Game No. 8UC San Diego Tritons (2-5, 0-0) at Cal State Monterey Bay Otters (4-0, 1-0)Friday, December 3, 2010
Otter Sports Complex (822) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 9
UC San Diego Tritons at San Francisco State Gators
Saturday, December 4, 2010
SFSU's Main Gymnasium (2,000) • 5:30 pm
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The Week Ahead
On the heels of two runaway victories over the holiday weekend, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will begin defense of its 2009-10 California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State on the road this week. The Tritons will travel to Seaside to take on the Otters on Friday evening, before squaring off with the Gators in San Francisco on Saturday. Both contests will tipoff at 5:30 p.m.
On the Record
The Tritons enter conference play with an overall record of 2-5 after recording their first two victories of the season during the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic last week. UCSD absolutely dismantled Western New Mexico and Notre Dame de Namur in back-to-back games, winning by final margins of 90-55 and 94-54, respectively. The pair of wins put a stop to the Tritons' five-game skid to open the season, which was UCSD's worst mark through five games in Charity Elliott's four seasons as head coach.
Now That's More Like It
After going 0-5 in five games outside of La Jolla, the Tritons found their mojo at home last weekend, defeating the Mustangs and Argonauts by an average of 37.5 points. UCSD shot the ball extremely well in the two games, finishing at a season-high 60% (34-57) from the field against Western New Mexico and 53% (36-68) in the matchup with NDNU. The Tritons were on target from three-point range all weekend as well, shooting a combined 46% (19-41) from behind the arc, while also dishing out a total of 50 assists on 70 field goals in the two games. The back-to-back 90-point performances marked the first time UCSD has accomplished the feat since scoring 90 in three straight in February of the 2005-06 campaign.
Scouting the Otters and Gators
• Cal State Monterey Bay enters Friday's contest with a perfect overall record of 4-0 and a 1-0 CCAA mark after defeating San Francisco State 49-40 in a defensive struggle in both team's conference opener on November 24. The Otters, who will have had eight days off when they take the court against the Tritons, are averaging 66.8 points per game, while limiting the opposition to just 51.0. Junior guard Erika Ward is the team's leading scorer through four games at 10.5 points on 42% shooting. Senior guard Michelle Santizo has been a player to watch thus far as well, averaging 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. She is shooting 54% from the field. Cal State Monterey Bay was picked fifth in the CCAA coaches poll this season.
• San Francisco State begins the week in search of its first victory after falling to Monterey Bay in Seaside last week. The Gators, who currently stand at 0-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play, have struggled mightily from the floor, shooting a combined 29% through three games. SFSU's defense has done its part though, limiting all three opponents to 58 points or less on 32% shooting. Senior center Dominique Hunter is averaging team-highs of 9.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, while sophomore guard Nicole Hicks is putting up 8.0 points and 5.7 boards. SFSU was picked to finish ninth in the conference standings in 2010-11. The Gators will host Cal State East Bay on Friday night, before entertaining UCSD on Saturday.
Head-To-Head with CSUMB, SFSU
UCSD has won 11 of its 12 previous meetings with Cal State Monterey Bay and holds a 19-9 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco State. The one loss to the Otters came last season, as UCSD suffered a 68-57 defeat in Seaside on February 20 after downing Monterey Bay 68-63 in the first meeting of the year on January 14 at RIMAC Arena. The Tritons swept the Gators in 2009-10, recording a 74-61 home victory on January 16 and then defeating SFSU 58-50 in San Francisco on February 19.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Averaging team-highs of 18.6 points and 4.4 assists through seven games.
G - Nicole Anderson-Jew • Fr., 5-6 - Tallied five points, five assists, and two steals in win over WNMU.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Has scored in double figures four of the last five games.
G - Elaina White • Fr., 5-10 - Scored a season-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting against NDNU.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Enters Friday's game averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 6.9 boards.
Junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle had another outstanding weekend for UCSD, leading the Tritons to their first two victories of the season. The Agoura Hills native averaged a team-high 16.5 points and 8.0 assists, while also grabbing 3.5 rebounds. Carlisle finished with a game-high 21 points in UCSD's rout of Western New Mexico, while also tallying three boards and seven assists. She had another tremendous performance the following night, finishing with 12 points, a season-high nine assists and four rebounds against Notre Dame de Namur. For the week, she shot 56.5% (13-23) from the field and converted 4-of-10 three-point tries, 40%. The 2009-10 First Team All-American enters Friday's contest averaging 18.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists through seven games. She is shooting a career-best 43% from the field.
The White Stuff
Freshman guard Elaina White earned the starting nod against Western New Mexico and Notre Dame de Namur last week and she came through in a big way, averaging 12.5 points on 69% shooting in the two games. She was also very effective from the three-point line, converting 5-of-7 attempts, 71%. After finishing with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the win over the Mustangs on Friday, she came back to hit 5-of-6 shots -- including all three of her three-point tries -- for a season-high 15 points to help the Tritons down the Argonauts on Saturday. The Carlsbad native had scored a total of seven points in three games prior to last weekend.
Class of the CCAA
UCSD has been absolutely dominant in California Collegiate Athletic Association play since the beginning of the 2005-06 campaign, posting a stellar 88-16 (.846) record over the last five seasons. The Tritons finished with an impressive record of 19-3 on the way to a second consecutive regular season title last season, winning 19 games in CCAA play for the second year in a row. Head coach Charity Elliott has faired extremely well in conference play in her three seasons at UCSD, recording an impressive mark of 52-10 in 62 league games for a winning percentage of .839. The Tritons enter Friday's showdown with Cal State Monterey Bay having won 38 of their last 42 conference games spanning the last two seasons.
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 enters Friday's contest averaging 78.9 points per game, a figure that leads the CCAA... The Tritons are shooting a season-best 42% from the field after last week's games...Defensively, UCSD is allowing 76.6 points per game on 47% shooting both of which rank last in the conference... The Tritons forced a total of 54 turnovers against Western New Mexico and Notre Dame de Namur last week... UCSD opponents are now averaging over 22 miscues per game... The Tritons are currently shooting a conference-best 79.6% from the free throw line... UCSD will take nine days off for final exams after this weekend's contests against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State...The Tritons will return to the court against Cal State East Bay on December 14 at RIMAC Arena.