POMONA, Calif. - A late surge by Cal Poly Pomona powered the Broncos to a 68-63 victory over UC San Diego in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women's basketball action Thursday night at Kellogg Gym.
The loss dropped UCSD to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in league play, while CPP improved to 4-5 on the year and 2-3 in the CCAA. The Tritons were coming off a convincing 57-34 win over league opponent Cal State San Bernardino at home Sunday.
"As good as we were the other night, we were equally as bad tonight," said first year head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "They were a lot sharper than we were, they were a lot more aggressive than we were."
Miranda Seto made a pair of free throws to put UCSD up by seven points, 58-51, with 6:48 remaining in the game. However, Cal Poly Pomona went on to score 15 unanswered points and led by eight, 66-58, with just over a minute left to play.
A free throw by J.J. Judge tied the game for the final time at 58-58 at the 4:25 mark. Just over a minute later, Jennifer Bryant drilled a three pointer to put the Broncos up for good.
A tightly-contested first half ended with UCSD taking a 32-31 advantage to the locker room. The lead changed hands 13 times in the opening stanza and the Broncos out-rebounded the Tritons 23-16, which included an 11-5 edge on the offensive glass.
UCSD came out strong in the second half. Daisy Feder hit back-to-back threes and Erin Dautremont followed by scoring four straight points to give the Tritons an eight point lead, its largest of the night, at 42-34 with 15:51 left on the clock.
"We went through a stretch where we went on some good runs, but we didn't make plays in the last eight minutes of the game that we needed to make," said VanDerveer.
The Tritons, who came into the game leading the league in free throw percentage at 81.9%, hit just 15 of 25 (60%) Thursday. They also turned the ball over 21 times, their highest single game total of the season.
Feder, the CCAA's leading scorer, finished with a game high 24 points. She was 8-for-15 from the floor, which included four three-pointers. Dautremont totaled 12 points and a game high nine rebounds.
Sophomore forward McKennan Bertsch made her first career start and finished with seven points. She hit three of four shots and also chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes of play.
"I think that Mac (Bertsch) is our most active five," said VanDerveer. "She has been playing really well. We need to be a little bigger and a little more athletic and she provides that for us."
CPP, which had 15 steals and 17 turnovers, got 20 points and nine boards from Judge. Ashley Boggs dished out five assists.
UCSD swept the two game series against Cal Poly Pomona during the 2011-12 season. The last time the Broncos had topped the Tritons was in March of 2011.
The Tritons play at Humboldt State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks, who entered the day tied with UCSD for second place in the CCAA, suffered a tight 42-41 loss at home against Cal State San Bernardino Thursday.
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