Game No. 14UC San Diego Tritons (6-7, 4-2) at No. 20 Chico State Wildcats (9-1, 6-0)Friday, January 7, 2011
Acker Gymnasium (2,143) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 15
UC San Diego Tritons at Cal State Stanislaus Warriors
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena (2,000) • 5:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
Both of the Tritons' games this weekend will be streamed live. Click here to access the Wildcats Network and watch the live broadcast against Chico State. The matchup against Cal State Stanislaus can be accessed via Warrior TV here.
Live stats for Friday's contest with the Wildcats are available here. Live stats for Saturday's tilt with the Warriors are are also available by clicking here.
What's On Tap
After defeating Cal State East Bay in dominating fashion on Monday in Hayward, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will return to Northern California to complete its three-game road trip this weekend. The Tritons will take on league-leading Chico State on Friday night at Acker Gymnasium, before traveling to Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock for a date with Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday. As usual, both contests are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
On the Record
UCSD enters Friday's clash with Chico State with an overall record of 6-7 and a 4-2 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association after recording a resounding 82-44 victory at Cal State East Bay on Monday to begin the week. Currently tied with Cal State Stanislaus for fifth place in the conference standings, the Tritons have won four of their last five games and six of eight overall to climb within a game of .500 after starting the season 0-5. UCSD is 2-2 in four road contests so far in 2010-11.
Triton Offense Overwhelms East Bay
The Triton offense was firing on all cylinders Monday, as UCSD finished at a season-high 61.2% from the field in the 38-point win over Cal State East Bay. The Tritons shot an unbelievable 71% (17-24) in the opening period to grab a 44-25 halftime lead and wound up converting 30-of-49 attempts from the floor overall. UCSD also drained 13-of-23 three-point tries in the game, establishing new season marks for both three-pointers made and three-point percentage (56.5%). The Tritons' previous shooting high was 59.6% in the 90-55 win over Western New Mexico on November 26, while their previous three-point shooting marks were 12 made on 50% shooting against Notre Dame de Namur on November 27.
Scouting the Wildcats and Warriors
• Chico State carries an overall record of 9-1 and a perfect 6-0 mark in CCAA play into Friday's matchup after picking up a pair of road victories at Cal State L.A. (68-58) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (71-59) last weekend. With just one loss on the season -- a narrow 57-56 defeat at the hands of Seattle Pacific on December 11 -- the Wildcats are currently ranked 20th in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Senior guard Natasha Smith is the team's leading scorer at 14.6 points through 10 games, while also bringing down 5.2 rebounds and dishing out 2.5 assists. Junior guard Molly Collins is another player to keep an eye on, averaging 9.2 points and 5.6 boards. Chico State currently ranks fifth in the CCAA averaging 67.5 points per game, while the defense ranks fourth allowing 57.9. The Wildcats have a one-game lead over Cal State Monterey Bay in the league standings.
• Cal State Stanislaus begins the week with an overall record of 6-4 and a 4-2 league mark after knocking off both Cal State Dominguez Hills (79-53) and Cal State L.A. (76-59) in CCAA play last week. Senior forward Katie Busi is averaging team-highs of 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, while senior guard Andreanna Marshall is putting up 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and shooting a team-high 45% from the field. Busi ranks third in the conference in both scoring and rebounding. As a team, Stanislaus ranks second behind UCSD in scoring offensive at 74.5 points per game, while the Warrior defense is surrendering an average of 69.2, a figure that ranks 10th in the league. The Warriors will host Cal State East Bay on Friday before the Tritons come to town on Saturday.
Head-to-Head with Chico, Stanislaus
UCSD holds a slim 12-11 advantage in the all-time series with Chico State and has won 18 of 26 previous meetings with Cal State Stanislaus. The Wildcats were one of only three teams to defeat the Tritons in conference play last season, registering a 77-67 victory in the second meeting of the year on February 13 after UCSD had won the first matchup, 75-62, on January 7 at RIMAC Arena. The Tritons swept the Warriors in 2009-10, handing Stanislaus a convincing 72-38 defeat in the first meeting and then winning the rematch by a final margin of 83-60.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Averaging team-highs of 19.7 points, 5.1 assists and 2.9 steals.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Has scored in double figures 10 times in 13 games this season.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Scored a season-high 12 points in win over Sonoma State on December 30.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Fifth on the team in scoring at 6.8 ppg, fourth in minutes at 25.5 mpg.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Shooting a team-high 54% from the field.
Chelsea Carlisle has been playing out of her mind lately, averaging 26.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 4.3 steals in UCSD's last three games. She turned in a monster effort in the win over Sonoma State last week, finishing with 31 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a total of 36 minutes. She was 12-of-20 from the floor and also sank a career-best six threes in the game. The junior point guard had another great outing in the Tritons' romp of Cal State East Bay on Monday, scoring 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while also racking up four boards, nine assists and four steals in just 25 minutes of action. On the season, the reigning first team All-American is now averaging 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She leads UCSD in scoring, assists, steals and minutes per game (36.3).
The Wizard of Osga
Emily Osga is putting together a tremendous sophomore campaign in 2010-11, averaging 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals through 13 games. She is one of three Tritons to have started all every game this season and has scored in double figures in 10 of the 13. Osga had a big game against Sonoma State last week, tallying 12 points, three boards, five assists and a steal to help the Tritons to the 22-point victory. She finished with 12 points, two rebounds and three helpers in just 23 minutes of playing time in the triumph at Cal State East Bay on Monday.
Call In A Specialist
Junior guard Daisy Feder had a big hand in UCSD's three-point barrage in the win over Cal State East Bay earlier this week, as she converted 4-of-7 attempts from downtown and finished with a total of 14 points in the game. She was 4-of-8 from the field and sank 2-of-3 at the free throw line to finish in double figures for the seventh time in the past nine games. The Santa Monica native has developed into a deadly threat from behind the arc for the Tritons, shooting a team-high 38% through 13 games. Feder has sank at least one trey in all but three games this season and 29 of her 42 field goals have come from downtown. On the season, she is averaging 11.5 points on 40% shooting, while also shooting a team-high 84% at the charity stripe.
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 clash averaging 78.2 points per game, a figure that leads the CCAA... The Tritons are shooting 43% from the field following the 61% effort against Cal State East Bay...Defensively, UCSD is allowing 69.8 points on 43% shooting, both of which rank 11th in the conference... The Tritons are allowing 49.5 points per game in their six wins and 87.3 in their seven losses... UCSD also leads the CCAA in free throw percentage at 76.7%, converting 204-of-266 attempts on the season... After squaring off with Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend, UCSD will return to La Jolla to host Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills on January 13 and 15, respectively... Tipoff for both games is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.