LA JOLLA, Calif. - Daisy Feder
scored a career-high 23 points and Emily Osga
put in 19 to lead the top-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team to a 73-57 victory over visiting Sonoma State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup on Friday evening at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD (17-0, 11-0 CCAA) shook off a slow start to pull away for its 17th consecutive victory, a new program record. The Tritons, who are one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the country, eclipsed the previous mark of 16 straight wins set during the 1997-98 campaign.
"We're certainly happy to have accomplished something that has never been done before (at UCSD), but hopefully its just another step on the way to much bigger things," UCSD head coach Charity Elliott said. "Our goal isn't necessarily to win every game, but to continue to get better each time we play. We've still go a long way to go to get where we want to be."
Feder hit just 5-of-12 from the field, but dropped 4-of-8 from the three-point line and 9-of-12 at the charity striple to lead three players in double figures for the Tritons. In addition to surpassing her previous scoring mark of 21 points, the Santa Monica native added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Osga was 8-of-17 from the floor and also tallied six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Chelsea Carlisle scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and dished out a game-high 12 assists. She has now finished with at least 10 assists in four consecutive games. Lauren Freidenberg chipped in with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Tritons shot 43% (26-61) from the field, shooting a blistering 54% (14-26) in the second half after hitting just 12-of-35 in the opening period, 34%.
Jacyln Bisordi scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting to lead Sonoma State (5-10, 3-8 CCAA). Bronte Sheahan finished with 13 off the bench, while Aly Conway tallied 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Seawolves shot 38% for the game, hitting 22-of-57 attempts from the field.
SSSU held an 18-12 lead following a layup by Bisordi with 9:38 left to play in the first half, but UCSD scored the next nine points to take a 21-18 advantage. Feder hit back-to-back threes to cap the run.
The Tritons extended their lead to 34-27 on a bucket by Megan Perry with just over a minute left in the half, but Taylor Vigil hit consecutive jumpers to bring the Seawolves to within three at the break, 34-31.
UCSD came out firing to start the second half, outscoring Sonoma 20-5 over the first eight minutes of the period. Carlisle scored eight points during the stretch as the Tritons pushed their lead to 18, 54-36.
The Seawolves followed with eight unanswered to cut the deficit to just 10, but that's as close as they would get as the Tritons extended their lead back to 14 at 60-46 on a jumper by Osga with 7:21 left to play.
UCSD's lead would not dip below 11 the rest of the way.
"We weren't as sharp as we would have liked tonight, but we did what we needed to get the win," Elliott added. "We're at the point in the season where we're just going to have to grind some games out and that's what we did tonight."
UCSD wraps up its four-game homestand on Saturday evening against rival Humboldt State. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.