LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Led by the strong play of its three seniors, the No. 1-ranked UC San Diego women's basketball team cruised to a convincing 85-51 victory over a short-handed Cal State Stanislaus squad on Senior Night Saturday at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD's senior trio combined to score 44 points as the Tritons overpowered the struggling Warriors to win their final home game of the regular season with ease. Lauren Freidenberg finished with a game-high 17 points, while Daisy Feder scored 15 and Chelsea Carlisle chipped in with 12.
UC San Diego improves to 24-0 overall on the season and a perfect 18-0 in conference play, clinching at least a share of the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title with the win. UCSD, which has now won 27 of its last 28 conference games dating back to last season, has a 4.5 game lead in the CCAA standings with four games to play.
Cal State Stanislaus, which only had seven active players for Saturday's game, drops to 5-17 overall and 2-15 in the CCAA with the loss. The Warriors have lost eight straight and currently sit in 11th place in the league standings.
UCSD's offense was firing on all cylinders once again, as the Tritons shot just under 48% for the game (32-67). Freidenberg was a very efficient 8-of-11 from the floor and also led UCSD with six rebounds, while Feder hit 4-of-10, including 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line, and hauled down five boards. Carlisle finished 5-for-7 and tallied four rebounds and four assists.
Devin Brown scored 17 points off the bench to lead Cal State Stanislaus, converting 5-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-11 at the free throw line. Lauren Godde finished with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds, as did sister Erin Godde, who tallied 10 and 15.
The Warriors shot a woeful 23% (16-70) from the field, the lowest total by a Triton opponent this season. UCSD outscored CSUS 38-16 in the paint and scored 26 points off 26 Warrior miscues.
Much like they did in their 93-76 triumph over Chico State on Friday, the Tritons jumped all over the Warriors early, taking a 17-8 lead on a three-pointer from Osga and a Carlisle jumper less than five minutes in.
Rosa Tirado hit a pair of free throws to bring CSUS to within 21-15 with 11:13 remaining in the half, but UCSD answered with 16 unanswered points over the next four minutes to take a commanding 37-15 advantage.
Feder scored seven points and Freidenberg had back-to-back baskets during the run as the Tritons began to pull away.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 17 (45-28) at the half, but the Tritons opened the second stanza on a 14-6 spurt to push the lead to 25 at 59-34 with 15 minutes to play. The three seniors were at the forefront once again, accounting for 12 of UCSD's points during the stretch.
The Tritons continued to pour it on as back-to-back threes from Freidenberg and Feder made it 67-36 less than two minutes later. UCSD led by at least 24 the rest of the way, with the margin ballooning to as many as 34 at the final horn.
UCSD, which wrapped up its home slate with a perfect record of 12-0, will return to RIMAC Arena on Tuesday, February 28 for the first round of the CCAA Tournament after hitting the road for four straight to wrap up the regular season. The Tritons will travel to Cal State Monterey Bay next Friday, before squaring off with Cal State East Bay on Saturday.