CCAA Tournament Semfinal
No. 2 UCSD (20-10) vs. No. 3 Cal State Monterey Bay (19-7)
Friday, March 8 • 2:30 p.m.
Citizens Business Bank Arena • Ontario
Tickets for Friday's semifinals and Saturday's finals at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario are available at the venue or online at http://bit.ly/ZqVhoX. Single day tickets, good for all games that day, are $25 for reserved courtside, $15 for reserved (sections 104 & 116), $10 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors and children..
If you can't make it to Citizen's Business Bank Arena this week, you can still follow all of the contests live. Every game will feature a video stream with audio play-by-play provided by David Smock at http://bit.ly/VGNx4a. In addition, live stats will be available at http://bit.ly/VGNx4a.
UCSD IN THE CCAA TOURNEY (6-5 overall)
3/4/08 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 59, San Francisco State 56
3/7/08 Semifinal at Cal State San Bernardino - UCSD 57, Sonoma State 55
3/8/08 Final at Cal State San Bernardino - Chico State 69, UCSD 63
3/3/09 First Round at UC San Diego - Cal State San Bernardino 62, UCSD 57
3/2/10 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 73, Cal State Dominguez Hills 48
3/5/10 Semifinal at Humboldt State - Humboldt State 82, UCSD 78
3/1/11 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 76, Chico State 71
3/4/11 Semifinal at Cal State L.A. - Cal Poly Pomona 78, UCSD 75
2/28/12 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 70, Sonoma State 53
3/2/12 Semifinal at UC San Diego - Cal State L.A. 77, UCSD 76
3/5/13 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 55, Cal State San Bernardino 46
The NCAA released its third and final regional rankings of the season on March 6. 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. Hawaii Pacific, 8. Montana State-Billings, 9. Northwest Nazarene and 10. Academy of Art. Automatic berths in the NCAA Regional are earned by the tournament champions in the CCAA, GNAC and PacWest. The other five at-large spots are determined by regional rankings.
THREE TRITONS EARN CCAA AWARDS
On Tuesday, Daisy Feder was named the CCAA's Most Valuable Player while Erin Dautremont and Emily Osga joined her as All-CCAA First Team selections. UCSD has produced the league's MVP in six of the last eight seasons, including last year when current assistant coach Chelsea Carlisle won it. Osga is a three-time all-league first-teamer, while Feder has garnered the honor twice. It is Dautremont's first appearance on an All-CCAA team.
As a team, UCSD holds a .763 (379-for-497) free throw percentage. The school's single season record is .751 (526-for-700), set over the 2006-07 season. Daisy Feder has made 78 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 238 treys to her name, 17 behind all-time record-holder and current UCSD assistant coach Chelsea Carlisle (255).
A LOOK AT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay advanced to the semifinals by virtue of its 73-59 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in Tuesday's first round. Brittani Jefferson led the Otters with 23 points in the game, 18 of those coming in the second half. Jefferson is the team's top scorer this season, averaging 11.4 points/game. She also leads the team on the boards, pulling down 7.6 rebounds/game, the fourth-best average in the CCAA. Nicole Beckman and Jessica Fontenette are both dishing out 2.8 assists/game, with Fontenette becoming the school's all-time assist leader in Tuesday's game against the Broncos. As a team, CSUMB ranks second in the league with its 40.6 rebounds/game average. The Otters are third among all CCAA teams in blocks, averaging 2.8 a contest. Monterey Bay is receiving votes in the most recent WBCA national poll.
Entering the week, UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks 13th nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 76.2 percent (369-for-484) of its shots from the line. Daisy Feder leads the league and is 30th in the country at 85.5 percent (130-for-152).
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.
Coming into the week, the Tritons lead the CCAA in three-pointers made (176) and are second in three-point field goal percentage (.340). Nationally, UCSD is 46th in three-point percentage and 66th in threes per game (6.1). 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 19th in the country in threes per game (2.66).
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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