Sonoma State (9-15, 7-13)
Thursday, Feb. 28 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
San Francisco State (11-13, 8-12)
Friday, March 1 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Tickets for all regular season home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages 7 and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. UCSD students and children under 7 are admitted free. For info on group tickets or questions, please call 858.534.2508.
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena this week, you can still follow the games live. Both contests will feature an audio/video broadcast with Craig Elsten calling the action on Thursday and Jordan Carruth handling the duties on Friday at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ. In addition, live stats will be available at http://bit.ly/fsRBt5.
The first 1,000 fans in RIMAC Arena Friday, starting with the women's game at 5:30 p.m., will receive pom-poms. In addition, a lucky fan at each game will win an iPad Mini, courtesy of San Diego County Toyota Dealers. There will be a between-game taligate with free food and fireworks following the men's game.
Friday will also be Senior Night as the three senior members of the Triton squad will be recognized prior to the game. Daisy Feder, Erin Grady and Emily Osga will be playing in the final regular season game of their careers.
THE TOURNEY PICTURE
Heading into this week's games, UC San Diego, Chico State, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State East Bay, Cal State L.A. and Cal Poly Pomona have clinched spots in the eight-team CCAA Tournament. UCSD, Chico and Monterey Bay have also secured home games in the first round of the tourney, which will be played on Tuesday, March 5 (7 p.m .for the UCSD game). The semifinals and final will be contested at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Friday, March 8 (12 and 2:30 p.m.) and Saturday, March 9 (5:30 p.m.), respectively. UCSD has qualified for the CCAA Tournament every season since the tourney was reinstated in 2008. The winner of the CCAA Tournament earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.
The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season Wednesday. The top 10 in the West goes: 1. Western Washington, 2. Simon Fraser, 3. Chico State, 4. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5. Grand Canyon, 6. UC San Diego, 7. Northwest Nazarene, 8. Hawaii Pacific, 9. Alaska Anchorage and 10. Academy of Art.
As a team, UCSD holds a .760 (349-for-459) free throw percentage. The single season record is .751 (526-for-700), set over the 2006-07 season. Daisy Feder has made 74 three-point field goals this year. That single season mark is held by Meaghan Noud, who drained 84 during the 2007-08 campaign. Career-wise, Feder has 234 treys to her name, 21 behind all-time record-holder Chelsea Carlisle (255).
UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks 10th nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 76.0 percent (349-for-459) of its shots from the line. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 36th in the country at 84.5 percent (120-for-142).
CAL STATE EAST BAY REWIND
UCSD totaled a season-low 13 points in the first half as East Bay won, 59-44, at RIMAC Arena on Feb. 22. The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for the Tritons. Erin Dautremont had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Daisy Feder finished with 10 points. The Pioneers' Marlene MacMillan led all players with 14 points. Lauren Lucchesi had 12 and Brianna Terrance totaled 11.
CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY REWIND
Emily Osga drained a game-high 22 points as UCSD picked up a 56-44 victory against Monterey Bay on Feb. 23 at RIMAC. Erin Dautremont led all players with 13 rebounds. Brittani Jefferson posted a double-double for the Otters with 11 points and 10 boards. CSUMB shot just 25.8% from the field, while UCSD hit at 36%. The Tritons went to the free throw line 21 times, hitting 15 of those.
A LOOK AT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State comes into Friday's game at 9-15 overall and in ninth place in the CCAA at 7-13, still alive for a tourney spot. The Seawolves have won three of their last four games and split last week's contests at home, defeating Humboldt State (71-60) and losing against Cal Poly Pomona (52-43). Taylor Vigil leads the team in scoring, averaging 8.2 points/game and is trailed closely by Travis Newman at 7.8. Elizabeth Day is SSU's top rebounder, grabbing 6.5 boards/game.
A LOOK AT THE GATORS
San Francisco State enters the week at 11-13 overall and 8-12 in the CCAA, good for eighth place. The Gators play at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night. SFSU lost both of its games last week at home, falling to Cal Poly Pomona (61-54) and Humboldt State (67-50). Angela Van Sickel averages a team-high 12.0 points/game, while Farrah Shokoor is at 11.6. Shokoor leads the team in rebounding and ranks third in the conference at 7.7/game.
AGAINST THE RANKED
The Feb. 16 game at No. 11 Chico State was the fifth time that UCSD had squared off against a nationally-ranked team this season. Three of the Tritons' first five games of the year were against ranked squads, including No. 13 Grand Canyon, No. 14 Western Washington and No. 15 Gannon. Chico was ranked ninth when the Tritons and Wildcats hooked up at RIMAC Arena back on Jan. 11. UCSD is 2-3 against ranked teams this season, both victories coming against Chico State.
The Tritons finally returned to RIMAC Arena on Feb. 8 following a season-long, six-game road trip that started at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. Since the 2000-01 season when UCSD joined the NCAA Division II ranks, it had never played more than five straight regular season games away from home. In addition, the Tritons had never played more than four consecutive CCAA games on the road.
The Tritons lead the CCAA in three-pointers made (167) and are second in three-point field goal percentage (.342). Nationally, UCSD is 43rd in three-point percentage and 61st in threes per game (6.2). The Tritons have netted at least 10 treys in seven games, including a season-high 11 vs. Seattle Pacific on Nov. 16. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 17th in the country in threes per game (2.7).
FEDER, OSGA EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Daisy Feder and Emily Osga earned Capital One Academic All-District honors on Jan. 31. To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore, have completed a full year at the institution and possess legitimate athletic credentials. Feder maintains a 3.36 grade point average in ethnic studies while Osga holds a 3.7 as a human biology major.
JOIN THE CLUB
Both Daisy Feder and Emily Osga eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark this season. Osga did it at Humboldt State on Jan. 5 by recording 23 points, while Feder scored 28 against Grand Canyon on Nov. 10 to put her past the mark.
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Feb. 8 drew 1,784 fans, the third-most to ever attend a women's game at RIMAC Arena. The crowd of 1,012 at the Chico State game on Jan. 11 set a new RIMAC mark for the most fans attending a non-Spirit Night game.
UCSD's 87 points against Cal State Stanislaus on Jan. 12 was a season-best. The last time the Tritons posted a higher point total was on Feb. 10, 2012 when they amassed 93 in a victory over Chico State at home.
ANDERSON-JEW LEAVES TEAM
Junior guard Nicole Anderson-Jew has decided to leave the team due to nagging knee issues. The San Rafael native played in five games for a total of 29 minutes this season. As a freshman, Anderson-Jew played in all 31 games with six starts, totaling 462 minutes. Last season, she saw action off the bench in 17 (170 minutes). For her career, she recorded 117 points, 71 rebounds, 82 assists and 34 steals over 53 games.
First year head coach Heidi VanDerveer and her staff have announced the signing of four high school seniors that will suit up for the Tritons during the 2013-14 season. Committing to UCSD over the 2012 early signing period were Haley Anderson (guard/forward, 5-8, El Dorado Hills, Oak Ridge HS), McKenzie Bolden (guard, 5-5, Atlanta, Innocents Episcopal School), Hannah Johnson (forward/center, 5-11, Saratoga, Saratoga HS) and Taylor Tanita (guard, 5-6, Culver City, Culver City HS).
A SEASON TO REMEMBER
UCSD broke a school record for victories last season, finishing at 30-3 overall. The Tritons won the CCAA regular season crown with a 21-1 mark and advanced to the finals of the NCAA West Regional. Ranked No. 1 in the nation for seven straight weeks, UCSD defeated Chico State and Western Washington in Regional play before falling to Alaska-Anchorage in the title game. Senior guardChelsea Carlisle was named a WBCA All-American while four Tritons were named First Team All-CCAA. Head coach Charity Elliott was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year.
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