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UCSD opened its 2013-14 campaign with a 70-65 victory at league opponent Cal State San Bernardino on Nov. 17. It was the first time that the Tritons had ever kicked off a season with a CCAA game. Guard Miranda Seto set a new career-high by scoring 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor (one three-pointer) and a 4-for-5 performance from the free throw line. She also dished out a game-high five assists. Megan Perry equaled a career-best with 13 points, Erin Dautremont added 10 points and Taylor Hirz pulled down a team-high six rebounds for the Tritons, who made 53.3% (24-for-45) of their shots in the game. UC San Diego led 30-25 at halftime and both squads put up 40 points in the second stanza. The Coyotes led by as many as four in the second half, but a layup by Seto with 6:57 remaining put UCSD up 47-45 and the Tritons held a lead the rest of the way. UC San Diego's largest advantage in the game was seven, occurring for the final time at 67-60 when Perry drilled a three-pointer with just 31 seconds left.
CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State (7), 112 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (4), 101 points
3. Cal State L.A., 90 points
4. UC San Diego, 86 points
5. Cal State East Bay, 80 points
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 78 points
7. Cal State San Bernardino (1), 77 points
8. Humboldt State, 44 points
T-9. Cal State Monterey Bay, 38 points
T-9. San Francisco State, 38 points
11. Sonoma State, 33 points
12. Cal State Stanislaus, 15 points
(first place votes)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2012-13 stats listed)
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): Redshirt
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 33 GP, 25.0 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 61 assists, 20 steals
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 33 GP, 25.0 MPG, 6.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, team-high 89 assists
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 33 GP, 29.8 MPG, 11.8 PPG, team-high 6.9 RPG, 8 blocks, 24 steals
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 30 GP, 19.9 MPG, 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT SNAPSHOT
UCSD returns three starters, including All-CCAA First Team performer Erin Dautremont. The senior forward was the Tritons' leading rebounder last year, averaging 6.9 boards per game. Dautremont scored 11.8 points per game and carried a .480 field goal percentage, the fifth-highest among all CCAA players. Also returning are junior forward McKennan Bertsch and junior guard Miranda Seto. Starting all 33 games, Seto amassed a team-high 89 assists for an average of 2.7 per game, which ranked fifth in the CCAA. In 21 starts, Bertsch averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The Tritons need to replace their top two scorers as guards Daisy Feder and Emily Osga were lost to graduation. Feder, the CCAA's Most Valuable Player and an All-West Region First Team selection, put down 18.3 points per game last season, the third-best average in the conference. She led the league in three-point field goals (2.7/game) and free-throw percentage (.850). Osga averaged 12.4 points per game and led the CCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.461). She ranked second in overall field goal percentage (.503). For a complete breakdown of the 2013-14 roster, click here.
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer enters her second season leading the Tritons in 2013-14. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 overall record and placed second in the CCAA with a 17-5 mark. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title and qualified for the NCAA Division II postseason for the eighth time since 2000-01. Prior to coming to La Jolla, VanDerveer spent four seasons at Division III Occidental, where she compiled an impressive 83-26 record and led the Tigers to four straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco. She began her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. In addition to her collegiate and professional experience, VanDerveer worked with USA Basketball as a scout for the 2006 World Championship team and the 2008 World Qualifying Tournament. She also served as a scout for the 2008 Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Beijing. VanDerveer graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1986 and went on to earn her Master's in physical education and sports psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. She was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Charleston and served as a team captain as a junior and a senior.
ABOUT THE FALCONS
Seattle Pacific, ranked 21st in the nation, enters this week's tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. The Falcons have posted wins against Humboldt State (71-66), Fresno Pacific (56-55), Montana Tech (65-46) and Point Loma (62-28). Katie Benson leads the team offensively, averaging 17.8 PPG, while Aubree Callen is at 14.7 PPG. Benson is also the top rebounder for the Falcons, collecting 10.8 boards a game. In 2012-13, SPU finished at 17-11 overall and lost in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament to Simon Fraser, 66-55.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD has struggled against Seattle Pacific, holding a 3-9 overall record against the Falcons. The Tritons have won the last two match-ups, including an 86-67 victory at last season's West Region Crossover Classic in Bellingham, Wash.
ABOUT THE VIKINGS
Western Washington, ranked 13th nationally, enters the tournament at 1-1 overall. Two weeks ago, the Vikings played a pair of games in Fresno, defeating Fresno Pacific (75-46) and falling to Humboldt State in overtime (77-68). Jenni White is averaging 14.5 PPG, Kiana Gandy is at 12.5 PPG and Taylor Peacocke is at an even 12.0 PPG. Last season, WWU finished at 29-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA semis, where it was defeated, 66-54, by Ashland.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD is 9-2 all-time vs. Western Washington. Last season, the Vikings took a 69-51 win at the West Region Crossover Classic in Bellingham, Wash.
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THE BIG PICTURE
We want to reward you for posting your creative photos showing Triton spirit. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram your pics and include our #TritonsRising hashtag. At the end of every month, we'll pick our favorite photos and dole out some swag to the winners!
Looking ahead to next week, The Tritons host their annual Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. UCSD will take on Metro State and Azusa Pacific, while Cal State San Bernardino will also be in the field. For a complete season schedule, click here.