Game No. 18UC San Diego Tritons (10-7, 8-2) vs. Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes (11-2, 7-2)Thursday, January 20, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 19
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Cal Poly Pomona Broncos
Saturday, January 22, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 5:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchups with Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona 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 Coyotes on Thursday, while Austin Olson will have the call against the Broncos on Saturday.
As always, live stats for both of this week's games will also be available. Click here to follow the action.
What's On Tap
After extending its current winning streak to six games with victories over Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will look to keep rolling against two of the top four squads in the California Collegiate Athletic Association this week. The Tritons will host fourth place Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., before second place Cal Poly Pomona pays a visit to RIMAC Arena on Saturday at the same time.
On the Record
In the midst of its longest winning streak of the season, UCSD enters Thursday's scrap with San Bernardino sporting an overall record of 10-7 and an 8-2 mark in the CCAA. The Tritons held off a late Golden Eagle rally to defeat Cal State L.A., 69-65, on Thursday and then cruised to a convincing 74-45 triumph over Cal State Dominguez Hills two nights later. The Tritons have won 10 of their last 12 overall, with their last defeat coming against rival Humboldt State over a month ago, and currently sit in third place in the conference standings. UCSD has been absolutely dominant in at home so far in 2010-11, winning six out of its seven games and outscoring the opposition by over 21 points per game in those contests.
Defense Answers the Bell
UCSD's defense put together a tremendous effort in the win over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, limiting the Toros to just 45 points on 44% (17-39) shooting from the field. The Tritons out-rebounded the Toros, 34-22, in the game and also forced a total of 27 turnovers, leading to a whopping 37 points on the other end. Excluding UCSD's two games with Cal State East Bay, Dominguez' 17 field goals and 45 points scored established season-lows in both categories for a Triton opponent this season. While UCSD's defense had its struggles early on, the Tritons have locked down recently, allowing just 57.0 points per game during their six-game winning streak.
Scouting the Coyotes and Broncos
• Cal State San Bernardino enters Thursday's matchup with an overall record of 11-2 and a 7-2 mark in the CCAA following an 81-72 setback at Cal Poly Pomona on Tuesday night. After losing the battle for second place, the Coyotes are currently in fourth in the conference standings, a half game behind UCSD. Senior guard Eisha Sheppard is the team's leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, while also shooting a team-high 52% from the field and dishing out 3.5 assists, another high mark for the squad. Backcourt mate Sabrina Gonzalez is putting up 10.4 points and dishing out 2.6 assists, while forward Danielle Shows is averaging 8.9 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. CSUSB currently ranks seventh in the conference offensively at 63.9 points per game, while the defense ranks second, limiting opponents to 54.7.
• Cal Poly Pomona currently stands at 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the CCAA following Tuesday's home win over Cal State San Bernardino. With the win, the Broncos climbed to within a single game of league leader Cal State Monterey Bay in the loss column. Senior guard Reyana Colson is the CCAA's leading scorer at 20.5 points per game, while also grabbing 5.9 rebounds and dishing out a team-high 3.6 assists. Junior center Megan Ford is another player to keep an eye on, averaging 13.0 points and 8.2 boards, a figure that leads the squad. The Bronco offense currently ranks third in the conference, putting up 71.6 points per game, while the defense ranks fourth, allowing 56.4. Pomona will travel to Hayward to take on Cal State East Bay on Thursday evening, before coming to La Jolla to square off with the Tritons on Saturday.
Head-to-Head with CSUSB, CPP
UCSD holds a 21-17 edge in the all-time series with Cal State San Bernardino and has won 11 of 20 previous meetings with Cal Poly Pomona. The Tritons swept both squads in 2009-10, posting consecutive wins over the Coyotes and Broncos to open CCAA play in early December and then knocking off both again in late January. UCSD's last loss to CSUSB came in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament in 2009. The Tritons haven't lost to Pomona since February 23, 2008.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Leads UCSD in scoring and assists at 19.6 ppg and 5.9 apg.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Hit 6-of-7 from the three-point line and tallied 22 points in win over CSUDH.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in six games as a starter.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Tallied 12 points and six rebounds in victory over Cal State L.A.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Shooting a team-high 53% from the field for the season.
The Wizard of Osga
Emily Osga was unbelievable against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills last week and the sophomore guard took home UCSD's second consecutive CCAA Player of the Week honor for her performance. In two games, she averaged team-highs of 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while also contributing 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals. She shot 65% (15-23) from the field for the week and converted 9-of-12 three-point tries, 75%. After recording her first career double-double with a 17-point, 13-rebound effort in the Tritons' win over the Golden Eagles on Thursday, she had one of the best shooting performances of her career to lead UCSD to a convincing triumph over the Toros two nights later. Osga erupted for a game-high 22 points, finishing 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-for-7 from behind the arc. For the season, the San Diego native is averaging 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. She is shooting 47% from the field and a team-high 45% on threes.
Junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle has been tearing it up all season and her numbers prove just that. The reigning State Farm Coaches First Team All-American enters Thursday's matchup with Cal State San Bernardino averaging 19.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.9 steals, while shooting 44% from the floor and 36% from the three-point line. She is currently the CCAA's second-leading scorer and paces UCSD in several categories including points, assists, steals, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted and minutes per game. The Agoura Hills native had another big game against Cal State L.A. last week, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, eight assists, a blocked shot and a steal. She had just eight points in the win over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, but turned in two boards, six assists and three steals in a season-low 18 minutes.
Sophomore forward Erin Grady had a big hand in the Tritons' 69-65 victory over Cal State L.A., finishing with a career-high-tying 12 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes. She converted 4-of-9 shots from the field and sank 4-of-5 at the free throw line to match her career scoring mark set against Grand Canyon earlier this season. Grady scored eight of her 12 points in the second half, including a huge bucket with 29 seconds left that ended a 6-0 CSULA run. On the season, she is averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.
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 77.6 points per game... The Tritons also lead the league in team field goal percentage at 43.8% and free throw percentage at 75.7%... Defensively, UCSD ranks 10th in conference, allowing 67.7 points per game. The Tritons ranked dead last entering last week's matchups... Carlisle leads the CCAA in assists at 5.9 per game, while Lauren Freidenberg ranks second in field goal percentage at 53.1%... Following the wins over Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills, UCSD is receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll again this week... After squaring off with Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona this week, the Tritons will travel to Sonoma State and Humboldt State February 3 and 5.