Game No. 30
2011 CCAA Tournament First Round
No. 3 UC San Diego Tritons (19-10, 17-5) vs. No. 3 Chico State Wildcats (15-11, 12-10)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:00 p.m.
Directions to UCSD
General Admission - $8
Students (with ID) and Seniors (60+) - $5
Children under 12 - $2
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchup with Chico State will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Craig Elsten, who is in his second season as the voice of Triton Basketball, will call the action during Tuesday's broadcast, while former Triton Ali Hill (Ginn) will handle the color duties.
As always, 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
After finishing third in the 2010-11 California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season standings, the UC San Diego women's basketball team enters this week's conference tournament looking to capture the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional for the first time in four years. The third-seeded Tritons will host No. 6 seed Chico State in a first round CCAA Tournament matchup on Tuesday night at RIMAC Arena. Tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. The winner of the UCSD-CSUC clash will advance to conference tournament semifinals on Friday evening at Pioneer Gymnasium on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward. The tournament championship game is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
On the Record
UCSD wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 19-10 and a final mark of 17-5 in the CCAA after going 1-1 against two of the top four teams in the league in Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino on the road last week. The Tritons were held to a season-low 51 points in a nine-point loss to the second place Broncos on Thursday, but rebounded to shoot 51% from the field en route to a resounding 76-50 win over the fourth place Coyotes on Friday. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad had won a season-best eight straight before falling to Pomona and, despite the loss, enters postseason play having won 15 of the last 18 dating back to the end of December. The Tritons will take on the Wildcats on their home floor on Tuesday, where they are a healthy 10-3 this season.
UCSD in the CCAA Tournament
UC San Diego has a record of 3-3 in six previous CCAA Tournament games. The Tritons earned the No. 3 seed in the first year of the event in 2007-08 and went on to defeat San Francisco State (59-56) in the first round and Sonoma State (57-55) in the semifinals, before falling to Chico State (69-63) in the title game. UCSD was awarded the top seed after winning 19 of 20 league games in 2008-09, but saw its hopes for the program's first conference tournament title come to an abrupt end with a shocking 62-57 loss to eighth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino in the first round at RIMAC Arena. The Tritons were once again the No. 1 seed after posting a league record of 19-3 last season and took down eighth-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills (73-48) in the opening round, before falling to host Humboldt State (82-78) in the semifinals at Lumberjack Arena.
Head-to-Head with Chico State
The Tritons swept both games with Chico State during the regular season, defeating the Wildcats by an average of 15.5 points per game. UCSD turned in a dominant performance in the first meeting of the year in early January, holding Chico to just 35% shooting in a convincing 73-53 road victory. Chelsea Carlisle scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Daisy Feder chipped in with 17 points off the bench as the Tritons dealt the then-ranked No. 20 Wildcats their first loss in conference play. UCSD held off a late Chico rally to secure a 71-60 win in the rematch on February 12 in La Jolla, as Carlisle finished with 17 points and Emily Osga recorded her third career double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The Tritons have won six of the last seven meetings with the Wildcats and hold a 14-11 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1999-2000.
Scouting the Wildcats
Chico State enters postseason play with an overall record of 15-11 after splitting road games at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State over the weekend. The Wildcats suffered their sixth consecutive loss with a 54-48 setback to the first place Otters on Thursday, but bounced back and snapped the skid with 60-52 triumph over the Gators the following evening. Chico State finished CCAA play in a two-way tie with Humboldt State for fifth place at 12-10, but the Lumberjacks won the tie-breaker based on their 1-1 record against UCSD, giving the Wildcats the sixth seed. CSUC enters Tuesday's game averaging 62.1 points per game, which ranks seventh in the league, while the defense has allowed 59.8, a figure that ranks sixth. The Wildcats are shooting just 39.4% from the field as a team, while their opponents are shooting at a 35.5% clip. Junior guard Molly Collins is the team's leading scorer at 9.6 points per game, while junior forward Pauline Ferrall is not far behind, putting up 8.4 points per night. Senior forward Taylor Lydon is currently leading the team in rebounding at 5.0 boards per game, while also averaging 7.7 points. The Wildcats got off to a tremendous start this season, winning nine of their first 10 games, but they have lost a couple of key players due to injuries and gone just 6-10 since.
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 - Has recorded three double-doubles on the season.
G - Megan Perry • Fr., 5-7 - Shooting a team-high 60% from the three-point line this season.
F - Erin Grady • So., 5-10 - Tallied eight points, four boards and two assists in win over CSUSB.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Jr., 6-1 - Leads UCSD in both rebounding (6.6) and shooting percentage (51%).
Carlisle Sets Single Season Assist Mark
After dishing out 10 assists against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino last week, junior point guard Chelsea Carlisle became UCSD's all-time single season assist leader. The Agoura Hills native now has a total of 160 dimes on the year, which eclipsed current assistant coach and former Triton standout Alexis Mezzetta's mark of 159 set during the 2007-08 campaign. Carlisle, who leads the CCAA in assists with an average of 5.5 per game, already has a total of 360 helpers for her career, which ranks third on the all-time charts. A 2009-10 State Farm Coaches First Team All-American, Carlisle enters Tuesday's matchup with Chico State averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals. She was the CCAA's second-leading scorer during the regular season, while pacing the conference in three-point field goals made with 73.
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg has put together a fine season in the post for UCSD, averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds during the regular season. She has started all 29 games in 2010-11 and also leads the team in field goal percentage (.510) and blocked shots (8). The Seattle native has scored 10 points or more 17 times and has a total of four double-doubles on the year. Freidenberg had a big hand in UCSD's 26-point rout of Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, finishing with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting. She also tallied four boards in 25 minutes of action.
Tritons Close Out Regular Season with a Bang
After struggling to find its rhythm in a nine-point loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, UCSD's offense was firing on all cylinders on Friday, as the Tritons converted 51% (29-57) of their shots to easily dispatch Cal State San Bernardino, 76-50. UCSD shot 46% in the first period and then came back to shoot 59% in the second to extend a 37-23 halftime advantage put the game away early in the second stanza. The Tritons never trailed in the game and led by as many as 29 late in the second half (69-40). Lauren Freidenberg led all scorers with 18 points in the game, while Chelsea Carlisle finished with 17 and Emily Osga and Erin Dautremont each chipped in with 10. The Coyotes had won three of the previous five meetings in the series, including a 60-58 decision in the first meeting of the year on January 20 at RIMAC.
Three-point shooting was one of UCSD's strong points during the regular season and hopefully that trend will continue in the conference tournament this week. The Tritons took more three-pointers than any other team in the CCAA during the regular season and currently lead the conference in both three-pointers made (233) and three-point field goal percentage (.374). As a team, UCSD averaged over eight threes per game in 2010-11 and finished with 10 or more treys on 11 different occasions. The Tritons shot a combined 44% from behind the arc in their two wins over Chico State this season, converting 20 of their 45 attempts.
In addition to being the conference's most prolific three-point shooting team during the regular season, UCSD also had the league's top-ranked scoring offense at 72.6 points per game. The Tritons led the CCAA in team field goal percentage (.428) and free throw percentage (.746), as well. Defensively, UCSD ranked eighth, holding the opposition to 64.3 points per game... After winning eight straight from January 27 through February 19, UCSD climbed up to a season-high No. 9 in last week's NCAA Division II West Regional rankings... The Tritons' 51 points in the loss to Cal Poly Pomona last week was their lowest total of the season... With the win, Cal Poly Pomona became the first team to sweep the season series from UCSD since Humboldt State did it in 2007-08.