LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chelsea Carlisle
and Lauren Freidenberg
scored 20 points apiece to lead the No. 2 UC San Diego women's basketball team to an 84-73 victory over visiting Cal State East Bay in a California Collegiate Athletic Association clash on Friday evening at RIMAC Arena.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Tritons, who rode their impressive offense to another convincing victory. UCSD shot a season-high 55% from the field to become the first team in program history to win its first 15 games of the season.
The Tritons (15-0 overall, 9-0 CCAA) eclipsed the previous mark, which was set two years ago when the 2009-10 squad won its first 14 games and finished with an overall record of 25-5.
"We're very proud of the fantastic start that we've had, but we realize how far we still need to go to accomplish our goals," fifth-year head coach Charity Elliott
said. "That we've been able to win 15 games in a row is really a testament to the effort this team put in over the summer and the focus we've had up to this point. But we know its going to get harder every night and we have to continue to work and get better every day."
Carlisle finished 9-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the three-point line, to reach the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season. Showing off all of her talents, the two-time All-American also finished with five rebounds, a career-high 12 assists and three steals.
Freidenberg matched her highest scoring total of the season, hitting 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line. She added a game high eight boards.
scored 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting for UCSD, while Daisy Feder
finished with 12 and Emily Osga
chipped in with 11. The Triton starters accounted for 77 of the team's 84 points.
Micah Walker, Cassie Coble and Sarah Finlay scored 12 points apiece for Cal State East Bay (5-9, 2-6 CCAA), which trailed by as many as 19, but kept fighting all the way until the final horn. Marlene MacMillan added 11 points, five rebouds and three assists.
The visitors grabbed an early 8-4 lead, but it was pretty much all UCSD after that as the Tritons scored 16 of the next 20 points to claim a 20-12 advantage with 11:26 left in the opening period. Freidenberg and Dautremont combined to score 12 of UCSD's 16 points during the stretch.
The Pioneers closed to within three at 28-25 following a layup by MacMillan with just under five minutes remaining, but the Tritons scored the final 14 points of the half to take a commanding 42-25 lead into the locker room at the break.
UCSD shot 60% in the first half, connecting on 18-of-30 shots from the field. Freidenberg scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting , while Dautremont hit 3-of-4 to finish with nine. Carlisle dished out seven assists in the period.
CSUEB shot just 39% from the field in the opening stanza, missing its final eights shots.
The Tritons, who have become very adept at playing with sizeable leads this season, continued to add to their advantage in the second half, pushing the margin to 19 at 60-41 following a bucket by Megan Perry
with less than 13 minutes remaining.
Despite the deficit, the Pioneers kept things interesting down the stretch, closing to within eight in the final minute, but Dautremont and Freidenberg hit two free throws each to seal the historic victory for the Tritons.
UCSD finished 33-of-60 for the game, shooting better than 50% from the field for the first time since their 92-69 pounding of Cal State L.A. on December 3. The Tritons held a 46-36 edge in the paint and scored 25 points off 18 Pioneers turnovers.
Cal State East Bay shot just under 51% for the game, hitting 28-of-55 from the field. The Pioneers shot 63% (17-of-27) in the second half, but they couldn't slow down the league's top-ranked offense on the other end.
"Thankfully our offense was firing on all cylinder tonight, because East Bay really played a tremendous game. We're just happy to get the win," Elliott concluded.
UCSD will return to action on Saturday evening when No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay comes to town. The Tritons and and Otters split two meetings in 2010-11, with each team winning on its home floor.