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The Tritons have won a program record-tying 16 straight games to open the 2011-12 season.
Women’s Basketball Ranked No. 1 in USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll
Release: Tuesday 01/17/2012 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - After picking up victories over Cal State East Bay and No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay over the weekend, the UC San Diego women's basketball team climbed to No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll that was released on Tuesday.

The Tritons, who currently stand at 16-0 overall and 10-0 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, received 26 out of a possible 31 first place votes and a total of 770 points to earn the top spot in the poll for the first time in program history. UCSD moved up one spot after coming in at No. 2 in last week's rankings.

Clayton State (16-1) is currently ranked No. 2 after receiving five first place votes and 744 total points, followed by Edinboro University (14-1), Fort Lewis College (14-1) and Metro State (14-1) to round out the top five.

UCSD is one of three teams from the CCAA appearing in this week's Top 25. Cal Poly Pomona (11-2, 7-2) is ranked No. 17 and Cal State Monterey Bay (11-2, 8-1) came in at No 22.

After beginning the 2011-12 campaign at No. 13, UC San Diego has climbed a total of 12 spots during its historic run to start the season. The Tritons became the first team in program history to win their first 15 games with an 84-73 win over Cal State East Bay on Friday and then matched the program's longest winning streak overall with an impressive 91-63 triumph over rival Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday.

UCSD will look to break that mark with a 17th straight win against Sonoma State on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on campus.

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