Game No. 13
No. 3 UC San Diego Tritons (12-0, 6-0) at Cal State Stanislaus Warriors (4-6, 1-5)
Friday, January 6, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
Fitzpatrick Arena (2,000) • Turlock, Calif.
Game No. 14
No. 3 UC San Diego Tritons at Chico State Wildcats
Saturday, January 7, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
Acker Gymnasium (2,143) • Chico, Calif.
After extending its winning streak to 12 games with a pair of home wins over San Francisco State and previously undefeated Cal Poly Pomona, the UC San Diego women's basketball team will look to keep rolling on the road this week. The Tritons will travel to Northern California to take on Cal State Stanislaus on Friday evening, before squaring off with Chico State on Saturday. Both contests will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD heads to Turlock with a flawless overall record 12-0 and a perfect 6-0 tally in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after knocking off San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona last week. The Tritons rolled to a 79-44 triumph over the Gators on Thursday and then handed the 11th-ranked Broncos their first loss of the season, 78-64, on Friday. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad is 7-0 away from home so far in 2011-12, going 4-0 in true road games and 3-0 in neutral site contests. UCSD currently sits at the top of the CCAA standings, holding a half-game lead over Cal State Monterey Bay (5-0).
UC San Diego is ranked No. 3 in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Tritons, who began the season at No. 13, moved up one spot this week after coming in at No. 4 in the previous poll that was released on Dec. 13. The last time UCSD was ranked this high was in 2007-08, when the squad also garnered a No. 3 national ranking after winning its first eight games of the season. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 11 in 2010-11.
After an extremely impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign, the Tritons are quickly closing in on two of the program's major milestones. At 12-0, UCSD is just two wins shy of matching the program record for consecutive victories to open a season. That mark was established two years ago when the 2009-10 squad won its first 14 games of the year. The Tritons are also four wins shy of tying the program's all-time mark of 16 straight victories, which was set during the 1997-98 campaign. If Coach Elliott and the Tritons can continue to string wins together, they have a chance to accomplish something special this season and breaking both records would certainly qualify.
Triton Offense Second to None
UCSD boasts the top offense in the CCAA and enters Friday's clash with Cal State Stanislaus leading the conference in four major offensive categories. The Tritons are currently averaging 78.2 points per game, a figure that easily leads the league as Cal State L.A. is second putting up 72.9. UCSD is also leading the conference in team field goal percentage at 45.5%, assists at 18.1 per game and scoring margin at +21.0. On the national level, the Tritons rank 14th in scoring offense, 14th in field goal percentage, 13th in assists and ninth in scoring margin. UCSD has scored 70 points or more 10 times this season and reached the 80-point mark on four occasions.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Ranks second in the CCAA in scoring, while leading the league in assists and steals.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in win over Cal Poly Pomona on Friday.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds through 12 games.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Shooting a team-high 58% from the field this season.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is putting together another tremendous season in 2011-12, averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.9 steals through 12 games. She is shooting 53% from the field and has hit 42% 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 three occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native had a big week for the Tritons against San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona, averaging 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the two wins. She finished with 20 points in the triumph over the Broncos, connecting on 4-of-7 from the three-point line.
Get the Ball Down Lo
Center Lauren Freidenberg is also having a fine senior campaign thus far, averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds heading into Thursday's matchup with Cal State Stanislaus. She is shooting a blistering 58% from the field, which also leads the squad, and ranks second on the team in free throw percentage at 81%. The Seattle native has scored in double figures 10 times this season, including each of UCSD's last six games. Freidenberg had a huge hand in the Tritons' 78-64 victory over No. 11 Cal Poly Pomona last week, finishing with 16 points and eight boards in 31 minutes. She was 4-of-7 from the floor and sank 8-of-10 at the free throw line to help the Tritons end a three-game losing streak at the hands of the Broncos.
Scouting the Warriors
Cal State Stanislaus enters Friday's contest with an overall record of 4-6 and a 1-5 mark in CCAA play after defeating Chico State, 69-68, on Monday for its first conference win... Senior guard Theresa Henderson has been a force for the Warriors, averaging 19.6 points and 9.4 rebounds through 10 games... She leads the CCAA in scoring and ranks second in rebounding behind teammate Lauren Godde, who is hauling down 9.8 boards per night... Stanislaus is currently averaging 62.6 points per game offensively, while the defense is surrendering 69.8 on the other end... UCSD holds a 20-8 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Stanislaus after sweeping the Warriors in 2010-11...The Tritons have won the previous 16 meetings with the Warriors dating back to the 2003-04 season.
Scouting the Wildcats
Chico State enters the weekend with an overall record of 6-4 and a 3-3 tally in conference play following Monday's home loss to Stanislaus... The Wildcats have dropped two of their last three overall... Junior guard Synchro Bull leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game, while also dishing out a team-high 2.3 assists...Chico State ranks sixth in the CCAA averaging 62.3 points per game offensively, while the defense is giving up 62.7, a figure that ranks ninth... UCSD holds a 15-11 edge in the all-time series with Chico State after winning all three meetings with the Wildcats a year ago, including a 76-71 decision in the first round of the CCAA Tournament... Chico State will square off with Cal State San Bernardino on Friday before hosting UCSD on Saturday.
UCSD improved to 2-0 against ranked opponents this season with last week's victory over No. 11 Cal Poly Pomona... The Tritons also defeated then-No. 4 Fort Lewis College, 80-65, on Nov. 26... UCSD is the only team in the CCAA that has yet to lose this season... Cal State Monterey Bay, Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona all have one loss... In addition to leading the league in multiple offensive categories, the Tritons also rank first in the CCAA in rebounding (34.8) and rebounding margin (+8.0)... After taking on Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State, UCSD will come home for four straight beginning with matchups against Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay Jan. 13-14... The Tritons have won 15 of their last 16 CCAA games dating back to last season.
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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