LA JOLLA, Calif. – The UC San Diego women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end at the NCAA West Region semifinals on Saturday night in Seattle. The Tritons led for the entire first-half, but fell to Seattle Pacific 76-67. The Tritons led by six points at halftime and led 50-40 with 12:08 remaining in the game. SPU outscored the Tritons 36-17 for the remainder of the game to earn a spot in the Region Championship game on Monday against Alaska Anchorage. UCSD’s season ends with a 25-10 mark, while SPU improves to 29-0.
The 25 wins is the second-most in program history, coming just two wins shy of the 2006-07 squad which went to the National Championship semifinals.
Meaghan Noud and Michelle Osier led the way with 18 points apiece. Noud connected on two three point baskets, bringing her season total to 84, a new UCSD single-season record and California Collegiate Athletic Association record (breaking the previous mark of 80).
Osier’s line also included 12 rebounds, three blocks and four steals. It was Osier’s 19th double-double of the year.
Erin Noonan added 14 points and five assists while Alexis Mezzetta dished out a career-high 12 assists with nine rebounds and five points. It was the second consecutive game in which Mezzetta set a career mark in assists.
SPU pulled even at 54-54 with 7:14 left on a layup by Melissa Reich, then grabbed the lead for good on a free throw by Reich with 6:26 left. Libby Magnuson then provided some cushion with a three-pointer to make it 58-54 and UC San Diego never got closer than three the rest of the way.
The Falcons, protecting a five-point lead (67-62) with two minutes left, scored six straight points, the first two by Daesha Henderson, to open up a double-digit lead at 73-62 in the final minute.
Henderson finished with a career-high 23 points off the SPU bench.