Game No. 15
No. 2 UC San Diego Tritons (14-0, 8-0) vs. Cal State East Bay Pioneers (5-8, 2-5)
Friday, January 13, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
Game No. 16
No. 2 UC San Diego Tritons vs. No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay Otters
Saturday, January 14, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
After earning a pair of impressive road wins over Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State over the weekend, the undefeated UC San Diego women's basketball team returns home for four straight over the next two weeks, looking to keep their impressive run going. The Tritons will host Cal State East Bay on Friday evening, before entertaining budding rival and 24th-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay with first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings on the line on Saturday. As usual, both contests are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on campus.
For the Record
UCSD enters Friday's matchup with Cal State East Bay sporting an overall record of 14-0 and a perfect 8-0 tally in CCAA play after going 2-0 on its Northern California swing last week. The Tritons cruised to an 81-63 victory over Cal State Stanislaus on Friday in Turlock and then dispatched Chico State, 97-91, in double overtime the following evening in Chico. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad currently sits at the top of the CCAA standings, holding a half-game lead over 7-0 Cal State Monterey Bay. UCSD is 5-0 at RIMAC Arena this season, outscoring the opposition 78.4 to 54.6 in those five games.
The Ascent Continues
UC San Diego climbed to No. 2 in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll following its victories over Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State. The Tritons, who began the season at No. 13, moved up one spot for the second consecutive week after spending two weeks at No. 4 in late December. This marks UCSD's highest ranking in 11-plus seasons at the Division II level. UCSD was previously ranked as high as third during the 2007-08 campaign, 's first season in La Jolla.
On the Verge of History
At 14-0, UCSD has tied the program record for consecutive victories to open a season, which was established in 2009-10 when the Tritons won their first 14 games and went on to finish with an overall record of 25-5. With wins over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay, this year's team will not only solidify the best start in program history, they will also match the program's longest winning streak overall. That figure has been on the books since the late 90s when the 1997-98 team won 16 straight from Jan 2. through Mar. 4 en route to a 23-4 record. The Tritons are a mere three wins shy of owning both records and rewriting the pages of history.
Tritons Survive Scare from Chico State
The Tritons faced their first true test of the season on Saturday as they were taken to two overtime periods before finally subduing host Chico State, 97-91. Trailing the entire second half, UCSD erased an eight-point (60-52) deficit with less than nine minutes to play in regulation to send it to OT. capped off the Triton comeback, coming up with a huge steal and layup that knotted the game at 70 with 11 seconds left. When things still weren't decided following a first overtime period, UCSD took over in the second, scoring nine of the first 11 points to put the game away. The Tritons shot 49% from the field and finished with their highest point total of the season in the win.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads the CCAA in assists and steals, ranks second in scoring.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Scored in double figures in seven of UCSD's last nine games.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Put in a season-high 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting in win over Chico State on Saturday.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Averaging 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds through 14 games.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Shooting a team-high and career-best 55% from the field this season.
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle is putting together another tremendous season in 2011-12, averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.8 steals through 14 games. She is shooting 50.3% from the field and has hit just under 39% 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 played a big role in UCSD's come-from-behind win over Chico State last week, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in a season-high 47 minutes. She had an off shooting night, hitting just 4-of-17 from the field, but her 10 dimes matched her career high in that category.
Jack of All Trades
Junior guard Emily Osga was outstanding in the Tritons' double overtime win over Chico State as well, finishing with a season-high 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while also tallying six rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of work. She scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half and overtime, helping UCSD erase an eight-point deficit and keep its perfect record intact. For the season, Osga is averaging 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in over 26 minutes per game. The San Diego native is shooting a career-high 49% from the field and 38% from the three-point line and has scored in double figures a total of seven times on the year. She is third on the squad in both scoring and rebounding and ranks second in assists.
Scouting the Pioneers
Cal State East Bay comes to town with an overall record of 5-8 and a 2-5 mark in CCAA play after splitting road contests at Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State last week. The Pioneers dropped a 71-50 decision to the Broncos on Thursday, but bounced back with a commanding 64-39 triumph over the Gators two nights later... Rookie guard Micah Walker is CSUEB's leading scorer, averaging 9.2 points per game, but she's shooting just 31% from the field... Junior forward Marlene MacMillan is averaging 7.5 points on 51% shooting and hauling down a team-high 8.4 rebounds per night... The Pioneers are currently averaging 56.2 points per game offensively, while the defense is allowing 57.9...Those figures rank 10th and fourth in the CCAA, respectively ... UCSD has won six of the seven previous meetings with East Bay after sweeping the Pioneers in 2010-11.
Scouting the Otters
Cal State Monterey Bay begins the week with an impressive overall record of 10-1 and a perfect 7-0 tally in conference play after knocking off San Francisco State (64-56) and Cal Poly Pomona (51-48) on the road last week... The Otters' only setback of the season was a 68-63 home loss at the hands of Simon Fraser on Nov. 26... Senior guard Brandi Stephens leads three players averaging double figures for CSUMB at 11.0 points per game... Junior forward Brittani Jefferson is also having a fine season, averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 8.5 boards per night... Monterey Bay ranks third in the CCAA, averaging 68.8 points per game offensively, while the defense is giving up 58.0, which ranks fifth... UCSD holds a 12-2 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Monterey Bay after splitting the season series with the Otters a year ago... CSUMB is currently tied for 24th in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, along with Missouri S&T.
UCSD leads the CCAA in several offensive categories, including scoring offense (79.9), field goal percentage (.457), assists (17.9) and scoring margin (+20.0)... The Tritons also lead the league in rebounding (43.5) and rebounding margin (+8.1) and rank second in free throw percentage (.732)... UCSD scored a season-high 97 points against Chico State despite shooting just 3-of-17 from the three-point line... Head coach has used the same starting five in all 14 games this season and all five are scoring in double figures on the year... The Tritons have won 17 of their last 18 CCAA games dating back to last season...Following this weekend's matchups, UCSD will host Sonoma State and Humboldt State Jan. 20-21.
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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