Game No. 11
No. 4 UC San Diego Tritons (10-0, 4-0) vs. San Francisco State Gators (2-7, 1-2)
Thursday, December 29, 2011 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
Game No. 12
No. 4 UC San Diego Tritons vs. Cal Poly Pomona Broncos
Friday, December 30, 2011 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
What's On Tap
Following a nine-day layoff over the holidays, the undefeated UC San Diego women's basketball team will return to the court this week when San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona come to town for a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association matchups. The Tritons will host the Gators on Thursday evening to begin the week, before squaring off with the unbeaten Broncos on Friday. Both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on campus.
For the Record
UCSD enters Thursday's clash with San Francisco State sporting a flawless 10-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in CCAA play after capturing a 78-68 victory at Cal State San Bernardino in its last game on Monday, Dec. 19. The Tritons defeated the Coyotes for the second time in as many games, having also registered a resounding 70-45 triumph over CSUSB on Dec. 12 to begin the home-and-home series between the two squads. UCSD has started the season 10-0 for the second time in three years, also accomplishing the feat in 2009-10. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad won its first 14 games that year, suffering its first defeat on Jan. 21 at Humboldt State. The Tritons are 3-0 at home so far this season.
Rank and File
UCSD is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll that was released on Dec. 13. The Tritons, who began the season at No. 13, moved up one spot the current poll after coming in at No. 5 for two straight weeks before that. UC San Diego hasn't been ranked this high since December of the 2007-08 campaign ( 's first season), when the squad earned a No. 3 ranking with a record of 8-0. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally in 2010-11.
Tritons Use Strong Second Half to Down CSUSB
Trailing 41-36 less than 30 seconds into the second half, UCSD outscored Cal State San Bernardino 22-7 over the next eight minutes and held on for its 10th consecutive victory, 78-68, on Dec. 19. The Tritons, who had not trailed in the second half of any game this season, made sure the deficit didn't last long, outscoring the Coyotes 42-29 in the period to record the season sweep of San Bernardino. After shooting just 36% in the first half, UCSD shot 52% in the second, converting 16-of-31 attempts from the field and draining 6-of-11 from the three-point line, 55%. While the Tritons have been a dominant first half team this season -- they are outscoring their opponents by an average of 12 points in the period -- they proved they can come from behind to win against the Coyotes.
The Tritons finished 9-of-23 from the three-point line in the win over Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19, tying their season-high for three-point field goals made and setting a new season mark for three-pointers attempted. UCSD also hit nine triples in the 80-65 win over Fort Lewis College on Nov. 26, finishing 9-of-22 from behind the arc. The long ball has been a big part of the Tritons' offense this season as they have finished with at least five threes made in seven of their 10 games. The Tritons currently rank ninth out of 12 teams in the CCAA in three-point shooting percentage at just under 30%, but they lead the league in three-pointers made with 58.
UCSD Probable Staters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads the CCAA in assists and steals and ranks second in scoring.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Tallied 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in Dec. 19 win over San Bernardino.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Sank a season-high four three-pointers in last game against the Coyotes.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Putting up 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds through 10 games in 2011-12.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Averaged 16.0 points and 12.5 boards in UCSD's two wins over CSUSB.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is off to a brilliant start to the season, averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals through UCSD's first 10 games. She is shooting 55% (67-123) from the field overall and has hit 39% (17-43) of her three-point tries. A two-time All-American, Carlisle currently leads the team in several categories, including scoring, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers made and minutes per game. She has scored in double figures in every game this season and has reached the 20-point mark on two occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native had another huge outing in UCSD's win over Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19, finishing with a team-high 18 points, five boards, seven assists and five steals. She was 7-of-15 from the field and connected on four of her nine attempts from behind the arc.
Is There Anything She Can't Do?
Junior guard Emily Osga had a huge hand it the Tritons' 10-point win over Cal State San Bernardino as well, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 36 minutes of work. The San Diego native finished 6-of-16 from the field and hit 4-of-7 from the three-point line, propelling UCSD to another double-digit victory. For the season, Osga is averaging 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in just under 26 minutes per game. She is shooting a career-high 48% (39-81) from the field and 44% (12-27) from the three-point line. She is third on the squad in both scoring and rebounding and ranks second in assists.
Scouting the Gators
San Francisco State enters Thursday's contest with an overall record of 2-7 and a 1-2 mark in CCAA play... The Gators haven't played since Dec. 10 when they dropped a 54-46 home decision to Grand Canyon during the CCAA/Pac West Challenge... Junior guard Nicole Hicks is averaging a team-high 12.1 points and 4.0 rebounds through nine games, while sophomore forward Lauren Varney is putting up 7.8 points and leads the squad hauling down 6.4 boards per night... SFSU ranks dead last in the CCAA in scoring offense, averaging 48.2 points per game, while the defense is surrendering just 57.0, a figure that ranks third... UCSD holds a 21-9 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco State after sweeping the Gators in 2011-12.
Scouting the Broncos
Cal Poly Pomona begins the week with a perfect overall record of 7-0 and a 3-0 tally in conference play... The Broncos' last game was on Dec. 15, an 82-69 triumph over defending NAIA champion Azusa Pacific in Pomona... Cal Poly Pomona defeated San Francisco State (44-36), Cal State Stanislaus (81-56) and Chico State (70-55) in its first three CCAA contests of the season... Senior guard Sarah Semenero leads four players scoring in double figures for the Broncos at 13.4 points per game... She's also averaging 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.4 steals through seven games... Senior center Megan Ford is also having a fine season, putting up 11.7 points and a team-high 8.1 boards... Cal Poly Pomona boasts the CCAA's top-ranked defense, holding opponents to just 53.7 points per game, while the offense ranks fifth, putting up 68.3...The Tritons trail the all-time series with the Broncos 12-11 after dropping all three meetings with CPP last season... The Broncos will square off with Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday before traveling to La Jolla to face UCSD on Friday.
UCSD currently leads the CCAA in scoring offense at 78.1 points per game... The Tritons also lead the league in multiple other offensive categories, including scoring margin (+20.3), field goal percentage (.461), free throw percentage (.740), assists (18.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1)... UCSD also has the top-ranked squad in terms of rebounding (42.4) and rebounding margin (+8.4)... The Tritons will play six of their next eight games at home beginning with this week's matchups against San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona... Following this week's games, UCSD will travel to Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State Jan. 6-7.
UCSD Inks Two During Early Signing Period
UCSD signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, Coach Elliott announced on Monday, Nov. 21. Leeann Alferness, a 6-0 center from Novato, and Taylor Hirz, a 6-2 center from Santa Ana, will join the Tritons as true freshmen in 2012-13. A standout at San Marin High School in Novato, Alferness led the Marin County Athletic League in scoring and rebounding as a junior, while Hirz led Foothill High School to the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs last season. Click here for more on the two newest Tritons.
Tritons Top Pick in CCAA Coaches Poll
With all five starters returning in 2011-12, UC San Diego was once again picked to finish first in the CCAA standings according to the preseason coaches poll that was released in October. UCSD, which finished third in the conference with a 17-5 record last season, received eight first place votes and a total of 116 points to earn the top spot in the poll for the third year in a row. Cal Poly Pomona garnered one first place vote and 98 points to finish second, while Chico State came in third with 97 points and defending CCAA regular season champion Cal State Monterey Bay was fourth with two first place votes and 94 points. Humboldt State earned the remaining first place vote and a total of 85 points to finish fifth.
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