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Megan Perry and the Tritons can clinch a home game in the first round of the CCAA Tournament with wins over Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. this weekend.
Surging Tritons Hit the Road For Four Straight to Close Out Regular Season
Release: Tuesday 02/16/2011 
by UCSD
The Schedule
Game No. 26
UC San Diego Tritons (16-9, 12-4) at Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros (3-19, 3-15)
Friday, February 18, 2011
The Torodome (4,200) • 5:30 pm

Game No. 27
UC San Diego Tritons at Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Eagles Nest (3,200) • 5:30 pm

Live Audio and Video
Both of the Tritons' road games this week will be streamed live. Click here to access the Toro Sports Network and watch the live broadcast against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The matchup against Cal State L.A. can be viewed through Golden Eagles Live here.

Live Stats
All CCAA basketball games are available via Live Stats, as well. To follow the action against the Toros on Friday, click here. Live stats for Saturday's tilt with the Golden Eagles are are available by clicking here.

What’s On Tap

After wrapping up its 2010-11 home slate with wins over Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State, the UC San Diego women’s basketball team will play four straight road games to conclude the regular season. UCSD will begin the stretch against the bottom two teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association this weekend, as the schedule calls for stops at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. The Tritons will lock horns with the Toros in Carson on Friday, before taking on the Golden Eagles in Los Angeles on Saturday. Both games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

On the Record

UCSD enters Friday’s clash with Cal State Dominguez Hills with an overall record of 16-9 and a 14-4 mark in the CCAA after turning back Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State at home last week. The Tritons shook off an ugly first half to knock off the Warriors, 76-68, on Thursday and then held off a late Wildcat rally for a 71-60 triumph over Chico on Saturday. Head coach Charity Elliott’s squad has now won six straight to match the team’s longest winning streak of the season and won 12 of 14 overall dating back to the end of December. UCSD has also been an excellent road team of late, winning its previous six games away from home.

Movin’ On Up
With back-to-back wins over Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State last week, the Tritons not only moved into third place in the conference standings, they also clinched a berth in the CCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row. UCSD, which currently sits three games behind league-leader Cal Poly Pomona in the win column with four games remaining, can clinch a home game in the first round with wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. this weekend.

Scouting the Toros and Golden Eagles
• Cal State Dominguez Hills enters Friday’s tilt at 3-19 overall and 3-15 in the CCAA after suffering back-to-back home losses to Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State last week. The Toros came up short against the Otters on Friday, 69-55, before losing a 62-47 decision to the Gators on Saturday to fall into last place in the conference standings. Junior guard Nikki Boutte is the only player scoring in double figures for CSUDH at 10.1 points per game and also leads the team in assists at 3.1 per night. Center Sherrie Hughes is the squad’s leading rebounder, bringing down 6.4 boards to go with 4.8 points. The Toros rank 10th in the CCAA in scoring offense at just 49.0 points per game, while the defense ranks ninth, allowing 66.3.

• After Friday’s matchup with Cal State Dominguez Hills, UCSD will square off with Cal State L.A. on Saturday evening at The Eagles Nest. The Golden Eagles begin the week mired in a 10-game losing streak and currently sit in 11th place in the CCAA standings at 6-16 overall and 3-15 in conference play. CSULA lost to both San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay last week as well, falling to the Gators (65-61) on Friday and the Otters (66-56) on Saturday. Junior forward Lacy Ramon is averaging team-highs of 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 42% from the field. Junior guard Gretchen Tiernan is another player to keep an eye on, averaging 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Cal State L.A.’s offense ranks eighth in the CCAA , putting up 60.8 points per game, while the defense is allowing 66.8, a figure that ranks 10th.

Head-to-Head
UCSD holds a commanding 20-7 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Dominguez Hills and has won 19 of 25  previous meetings with Cal State L.A. The Tritons defeated both squads earlier this year in La Jolla, taking down the Golden Eagles, 69-65, on January 13, before posting a resounding 75-45 triumph over the Toros two nights later. Sophomore guard Emily Osga was named the CCAA Player of the Week on January 17 after averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the two wins. UCSD has won 14 straight meetings with Cal State Dominguez Hills, while taking the previous 10 head-to-head matchups with Cal State L.A.

UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - Ranks second in CCAA in scoring, leader in assists and threes made.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Recorded a double-double in two of the last three games.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Was a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line in two games last week.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 -  Tallied six points and six boards in win over Cal State Stanislaus on Thursday.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Leads UCSD averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.  

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 Friday’s matchup at Cal State Dominguez Hills averaging 18.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.4 steals, while shooting 41% from the floor and 35% 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. With a total of 141 helpers on the season, she is just 19 shy of setting the program’s all-time single season assist record of 159, which current assistant coach Alexis Mezzetta set in 2007-08. As usual, Carlisle had a big hand in UCSD’s two wins last week, averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists against Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State.  

Sophomore Sensation
Emily Osga is putting together a tremendous sophomore campaign in 2010-11, averaging 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals entering play this week. She is one of three Tritons to have started all 25 games this season and has scored in double figures a total of 15 times. After finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 71-60 win over Chico State on Saturday, Osga has now tallied a double-double in two of the last three games for a total of three this season. The San Diego native played a key role in UCSD’s win over No. 25 Cal State Monterey Bay on February 5, finishing with 10 points and 12 boards.

Central Focus
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg averaged 11.0 points and 8.0 rebounds against Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State last week, helping the Tritons to their 15th and 16th wins of the season. The Seattle native shot a team-high 56.3% from the field in the two games, connecting on 9-of-16 attempts from the floor, and went 4-of-6 at the foul line, 67%. She was excellent in UCSD’s 76-68 triumph over the Warriors on Thursday, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and hauling in seven boards in 24 minutes. On the season, Freidenberg is averaging 10.6 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per night. She also leads the squad in field goal percentage at over 51% and blocked shots with seven. She has scored 10 points or more in four of the last seven games.

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 heads to Carson with the CCAA’s top-ranked offense at 73.5 points per game. The Tritons also lead the conference in team field goal percentage (.426) and free throw percentage (.746). Defensively, UCSD ranks eighth, holding the opposition to 65.4 points per game… The Tritons finished the 2010-11 regular season with a home record of 10-3 with the two victories last week. UCSD has now won at least 10 home games in each season at the Division II level (beginning in 2000-01)…  UCSD was dialed in from the three-point line last week, shooting 45% (17-38) from behind the arc against Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State. The Tritons have made at least six threes in each of the past seven games… After this weekend’s matchups with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A., UCSD will conclude the 2010-11 regular season at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino February 24-25. The Tritons lost to both squads in La Jolla in January.

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