SEATTLE - Chelsea Carlisle
scored a game-high 21 points and Emily Osga
finished with 13, but it wasn't enough as the 11th-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team dropped a 75-66 decision to No. 8 Seattle Pacific on the final day of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic on Saturday evening at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Seattle Pacific, which also defeated San Francisco State to open the tournament, improves to 2-0 on the season and 9-1 all-time against UCSD. The Falcons shot 54% from the field, including a blistering 60% in the decisive second half, to hand the Tritons their fifth consecutive loss to open the season.
Nyesha Sims scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds for SPU, while Melissa Reich and Katie Benson finished with 11 points apiece. Sims and Reich both earned spots on the Sodexo Classic All-Tournament Team, with Sims taking home MVP honors.
Carlisle led four players in double figures for UCSD, shooting 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-9 from the three-point line. The Agoura Hills native also finished with four rebounds, three assists and a career-high six steals in 36 minutes, earning all-tournament team accolades for her performance.
Osga reached double figures for the fourth time in five games this season, hitting just 4-of-11 attempts from the floor, but converting 5-of-6 at the free throw line. She also tallied eight rebounds and eight assists, both game-highs.
Daisy Feder hit 3-of-4 shots from the behind the arc and finished with 11 points, while Lauren Freidenberg tallied 10 points and four boards.
UCSD trailed 11-3 six minutes into the opening period, but rallied to tie the game at 17 on a jumper by Stephanie Yano with 8:48 remaining. SPU answered with seven straight points, but the Tritons responded once again, using an 11-1 run to lead 28-25 with three and a half minutes left in the half.
Feder's three-pointer less than a minute later gave UCSD a 31-27 advantage and the Tritons would take a two-point margin (33-31) into the locker room at halftime.
Seattle Pacific led 42-35 four minutes into the second half after five straight points from Sims, but the Tritons came roaring back to tie the game at 42 all on a layup by Osga with 14 minutes left. The Falcons took over from there, however, outscoring UCSD 20-6 over the next seven and a half minutes to push the lead to 14 at 62-48.
The Tritons closed to within 66-62 with 1:40 left to play, but Jordan Harazin hit a jumper on the Falcons' next possession and SPU would convert seven free throws in the final 52 seconds to put the game away.
Seattle Pacific finished 27-of-50 from the field and 15-of-25 in the second stanza. The Falcons outscored the Tritons 36-24 in the paint and held a 10-4 advantage in fastbreak points.
UCSD shot just under 43% for the game, converting 24-of-56 shots from the field. The Tritons held a narrow 31-29 rebounding advantage.
Head coach Charity Elliott and the Tritons will now return to La Jolla for the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic next weekend. UCSD will take on Western New Mexico to open the four-team tournament on Friday and then square off with Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday.
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team
Nyesha Sims - Seattle Pacific (MVP)
Melissa Reich - Seattle Pacific
Chelsea Carlisle - UCSD
Lauren Hefflin - Western Washington
Amanda Dunbar - Western Washington