Game No. 16
UC San Diego Tritons (8-7, 6-2) vs. Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles (6-6, 3-5)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,00) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 17
UC San Diego Tritons vs. No. 7 Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros
Saturday, January 15, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,00) • 5:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchups with Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Craig Elsten, who is in his second season as the voice of Triton Basketball, will handle the play-by-play duties against the Golden Eagles on Thursday, while Austin Olson will have the call against the Toros on Saturday.
Live stats for both of this week's games will also be available. Click here to follow the action.
What's On Tap
On the heels of an impressive three-game road trip, the UC San Diego women's basketball team returns to La Jolla for four straight games over the next two weeks. The surging Tritons will take on Cal State L.A. on Thursday evening to begin the homestand, before welcoming Cal State Dominguez Hills to town on Saturday. Both contests will take place at UCSD's RIMAC Arena, with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.
On the Record
UCSD enters Thursday's matchup with Cal State L.A. sporting an overall record of 8-7 and a 6-2 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association after defeating Cal State East Bay, Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus on the road last week. After losing five straight to open the season, the Tritons have found their form, winning four straight and six of seven overall. UCSD reached the .500 mark for the first time this season with the win over Chico and now sits just two games behind league-leading Cal State Monterey Bay in the CCAA standings. The Tritons have been dominant at home so far in 2010-11, winning four out of their five games at RIMAC and outscoring the opposition by an average of 82.0 to 58.6 in those contests.
Not a Bad Week
UCSD put together its best week of the season last week and looks poised to make a run at another CCAA regular season title. After knocking off Cal State East Bay, 82-44, in Hayward on Monday, the Tritons took down first place Chico State on Friday, handing the Wildcats their first loss in conference play, 73-53. UCSD then put the finishing touches on a perfect road trip with an 86-80 triumph at Cal State Stanislaus, which put an end to the Warriors' five-game winning streak in conference play. The Tritons were on fire all week, shooting a combined 53% (85-161) from the field in the three games, while draining 34-of-68 attempts from the three-point line, 50%. UCSD was just 1-2 in true road contests entering the week.
Scouting the Golden Eagles and Toros
• Cal State L.A. comes to town with an overall record of 6-6 and a 3-5 mark in the CCAA after splitting two games with Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State over the weekend. The Golden Eagles were on the wrong end of a 71-41 blowout against the league-leading Otters on Friday, but bounced back with a 59-49 win over the Gators the following night. Junior forward Lacy Ramon is the team's leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, while also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Junior guard Gretchen Tiernan has been very solid for CSULA as well, averaging 11.6 points to go with team-highs of 6.5 boards and 4.2 assists. Cal State L.A. currently ranks eighth in the conference in both scoring offense and defense at 63.2 and 63.8 points per game, respectively. The Golden Eagles are led by former UCSD head coach Janell Jones, who was with the Tritons for two seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
• Cal State Dominguez Hills starts the week at 1-11 overall and 1-7 in the CCAA, but the team's lone victory came over the weekend with a 56-46 triumph at San Francisco State. Junior center Ashley Hudson is averaging team-highs of 9.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, while third-year guard Nikki Boutte is putting up 8.8 points and dishing out a team-high 3.5 assists. The Toros currently rank 10th in the CCAA offensively, scoring just 49.0 points per game, while the defense ranks 11th, surrendering 69.3. CSUDH will travel to Cal State East Bay on Thursday evening, before taking on UCSD in La Jolla on Saturday.
Head-to-Head with CSULA, CSUDH
UCSD holds a commanding 18-4 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State L.A. and has won 19 of 27 previous meetings with Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Tritons went 5-0 against the Golden Eagles and Toros in 2009-10, sweeping the season series with both squads and then defeating CSUDH by a convincing 73-48 margin at RIMAC Arena in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament. UCSD has won nine straight against CSULA, while taking the previous 13 head-to-head matchups with Cal State Dominguez Hills.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Leads the CCAA in scoring at 20.9 points per game.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Scored 10 or more 11 times this season with two games of 20 or more.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Averaging 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds in 10 games as a starter.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Tallied 10 points, two boards and two assists in win over East Bay.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Shooting a team-high 53% from the field on the season.
Carlisle Puts Up Huge Numbers to Grab POW Honors
UCSD had a very successful road trip last week and junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle was at the forefront of the team's success. She averaged 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.7 steals in the Tritons' three wins and took home CCAA Player of the Week honors for her efforts on Monday. She shot 49% (24-49) for the week and and converted 12-of-27 three-point tries, 44%. The Agoura Hills native had her best performance in the win over Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, scoring a game-high 31 points on 8-of-19 shooting, while also racking up six boards, seven assists and career-high-tying six steals. On the season, the reigning first team All-American is now averaging 20.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals in 36.3 minutes. She leads UCSD in scoring, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointer made and minutes per game.
Junior guard Daisy Feder continued her three-point barrage last week, draining 11 of 19 threes, 58%, in the Tritons' three games. She averaged 13.3 points for the week, highlighted by a 17-point effort in the win over league-leading Chico State. Feder was 5-of-10 overall in the game and finished 4-of-9 from the three-point line. The Santa Monica native has been a consistent three-point threat for UCSD this season and currently leads the team shooting 41% from the arc. Feder enters Thursday's game averaging 11.7 points on 42% shooting though 15 games. 36 of her 50 field goals have come from downtown.
Three Ball, Corner Pocket
The Tritons have been locked in from behind the arc lately and their recent surge has come in large part because of the team's ability to knock down the three ball. As mentioned earlier, UCSD shot the ball extremely well from downtown in the wins over Cal State East Bay, Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus last week, converting 34-of-68 attempts, 50%. The Tritons drained a season-high 13 threes against the Pioneers and went on to finish with 10 treys against the Wildcats and 11 against the Warriors. In fact, the Tritons have now made at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last five games and seven of the last nine overall. UCSD is currently the CCAA's most prolific three-point shooting team with a conference-high 128 triples through 15 games in 2010-11. The Tritons' three-point field percentage of 37.5% ranks second only to Chico State's 39.7%.
UCSD Signs Five Recruits For 2011-12
The UC San Diego women's basketball program signed five high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall, head coach Charity Elliott announced on Tuesday, November 30. Nadja Kern, a 5-8 guard from Boston; Natalie Luzar, a 5-8 guard from Yorba Linda; Emily Morris, a 6-1 center from Foster City; Miranda Seto, a 5-7 guard from Redwood City; and Dana Webster, a 6-2 center from Los Gatos, will join the Tritons as true freshman in 2010-11. The complete release can be found at ucsdtritons.com.
UCSD currently leads the CCAA in scoring at 78.4 points per game... The Tritons also lead the league in team field goal percentage at 44% and free throw percentage at 76.3%... Defensively, UCSD ranks last in the conference allowing a 69.4 points per game... The Tritons are holding the opposition to just 53.8 points per game in their eight wins and surrendering 87.3 in their seven losses... UCSD is receiving votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll after going 3-0 on the road last week... The upcoming four-game homestand is the Tritons' longest of the season... UCSD will also be home for four straight in early February... After squaring off with the Golden Eagles and Toros this weekend, Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona will come to town January 20 and 22.