LOS ANGELES -
Behind another big performance from Chelsea Carlisle
, the UC San Diego women's basketball team collected its eighth straight win on Saturday, defeating Cal State L.A. 71-63 at The Eagles Nest.
Carlisle scored 21 points and dished out four assists for the Tritons, who outscored the Golden Eagles by 13 in the first half and led by as many as 21 on the way to their 14th victory in 16 games.
UCSD, which has won its last eight road games dating back to early December, improves to 18-9 overall and 16-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. With the win, the Tritons clinched home game in the opening round of the CCAA tournament on Tuesday, March 1. UCSD will wrap up the 2010-11 regular season next weekend at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino.
Cal State L.A., which snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over Cal State East Bay on Friday, falls to 7-17 overall and 4-16 in the CCAA. Despite their slide, the Golden Eagles are still in the hunt for one of the final two spots in the conference tournament with two games remaining.
After finishing with a game-high 25 points in Friday's win over Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carlisle put together another tremendous effort on Saturday to lead the Tritons. She was just 6-of-17 from the field, but dropped 4-of-9 three-pointers and hit 5-of-6 at the free throw to reach the 20-point mark in consecutive games for the first time since early January. She also moved to within nine of the all-time single season assist mark of 159 with her four assists.
Carlisle has been unstoppable on the road this season, averaging 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists away from home. All three of those figures are above her overall season averages.
Megan Perry had a strong game for UCSD as well, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting. She was 2-of-6 from behind the arc and added five rebounds and three assists in a season-high 32 minutes. Lauren Freidenberg scored four points and grabbed eight boards, while Daisy Feder and Elaina White scored nine points apiece off the bench.
Lacy Ramon led all scorers with 23 points for the Golden Eagles, finishing 5-of-14 from the field and 13-of-15 at the free throw line. She also paced CSULA with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Angeline Jefferson finished with 19 points for CSULA and Erika Ruiz chipped in with 10.
The Tritons held a 21-11 lead with 7:06 remaining in the first period, before the Golden Eagles cut the deficit in half at 24-19 following a jumper from Jefferson two minutes later.
Erin Grady and Carlisle would combine to score the next seven points, however, as UCSD took a 31-19 edge with three minutes left in the half. Carlisle hit a three and White followed with a jumper to give the Tritons their biggest lead of the period at 36-21 with 1:09 left.
UCSD continued to build on its lead in the second half, as Carlisle and Perry combined to hit four threes in the first three minutes. Carlisle's fourth triple of the evening gave the Tritons a commanding 52-33 advantage with 16:18 to play and Erin Dautremont jumper three minutes later pushed the lead to 21.
UCSD held a double-digit cushion until final two minutes of the game, when Ramon hit four free throws to cut the deficit to six at 68-62 with 57 seconds left. CSULA would get no closer than that as the Golden Eagles missed their next three shots and the Tritons hit three free throws to seal the win.
UCSD shot 41% from the field and finished 11-of-22 from the three-point line, while Cal State L.A. shot 36%. The Tritons held a 41-36 rebounding advantage and outscored the Golden Eagles 26-15 off the bench.