Game No. 6
UC San Diego Tritons (0-5) vs. Western Western New Mexico Mustangs (0-1)
Friday, November 26, 2010
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:00 pm
Game No. 7
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts
Saturday, November 27, 2010
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:00 pm
Live stats for all four games at this weekend's Thanksgiving Classic are available here.
First Things First
Following a pair of losses to regional foes Western Washington and Seattle Pacific at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will come home for the first time in 2010-11 to host the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic this weekend. The Tritons will open the four-team tournament against Western New Mexico on Friday night, before facing Notre Dame de Namaur on Saturday. UCSD will play the second of two games each night, with tip-off slated for approximately 7:00 p.m. This weekend's tournament field will also feature Cal State San Bernardino, with the Coyotes taking on NDNU on Friday and WNMU on Saturday.
For the Record
UCSD enters this weekend's tournament with an overall record of 0-5 after losing two straight in Seattle over the weekend. The Tritons dropped an 82-64 decision to Western Washington on Friday to open the tournament and then suffered a 75-66 setback at the hands of No. 8 Seattle Pacific the following day. The 0-2 showing at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic comes the week after UCSD lost all three of its games at the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim November 12-14 to open the season.
Sleepless In Seattle
The Triton defense had its struggles at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic last weekend, as both Western Washington and Seattle Pacific shot well over 50% from the field. The Vikings converted 30-of-52 attempts from the floor, 58%, which was a high-mark for a UCSD opponent this season, while the Falcons wrapped up Saturday's contest shooting at a 54% clip after hitting 27-of-50 attempts. Overall, Triton opponents are now shooting a remarkable 49% for the season. UCSD shot 34% (20-59) in the loss to WWU and shot 43% against SPU the following day.
At 0-5, UCSD is off to its worst start in Charity Elliott's four seasons as a head coach. In fact, the Tritons have not lost five straight to open the season since the 2002-03 campaign, when they started 0-8 and went on to finish with an overall record of 10-17 in the program's second season at the Division II level. UCSD, which has won at least 23 games in each of the last five seasons, lost a total of five games in 2009-10.
Scouting the Tournament Field
• Western New Mexico enters Friday's matchup with an overall record of 0-1 after losing a 90-59 decision at New Mexico State in its season opener on Monday. Junior guard Shatwa Morris finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, but it wasn't enough as NMSU shot 55% from the field, including 6-of-13 from the three-point line to cruise to the 31-point victory. Sophomore forward PJ Bryant and freshman guard Kim Clark finished with 10 points apiece for the Mustangs, who shot 42% from the field. Western New Mexico finished with an overall record of 7-18 in 2009-10 and placed fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 7-12.
• Notre Dame de Namur comes to town with an overall record of 1-2 after suffering a 68-42 loss at the hands of Montana State-Billings in Belmont on Monday. Senior guard Laura Zasly scored a team-high 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while junior forward Pilar Mullins finished with seven points and a game-high 15 rebounds. The Argonauts struggled from the floor, shooting just 28% in the game, while the YellowJackets finished at a 40% clip. On the season, Laura Zasly is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game, while twin sister Katie is putting up 15.0. The two players are also averaging 5.7 and 5.3 rebounds, respectively. Mullins is averaging 6.3 points to go with a team-high 14.3 boards. The Argonauts finished with an overall record of 16-11 and finished 12-4 in the Pacific West Conference.
Head-To-Head with WNU, NDNU
UCSD is a perfect 4-0 in four previous meetings with Western New Mexico and owns a 6-0 record in the all-time series with Notre Dame de Namur. The Tritons last met the Mustangs during the 2007-08 campaign, posting a convincing 61-42 victory at the Grand Canyon Classic in Phoenix. finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals to lead the way. UCSD hasn't seen NDNU since the 2003-04 season, when the Tritons absolutely dismantled the Argonauts by a final 94-46 margin.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Averaging a team-high 19.4 points through five games this season.
G - Daisy Feder • Jr., 5-7 - Leads UCSD with 13 threes on 38% shooting from behind the arc.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Has scored in double figures on four occasions, finishing with 20 or more twice.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Averaging 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 2010-11.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Totaled 16 points and six rebounds in loss to Western Washington.
After averaging just 7.5 points in UCSD's first two games of the season, junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle has regained her scoring touch, averaging 27.3 over the last three. While that number is heavily skewed by her school-record-setting 46-point outburst in the triple overtime loss to Grand Canyon on November 14, Carlisle did finish with respectable numbers against Western Washington and Seattle Pacific, scoring 15 and 21 in those two games, respectively. She also finished with six rebounds and three steals in the loss to the Vikings and then tallied four boards, three assists and a career-best six thefts the following night against the Falcons. The Agoura Hills native enters Friday's matchup with Western New Mexico averaging a team-high 19.4 points to go with 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg had a great weekend in Seattle, averaging 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games against Western Washington and Seattle Pacific. Playing in her hometown, Freidenberg converted 10-of-22 shots from the field, 45.5%, and is now shooting a team-high 51% (24-47) from the field overall this season. After scoring a career-best 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting against Grand Canyon in the Disney Classic finale, she hit 5-of-11 from the floor en route to 16 points against WWU on Friday. Freidenberg added 10 points the following night against SPU and has now reached double figures in four straight games after doing so a total of four times in 2009-10. She enters this weekend's tournament averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds through five games.
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.
UCSD is shooting just 36.4% from the field overall this season... The Tritons shot 43% in 2009-10... UCSD has also been outrebounded by a 208-185 margin through five games... The Tritons have turned the ball over 87 times, for an average of 17.4 turnovers per game... UCSD has forced a total of 101 turnovers... Sophomore guard Emily Osga averaged 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in two games at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic last weekend... She is now averaging 14.8 points and 7.0 boards on the season... After this weekend's Thanksgiving Classic, UCSD will open California Collegiate Athletic Association play on the road against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State December 3-4... Both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.