Game No. 20
UC San Diego Tritons (10-9, 8-4) at Sonoma State Seawolves (6-10, 4-10)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Wolves' Den (2,000) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 21
UC San Diego Tritons at Humboldt State Lumberjacks
Saturday, January 27, 2011
Lumberjack Arena (1,850) • 5:30 pm
Both of the Tritons' road games this week will be streamed live. Click here to access the Seawolf Sports Network and watch the live broadcast against Sonoma State. The matchup against Humboldt State can be accessed live via USTREAM here.
All CCAA basketball games are available via Live Stats, as well. To follow the action against the Seawolves on Thursday, click here. Live stats for Saturday's tilt with the Lumberjacks are are available by clicking here.
What's on Tap
After suffering back-to-back defeats on its home floor, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will look to bounce back with a pair of huge road contests in Northern California this week. The Tritons will travel to Rohnert Park to take on Sonoma State on Thursday evening, before heading to Arcata for a showdown with budding rival Humboldt State on Saturday. Both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
On the Record
UCSD enters Thursday's matchup with Sonoma with an overall record of 10-9 and an 8-4 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play following losses to Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona last week. The Tritons had won six straight and eight of nine before their streak came to an abrupt halt with the 60-58 setback to the Coyotes. With back-to-back losses, the two-time defending CCAA champs now find themselves in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, one game behind third place CSUSB. After going 3-0 on a three-game road trip earlier this month, UCSD is now 4-2 in true road games this season.
The Ones That Got Away
The Tritons were in position to knock off two of the top three teams in the league last week, but they let second half leads slip away and lost to both Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona. UCSD held a 56-52 advantage over CSUSB with 2:25 remaining, but the Coyotes answered with six straight points and the Tritons were never able to regain the lead. In Saturday's loss to Pomona, UCSD led 55-46 with less than 14 minutes to play, but the Broncos held the Tritons scoreless over a crucial five-minute stretch and rang up 17 unanswered points to take an insurmountable 74-64 lead. Prior to last week, UCSD had not lost two straight in conference play since January of the 2007-08 campaign, which was head coach Charity Elliott's first season in La Jolla.
Scouting the Seawolves and Lumberjacks
• Sonoma State begins the week with an overall record of 6-10 and a 4-8 mark in conference play after splitting a pair of road games last week. The Seawolves dropped a narrow 55-52 decision at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday, but bounced back with a 75-68 victory over Cal State L.A. the following night. Sonoma is currently in eighth place in the CCAA standings, two games out of the seventh spot. Junior guard Jaclyn Bisordi is the team's leading scorer at 11.1 points per game, while also dishing out a team-high 1.9 assists. Backcourt mate Aly Henington is not far behind, averaging 10.7 points, while forward Aly Conway is putting up 9.3 points and grabbing a team-high 6.8 rebounds. The Seawolves currently rank ninth in the conference offensively at 56.9 points per game, while the defense ranks sixth, allowing 61.4.
• After taking on Sonoma State on Thursday, UCSD will then square off with rival Humboldt State in Arcata on Saturday. The Lumberjacks currently stand at 9-7 overall and an even 6-6 in the CCAA after defeating both Cal State L.A. (71-70) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (75-60) last week. HSU is currently sixth in the conference standings, two games behind UCSD and Chico State. Junior forward Jeanette Dewitt leads the squad averaging 13.5 points on 51% shooting, while forward Bree Halsey is averaging 11.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. The Lumberjack offense currently ranks fourth in the conference, putting up 68.8 points per game, while the defense ranks ninth, allowing 66.1.
UCSD holds a 14-10 advantage in the all-time series with Sonoma State, while the series with Humboldt State is dead even at seven wins apiece. The Tritons defeated the Seawolves, 77-55, in the first meeting of the year on December 30, but dropped a 92-88 double overtime decision to the Lumberjacks on December 19. UCSD let a 13-point second half lead get away in the loss to HSU and has lost four of its past five meetings with the Lumberjacks over the past two seasons. Chelsea Carlisle scored a game-high 31 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Tritons past the Seawolves.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - CCAA's second-leading scorer at 19.1 points per game.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Hit all four of her shots and finished with 10 points in loss to Cal Poly Pomona.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Finished with career-high 13 points and four rebounds against San Bernardino.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Racked up third double-double of 2010-11 against the Broncos.
After earning State Farm Coaches First Team All-American honors as a sophomore last season, junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is tearing it up once again in 2010-11. Carlisle enters Thursday's matchup averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.8 steals, while shooting 42% from the floor and 34% from the three-point line. She is currently the CCAA's second-leading scorer, while pacing the conference in assists and three-point field goals made. The Agoura Hills native didn't shoot the ball particularly well last week, but she still had a big impact in both games. She finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the loss to Cal State San Bernardino and then racked up 14 points, four boards, five helpers and a steal against Cal Poly Pomona.
Front and Center
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg had one of her best performances of the season on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals in the Tritons' 82-75 loss to Cal Poly Pomona. The Seattle native was 9-for-17 from the field to reach the 20-point mark for the second time this season (she scored a career-high 27 points at Cal State Monterey Bay on December 3). The performance also marked her fourth career double-double and third this season. The Seattle native is now averaging 10.4 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds through 19 games. She also leads UCSD shooting 52% from the field.
Freshman guard Megan Perry was very effective in two games last week, averaging 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona. She only scored three points in the loss to the Coyotes, but grabbed a season-high eight rebounds and dished out a personal best four assists. The Coto de Caza native had one of her better scoring efforts against the Broncos on Saturday, finishing with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field. She also hit both of her three-point tries in the game, reaching double figures for the second time as a collegian. On the season, Perry is averaging 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds. She has started the last eight games, averaging 5.9 points, 3.1 boards and 2.0 assists, while helping UCSD to record of 6-2 in those contests.
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 has had the top offensive unit in the CCAA all season and currently leads the conference averaging 76.4 points per game. The Tritons also lead the league in team field goal percentage (.436) and free throw percentage (.761), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.367)... While UCSD ranks 11th in the CCAA in scoring defense at 68.1 points per game, the Tritons have held the opposition to just 60.5 over their last eight games... Last week's back-to-back losses to Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona marked the first time UCSD has dropped consecutive home games in conference play since January of the 2003-04 season... Sophomore forward Erin Grady scored a career-high 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the loss to San Bernardino... After taking on Sonoma State and Humboldt State this week, the Tritons will return to La Jolla for another four-game homestand, beginning February 3 against San Francisco State.