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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.
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WE'VE GOT SPIRIT
Don't miss it! Annually the biggest event of the basketball season at RIMAC Arena, the 2014 edition of Spirit Night will take place on Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. For a photo gallery from last year's Spirit Night, click here.
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #31 Stephanie Yano (5-4, Jr.): 5.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 29.5 MPG, 20 steals
G - #4 Miranda Seto (5-5, Jr.): 14.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 32.0 MPG, 30 steals
G - #21 Megan Perry (5-9, Sr.): 11.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 35.6 MPG, 33 3FGM
F - #34 Erin Dautremont (5-9, Sr.): 11.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 31.2 MPG, .460 FG%
F - #22 McKennan Bertsch (5-11, Jr.): 7.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 24.1 MPG, .610 FG%
CCAA STANDINGS (through 1/23)
1. Cal Poly Pomona: 9-1, 12-2
T-2. Cal State Stanislaus: 7-3, 10-4
T-2. UC San Diego: 7-3, 10-4
T-2. Cal State East Bay: 7-3, 10-7
T-5. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 6-4, 10-4
T-5. Cal State L.A.: 6-4, 9-5
T-7. Chico State: 5-5, 9-5
T-7. San Francisco State: 5-5, 9-7
9. Humboldt State: 4-6, 7-7
10. Cal State San Bernardino: 3-7, 4-9
11. Sonoma State: 1-9, 2-12
12. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-10, 3-10
Among all CCAA teams, UCSD ranks:
3. Three-Pointers Made (92)
6. Rebounds/Game (39.2)
T-6. Free Throw Percentage (.679)
7. Field Goal Percentage (.679)
8. Assists/Game (12.8)
8. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (.325)
9. Free Throws Made (205)
9. Points/Game (64.5)
9. Field Goals Made (303)
9. Turnovers/Game (17.2)
10. Steals/Game (6.7)
12. Blocks/Game (1.1)
Tritons ranked among the top 10 players in the CCAA include:
• Miranda Seto
2. Steals/Game (2.5)
8. Minutes/Game (32.0)
9. Free Throws Made/Game (3.2)
9. Points/Game (14.8)
9. Three-Pointers/Game (1.8)
• Megan Perry
2. Minutes/Game (35.6)
3. Three-Pointers/Game (2.4)
6. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (.412)
• Erin Dautremont
7. Rebounds/Game (7.5)
10. Minutes/Game (31.2)
• Stephanie Yano
3. Assists/Game (4.2)
UCSD SIGNS FOUR DURING EARLY PERIOD
• Abby Conklin: Guard/Forward, 5-10, San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Hills High School
• Noam Leead: Guard, 5-10, Agoura Hills, Agoura High School
• GiGi Olelewe: Forward, 6-0, Agoura, Agoura High School
• Paige Song: Guard/Forward, 5-9, San Jose, Lynbrook High School
MILESTONES FOR DAUTREMONT
Erin Dautremont is currently at 973 career points. She’ll be the ninth Triton to reach the 1,000 career points mark during the DII era (since the 2000-01 season). She also grabbed her 500th career rebound this season.
UCSD is currently riding a three-game winning streak … UCSD holds a 5-2 home record and a 4-1 mark on the road … Seto has scored in double-digits in nine of 12 games played … Perry has made at least one three in 13-of-14 games played … Three players have recorded double-doubles for the Tritons, as Dautremont has three, Perry has two and Bertsch has one … Seto scored a career-high 21 points against Cal State San Bernardino (11/17), finishing with a career-high eight field goals made … Seto made nine of 10 free throw attempts in a game against Chico State (1/4), both career-highs … Seto also grabbed a career-high six steals against Cal State Monterey Bay (1/11) and made a career-high four three’s against Sonoma State (1/17) … Yano dished out a career-high 10 assists against Sonoma State (1/17) … Bertsch totaled a career-high 13 rebounds and made eight-of-12 free-throw attempts, both career-highs against Western Washington (11/23) … Perry scored 25 points and made 10-of-14 field goals against Cal Poly Pomona (12/7), all career-highs … Perry also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds versus San Francisco State (1/13) and drained a career-high six three’s against Sonoma State (1/17) … Dana Webster poured in a career-high 12 points against Cal State Stanislaus (1/3) … Cassie MacLeod, Haley Anderson and Jacquelynne White have all seen their first career action as a Triton this season.
The Tritons sit in a tie for second place in the CCAA following a road sweep last weekend. UCSD scored 49 second-half points on the road at Sonoma State to grab a 74-62 win at the Wolves’ Den last Friday. Perry scored a game-high 18 points, while Seto and Dautremont each poured in 16 points to lead the Tritons to victory. The following night on Saturday, Perry and Bertsch scored 15 points apiece to propel UCSD to a 62-54 win at San Francisco State. Perry finished five-of-10 from the floor and recorded a double-double with 13 rebounds. She also added three assists to her complete line. Bertsch matched her career-high of points after making five-of-12 shots, while also adding five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in the win. The Tritons dominated on the glass and out-rebounded SFSU 52-38. Perry’s 13 boards proved to be a career-high, while Dautremont added 12 rebounds and 12 points in her double-double effort. Seto finished with 13 points and eight boards as the fourth Triton to score in double-digits, while Yano dished out seven assists to facilitate to offense. Yano also added four points and four rebounds to her line.
Erin Dautremont was tabbed the Thanksgiving Classic's most valuable player after averaging a tournament-best 17.5 points per game over two contests. The forward was joined by Perry, a fellow senior, on the All-Tournament Team. Dautremont was selected to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team in 2012 as well.
SETO EARNS WEEKLY LEAGUE HONOR
Junior guard Miranda Seto was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Nov. 25 following her performances at the West Region Crossover Classic at Azusa Pacific on Nov. 22-23. Seto scored a game-high 16 points in a 72-66 overtime win against No. 13 Western Washington. She also contributed five rebounds and four assists in the comeback victory. In a 66-63 loss against No. 21 Seattle Pacific, Seto poured in 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including finding the bottom of the net on three attempts from behind the arc. She grabbed three boards and dished out three assists in the near-upset. Overall, Seto averaged 16.6 points and grabbed five steals on the weekend. It was the first CCAA honor of her career.
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)
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 TOROS
Cal State Dominguez Hills enters Friday's game with a 10-4 overall record and sits in a tie for fifth-place in the CCAA at 6-4. The Toros split a pair of home league games last week at the Torodome. CSUDH beat Humboldt State (79-61) before suffering a setback against No. 14 Cal Poly Pomona (64-53). The Toros rank first in the CCAA in rebounds per game (45.6), first in steals per game (10.4) and fifth in points per game (70.9). Cal State Dominguez Hills has three players averaging double digits, led by Monay Lee’s 16.6 points per game. Lee is the conference’s third leading-scorer. Tayler Champion (15.1 ppg) and Talia Rayford (12.3 ppg) are the other two Toros in double-figures. Champion (9.4 rpg) leads the team in rebounding, while Rayford (8.2 rpg) and Monay (7.9 rpg) are the next two top-rebounders. All three players rank inside the top-10 in the conference in rebounding. Molly Goodenbour is currently in her second season in charge of the Toros as head coach.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 25-8 advantage in the all-time series against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Tritons swept the 2012-13 series, winning in La Jolla (74-66) and in Carson (63-52). Since the 2004-05 season, UCSD has won 19 consecutive meetings.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Cal State L.A., which plays at Cal State San Bernardino Friday, enters the week at 9-5 overall and tied for fifth-place in the CCAA at 6-4. The Golden Eagles split a pair of home league games last week at the Eagles Nest. CSULA suffered a setback to No. 14 Cal Poly Pomona (86-70) before beating Humboldt State (77-63). Cal State L.A. ranks first in the CCAA in blocks per game (4.0), third in rebounds per game (42.9) and eighth in points per contest (68.4). Paige Melville leads the Golden Eagles offensively and is the CCAA’s fifth leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. Destinee La Fountain is CSULA’s second leading scorer at 9.7 points per game and is the conference’s leading rebounder at 11.1 boards per game. Janell Jones is currently in her fourth season as head coach of Cal State L.A.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a commanding 25-5 advantage in the all-time series against Cal State L.A.. The Tritons won all three meetings in 2012-13, including a 66-61 win in the CCAA Tournament championship game. UCSD also grabbed wins in La Jolla (70-49) and Los Angeles (68-58) during the regular season.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
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UCSD remains at RIMAC Arena next week to kick off the second half of the CCAA season. The Tritons host Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, Jan. 31, and Humboldt State on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. on both nights. Earlier this season, UCSD lost at CPP (78-67) on Dec. 7 and defeated HSU (72-63) in Arcata on Dec. 5.