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Stephanie Yano and the Tritons will have a chance to gain ground on the first place Otters in Saturday's showdown at RIMAC Arena.
Tritons Entertain Gators, League-Leading Otters to Begin Four-Game Home Stand
Release: Friday 02/02/2011 
by UCSD

The Schedule
Game No. 22
UC San Diego Tritons (12-9, 10-14) vs. San Francisco State Gators (1-17, 1-13)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 5:30 pm

Game No. 23
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Cal State Monterey Bay Otters
Saturday, February 5, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 5:30 pm
**Spirit Night**

Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchups with San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Thursday's tilt with the Gators will be video only, while Austin Olson will have the call against the Otters on Saturday.

Live Stats
All of the Tritons' home basketball games will be available via Live Stats, as well. Click here to access the main Live Stats menu and follow the action.

What's On Tap
Following a pair of impressive road wins last week, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will come home to face two teams at opposite ends of the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings. The Tritons will host last place San Francisco State on Thursday, before squaring off with league-leading Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at UCSD's RIMAC Arena.

On the Record
UCSD enters play this week with an overall record of 12-9 and a 10-4 mark in the CCAA after defeating Sonoma State and Humboldt State on the road last week. The Tritons, who bounced back after losing two straight at home the previous week, wrapped up the month of January with a record of 7-2 and have now won 10 of their last 13 overall. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad is currently sitting in a two-way tie with Chico State for fourth place in the conference standings, three games behind first place Cal State Monterey Bay. UCSD is 6-3 at home so far in 2010-11.

Road Warriors
One of the biggest signs of a good team is its ability to win on the road. With victories at Sonoma State (58-54) and Humboldt State (63-61) last week, UCSD is now 6-0 in its last six road games, outscoring the opposition by an average of 14 points in those contests. The Tritons have been playing excellent defense away from home of late, limiting those six opponents to just 57.3 points per game, which is well below the team's season average of 67.0 points allowed. UCSD's last loss on the road came at Cal State Monterey Bay on December 3 and it took the Otters two overtime periods to escape with the 92-91 win. Let's hope the Tritons can continue this trend when they play their final four games of the regular season on the road later this month.

Scouting the Gators and Otters
• San Francisco State comes to town with the worst record in the CCAA at 1-17 overall and 1-13 in the CCAA. The Gators defeated Cal State East Bay during the opening week of conference play back in early December and have lost 14 straight since. Last week, SFSU dropped two at home, falling to Cal State San Bernardino, 64-54, and Cal Poly Pomona, 72-59. Senior center Dominque Hunter is averaging team-highs of 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, but no one else is putting up more than 6.6 points per night for the defensive-minded Gators. Freshman guard Erica Greer is averaging 5.4 points, 2.5 boards and a team-high 2.2 assists. San Francisco State ranks last in the conference offensively at 45.8 points per game, while the Gator defense ranks third, holding the opposition to just 56.6.

• After squaring off with SFSU on Thursday, UCSD will entertain No. 25 Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. The Otters have been the team to beat this season and enter competition this week with an overall record of 17-1 and a 13-1 tally in the CCAA. CSUMB suffered its lone defeat last week, as Cal Poly Pomona handed the Otters a 58-55 setback in Seaside. Monterey Bay doesn't have a player scoring in double figures, but senior center Julie Heurung leads three Otters averaging between eight and nine points at 8.9 ppg. She is also the team's leading rebounder, bringing down 5.9 per night. CSUMB's offense ranks fifth in the CCAA at 64.6 points per game, while the defense is holding opponents to a league-low 50.6.

Head-to-Head
UCSD holds a 20-9 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco State and has won 11 of 13 head-to-head meetings with Cal State Monterey Bay. The Tritons suffered a heartbreaking 92-91 double overtime defeat at the hands of the Otters in the first meeting of the year on December 3, but bounced back to take down the Gators the following night, 66-52. Lauren Freidenberg scored a career-high 27 points and Chelsea Carlisle put in 23 in a losing effort against the Otters, while Emily Osga tallied 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead UCSD past SFSU.

UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - CCAA's second-leading scorer at 18.6 points per game.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Finished with 19 points and nine boards in win over Sonoma State.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Hit seven of her last 12 three-point attempts, 58%.
F - Erin Dautremont • Fr., 6-0 - Made first career start against the Seawolves last week.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Recorded her second double-double in three games in win at Humboldt.

Chelsea Lately
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 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.6 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 had a big performance in UCSD's 58-54 win at Sonoma State last week, finishing with 19 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and four assists. She was 6-for-13 from the field and hit 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Carlisle finished with just nine points in the win at Humboldt State two days later, but she did grab five boards and dish out a game-high eight assists.

Make It A Double
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg has been dominant in the post lately, averaging 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds over the last three games. She has a total of four double-doubles in 2010-11 and two of them have come in the last three games. Freidenberg was outstanding in the Tritons' 63-61 triumph at Humboldt State Saturday, finishing with 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. She was 9-of-20 from the field and also tallied a block and a pair of steals. For the season, the Seattle native is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. She is also shooting a team-high 52% from the field.

Three's Company
Junior guard Daisy Feder has been one of UCSD's top outside threats all season and she came up with one of the biggest shots of her career in Saturday's win at Humboldt State. With the Tritons trailing 61-60 in the final minute, Feder rose up and knocked down a long three with just 14 seconds left to send UCSD to the 63-61 victory. Feder finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the game, reaching double figures for the first time since January 7. She was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and now has a total of eight games with at least three triples this season. On the season, the Santa Monica native is averaging 10.1 points on 39.5% shooting off the bench. She leads the squad in three-point field goal percentage at 38%, while her 45 triples made rank second.

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.

Quick Hits
UCSD has had the top offensive unit in the CCAA all season and currently leads the conference averaging 74.9 points per game. The Tritons also lead the league in team field goal percentage (.429) and free throw percentage (.753), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.367)... UCSD ranks 11th in the conference in scoring defense at 67.0 points per game. The Triton defense limited Sonoma State and Humboldt State to an average of just 57.5 points in their two wins last week... Sophomore guard Emily Osga had a big hand in UCSD's win over the Seawolves last week, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds... Saturday will be "Spirit Night" on the UCSD campus with all six colleges competing for the Cup of Cheer... After taking on San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay, the Tritons will host Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State on February 10-12 in their final two home games of the regular season.

 

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