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Megan Perry scored a game-high 18 points Friday night at Sonoma State.
Huge Second Half Propels UCSD to Victory over Sonoma State, 74-62
Release: Friday 01/17/2014 

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – The UC San Diego women’s basketball team scored 49 second-half points on the road at Sonoma State to grab a 74-62 win at the Wolves’ Den Friday night in a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) matchup. Megan Perry scored a game-high 18 points, while Miranda Seto and Erin Dautremont each poured in 16 points to lead UCSD to victory.

The Tritons improve to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play following the 14th-consecutive win over SSU, while the Seawolves drop to 2-11 overall and 1-8 in the CCAA with the loss.

“I thought we had an excellent character, gut-check kind of game tonight,” said head coach Heidi VanDerveer. “Sonoma, give them credit, they made some contested shots in the first half and shot very well.”

Sonoma State came out in the first period strong, eventually grabbing their largest lead of the night of 17 points with 3:37 remaining in the quarter. The Tritons managed to close the half on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 10 at the intermission, 35-25, after Rachel Marty nailed a three to end the scoring in the first.

UCSD was held to a mere 23.5% from the field in the half, only making eight-of-34 shots. Sonoma State shot the ball well from the floor, making 14-of-29 shots to finish at 48.3%.

The Tritons continued to cut into the SSU lead in the second half and eventually tied the game on an and-one from McKennan Bertsch, who nailed a jumper and converted the free-throw to knot the game at 51 with 10:16 to play.

“I thought our energy, especially McKennan, was key to the comeback in the second half,” noted VanDerveer.

After Sonoma State tied the game at 54, Dautremont followed with a layup to put the Tritons ahead for good. UCSD closed the game on a 20-8 run in the final 6:44 to win 74-62 on the road.

Perry finished with six three’s on the night and also totaled five rebounds and three assists to complement her 18 points. Dautremont fell one rebound short of a double-double and finished with nine boards and four assists. Stephanie Yano facilitated the offense brilliantly throughout the night and finished with a career- and game-high 10 assists for UCSD.

The Tritons out-rebounded the Seawolves 40-28 and managed 25 second-chance points to SSU’s eight.

Sonoma State was led by 17 points from Tanner Adams and 16 points from Bronte Sheahan in the loss.

“We showed excellent character, especially in a tough place to play, and got a big win,” said VanDerveer. “We can enjoy it for the evening but tomorrow we will get back on the court and get ready for San Francisco State.”

The Tritons travel to San Francisco tomorrow to face SFSU at 5:30 p.m. in a CCAA matchup at The Swamp.


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