If you're not hitting the road with the team this week, the games can still be followed live. Friday's tilt at San Francisco State will feature a video stream at http://bit.ly/V11xDh as well as live stats, which are accessible at http://bit.ly/11iuttT. Saturday's game at Sonoma State will be covered by a video stream at http://bit.ly/W42ICQ and live stats at http://bit.ly/10FcI4Q.
This week's contests at San Francisco State and Sonoma State mark the midpoint of a six-game road swing for UCSD. It began last week at Cal State Monterey Bay and at Cal State East Bay and will conclude next week with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. The Tritons won't play at RIMAC Arena again until they host Humboldt State on Friday, Feb. 8. Since the 2000-01 season when UCSD joined the NCAA Division II ranks, it has never played more than five straight regular season games away from home. In addition, the Tritons have never played more than four consecutive CCAA games on the road.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Guard Daisy Feder leads the CCAA and ranks ninth nationally in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per game. She also ranks fifth in the country in three-pointers per game (3.24). Feder has totaled at least 13 points in all 17 games, including a career-high 29 against Seattle Pacific on Nov. 16. She has led UCSD in scoring in 13 of 17 games and owns the team's top five highest point totals this season. Feder recorded the 1,000th point of her career against Grand Canyon on Nov. 10.
FEDER HONORED BY SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS
Daisy Feder was named a Star of the Month for December by the San Diego Hall of Champions. Feder averaged a team-high 22.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over three CCAA contests. She also led UCSD in field goals made (23), field goal percentage (.500, 23-for-46), three-pointers made (11) and three-point field goal percentage (.440, 11-for-25) over the span. Feder drained 11 of 12 free throw attempts, just under 92 percent. Feder was also named a SDHOC Star of the Month back in February of 2012.
HITTING THE MARK
Senior guard Emily Osga recently became the second Triton (Daisy Feder) to score her 1,000th career point this season. Osga eclipsed the mark by recording 23 points in UCSD's 71-54 blowout victory at Humboldt State on Jan. 5. She was 9-for-14 from the floor while also adding seven rebounds and five assists.
TAKING ON THE RANKED
At No. 9, Chico State was the fourth nationally-ranked squad that the Tritons had played this season. Three of UCSD's first five opponents of the year were ranked among the nation's top 25 - Grand Canyon at No. 13, Western Washington at No. 14 and Gannon at No. 15. In addition, two other squads that weren't ranked when they played UCSD are now on the list. Simon Fraser is seventh and Tampa is 25th in the most recent WBCA poll, which was released on Jan. 22. UCSD is 1-3 when playing against a nationally-ranked squad this season.
UCSD is tops among CCAA squads and ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage, hitting 77.8 (210 for 270) percent of its shots from the line. Individually, Daisy Feder is second in the league at 83.7 percent.
The Tritons have been hot from three-point land all season. They lead the CCAA in treys made per game (6.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.358). Daisy Feder leads the league and ranks fifth in the country in threes per game (3.2).
CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY REWIND
UCSD shot a season-low 30.9 percent overall and made just three of 18 three-point attempts in its 57-48 loss at Cal State Monterey Bay last Friday. The Tritons held a 43-33 advantage in rebounds, but turned the ball over 18 times. Erin Dautremont posted her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Daisy Feder had a game-high 13 points.
CAL STATE EAST BAY REWIND
The Tritons led by as many as 22 points in its 61-50 win at Cal State East Bay last Saturday. Three players had 10 or more points for UCSD, including Daisy Feder (19), Emily Osga (13) and McKennan Bertsch (10). Miranda Seto doled out five assists and Erin Dautremont had seven rebounds. The Tritons hit 10 three-pointers for the fifth time this season.
The crowd of 1,012 at the Chico State game on Jan. 11 set a new RIMAC Arena mark for the most fans attending a non-Spirit Night (an annual campus event centered around a basketball doubleheader) 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.
A LOOK AT THE GATORS
San Francisco State enters Friday's game at 8-6 overall and sits in sixth place in the CCAA at 5-5. The Gators split two games on the road last week, defeating Humboldt State (59-52) before losing against Cal Poly Pomona (47-39). Three players are averaging in double figures, including Angela Van Sickel (13.3), Farrah Shokoor (12.2) and Nicole Hicks (10.4). Shokoor is also the team's top rebounder (7.9) and has a team-high 51 steals and 23 assists.
A LOOK AT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State comes into the week at 4-10 overall and 2-8 in the CCAA, 11th place. The Seawolves have lost six straight, including both of their road games last week at Cal Poly Pomona (62-48) and Humboldt State (66-58). Taylor Vigil is averaging a team-high 9.0 points per game, while Elizabeth Day leads in rebounding at 6.0 per contest. SSU hosts Cal State San Bernardino Friday night before taking on UCSD Saturday.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, HOW 'BOUT YOU?
A reminder that Spirit Night will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 when the women and men both host Humboldt State at RIMAC Arena. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men at 7:30. The Spirit Night trophy will be presented following the men's game and fireworks will close out the night on RIMAC Field. Last year's Spirit Night drew a crowd of 3,642.
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 guard Chelsea 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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