THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thu., Dec. 2---Women's Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Championships---11:00 AM
Fri., Dec. 3---Women's Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 3---Men's Basketball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 4---Women's Soccer---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Dec. 4---Women's Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 4---Men's Basketball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:30 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER AIMS AT EIGHTH NATIONAL TITLE THIS WEEK
Back at the NCAA Division II Final Four for the first time since 2003, the Women's Soccer team will be looking to add to its collection of seven national championships when it travels to Louisville, KY this week...The 12th-ranked Tritons, 18-2-3 on the season and undefeated in their last 18 games, will tackle undefeated (23-0-1) and top-ranked St. Rose (NY) in Thursday's semi-final at 11:00 AM (PST) at Owsley B. Frasier Stadium on the campus of Bellarmine College...A victory there would vault UCSD into the title game Saturday against the winner of the other semi-final featuring defending NCAA champ Grand Valley State (20-1-2) and Florida Tech (10-6-5).
Coach Brian McManus, who has been at the helm for all seven of UCSD's NCAA crowns, got his side to Kentucky by defeating San Francisco State (3-1) and BYU-Hawaii (1-0) in the NCAA Sub-Regional, Seattle Pacific (1-0) in the West Regional Final and St. Edwards (1-0) in the NCAA Quarterfinal...The latter two contests were played in Austin, TX...The Tritons feature seven players---Lisa Bradley, Anne Wethe, Sarah McTigue, Annette Ilg, Kristin Armstrong, Shelby Wong and Hayley Johnson---who earned All-CCAA honors in 2010...Bradley and Ilg are the only seniors on UCSD's youthful roster.
To follow the Tritons in Louisville, log on to the Championship Central site at ucsdtritons.com...All NCAA Championship games will be available online and the title tilt will be shown on a tape delay basis (2:00 PM PST Saturday) by CBS College Sports Network ...Meanwhile, starting Tuesday, the UCSD website will feature a daily video blog, a daily photo gallery and player Q&A as well as the Brian McManus Scouting Report.
Watch Monday morning interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
MEN'S HOOPS UPS RECORD TO 5-1; CCAA TIPS OFF FRIDAY AT MONTEREY BAY
Picked 11th in a pre-season poll of conference coaches, the Men's Basketball starts its march towards proving the prognosticators wrong when it travels to Northern California this weekend to open CCAA play at Cal State Monterey Bay (1-1/0-1) Friday and San Francisco State (3-1/1-0) Saturday...Coach Chris Carlson's cagers begin conference activity with a somewhat surprising, 5-1, record after rolling up a pair of wins at last weekend's Notre Dame de Namur Tournament in Belmont.
Sophomore forward Justin Brue backed up last Sunday's career best 18-pt. performance against Academy of Art with a 16-pt. (8-for-14), seven rebound effort as UCSD stifled host Notre Dame de Namur, 53-42, in Friday's tournament opener...Freshman point guard James McCann, senior Casey Ryan and Brue canned the first three buckets of the game and the Tritons never trailed while holding the Argonauts to a measly 28.2% from the field and finishing on the plus side in the rebound and turnover columns...Ryan chalked up 11 points and McCann picked up 10 to go with seven assists...The latter went to the free throw line nine times and has been there more than twice as many opportunities there as anyone else on the Triton roster.
Ryan had the hot hand Saturday night, hitting 7-of-11 from the field and snaring a game high 12 rebounds as the Tritons again got an early lead and made it stick, toppling Simon Fraser, 77-59...UCSD ran up a nine-point advantage by halftime and the Clan was never really able to make any headway in the second 20 minutes...The Tritons connected on 52.5% of their field goal tries and were again stingy on the defensive end, limiting Simon Fraser to 32.8% shooting...They also controlled the glass, 44-30, as sophomore Ryan Peters supplemented Ryan with nine caroms...In the scoring column, McCann chipped in with 12 while junior Ryan Wheeler had 11 in 15 minutes of action and Christian Hatch added 10... Guard Matt Bailey got six assists off the bench.
Listen to this morning's comments from Head Coach Chris Carlson.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY ON ROAD
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team begins defense of the CCAA regular season title it has won the past two years when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay (4-0/1-0) and San Francisco State (0-3/0-1) this weekend...UCSD swept San Francisco State and split with Monterey Bay last season...The young Tritons, who dropped their first five games, all on the road, are now 2-5 after going undefeated in last weekend's UCSD Thanksgiving Classic at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD broke out of its early season slump in a big way Friday night, pummeling Western New Mexico, 90-55, in the first round of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic... UCSD was operating on all cylinders, hitting .596 from the field and scoring 32 points off the 29 turnovers created by the defense...Junior guard Chelsea Carlisle had a near perfect outing, scoring a game high 21 points (9-for-13), dishing out seven assists and grabbing three rebounds, all while playing turnover free in her 29 minute stint...Three others---Lauren Freidenberg (11), Daisy Feder (11) and Elaina White (10)-joined Carlisle with double figure scoring...White and fellow freshman Nicole Anderson-Jew got the first starts of their collegiate careers...Anderson-Jew matched Carlisle's errorless ballhandling while scoring five points and assisting on five buckets.
Six different players reached double digits the next night as what was expected to be a much tighter contest turned into another runaway, 94-54, against Notre Dame de Namur...The Tritons set a breakneck pace that forced 25 Argonaut turnovers and eventually wore the visitors down...A bevy of lay-ups and a team-oriented offensive approach made it another accurate night from the floor for Elliott's cagers who hit 52.9% and had an impressive 28 assists on 36 baskets...Feder, White and sophomore Emily Osga all recorded 15 points with the latter adding seven boards and four assists...Carlisle scored just 12 but had nine assists and was named tournament MVP...Freidenberg got 10 points as did sophomore Erin Grady who hit 5-of-9 and grabbed six boards off the bench...Carlisle was joined on the all-tourney team by Freidenberg.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Charity Elliott.
Hear Friday's interview with Chelsea Carlisle following the win over Western New Mexico.
Hear Saturday's interview with Daisy Feder following the win over Notre Dame de Namur.
NEWS & NOTES
The scheduled list of guests for this week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show with host Craig Elsten, includes women's head basketball coach Charity Elliott as well as sophomore Justin Brue from the Men's Basketball team and head men's soccer coach Jon Pascale...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Three members of the Women's Volleyball team were accorded All-Region honors last week...Junior outside hitter/setter Roxanne Brunsting notched first team accolades from both Daktronics and the AVCA while junior outside hitter Katie Condon and sophomore middle blocker Julia Freidenberg each earned second team Daktronics All-Region recognition.
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