Game No. 10
UC San Diego Tritons (3-6, 1-1) vs. Cal State East Bay (0-6, 0-2)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 11
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Humboldt State Lumberjacks (3-4, 0-3)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 12:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
Both of the Tritons' games this week will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Craig Elsten returns for his second season as the voice of UCSD men's and women's basketball.
Live stats for Tuesday's tilt with the Pioneers and Sunday's matchup with the Lumberjacks are available here
The Week Ahead
With a nine-day layoff for final exams under their belts, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will return to the court to face two of the bottom three teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings this week. The Tritons will host winless Cal State East Bay on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m., before entertaining nemesis Humboldt State on Sunday in a 12:30 p.m. start. Both games will be held at RIMAC Arena on the UCSD campus.
On the Record
UCSD enters Tuesday's clash with Cal State East Bay with an overall record of 3-6 and a 1-1 mark in the CCAA after splitting two road games to kick off conference play December 4-5. The Tritons were on the short end of a frustrating 92-91 double overtime decision at Cal State Monterey Bay to begin the trip, but bounced back with a gritty 66-52 triumph over San Francisco State the following night. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad has won three of its last four after dropping five straight to open the season.
Defense Keys Win Over SFSU
UCSD's defense has had its struggles at times this season, but the Tritons were dialed in defensively in the 14-point win over San Francisco State. UCSD held SFSU to just 52 points on 36% (18-50) shooting from the field, which were both season-lows for an opponent. The Tritons forced a total of 29 turnovers and finished with 16 steals in the game, both high marks in 2010-11, as well. UCSD didn't have its best performance offensively, shooting just 40% (23-57) against SFSU, but the Tritons were able to pick up their first win away from home and they did it playing the Gators' kind of game. If they can replicate that performance on the defensive end this week, they should be in great shape.
Scouting the Pioneers and Lumberjacks
• Cal State East Bay comes to town searching for its first victory of the season at 0-6 overall following a pair of losses to Dominican (53-46) and Academy of Art (66-56) at the CCAA/PacWest Challenge over the weekend. The Pioneers are 0-2 in conference play after dropping back-to-back games at San Francisco State (46-38) and Cal State Monterey Bay (56-38) December 3-4. Senior guard Claudia Nelson is averaging a team-high 10.2 points through six games, while sophomore forward Lauren Lucchesi is putting up 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Sophomore Marlene MacMillan is the squad's leading rebounder at 9.0 boards per night to go with 4.7 points. Cal State East Bay currently ranks 11th in the CCAA averaging just 46.0 points per game, while the defense ranks fifth allowing 59.8.
• Humboldt State starts the week with an overall record of 3-4 after defeating Academy of Art (76-73) and Dominican (76-52) on its home floor during the CCAA/PacWest Challenge last weekend. The Lumberjacks are also winless in CCAA play at 0-3 following narrow losses to Chico State (64-62) and Cal State Stanislaus (81-78) December 3-4. Junior forward Bree Halsey has been a beast down low so far in 2010-11, averaging team-highs of 14.4 points and 10.9 rebounds, while frontcourt mate Jeanette Dewitt enters Sunday's matchup averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 boards. HSU ranks fourth in the conference offensively at 72.6 points per game, while the Lumberjack defense is surrendering 69.4, a figure that ranks ninth. The Lumberjacks will have had a full six days off when they arrive in La Jolla to play the Tritons on Sunday.
Head-To-Head with CSUEB, HSU
UCSD has won four out of five previous meetings with Cal State East Bay and holds a slim 7-6 edge in the all-time series with Humboldt State. The Tritons swept the Pioneers in their first official season as a member of the CCAA in 2009-10, picking up a 78-61 victory in Hayward on December 15 and then taking the rematch in La Jolla, 96-73, on February 16. UCSD didn't have nearly as much success against HSU last season, as the Lumberjacks dealt the Tritons three of their five losses on the year. After the two teams split the regular season series, Humboldt defeated UCSD in the CCAA Tournament Semifinals, 82-78, and then handed the Tritons a season-ending 76-72 loss in the NCAA West Regional First Round a week later in Seattle.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Averaging team-highs of 18.4 points, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals.
G - Nicole Anderson-Jew • Fr., 5-6 - Dished out an average of 3.8 assists over the last four games.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Has scored in double figures seven times in nine games this season.
G - Elaina White • Fr., 5-10 - Scored 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting in UCSD's two home games.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Put in a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight boards at CSUMB.
Chelsea Carlisle continued her recent tear two weeks ago, averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State. The junior point guard had a huge performance against the Otters on Friday, finishing with 23 points, four rebounds and seven assists in 49 minutes and then came back with 13 points, six boards and a season-high nine assists to lead UCSD past the Gators on Saturday. The 2009-10 First Team All-American enters Tuesday's matchup averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals through nine games this season. She leads the Tritons in scoring, assists, steals, free throw percentage (87%) and minutes per game (36.8).
Front and Center
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg put together the best performance of her career in the double overtime loss to Cal State Monterey Bay on December 4, finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals in 43 minutes. She was a very efficient 10-of-14 from the field and converted 7-of-9 attempts at the free throw line to shatter her previous scoring mark of 17 that came in UCSD's loss to Grand Canyon on November 14. Freidenberg is currently third on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game, while leading the the Tritons in rebounding at just under seven per night. She is also leading the squad in field goal percentage at a career-best 57%.
The Wizard of Osga
Sophomore guard Emily Osga has been outstanding so far in 2010-11, averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals through UCSD's first nine games. She is one of three Tritons to have started all nine games this season and has scored in double figures in seven of the nine. Osga had a great start to conference play two weeks ago, posting averages of 16.0 points, 5.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Tritons split two games with Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State. Her best game came against the Otters, when she finished with 18 points, five boards and three assists in a career-high 47 minutes. For the week, Osga converted 11-of-21 shots from the field, 52%, and hit 4-of-8 from the three-point line, 50%.
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 Tuesday's clash averaging 78.8 points per game, a figure that leads the CCAA... The Tritons are shooting 42% from the field following the matchups with CSUMB and SFSU...Defensively, UCSD is allowing 75.6 points per game on 46% shooting, both of which rank last in the conference... The Tritons are allowing 53.7 points per game in their three wins and 86.5 in their six losses... UCSD also leads the CCAA in free throw percentage at 77.3%... The Tritons shot a total of 50 free throws against the Otters and Gators, converting 35 (70%)... After squaring off with Cal State East Bay and Humboldt State this week, UCSD will return to action after the holidays when Sonoma State pays a visit to RIMAC Arena on Thursday, December 30... Tipoff is schedule for 5:30 p.m.