SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -
The UC San Diego women's basketball team put the finishing touches on the 2010-11 regular season in style on Friday, recording a 76-50 victory over California Collegiate Athletic Association nemesis Cal State San Bernardino at Cousoullis Arena.
UCSD converted seven of its first nine shots to open the game and never looked back, rolling to a resounding victory in a battle for the third seed in next week's CCAA Tournament. The Tritons shot 51% from the field, including 59% in the second half to pull away and tally their ninth win in the last 10 games.
UCSD concludes the regular
season at 19-10 overall and 17-5 in the conference standings, finishing in
third place behind Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal Poly Pomona. The Tritons will
host sixth seed Chico State in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament on
Tuesday evening at RIMAC Arena.
Cal State San Bernardino (20-6, 16-6 CCAA) will be the fourth seed and host
fifth seeded Humboldt State.
"I'm so proud of how we bounced back after last night," head coach Charity Elliott said. "We played with amazing focus and energy tonight and we beat a quality San Bernardino team. We're looking forward to Tuesday when we're all 0-0."
Lauren Freidenberg scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed four rebounds for UCSD, while Chelsea Carlisle finished with 17 points, eight boards, six assists and a pair of steals. Carlisle became UCSD's all-time single season assist leader with her fifth helper late in the second half, breaking assistant coach Alexis Mezzetta's mark of 159 set during the 2007-08 campaign.
Emily Osga added 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Tritons, while Erin Dautremont also chipped in with 10 off the bench.
Amber Glasser finished with 13 points to pace the Coyotes, while Sabrina Gonzalez put in 10.
After shooting just 39% in Thursday's loss to Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons had it going on Friday, converting 29-of-57 field goals and 7-of-18 from downtown, 39%. UCSD never trailed in the game and led by as many as 29 late in the second half.
CSUSB shot just 34% from the field and converted 3-of-17 from the three-point line, 18%.
UCSD came out of the gate firing and held a 15-6 lead five minutes in following an Erin Grady jumper and a Carlisle three. Back-to-back baskets by Dautremont and Elaina White gave the Tritons a 13-point advantage at 27-14 with seven minutes left in the half and Megan Perry's three gave UCSD its biggest cushion to that point at 37-18.
UCSD finished 16-of-35 in the period, while CSUSB was just 11-of-34.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Tritons scored 11 of the first 13 points to take a commanding 48-25 lead with 17:10 remaining. Freidenberg scored eight of the 11 points, as UCSD delivered the knock out blow early in the second frame.
The Tritons continued to pour it on, pushing the margin to 28 at 60-32 following back-to-back hoops from Osga and a Carlisle jumper. Dautremont's layup gave UCSD it biggest lead at 69-40 with 7:18 remaining and the margin would not dip below 24 the rest of the way. The Tritons wrapped up the second half at 13-of-22 from the field.
UCSD had lost three of its last five meetings with San Bernardino, including a 60-58 decision in the first matchup earlier this season.
Tip-off for Tuesday’s game
against Chico State is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Tritons swept the
regular season with the Wildcats, picking up a 73-53 victory in Chico in January
and then recording a 71-60 win in the rematch two weeks ago in La Jolla.