Game No. 31
2012 NCAA Division II West Regional First Round
No. 1 UC San Diego Tritons (28-2) vs. No. 8 Chico State Wildcats (18-10)
Friday, March 9, 2012
UCSD's RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:30 p.m.
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Setting the Stage
With an overall record of 28-2, No. 4 UC San Diego will make its sixth NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship appearance in the last seven years on its home floor this weekend. The Tritons were awarded the No. 1 seed in the 2012 West Regional field and will face eighth-seeded Chico State in the opening round on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena, with the winner of the UCSD-CSUC clash advancing to meet the winner of No. 4 seed Western Washington and fifth-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay in the semifinals on Saturday. The regional championship game will be contested on Monday at 7:00 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD enters the NCAA Tournament this week having won 28 out of its 30 games in 2011-12. The Tritons were once again the class of the California Collegiate Athletic Association this season, winning their third conference title in four years with an impressive record of 21-1 in league play. UCSD was awarded the top seed in last week's CCAA Championship Tournament, but saw its hopes for a conference tournament crown come to an end with a heartbreaking 77-76 loss to Cal State L.A. in the semifinals last Friday. With losses in two of their last four games, the Tritons will be looking to get things turned around when they take the floor against the Wildcats on Friday. UCSD is 14-1 at RIMAC Arena this season, winning 14 straight before last week's loss to CSULA in the CCAA Tourney.
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 program history on Jan. 17 and held onto the top spot in the poll for seven straight weeks until they slipped to No. 4 this week following the loss to Cal State L.A. UCSD, which was one of only two remaining unbeatens when it suffered its first loss of the season on Feb. 22, set the program record for single season victories with its win over Sonoma State in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament on Feb. 28.
UCSD in the NCAA Tournament
UCSD owns a 6-6 record in six previous NCAA Tournament appearances at the Division II level. The Tritons advanced to the West Regional for the first time under head coach Judy Malone in 2003-04, losing a 79-59 decision to Seattle Pacific in the first round. UCSD's most successful tournament run came in 2006-07, when the Tritons defeated Chico State, 80-63, to win the West Regional title and advance to the program's first Elite Eight appearance. Head coach Janell Jones' squad knocked off Glenville State, 71-61, in Kearney, Neb. to advance to the Final Four, but saw its bid for a national title come to an end with a 67-53 loss to eventual champion Southern Connecticut State. Charity Elliott has led UCSD to the Big Dance in three of her first four seasons with the program, guiding the Tritons to the second round in both 2008 and 2009. UCSD was knocked out in the first round in its last West Regional appearance, losing a 76-72 decision to CCAA rival Humboldt State in Seattle in 2010.
Tritons Well Represented On All-CCAA Teams
After running away with the CCAA regular season crown by a full six games this season, UC San Diego was well represented on the all-conference teams that were released on Wednesday, Feb. 29. , , and were all named to the All-CCAA First Team as the Tritons claimed four out of the 10 first team spots. Carlisle was also named the conference MVP for the second time in three years after leading the league in scoring, assists and steals, while was the unanimous choice for CCAA Coach the Year. Elliott has now earned the honor three times in her five seasons at UCSD.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - Chelsea Carlisle • Sr., 5-7 - Has scored in double figures in 29 out of 30 games this season.
G - Daisy Feder • Sr., 5-7 - Led the Tritons in scoring in four straight games, averaging 22.3 ppg over that span.
G - Emily Osga • Jr., 5-9 - Shooting 51% from the field and a team-high 44% from the three-point line in 2011-12.
F - Erin Dautremont • So., 6-0 - Scored 13 points and hauled down nine rebounds against the Golden Eagles last week.
C - Lauren Freidenberg • Sr., 6-1 - Leads UCSD with five double-doubles on the year.
Carlisle Named Best in the West
Senior point guard was named the Daktronics Division II West Region Player of the Year on Wednesday, taking home the honor for the second time in three years. A two-time All-American, Carlisle enters Friday's matchup with Chico State averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She is shooting 48% from the field and has hit just under 40% of her three-point tries this season. She has scored in double figures in all but one game in 2011-12 and has reached the 20-point mark on six occasions. She currently leads the team in several categories, including scoring, assists, steals, field goals made, three-pointers made and minutes per game. The Agoura Hills, Calif. native became UCSD's all-time career assist leader earlier this season and currently has a total of 576 dimes in three-plus seasons as a Triton.
In the Zone
Senior guard continued to light it up against Cal State L.A. last week, putting in a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes of work. She finished 7-of-20 from the field and hit 7-of-9 at the free throw line to lead the Tritons in scoring for the fourth straight game. She had a big effort in last Tuesday's CCAA First Round win over Sonoma State as well, finishing with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while also grabbing four boards and dishing out three assists. For the season, Feder ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game, while also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. The Santa Monica native has scored in double figures in 21 straight games dating back to Dec. 19 and is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per night over that span. She earned her first career all-conference selection last week, joining three other Tritons on the All-CCAA First Team.
Head-to-Head with Chico State
UCSD swept both meetings with Chico State during the regular season, defeating the Wildcats by an average of 11.5 points per game. The Tritons escaped with a 97-91 double overtime victory in the first meeting of the year on Jan. 7 in Chico, before claiming the rematch by a final margin of 93-76 on Feb. 10 in La Jolla. UCSD's offense had its way with CSUC in both games, averaging 95 points on 49% shooting. averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two games, while put up 20.0 points, 6.5 boards, 7.0 assists and 4.0 steals. UCSD holds a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series with Chico State, winning the previous five meetings between the two schools. The Wildcats last defeated the Tritons on Feb. 13, 2010, claiming a 77-67 win on their home floor.
UCSD vs. the Rest of the Field
UCSD went 7-1 against the rest of the West Regional field in 2011-12. The Tritons defeated Western Washington, 79-60, on Nov. 12 at the CCAA/GNAC Shootout in Hayward, Calif. and swept the regular season series with CCAA foes Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. The Tritons' lone loss came at the hands of the Golden Eagles last week as CSULA's Lorin Hammer drained a desperation three from just across the half court line with less than one second remaining to deliver the improbable 77-76 triumph. UCSD did not face either Alaska Anchorage or Grand Canyon this season.
The West Regional Champion will move on to face the winner of the Midwest Region in the Elite Eight on March 20 in San Antonio, Texas... UCSD hasn't lost two straight since January of last season, falling to Cal State San Bernardino (60-58) and Cal Poly Pomona (82-75) in back-to-back games at home... The Tritons are outscoring their opponents by over 20 points per game at RIMAC Arena this season... Head coach has used the same starting lineup in all 30 games in 2011-12... UCSD led the CCAA in several categories during the regular season, 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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