LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chelsea Carlisle
scored a game-high 26 points and Daisy Feder
finished with 19 as the top-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team rolled to a comfortable 93-76 win over visiting Chico State in California Collegiate Athletic Association play on Friday night at RIMAC Arena.
All five starters reached double figures for the Tritons, who jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to their 23rd consecutive victory. UCSD's offense had its way with one of the weaker defenses in the conference, shooting just under 50% from the field and scoring 90-plus points for the fourth time this season.
UC San Diego improves to 23-0 overall and 17-0 in the CCAA, sweeping the season series with Chico State. The Wildcats fall to 12-9 on the year and 9-8 in conference play.
Carlisle was the catalyst for the Triton offense, shooting 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from the three-point line for her highest scoring total since dropping 29 on No. 4 Fort Lewis College back in November. The two-time All-American also led UCSD with seven rebounds, four assists and five steals in 37 minutes.
Feder finished 7-of-17 from the floor, adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals to her scoring total. Erin Dautremont scored 18 points and grabbed five boards, while Emily Osga finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Lauren Freidenberg chipped in with 10 points and five boards.
Natasha Smith scored 21 points for the Wildcats, who shot 47.5% from the field offensively, but had no answer for the Tritons on the other end. Courtney Hamilton finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Synchro Bull added 12 and nine.
After needing two overtime periods to get by Chico State in the first meeting of the year on January 7, the Tritons were in control from the outset on Friday, leading by as many as 16 in the first half and taking an 18-point advantage with four and a half minutes to go in the second. UCSD never trailed in what proved to be another complete performance by the nation's No. 1 team.
The Tritons were dialed in from the opening tip, grabbing an early 10-4 edge following a jumper by Feder three minutes in. Three straight buckets from Osga and Carlisle made it 20-10 in favor of UCSD five minutes later and Megan Perry scored seven straight as the Tritons extended their lead to 32-16 with 6:21 remaining.
Chico hung tough though, cutting the deficit in half at 39-31 following a pair of free throws from Bull with a minute left in the half.
Carlisle answered with a big three to stop the bleeding and the Tritons took a 44-33 lead into the locker room at the break. UCSD was 17-of-34 in the period, with Carlisle hitting 6-of-10 and scoring 13 points to lead the way.
The Tritons continued to build on their lead in the second half, as consecutive three-point plays from Freidenberg and Feder to open the period made it 50-33 in favor of the home team. The Wildcats closed to within nine at 59-50 five and a half minutes later, but Carlisle hit another three to push it back to 12 and a Feder triple gave the Tritons a 66-52 cushion with 11:22 to play.
Chico made one final push, scoring eight consecutive points to pull within 72-63, but UCSD came back with 10 of the next 11 points to put the game away. Dautremont had a pair of big baskets during the run and her jumper gave UCSD its biggest lead of the evening at 84-66 with 4:38 remaining.
The Tritons converted 34 of their 69 attempts from the field, while the Wildcats were 29-of-61. UCSD forced the visitors into 22 turnovers, leading to 28 points on the other end.
The Tritons will host Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday night in their final home game of the regular season. Carlisle, Feder and Freidenberg will be honored during a special Senior Day ceremony prior to tip-off.