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Junior Marcella Hughes and the Tritons look to extend their seven-game winning streak this weekend against Humboldt State and Chico State.
Tritons Set For Two CCAA Showdowns At RIMAC
Release: Wednesday 01/03/2018 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 14
vs. Humboldt State (8-5, 7-1 CCAA)
Friday, Jan. 5 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live VideoLive StatsTickets

Game 15
vs. Chico State (7-5, 5-3 CCAA)
Saturday, Jan. 6 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live VideoLive StatsTickets

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 11-2
• CCAA: 7-0
• Home: 4-1
• Away: 5-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): RV
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Jan. 3): RV
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Jan. 3): 18th
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Jan. 2): 2nd
• CCAA Standings: 1st

LET ME IN
Tickets for all regular-season home games at RIMAC Arena are available for purchase at the main entrance box office starting one hour prior to tip-off. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17) and visiting student tickets are $5. UC San Diego students and children under 7 are free.

WATCH LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it out to RIMAC Arena, watch home games live on UCSDtritons.tv. Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. Veteran national announcer Steve Quis will be calling all of the action courtside. The single-game fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Monday, Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (RSr., 5-4, 5.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.0 APG)
G - #13 Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6): 9.6 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.5 APG) 
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., G, 5-8, 10.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.1 APG)
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1, 14.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.1 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1, 12.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.8 APG)

UCSD ROSTER BREAKDOWN (2016-17 stats listed)
Starters Returning (3)
Dalayna Sampton (F, Sr., 6-1): 10.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, RSr., 5-4): 9.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG

Starters Lost (2)
Beth Mounier (G, Sr., 5-9): 12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.8 APG
Cassie MacLeod (F, Sr., 6-0): 9.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (9)
Shandiin Armao (F, Jr., 5-10): 2.6 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG
Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 3.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.3 APG
Stephanie Moore (G/F, So., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
Sydney Sharp (G, So., 5-10): 3.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (F, So., 5-10): 3 GP
Mikayla Williams (F, RSo., 6-1): 8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 APG
Rebecca Williams (F, Jr., 6-1): 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG
• Paige Song (Sr., 5-9, 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG)
Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RFr., 6-1): Redshirted

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
Haley Anderson (Sr., G, 5-8): 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
Janae Peterson (Jr., F, 6-1): Did not play
Brijaye Brackett (Fr., G, 5-8): Did not play
Gigi Olelewe (Jr., F, 6-0): 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG

Newcomers (2)
Kayla Sato (Jr., G, 5-8): Transfer from Westmont College
Emily Cangelosi (Fr., G, 5-9)

ABOUT HUMBOLDT STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 8-5
• CCAA: 7-1
• Home: 5-1
• Away: 3-2
• Neutral: 0-2
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 2nd
NOTE — The Lumberjacks have won seven-consecutive games, six of which by double digits.

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE LUMBERJACKS
• All-Time Record: 16-10 (.615)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 64-55 (2/18/17)

ABOUT CHICO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-5
• CCAA: 5-3
• Home: 6-0
• Away: 1-3
• Neutral: 0-2
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 4th
NOTE — Senior guard Whitney Branham is the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, and also leads the conference in scoring with 20 points per game. 

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS
• All-Time Record: 25-13 (.658)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 68-48 (1/28/17)

BACK IN BUSINESS
UC San Diego enters the new year riding a seven-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 30. The Tritons go into this weekend's action as the only remaining undefeated team in CCAA play, and are currently receiving votes in the WBCA national poll.

LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego improved to 7-0 in the CCAA stnadings after earning victories both at home and on the road. The Tritons defeated San Francisco State, 75-67, at home on Dec. 29 before going on the road to knock off Stanislaus State, 73-63, on New Year's Eve.

UC San Diego 75, San Francisco State 67
UC San Diego 79, Stanislaus State 52

MARGIN OF VICTORY
In seven CCAA games this season, UC San Diego has won by an average margin of 15.3 points. This season as a whole, the Tritons' average margin of victory is 14.8.

OFF THE BOARDS
The Tritons are outrebounding opponents this season 571-456 (8.8 per game), which is tied for 21st largest margin in the nation. UC San Diego also ranks 15th nationally in defensive rebounds per contest (31 per game) and is 26th in total rebounds per game (43.92). Senior Dalayna Sampton ranks 14th in the country in total rebounds (140) and 15th in rebounds per game (10.8). In addition, Sampton and sophomore forward Mikayla Williams have each recorded six double-doubles this season, which is tied for 20th in the nation. 

BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE
Senior guard Taylor Tanita is currently 9th in the nation in total assists (78) and ranks 13th in the country in assists per game (6.0). As a team, UC San Diego is 18th in the country in assist to turnover ratio (1.26).

DEFENSE WINS
UC San Diego is holding opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field (.349), which ranks 27th nationally. Meanwhile, the Tritons are allowing just 59.3 point per game, which ranks second in the CCAA and 50th in the nation. 

CCAA LEADERS
The following players rank in the top three in the following categories:
CCAA games only
2. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (11.4)
1. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (6.0)
1. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (3.1)
3. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Kayla Sato (1.8)

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/31)
UC San Diego, 7-0
Humboldt State, 7-1
Cal Poly Pomona, 5-2
Chico State, 5-3
Cal State East Bay, 5-4
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-4
Cal State LA, 4-5
Stanislaus State, 3-5
Cal State San Bernardino, 3-5
Cal State San Marcos, 2-4
San Francisco State, 2-6
Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-7
Sonoma State, 1-5

SAMPTON NETS SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was once again named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week, for the week of Dec. 19. She had previously won it for the week of Nov. 28. Scoring a career-high 27 points, Sampton helped UC San Diego win a 60-56 road decision over Cal State LA in overtime. The Vallejo product tallied a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal. The senior forward shot 57.1 percent (12-21) from the field and committed no turnovers in 38 minutes of play. On the season, Sampton is averaging 14.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game 

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Jan. 3 - Week 6)
1. Ashland
2. West Texas A&M
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Carson-Newman
5. Lubbock Christian
6. Alaska Anchorage
7. Bentley
8. Drury
9. Virginia Union
10. California (Pa.)
11. Central Missouri
12. Augustana
13. Michigan Tech
14. Fort Lewis
15. Edinboro
16. Central Oklahoma
17. Southwestern Oklahoma State
18. Azusa Pacific
19. Northern State
20. Southern Indiana
21. North Alabama
22. Wingate
23. Glenville State
24. Union (Tenn.)
25. Findlay

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: NR
• Week 1: NR
• Week 2: NR
• Week 3: NR
• Week 4: NR
• Week 5: RV
• Week 6: RV

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: 14
• Week 1: RV
• Week 2: RV
• Week 3: 24
• Week 4: 20
• Week 5: 20
• Week 6: 18

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Jan. 2 - Week 6)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. UC San Diego
3. Azusa Pacific
4. Seattle Pacific
5. Dominican
6. Northwest Nazarene
7. Hawai'i Pacific
8. Concordia (Ore.)
9. Montana State Billings
10. Point Loma

2016-17 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego highlighted its 2016-17 season by capturing a second successive CCAA regular-season crown. The Tritons finished runner-up in the CCAA Tournament after falling to Cal State East Bay, 62-53. UCSD earned a berth in the NCAA West Regional as the fourth seed, where it suffered a 69-65 loss to Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal. Head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year while junior transfer Dalayna Sampton earned CCAA Newcomer of the Year honors. UCSD had three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang earned honorable mention.

FINAL 2016-17 CCAA STANDINGS
UC San Diego, 17-3*
Cal State East Bay, 16-4^
Cal Poly Pomona, 14-6
Stanislaus State, 13-7
Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8
Cal State LA, 12-8
Chico State, 10-10
Cal State San Marcos, 10-10
Sonoma State, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-16
Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-16
San Francisco State, 2-18

* CCAA regular-season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's basketball team with a 116-46 overall record. Last year, VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. She and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record and a 17-3 CCAA mark as the Tritons won a second consecutive CCAA regular-season title. The Tritons qualified the NCAA Division II postseason for the 10th time since 2000-01, competing in the quarterfinals against Simon Fraser. In her first year with the team, UC San Diego finished with a 22-11 record overall and placed second in the conference at 17-5 en route to 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.

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UP NEXT
The Tritons hit the road for two CCAA contests in Northern California. UC San Diego takes on Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday, Jan. 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m., before facing Cal State East Bay on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. 

#BigWestBound

Tuesday, January 23
W Basketball vs. Cal State San Marcos
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 27
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, February 02
W Basketball at Sonoma State
5:30 PM
Rohnert Park
Saturday, February 03
W Basketball at San Francisco State
5:30 PM
San Francisco
Friday, February 09
W Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, February 10
W Basketball at Cal State San Bernardino
5:30 PM
San Bernardino
Thursday, February 15
W Basketball at Chico State
5:30 PM
Chico
Saturday, February 17
W Basketball at Humboldt State
5:30 PM
Arcata
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