LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego women's basketball team withstood a furious second half rally by visiting Cal State L.A. and escaped with a 69-65 triumph in California Collegiate Athletic Association play on Thursday evening at RIMAC Arena.
Sophomore guard Emily Osga
recorded her first career double-double with game-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Tritons, who pulled out the victory despite shooting just 30% in the second half.
UCSD improves to 9-7 overall with the victory and extends its winning streak to five, a season-high. The Tritons are now 7-2 in the CCAA, with all five of their wins during the streak coming against conference opponents.
Cal State L.A. falls to 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the CCAA. The Tritons have won 10 straight meetings with the Golden Eagles.
Osga led four players in double figures for the Tritons, finishing 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point line. In addition to setting a new career rebounding mark with 13, she also finished with two assists and two steals.Chelsea Carlisle
tallied 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists, while Erin Grady
scored 12 points and grabbed six boards. Lauren Freidenberg
chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Gretchen Tiernan and Alisha Belt scored 17 points apiece for CSULA, with Belt hauling down a team-high 11 boards. Erika Ruiz added 11 points for the Golden Eagles, who shot 43% from the field for the game.
Osga scored 12 of her 17 points in the opening half, staking UCSD to a 34-16 lead with five minutes remaining in the period. The Tritons held a 40-28 advantage at the break, shooting 40% from the field. UCSD also hit 6-of-13 from the three-point line, 46%, with Osga and Megan Perry
draining two treys apiece.
It was a much different story in the second half, as the Tritons missed 15 of their first 17 shots and the Golden Eagles came roaring back. Cal State L.A. outscored UCSD 22-13 over the first 12 minutes of the period to pull within 53-50 with 8:23 remaining. Tiernan scored seven straight points to cap the run for the Golden Eagles, including a deep three that brought the visitors to within three.
UCSD punched right back, taking a 59-52 lead less than two minutes later following a three-point play from Grady. Osga's third triple of the game two minutes later made it 64-55 in favor of the Tritons with five minutes left.
The visitors would make one final push, as Belt and Tiernan combined to score six straight points, bringing CSULA to within 66-63 with 51 seconds remaining. That would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get though, as Grady followed with a big bucket on the other end, extending UCSD's lead to five with 29 ticks left and the Tritons held on for the four-point win.
UCSD converted just eight field goals in the second half, but sank 12-of-18 free throws to maintain the lead. The Tritons out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 51-36 and held a 19-12 edge in second chance points.
Head coach Charity Elliott
and the Tritons return to the court on Saturday evening when Cal State Dominguez Hills comes to town. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.