Game No. 19
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (18-0, 12-0) at No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos (12-4, 8-4)
Thursday, January 26, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
Kellogg Gym (5,000) • Pomona, Calif.
Game No. 20
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons at San Francisco State Gators
Saturday, January 28, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.
The Swamp (2,000) • San Francisco, Calif.
What's On Tap
After taking care of business against Sonoma State and Humboldt State to wrap up a four-game home stand, the undefeated UC San Diego women's basketball team will hit the road to begin the second half of its California Collegiate Athletic Association slate this week. The Tritons will travel to Cal Poly Pomona for a battle with the 22nd-ranked Broncos on Thursday, before heading to San Francisco State to take on the Gators on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD heads to Pomona with a perfect overall record of 18-0 and a 12-0 mark in CCAA play after dispatching Sonoma State and Humboldt State last week. The Tritons shook off a slow start to take down the Seawolves, 73-57, on Friday and then blew by the Lumberjacks by a final margin of 74-49 on Saturday. Head coach Charity Elliott's squad currently sits at the top of the CCAA standings, holding a 2.5 game lead over second place Cal State Monterey Bay with 10 games remaining. UCSD is 9-0 away from home this season, going 6-0 in true road games and 3-0 in neutral site contests.
Quite A Week
While the 2011-12 season has been full of great moments thus far, last week was extra special for the Tritons because it featured a couple of impressive program firsts. The week got off to a great start on Tuesday when the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll came out and UCSD was ranked No. 1 -- something the Tritons had never accomplished at either the Division II or III level. Another major milestone followed on Friday as the Tritons became the first team in program history to win 17 consecutive games, breaking the old mark of 16 straight set from Jan. 2 through Mar. 4 during the 1997-98 campaign. No matter what happens from here on out, this year's team has already gone where no other UCSD team has gone before it.
Don't Sleep on Our Defense
While the Triton offense has carried the load for much of the season, it was UCSD's defense that shone through in its wins over Sonoma State and Humboldt State last week. After limiting the Seawolves to just 57 points on 39% (22-57) shooting on Friday, the Tritons were even better the following night, holding the Lumberjacks to a season-low 49 points and a measly 28% (29-64) shooting. This was quite a feat considering that Humboldt State entered the game with the CCAA's fourth-ranked offense at over 67 points per night. The Tritons also forced 19 turnovers against both SSU and HSU, leading to a combined 46 points on the other end. UCSD currently ranks fifth in the CCAA in scoring defense, allowing 60.0 points per game for the season, and sixth in field goal percentage defense at just over 38%.
UCSD shot the ball extremely well from the three-point line last week, converting 18-of-42 against Sonoma State and Humboldt State, 43%. After sinking 10-of-24 in the win over the Seawolves on Friday, the Tritons had another big night from behind the arc against the Lumberjacks, connecting on 8-of-18, a season-high 44%. UCSD currently leads the CCAA with a total of 119 threes through 18 games and ranks fourth in terms of three-point field goal percentage at .332.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Finished with double digit assist totals in four of the last five games.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Scored a career-high 23 points in victory over Sonoma State on Friday.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Shot 52% (12-23) from the field in UCSD's two wins last week.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Tallied 13 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes against Humboldt State.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Has finished with a double-double in two of the last three games.
Senior point guard is in the midst of another tremendous season in 2011-12, averaging 16.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.8 steals entering Thursday's clash with Cal Poly Pomona. She is shooting 50.4% 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. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native had a big hand in UCSD's 73-57 win over Sonoma State on Friday night, tallying 17 points, five rebounds, 12 assists, three blocks and two steals. She finished 7-of-14 from the floor 3-of-8 from downtown. Her 12 assists tied her career mark in that category.
Coming Up Daisy
Senior guard was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in UCSD's wins over Sonoma State and Humboldt State. She shot 43% (13-30) from the field and dropped 7-of-14 from the three-point line, 50%. In Friday's victory over the Seawolves, Feder scored a career-high 23 points, while also tallying six rebounds, three assists and two steals. She followed that effort with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the win over the Lumberjacks. For the season, Feder is averaging 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals. She has scored in double figures a total of 13 times this season, including each of the last nine games.
Scouting the Broncos
Cal Poly Pomona enters Thursday's matchup with an overall record of 12-4 and an 8-4 tally in the CCAA after going 1-1 against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. on the road last week... The Broncos defeated the Toros, 65-50, on Friday, before suffering a 75-65 loss to the Golden Eagles on Saturday... Senior center Megan Ford is averaging team-highs of 13.6 points and 8.9 rebounds through 16 games, while senior guard Sarah Semenero is not far behind, putting up 12.3 points and grabbing 5.5 boards... The Broncos currently rank fifth in the CCAA in scoring offense at 65.1 points per game, while the defense is holding the opposition to just 57.4, a figure that ranks second... The all-time series between UCSD and Cal Poly Pomona is tied at 12 games apiece after the Tritons won the first meeting of the year, 78-64, on Dec. 30 at RIMAC Arena... scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures for the Tritons, who shot 48% from the field in the win.
Scouting the Gators
San Francisco State starts the week with an overall record of 5-13 and a 4-8 mark in conference play after going 1-1 against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills last week... The Gators have won three of their last five after starting the season 2-11... Junior guard Nicole Hicks is the only player averaging double figures for SFSU at 12.9 points per game... She's also hauling down 4.4 rebounds per night... As a team, San Francisco State is averaging just 51.6 points per game offensively, which ranks 11th in the CCAA, while the Gator defense ranks eighth, allowing 61.2... UCSD holds a 22-9 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco State after defeating the Gators by a final margin of 79-44 on Dec. 29 in La Jolla.
UCSD is ranked No. 1 in the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week... The Tritons are one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the country along with No. 3 Edinboro University (16-0)... UCSD boasts the top offense in the CCAA, averaging 80.0 points per game... That figure ranks sixth nationally... The Tritons also lead the league in field goal percentage (.463), scoring margin (+20.0) and assists (18.4)... Coach Elliott has used the same starting lineup in all 18 games this season... The Tritons have won 21 of their last 22 CCAA games dating back to last season... After facing Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State on the road this week, UCSD will come home for four straight from Feb. 3-11.
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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