The Tritons outscored the Gators 35-8 over a 14-minute period spanning both halves to put the game away and pick up their first victory away from home in 2010-11. UCSD improves to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA, rebounding after Friday night's 92-91 double overtime loss at Cal State Monterey Bay in its conference opener.
"We had to find a way to grind this one out against a very scrappy defensive team,' head coach Charity Elliott said. "I'm very proud of our team's performance after a tough loss last night."
UCSD has now won the last 16 meetings with SFSU, which falls to 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. The Gators' last defeated the Tritons on March 7, 2003.
Sophomore guard Emily Osga finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for UCSD, hitting 4-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Chelsea Carlisle scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out a season-high-tying nine assists, while Daisy Feder also put in 13, converting 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Lauren Freidenberg, who scored a career-best 27 points on Friday, finished with 10 points and six boards.
The Tritons shot 40% (23-57) for the game and finished 42% on threes after dropping 10 shots on 24 attempts. UCSD's victory came despite a 43-31 SFSU rebounding advantage and a 20-7 Gator edge in points in the paint.
Dominique Hunter scored 18 points and corralled a game-high 19 rebounds for San Francisco State, which shot just 36% (18-50). SFSU entered the weekend shooting a league-worst 29% from the field on the season.
The Tritons held an early 12-6 lead, but the Gators would rally to take a 25-21 advantage on a Candyce Matthews free throw with 5:20 remaining in the first half. It was pretty much all UCSD after that, as Megan Perry hit two free throws on the next possession to ignite a 13-2 Triton run to close the period. Freidenberg scored four of her points during the run, while Feder drained a long three at the buzzer to give UCSD a 34-27 halftime lead.
The Tritons picked up right where they left off in the second half, outscoring the Gators 22-6 over the first 9:17 to take their biggest lead at 56-33. UCSD scored 17 straight at one point, with Carlisle and Feder combining to hit three treys for a bulk of the damage.
The Gators answered with a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit in half at 56-45 with 5:37 left to play, but Carlisle sank a pair of free throws and Osga knocked down her third three to put the Tritons back in front by 16 with 3:50 remaining.
SFSU would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
UCSD forced a season-high 29 turnovers in the game, leading to 21 points on the other end.
The Tritons will now take the next week off for final exams, before returning to the court against Cal State East Bay on December 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at UCSD's RIMAC Arena.