Game No. 29
2012 CCAA Tournament First Round
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (27-1, 21-1) vs. No. 8 Sonoma State Seawolves (11-15, 9-13)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:00 p.m.
Directions to UCSD
General Admission - $8
Students (with ID), Seniors and Children under 12 - $3
Setting the Scene
After claiming its third California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title in four years, the No. 1 UC San Diego women's basketball team will now look to capture the program's first CCAA Tournament title and earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division II West Regional. The top-seeded Tritons will host No. 8 seed Sonoma State in a CCAA Tournament First Round matchup on Tuesday evening at RIMAC Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The winner of the UCSD-SSU clash will advance to the semifinals on Friday, which will also be held at RIMAC on the UCSD campus. The tournament championship game is slated for Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. For complete coverage on the 2012 CCAA Basketball Championships, click here.
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchup with Sonoma State will be webcast live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Craig Elsten, who is in his third season as the voice of Triton Basketball, will have the call live from RIMAC Arena.
For the Record
UCSD wrapped up a historic regular season with an overall record of 27-1 and an impressive final tally of 21-1 in CCAA play after splitting two games on the road last week. The Tritons suffered their first defeat of the season in a narrow 74-73 setback at Humboldt State on Wednesday, but bounced back with a strong performance against Sonoma State two days later, cruising to a 78-58 triumph on the final day of conference play. UCSD ran away with the CCAA regular season title, finishing a full six games in front of Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Monterey Bay and Humboldt State, which finished in a three-way tie for second place at 15-7.
A Season for the Ages
The Tritons put together quite a run during the 2011-12 regular season and set several impressive records in the process. With victories in its first 26 games, UCSD not only shattered the longest winning streak in program history (the 1997-98 team won 16 straight), but also recorded the best start in the history of the CCAA. The Tritons earned a No. 1 national ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the first time in 11-plus seasons at the Division II level on Jan. 17 and have held onto the top spot in the poll for the last six weeks. Along with Edinboro University, UCSD was one of only two remaining unbeatens when it lost to Humboldt State last week.
Tritons Come Up Short at Humboldt State
UCSD's magical run finally came to an end last week as the Tritons suffered a 74-73 defeat in a tightly contested affair with rival Humboldt State on Wednesday in Arcata. scored to put UCSD up by one with less than 10 seconds to play, but Kayla Williams answered with the game-winning bucket with 1.9 seconds on the clock to lift the Lumberjacks to the narrow victory. UCSD had won 29 of its previous 30 games in CCAA play before falling to HSU on Wednesday, with its last conference loss coming to Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 24 of last season. The Tritons have lost three of their last four games against the Lumberjacks in Arcata, including an 82-78 decision in the CCAA Tournament Semifinals in 2010.
UCSD in the CCAA Tournament
UC San Diego has a record of 4-4 in eight previous CCAA Tournament games. Despite earning a top-three seed each year since the conference reinstated the tournament in 2007-08, UCSD has made it to the championship game just once in that span, falling to Chico State by a final margin of 69-63 in 2008. The Tritons were the No. 1 seed in both 2009 and 2010, but saw their hopes for a tournament title come to an end after being upset by Cal State San Bernardino in the opening round in 2009 and then falling to Humboldt State in the semifinals the following year. UCSD was the third seed last season, losing a 78-75 decision to eventual champion Cal Poly Pomona in the semis after taking down Chico State, 76-71, in the first round.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Led the CCAA in scoring, assists and steals during the regular season.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Averaging 24.5 points in two games against Sonoma State this season.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Shooting 51% from the field and a team-high 42% from the three-point line in 2011-12.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Finished with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting in win over SSU last week.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Recorded a team-high five double-doubles during the regular season.
Senior point guard is having another spectacular season in 2011-12, averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.6 steals through 28 games. She is shooting 48% 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 all but one game this season and has reached the 20-point mark on six occasions. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native became UCSD's all-time career assist leader earlier this season and enters Tuesday's clash with Sonoma State with a total of 561 dimes in three-plus seasons as a Triton. Carlisle also led the CCAA in scoring, assists, steals and three-pointers made during the regular season.
In the Zone
Senior guard continued to light it up last week, averaging a team-high 22.0 points on 48.5% shooting against Humboldt State and Sonoma State. After finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss to the Lumberjacks on Wednesday, she erupted for a career-high 26 points to lead the Tritons to a comfortable win over the Seawolves two nights later. She finished 8-of-14 from the field and hit 5-of-9 from the three-point line to eclipse her previous high of 23 points that also came against SSU earlier this season. For the year, Feder ranks second on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game, while also averaging 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. The Santa Monica native has scored in double figures in 19 straight games dating back to Dec. 19 and is averaging better than 15 points per night over that span.
Head-to-Head with Sonoma State
The Tritons swept both meetings with Sonoma State during the regular season, defeating the Seawolves by an average of 18.0 points per game. UCSD shook off a slow start to take down SSU by a final margin of 73-57 in the first matchup of the year on Jan. 20 at RIMAC, setting a new school record with its 17th consecutive victory in the process. scored a game-high 23 points and finished with 19 to lead the way. The Tritons cruised to a 78-58 triumph in the rematch last week, shooting 48% from the field and hitting 10-of-23 from downtown to earn an easy victory on the final day of the regular season. It was Feder guiding the Triton offense once again, as the senior guard put up a career-high 26 points in the win. UCSD holds an 18-10 advantage in the all-time series with Sonoma State, winning nine straight meetings dating back to the 2007-08 season.
A Glance at the Seawolves
Sonoma State posted an overall record of 11-15 during the regular season and went 9-13 in conference play, claiming the eighth and final CCAA Tournament berth by one game over Cal State San Bernardino... The Seawolves enter postseason play having won three of their last five overall... Senior guard Jaclyn Bisordi is averaging a team-high 10.6 points per game, while senior center Aly Conway is putting up 6.3 points and hauling down a team-high 5.7 rebounds... Sonoma State had the top-ranked defense in the CCAA during the regular season, allowing just 55.7 points per game, while the offense averaged 56.1, a figure that ranked 10th.
The Tritons will square off with Sonoma State at RIMAC Arena on Tuesday, where they were a perfect 13-0 and outscored their opponents by over 22 points per game during the regular season... In addition to hosting all three rounds of the CCAA Tournament this week, UCSD will likely play host the eight-team NCAA West Regional Mar. 9-12 as the Tritons are currently the top-ranked team in the region... Head coach Charity Elliott has used the same starting lineup in all 28 games so far this season... UCSD led the CCAA in several categories during the year, including scoring offense (78.9), scoring margin (+18.7), field goal percentage (.460), three-point field goal percentage (.350), rebounding (41.4) and assists per game (17.5).
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.
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