The Week Ahead
Game No. 17
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (16-0, 10-0) vs. Sonoma State Seawolves (5-9, 3-7)
Friday, January 20, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
Game No. 18
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons vs. Humboldt State Lumberjacks
Saturday, January 21, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • La Jolla, Calif.
On the heels of a rousing 28-point triumph over No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay, the undefeated UC San Diego women's basketball team welcomes Sonoma State and Humboldt State to town this weekend to wrap up a four-game homestand. The Tritons will host the Seawolves on Friday evening, before welcoming the fourth place Lumberjacks to town on Saturday. As always, both contests are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on campus.
For the Record
UCSD enters Friday's tilt with Sonoma State boasting a flawless overall record of 16-0 and a perfect 10-0 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after posting a pair of home wins last week. The Tritons recorded an 84-73 victory over Cal State East Bay on Friday and then pounded budding rival Cal State Monterey Bay by a final margin of 91-63 on Saturday. The Tritons became the first team in program history to win their first 15 games with the victory over the Pioneers and then matched the program's longest winning streak overall with Saturday's impressive showing against the Otters. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad currently sits at the top of the CCAA standings, holding a 1.5 game lead over now second place CSUMB.
View From the Top
After collecting its 15th and 16th victories of the season over the weekend, UCSD rose to No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll that was released on Tuesday. The Tritons 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. After beginning the season at No. 13, UCSD has climbed to the top of poll -- moving up one spot each of the last three weeks -- thanks to its historic run to begin the season. The Tritons have never been ranked No. 1 at either the Division II or III level. Click here for more on UCSD's No. 1 ranking.
That's Just Offensive
The Triton offense has been a thing of beauty all season, but it has been especially impressive of late as UCSD has averaged 88.8 points on 49.5% shooting over its last four games. The Tritons have topped the 90-point mark twice during that span, erupting for a season-high 97 points in a double overtime win at Chico State on Jan. 7 and then scoring 91 in Saturday's resounding victory over No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay. UCSD currently leads the CCAA in several offensive categories, including scoring offense (80.8), scoring margin (+19.9), field goal percentage (.466), assists (18.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2). The Tritons rank second in free throw percentage at .727. UCSD has been incredibly balanced on the offensive end this season, with all five starters scoring in double figures.
Home, Sweet Home
UCSD has been absolutely dominant at RIMAC Arena this season, winning its first seven home games by an average of over 22 points. The Tritons are currently putting up 81.0 points on their home floor, while holding their opponents to a healthy 58.4. UCSD has won all seven games comfortably, with only Friday's victory over Cal State East Bay coming by a final margin of less than 14 points. The Tritons have won 12 straight at home dating back to last season, with their last loss coming on Jan. 22, 2010 (an 82-75 setback to Cal Poly Pomona).
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Leads the CCAA in both assists and steals, while ranking second in scoring.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Scored 12 points and dished out a season-high five assists in win over Cal State East Bay.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Averaging a team-high 16.3 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last four games.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Shooting 69% (20-29) from the field in UCSD's last five games.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Recorded her third double-double with 18 points and 15 boards against CSUMB.
Carlisle Named CCAA Player of the Week
Senior point guard Chelsea Carlisle was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 3.0 steals in UCSD's wins over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay last week. She shot 56% (15-27) from the field and connected on 44% (4-9) from the three-point line to take home the conference's weekly honor for the third time in 2011-12. For the season, Carlisle is averaging 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.8 steals. She is shooting 51% from the field and has hit just under 40% 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 four occasions.
Front and Center
Senior center Lauren Freidenberg is also having a tremendous season thus far, averaging 14.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds through 16 games. She is shooting a career-high 55% from the field, a figure that also leads the squad, and has scored in double figures a total of 13 times this season. After finishing with a game-high 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the Tritons' victory over Cal State East Bay on Friday, Freidenberg recorded her third double-double of the year with an 18-point, 15-rebound effort in the win over No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay the following evening. She finished 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line to help the Tritons stay perfect on the season.
Scouting the Seawolves
Sonoma State enters Friday's matchup with an overall record of 5-9 and a 3-7 mark in the CCAA after falling to San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona by a combined three points last week. The Seawolves dropped a narrow 51-49 home decision to the Gators on Thursday, before suffering a 52-50 setback at the hands of the Broncos two nights later... Senior guard Jaclyn Bisordi is averaging a team-high 9.6 points to go with 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while senior center Aly Conway is scoring 5.9 points on 55% shooting and grabbing a team-high 5.4 rebounds per night... The Seawolves own the CCAA's top-ranked defense, holding their opponents to just 53.9 points per game, while the offense ranks 10th, averaging just 56.5 on the other end... UCSD holds a 16-10 advantage in the all-time series with Sonoma State after sweeping the Seawolves in 2010-11.
Scouting the Lumberjacks
Humboldt State begins the week with an overall record of 11-3 and a 6-3 tally in conference play after going 1-1 against Cal Poly Pomona (79-83) and San Francisco State (66-61) at home last week... Despite the loss to the Broncos, the Lumberjacks have won seven of their last nine overall... Junior guard Lisa Petty leads four players averaging double figures for HSU at 13.8 points per game... She is also hauling down 7.3 rebounds per night... Backcourt mate Kayla Williams is having a fine season as well, averaging 10.6 points and a team-high 4.3 assists... Humboldt State ranks fourth in the CCAA averaging 67.4 points per game offensively, while the defense is giving up 59.4, a figure that ranks third... UCSD has won eight out of 15 previous matchups with Humboldt State after splitting two meetings with the Lumberjacks a year ago.
After knocking off No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday, UCSD is now 3-0 against ranked opponents this season... The Tritons defeated then-No. 4 Fort Lewis, 80-65, on Nov. 26 and took down No. 11 Cal Poly Pomona, 78-64, on Dec. 30... All three wins have come at RIMAC Arena... UCSD is one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the country along with No. 3 Edinboro, which has a record of 14-0... The Tritons' currently rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 80.8 points per game... UCSD has won 19 of its last 20 CCAA games dating back to last season... After facing Sonoma State and Humboldt State this weekend, UCSD will travel to Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State on Jan. 26 and 28.
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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