CHICO, Calif. - The UC San Diego
women's basketball team recorded its biggest win of the season on Friday,
defeating 20th-ranked Chico State, 73-53, in a key early season
California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup at Acker Gymnasium.
scored a game-high 26 points and Daisy Feder finished with 17 to lead UCSD to
its third straight victory and fifth win in six games. The Tritons became the
first team to defeat the Wildcats in conference play this season and dealt
Chico State just its second loss overall.
The loss also snapped
a 14-game home winning streak for the Wildcats.
UCSD improves to 7-7
overall with the win, reaching the .500 mark for the first time in 2010-11. The
Tritons are now 5-2 in the CCAA and moved to within a game of the Wildcats for
second place in the league standings. Chico State falls to 9-2 overall and 6-1
As she always seems
to do, Carlisle rose to the occasion in another big game on Friday, finishing
10-of-21 from the field and 5-of-11 from the three-point line. She also
finished with seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
Feder had another
strong outing off the bench, finishing 5-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-9
from behind the arc. Carlisle and Feder combined to hit nine of UCSD's 10
threes in the game.
Emily Osga finished
with seven points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals for the
Tritons, while Lauren Freidenberg hauled in a game-high nine boards to go with
UCSD shot 47% from
the field and 42% from the three-point line. The Tritons had another good
effort defensively as well, holding the Wildcats to just 53 points on 35% shooting.
After surrendering 92 points in the double overtime loss to Humboldt State on
December 19, UCSD has allowed an average of just over 50 in the three games
"We played some of
the best team defense we have played all year," head coach Charity Elliott
said. "I thought we really took them out of what they were trying to do and we
got some outstanding efforts from a number of individuals."
scored 13 points to lead Chico State, while Molly Collins finished with 10
points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Natasha Smith, the team's leading
scorer at 14.6 points per game, was not in the lineup on Friday.
The Tritons led by as
many as 13 points in the first half and took a 38-25 lead into the locker room
after shooting 48% in the opening period. Chico led 8-4 after the game's first
four minutes, but it was all UCSD after that, as the Tritons responded with a
24-8 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 28-16 advantage with 5:41 left in
Feder hit a pair of
free throws to give UCSD a 33-20 lead two minutes later and Carlisle's second
three of the half gave the Tritons' the same 13-point cushion at the break.
UCSD continued to
build on its lead in the second half, outscoring the home team 14-6 over the
first seven and a half minutes of the period. Carlisle hit another triple and
Feder scored five straight to push the lead to 52-31.
The Tritons would
lead by as many as 25 (69-44) in the waning moments, as Osga and Carlisle hit
consecutive threes to put the finishing touches on the victory.
UCSD was plus-12 from
the three-point line and has now finished with at least 10 threes in four
The Tritons will look
to wrap up their three-game road trip on a winning note when they take on Cal
State Stanislaus on Saturday evening. Tip-off is scheduled 5:30 p.m. at Ed and
Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena in Turlock.