Game No. 28
UC San Diego Tritons (18-9, 16-4) at Cal Poly Pomona Broncos (20-4, 17-3)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Kellogg Gym (5,200) • 5:30 pm
Game No. 29
UC San Diego Tritons at Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes
Friday, February 25, 2011
Cousoullis Arena (4,140) • 5:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
Both of the Tritons' road games this week will be streamed live. Click here to access the Broncos Fan Zone and watch the live broadcast against Cal Poly Pomona. The matchup against Cal State San Bernardino can be viewed through the Coyotes Network here.
All CCAA basketball games are available via Live Stats, as well. To follow the action against the Broncos on Thursday, click here. Live stats for Friday's tilt with the Coyotes are are available by clicking here.
The Week Ahead
Following a pair of road wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A., the UC San Diego women's basketball team will close out the 2010-11 regular season this weekend looking to finish strong against two of the top four teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Tritons will travel to Cal Poly Pomona to take on the second place Broncos on Thursday, before squaring off with the fourth place Coyotes of Cal State San Bernardino on Friday. As usual, both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. UCSD will be looking to get even this week after suffering back-to-back home losses to CSUSB and CPP in January.
On the Record
UCSD enters the final two games of the regular season at 18-9 overall and 16-4 in the CCAA after taking care of business against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. over the weekend. The Tritons shot 47% en route to a comfortable 71-57 victory over the Toros on Friday, and then dropped 11 three-pointers to down the Golden Eagles by a final margin of 71-63 on Saturday. UCSD heads to Pomona riding a season-best eight-game winning streak and the Tritons have won 14 of their last 16 dating back to the end of December. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad also locked up a home game in the first round of the CCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 1 with the win over Cal State L.A. The Tritons are currently sitting in third place in the league standings, two games behind league-leading Cal State Monterey Bay.
In addition to their overall eight-game winning streak, the Tritons have another impressive run going. After picking up wins at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. last weekend, UCSD is now a healthy 8-2 in true road games this season after winning its previous eight away from home. The Tritons are shooting 45% in those eight wins and outscoring the opposition by over 13 points per game (71.2 to 58.0). UCSD's last road loss came at Cal State Monterey Bay during the opening weekend of conference play, when the Otters escaped with a 92-91 victory in double overtime. The Tritons' other road loss came at Seattle Pacific during the SPU Sodexo Classic back in November. The Falcons were ranked eighth nationally at the time.
Scouting the Broncos and Coyotes
• Cal Poly Pomona enters Thursday's clash with an overall record of 20-4 and a 17-3 mark in the CCAA after falling to fourth place Cal State San Bernardino at Cousoullis Arena on Tuesday. Senior guard Reyana Colson scored a game-high 29 points, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists but it wasn't enough as the Broncos fell to the Coyotes, 83-70. With the loss, the second place Broncos dropped to within a game of UCSD in the conference standings heading into Thursday's showdown in Pomona. Colson is the CCAA's leading scorer at 21.4 points per game, while also averaging 6.6 rebounds and team-highs of 4.6 assists and 3.0 steals. Junior center Megan Ford has put together a solid campaign this season as well, averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds. Pomona currently ranks third in the conference in scoring offense at 71.3 points per game, while the Bronco defense ranks fourth, allowing 58.5.
• After Thursday's matchup with Cal Poly Pomona, UCSD will take on Cal State San Bernardino on the final day of the regular season. The Coyotes enter the weekend at 19-5 overall and 15-5 in the CCAA following Tuesday's 13-point home win over Cal Poly Pomona. Senior guard Eisha Sheppard is San Bernardino's leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, while also grabbing 5.0 boards and dishing out a team-high 3.4 assists. Fellow senior Sabrina Gonzalez is another player to watch, averaging 11.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 24 games. Gonzalez, who finished with 20 points in Tuesday's win, is the Coyotes' leading three-point shooter, with 39 triples made on the year. Cal State San Bernardino's offense ranks fifth in the CCAA, putting up 65.2 points per game, while the defense is allowing 57.3, a figure that ranks third. CSUSB will face Cal State East Bay on Thursday, before UCSD comes to town on Saturday.
UCSD holds a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series with Cal Poly Pomona and has won 21 of 39 previous meetings with Cal State San Bernardino. As mentioned above, the Tritons lost to both squads earlier this season, dropping a 60-58 decision to the Coyotes on January 20 and then falling to the Broncos, 82-75, two nights later. UCSD shot a combined 41% in the two games and turned the ball over 32 times to lose back-to-back conference home games for the first time in three years. The Tritons have not lost since.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Jr., 5-6 - CCAA leader in assists and three-pointers made, ranks second in scoring.
G - Emily Osga • So., 5-9 - Tallied 13 points, six boards, four assists and two steals in win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Shooting a team-high 58% from the three-point line this season.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Finished with six points and five rebounds at Cal State L.A. on Saturday.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Leads UCSD in both rebounding (6.6) and shooting percentage (51%).
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 at Cal Poly Pomona averaging 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 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 150 helpers on the season, she is just 10 shy of setting the program's all-time single season assist record of 159, which current assistant coach Alexis Mezzetta established in 2007-08. As usual, Carlisle had a big hand in UCSD's two wins last week, averaging 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg is having a fine season in the middle for UCSD, averaging 10.6 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds entering Thursday's showdown with Cal Poly Pomona. She also leads the team in field goal percentage at .513 and blocked shots with eight, while her 26 steals rank third. The Seattle native has scored 10 points or more 16 times in 2010-11 and has a total of four double-doubles on the year. Freidenberg was instrumental in the Tritons' 71-57 rout of Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday, finishing with 15 points, two rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal in 26 minutes. She was 5-of-8 from the floor and converted 5-of-6 six at the free throw line to reach double figures for the fourth time in the past six 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.
UCSD heads to Pomona with the CCAA's top-ranked scoring offense at 73.3 points per game. The Tritons also lead the conference in team field goal percentage (.427) and free throw percentage (.745). Defensively, UCSD ranks eighth, holding the opposition to 65.0 points per game. The Tritons have held their opponents to an average of just 57.9 points during their current eight-game winning streak... UCSD was 11-of-22 from the three-point line in Saturday's win over Cal State L.A., marking the 11th time this season the Tritons have made 10 or more threes in a game... After wrapping up the regular season against Pomona and San Bernardino this weekend, UCSD will return to La Jolla to host an opening round game in the 2011 CCAA Tournament. The Tritons will face their opponent on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. at RIMAC Arena. The winner will advance to the CCAA Tournament Final Four March 4-5 on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward.