NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS (2/22)
1. Alaska Anchorage: 25-0
2. California Baptist: 27-2
3. Western Washington: 23-3
4. Simon Fraser: 23-5
5. UC San Diego: 20-5
6. Point Loma: 21-3
7. Hawaii Pacific: 18-5
8. Cal State East Bay: 17-7
9. Seattle Pacific: 16-9
10. Cal Poly Pomona: 14-10
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (stats through 2/27)
G - #4 Beth Mounier (Sr., 5-9): 12.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, .381 3P%
G - #21 Paige Song (Jr., 5-9): 4.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, .385 FG%, .359 3P%
G - #13 Joleen Yang (So., 5-6): 9.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, .278 3P%, .842 FT%
F - #5 Cassie MacLeod (Sr., 6-0): 10.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, .304 3P%, .739 FT%
F - #20 Dalayna Sampton (Jr., 6-1): 10.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, .653 FT%, .569 FG%
• Starting Experience Returning (5): Haley Anderson (G), Cassie MacLeod (F), Beth Mounier (G), Paige Song (G), Taylor Tanita (G)
• Starting Experience Lost (2): Jamie Katuna (G), Farrah Shokoor (F)
• Other Letterwinners Returning (5): Shandiin Armao (F), Gigi Olelewe (F), Janae Peterson (F), Rebecca Williams (F), Joleen Yang (G)
• Other Letterwinners Lost (2): Marissa Hing (G), Abriana Conklin (G)
• Newcomers (8): Brijaye Brackett (G), Stephanie Moore (G/F), Marcella Hughes (G), Dalayna Sampton (F), Sydney Sharp (G), Kristen Vrcelj (F), Mikayla Williams (F), Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F)
UC San Diego defeated Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Feb. 23 to capture the 2016-17 CCAA championship outright. The Tritons are now back-to-back champions and own five CCAA titles.
• UC San Diego 66, Cal State San Bernardino 60
CHAMPIONS ONCE MORE
On Feb. 23, UC San Diego captured the 2016-17 CCAA championship title by knocking off Cal State San Bernardino, 66-60. Unlike last year, UCSD will not share the championship with any other team and is the back-to-back title winner. Last year, the Tritons shared the title with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State East Bay. It is the program's fifth CCAA crown.
THE CCAA TOURNAMENT
With its 17-3 conference record, UCSD has clinched the No. 1 seed in the CCAA Tournament. The top four teams in the regular-season standings will host quarterfinal games on Feb. 28. The semifinals and final will be contested March 3-4 at the new Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. Tickets are now available online at csusmcougars.com/tickets or by calling 760-750-7102.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Quarterfinals
1. No. 8 Sonoma State at No. 1 UC San Diego - 5:30 p.m.
2. No. 7 Chico State at No. 2 Cal State East Bay - 6:00 p.m
3. No. 6 Cal State LA at No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona - 7:00 p.m
4. No. 5 Cal State San Bernardino at No. 4 Stanislaus State - 7:00 p.m
Friday, March 3 - Semifinals
5. Winner 1 vs. Winner 4 - 12:05 p.m.
6. Winner 2 vs. Winner 3 - 2:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 - Championship
7. Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 - 5:05 p.m.
LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
UCSD finished the regular season with a 17-3 conference mark and a 21-5 overall record, good for the first seed in the conference tournament. The postseason will begin on Feb. 28 when the Tritons go to battle on their home court. UCSD is currently fifth in the NCAA West Region and will find out its final placement at the NCAA Selection Show on March 5.
FIRST 500 UCSD STUDENTS FREE!
The first 500 UC San Diego students (with ID) at RIMAC Arena Tuesday will be admitted free of charge!
Tickets for Tuesday's quarterfinals are available on game day at RIMAC Arena. The men play at 7:30 p.m. following the women and one ticket will get you into both tournament games!
• Adults (18-64) - $10
• UCSD/Sonoma State Students - $2
• Seniors (65+) - $5
• Youth (7-17) - $5
• Under 7 - Free
CSUSB 62, UCSD 57
For the second straight season, UC San Diego's home games will be streamed live at UCSDtritons.tv. A season pass can be purchased for $34.99, which gives users access to all live events (baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo and more) for the entire 2016-17 academic year. In addition, a single day pass is available for $5.99. Broadcasts are free for users connected to a UCSD network. The multi-camera production comes to you in high definition with full audio commentary, and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers.
CCAA STANDINGS (final)
1. UC San Diego: 17-3*
2. Cal State East Bay: 16-4*
3. Cal Poly Pomona: 14-6*
4. Stanislaus State: 13-7*
5. Cal State San Bernardino: 12-8*
6. Cal State LA: 12-8*
7. Cal State San Marcos: 10-10 (not eligible for postseason)
8. Chico State: 10-10*
9. Sonoma State: 9-11*
10. Humboldt State: 7-13
11. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4-16
12. Cal State Monterey Bay: 4-16
13. San Francisco State: 2-18
*CCAA Tournament Participant
IN THE CCAA STATS (final)
Team (all games, top 5)
1. Three-Point Field Goals Made, 7.2 per game
1. Scoring Offense, 68.4 PPG
1. Defensive Rebounds, 27.9 RPG
1. Scoring Margin, 9.7
1. Assists, 15.1 APG
1. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.06
1. Field Goal Percentage, .420
2. Rebounding Offense, 39.8 RPG
2. Rebounding Margin, 6.0 RPG
2. Field Goal Defense Percentage, .359
3. Free Throw Percentage, .737
4. Blocked Shots, 2.95 BPG
4. Rebounding Defense, 33.8
5. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: .309
Individual (all games, top 5)
2. Free Throw Percentage: Beth Mounier, .873
4. Free Throw Percentage: Joleen Yang, .868
4. Three-Point Field Goals/Game: Beth Mounier, 2.4
5. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Joleen Yang, 1.3
IN THE NATIONAL STATS (through 2/27)
Team (all games, top 50)
23. Assists Per Game, 16.0
27. Assist Turnover Ratio, 1.12
36. Assists, 416
39. Rebound Margin, 6.2
39. Three-Point Field Goals Made Per Game, 7.5
45. Defensive Rebounds Per Game, 28.0
45. Three-Point Field Goals Attempted, 604
QUICK STATS (through 2/27)
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State is currently 13-13 overall and finished 9-11 in the CCAA. At its final game, SSU lost 45-49 to Cal Poly Pomona. The Seawolves clinched a playoff berth with a 62-51 win over Humboldt State Thursday, Feb. 23. SSU led in scoring by Kylie Kiech and Madison Burroughs with 13.2 and 12.2 points each. Taylor Todd has the most rebounds with 135 total. Mark Rigby is in his 20th season as head coach.
UCSD holds a lead on the all-time series against Sonoma, 27-10. Earlier this season, the two teams met at Santa Rosa Junior College, with UCSD capturing a 72-64 victory. Beth Mounier tallied six-three pointers and 22 points in the win.
TANITA EARNS SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Taylor Tanita was once again named the CCAA Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 21-27. She had previously won it for the week of Nov. 7-13. The junior guard averaged 17 points, six assists and five rebounds as UCSD defeated Saginaw Valley State and west region rival, Azusa Pacific, at the annual UC San Diego Thanksgiving Classic. Along with the victories, Tanita also captured the tournament MVP award for her efforts. She shot 44.4 percent (4-9) from the field, 33.3 percent (1-3) from behind the arc and was 78.5 percent (11-14) from the free throw line against Saginaw Valley State. The Culver City product had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Tritons defeated Azusa Pacifc 81-60.
MACLEOD IS AWARDED HER SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADE
Cassie MacLeod was named CCAA Player of the Week for the second time in her career for the week of Jan 23-29. Her first came for the week of Dec. 12-19. On Jan 27, MacLeod tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds against Stanislaus State, good for her third double-double of the season. UCSD went on the win that match, 68-55. On Jan. 28 in a 68-48 victory against Chico State, the senior forward almost picked up her fourth double-double when she scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. Over the two contests, she averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds while draining 13 of 21 shots, good for a .619 percentage. MacLeod currently averages 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She earns the fourth CCAA Player of the Week award given to a Triton, with Taylor Tanita being bestowed the first two.
MOUNIER IS A SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS STAR OF THE MONTH
Beth Mounier was named a San Diego Hall of Champions (SDHOC) Star of the Month for January. Over seven games in January, Mounier averaged a team-high 16.9 points, to lead UC San Diego to a perfect 7-0 record with six of those wins coming on the road. The senior guard also helped the Tritons remain in first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and hit a team-best 19 three-point field goals. Mounier scored 10-plus points in six of the seven games, including a career-high 24 against CCAA rival Chico State. During the month, Mounier tallied a .463 shooting percentage and averaged 4.4 rebounds. A Woodland Hills native, Mounier only missed two free throws during the month, going 23-for-25, good for a .92 percentage. She started all seven games and averaged 34.7 minutes of playing time. Overall this season, Mounier is averaging a team-high 12.3 points and the most three-pointers made with 38.
VERSUS THE TRITONS
UCSD is currently keeping opponents under 40 percent from both field goal (.367) and three-point (.305) range, resulting in a 60.8 scoring average for other schools. UCSD has outscored its opposition 1810-1582. The Tritons lead opponents in defensive (737-616), offensive (297-257) and total rebounds (1034-873), keeping the opposition to 33.6 rebounds per game. UCSD also outnumbers its adversaries 416-302 in assists, leading to a 23rd-ranked 16.0 APG average for the Tritons while allowing only 11.6 APG for opponents.
FROM A TENT TO A HOUSE
At the beginning of league play, the Tritons placed as low as eighth in the CCAA after losing the conference opener to Cal Poly Pomona at Kellogg Gym. Finishing with three losses in league action and by defeating Cal State LA and Stanislaus on the critical weekend of Dec. 29, UC San Diego secured the top spot in the CCAA, and has now captured the regular season title.
A VALIANT DEFENSE
UC San Diego held an undefeated record at home, with a 9-0 streak that began with an 82-69 upset victory against No. 23 Saginaw Valley State on Nov. 25 at the UCSD Thanksgiving Tournament. The last time the Tritons began a season at least 9-0 at home was in the historic 2011-12 season, where they went a perfect 14-0 at home just before falling to Cal State LA in the CCAA Tournament Championship. The streak ended on Feb. 4 when the Tritons fell to Cal State East Bay 57-71.
SAME MISTAKES, DIFFERENT RESULTS
The win over Stanislaus State saw the Tritons committ 22 turnovers thanks, in part, to a very aggressive full-court press by the Warriors. This marks the first time this season where UCSD was able to overcome 20 or more turnovers and end up with a win. UCSD beat the odds again when it overcame 22 turnovers against Sonoma State, winning 72-64. In the final regular season match between the two, UCSD racked up 23 TO's against Stanislaus. The result was favorable for the Tritons again, UCSD won 68-55. Up until Dec. 30, UCSD could not rally back to a victory after tallying at least 20 TOs, the first game being against Seattle Pacific (22 TO's) and the second being Cal Poly Pomona (20 TO's).
For nine consecutive weeks, UC San Diego's women's basketball team held the No. 6 spot in the NCAA Division II West Region. In the week 10 edition of the poll, the Tritons advanced one spot to No. 5, surpassing Seattle Pacific. Alaska Anchorage currently sits at the top of the region and has only one loss this season. Last year, UCSD fell to Alaska Anchorage in the regional championship, losing 57-72.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FINISH
UC San Diego has completed its regular season by defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 66-60, at Coussoulis Arena, winning the regular season championship alone. It will now face the best of the CCAA in the conference tournament, hosted by Cal State San Marcos.
On Feb. 9, UC San Diego women's basketball head coach Heidi VanDerveer earned her 100th victory as a Triton. Her record at the time of her accomplishment was 100-40. She ended last season with an overall win-loss record of 190-118. UCSD won the CCAA with a 17-3 conference record.
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Five Tritons this season have broken individual scoring records. Beth Mounier, Cassie MacLeod, Dalayna Sampton, Joleen Yang and Shandiin Armao all set new career-highs. Mounier's previous record was 22 points, and she broke that in January at Chico State, scoring 24 points. MacLeod recently set her new high, scoring 30 points against Cal Poly Pomona on the 17th. Her previous was 21 points. Sampton beat her record twice. She scored 18 points at the beginning of the season against Montana State Billings, beating her old total of 16 that she set at Hawaii. She then went on to score 19 points on Feb. 18 against Humboldt State. Yang doubled her career-best against Cal State LA when she scored 24 points in December. Armao scored a game and career-high of 13 points on Feb. 9 against Cal State Dominguez Hills, surpassing her previous high of five points.
THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT SPEARHEADS...
Cassie MacLeod and Dalayna Sampton constitute the second and third arms of UC San Diego's offensive power, with MacLeod averaging 10.3 and Sampton averaging 10.5 points. Together, they score 20.8 of the 69.6 average points UCSD claims. Between them, they average .494 percent in overall shooting and .300 percent from the three-point line.
...AND THE TIP OF THE TRIDENT
Beth Mounier currently averages a team-high of 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds. Of the past 15 games, she has scored the most in eight of them for an average of 10.5 points. She sports the best three-point shooting percentage (.381) of the team and leads in assists (66). She is .849 percent from the free-throw line, missing just eleven of her free-throws this season (62-73).
FIVE FOR 30
On Feb. 17, senior forward Cassie MacLeod went off for a career-high 30 points against Cal Poly Pomona. She was 11-16 (68.8%) in total field goals, three of which were three-pointers. She also grabbed three rebounds and two assists on the night. MacLeod's 30 is also a season-high single game scoring record for the 2016-17 season. The last time a Triton scored at least 30 points in a game was Jamie Katuna against Cal State East Bay on March 4, 2016.
HUGHES FOR THREE (OR FOUR)
In a three-game span (12/1/16-12/19/16), sophomore transfer Marcella Hughes made at least four shots from behind the three-point arc in each one. For her efforts, she averaged 4.3 three-pointers made, 13.7 PPG, and a .619 3PT shooting percentage over the course of the three.
Joleen Yang ended 2016 and began 2017 on very high notes. On Dec. 29, she shattered her career scoring record by dropping 24 points (prev: 12 points) against Cal State LA off of three made three-pointers, a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line and going 8-16 in made field goals. On Jan. 5, Yang took matters into her own hands after a back-and-forth game against Cal State Monterey Bay went into the final seconds. With UCSD down by one (62-61), she made a game-clutching drive down the left side and drew a foul at 6.1 seconds remaining in the fourth. She sank both the tying shot and game winner.
A SHARP RETURN
Sydney Sharp returned to the floor on Jan. 19 against Cal State San Marcos after a seven-game recovery period. The freshman from Orange County injured her ankle in December against Cal State San Bernardino diving for a loose ball.
LET IT FLY
It's no secret that UC San Diego will shoot the three-pointer. Beth Mounier currently leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 38.1 percent (56-147). Behind her, Marcella Hughes is shooting at 36.8 percent (28-76). Rounding out the top three, is Paige Song with 35.9 percent (23-64).
Heidi VanDerveer is in her fifth campaign as the head coach of the UCSD women's basketball team with an 84-39 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer led the Tritons to a 26-5 overall mark, taking home a share of the CCAA regular-season crown with an 18-2 record in conference play. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the ninth time since 2000-01 and advanced all the way to the West Regional title game. In her first year with the team, UCSD finished with a 22-11 record overall and placed second in the conference at 17-5. The Tritons won their first-ever league tournament title. 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.
CARLISLE PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Head coach Heidi VanDerveer promoted Chelsea Carlisle to the position of associate head coach prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. Carlisle is in her fifth year on the Triton coaching staff after a stellar four-year playing career as a UCSD student-athlete. She has helped the team to an 82-37 overall record and guided UCSD to the 2012-13 CCAA Tournament and 2015-16 CCAA regular season titles during her four years as an assistant coach. As a player, Carlisle was a three-time All-American and graduated as the school's all-time career leader in assists (575), while ranking second in both points (1,950) and steals (262). She graduated from UCSD in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
The Tritons went 26-5 during the 2015-16 season, taking home a share of the CCAA regular season crown with an 18-2 record in conference play. UCSD defeated Cal State East Bay and Azusa Pacific in the first two rounds of the NCAA West Regional, before getting knocked out by Alaska Anchorage in the regional finals, one game shy of reaching the Elite 8. UCSD had four players named All-CCAA in Beth Mounier, Taylor Tanita, Jamie Katuna and Farrah Shokoor. Shokoor was named the conference's Player of the Year as well as All-American by the WBCA and CCA.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. UC San Diego (11), 141 pts
2. Stanislaus State (1), 124 pts
3. Cal Poly Pomona (1), 117 pts
4. Chico State, 91 pts
5. Cal State East Bay, 82 pts
6. San Francisco State, 75 pts
7. Cal State San Marcos, 71 pts
8. Humboldt State, 68 pts
9. Cal State LA, 65 pts
10. Cal State San Bernardino, 62 pts
11. Cal State Monterey Bay, 44 pts
t-12. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 37 pts
t-12. Sonoma State, 37 pts
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