LA JOLLA, Calif. - Daisy Feder
scored a game-high 23 points and Chelsea Carlisle
finished with 16 as the top-seeded UC San Diego women's basketball team dispatched No. 8 seed Sonoma State, 70-53, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament First Round clash on Tuesday evening at RIMAC Arena.
The Tritons hit eight second half threes and shot 50% in the period to run away from the Seawolves and punch their ticket to the CCAA Tournament Semifinals this weekend. UCSD outscored SSU 10-0 during a decisive five minute second half stretch and cruised home from there, defeating the Seawolves for the second time in as many games.
UC San Diego improves to 28-1 overall and advances to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the fourth time in five years with the win. The Tritons will take on Cal State L.A. on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at RIMAC on campus. The sixth-seeded Golden Eagles upset No. 3 seed Cal Poly Pomona, 80-78, on Tuesday.
Sonoma State's season comes to a close at 11-16. The Seawolves had won three out of four before losing back-to-back games to the Tritons in a span of five days.
"I think there were a lot of emotions tonight, we were pretty amped up and it showed early on," head coach Charity Elliott said. "It took us a little while to settle down, but I was pleased with how we finally started to play our game and make things easier on the offensive end."
After torching SSU for a career-high 26 points in a 78-58 UCSD victory in Rohnert Park on Friday, Feder was at it again Tuesday, connecting on 7-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the three-point line to lead three players in double figures for the Tritons. The senior guard, who has now scored 10 or more in 20 straight games, also tallied four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
Carlisle hit 6-of-14 from the floor and sank 2-of-6 from behind the arc, while also dishing out a game-high eight assists. Lauren Freidenberg added 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting and hauled down six boards.
Bronte Sheahan was the only player to reach double figures for Sonoma State, finishing with 10 points off the bench. Aly Conway added four points and a game-high 15 boards.
UCSD shot 46% (26-57) for the game, while SSU finished at a 34% (23-68) clip. The Tritons were 12-of-26 from downtown, 46%, compared to just 5-of-23 for the visitors, 22%.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Seawolves hung tough, closing to within 42-40 following a triple from Alysa Ito with 14:54 remaining. Carlisle came right back with a three of her own, however, sparking a 13-2 Triton run over the next six minutes. Megan Perry and Feder also drained threes during the stretch as UCSD took a 55-42 edge with less than nine minutes to play.
Sheahan and Ito scored on back-to-back possessions to bring the Seawolves to within nine at 57-48 three minutes later, but Emily Osga drained two threes and Carlisle hit a jumper to extend the UCSD lead to 65-48 with five minutes remaining.
The Tritons continued to add to their lead down the stretch, pushing the advantage to as much as 20 in the waning moments.
UCSD hit eight of its first 10 threes in the half and finished 8-of-13, 62%. The Tritons outscored the Seawolves 41-28 in the period, with Feder putting in 14 of her 23 to lead the way.
"We've got some tremendous shooters that we can put out there and they knocked them down tonight," Elliott added. "Daisy was fantastic once again."
UCSD swept both meetings with Cal State L.A. during the regular season, defeating the Golden Eagles by an average of 19 points per game. The Tritons won the first meeting by a final margin of 92-69 on December 3 in Los Angeles, before recording a 78-63 victory in the rematch on February in La Jolla.