of 2009-10 until February 20, a 68-57 defeat at Cal State Monterey Bay... UCSD has won 20 or more games in five consecutive seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament each year... After this weekend's Sodexo Classic, the Tritons will return to La Jolla to host the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic November 26-27 at RIMAC Arena... The Tritons will face Western New Mexico in their 2010-11 home opener on Friday, before taking on Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday.