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Senior Dalayna Sampton and the Tritons play host to Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State this week.
Tritons Set for Big Week at Home; Play Host to Cal State San Marcos Tuesday, Sonoma State Saturday
Release: Monday 01/22/2018 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 19
vs. Cal State San Marcos (5-10, 5-6 CCAA)
Tuesday, Jan. 23 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live VideoLive StatsTickets

Game 20
vs. Sonoma State (8-9, 5-8 CCAA)
Saturday, Jan. 27 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live VideoLive StatsTickets

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics

• Overall: 15-3
• CCAA: 11-1
• Home: 6-2
• Away: 7-0
• Neutral: 2-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 24
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Jan. 16): 24
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Jan. 16): 14th
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Jan. 22): 3rd
• 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 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, 2.8 RPG, 6.1 APG)
G - #13 Joleen Yang (G, Jr., 5-6): 9.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.7 APG) 
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., G, 5-8, 10.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.8 APG)
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1, 13.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.2 APG)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1, 13.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 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 CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-10
• CCAA: 5-6
• Home: 4-2
• Away: 1-5
• Neutral: 0-3
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 8TH
NOTE — Senior Savannah Camp scored a game-high 26 points as the Cougars shot a season-best 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range in a victory over Stanislaus State, 81-71, on Saturday, Jan. 20. Cal State San Marcos is currently first in the CCAA in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.257) and third in overall defensive field goal percentage (.365). 

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE COUGARS
• All-Time Record: 4-0 (1.000)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 84-60 (1/19/17)

ABOUT SONOMA STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 8-9
• CCAA: 5-8
• Home: 7-4
• Away: 1-5
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 9TH
NOTE — Sophomore forward Ugochi Anudokem scored 12 points while senior guard Madison Burroughs finished with 11 points and five assists to lift the Seawolves to a victory over Cal State East Bay, 56-55, on Saturday, Jan. 20. Sonoma State earned a victory over Cal State Monterey Bay, 59-49, on Friday, Jan. 19, as four Seawolves scored in doubles figures, led by Anudokem's 15 points. Sonoma State currently ranks second in the CCAA in assists per game (15), as well as fourth in points allowed per game (60.7), defensive field-goal percentage (.372) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.88). 

UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE SEAWOLVES
• All-Time Record: 28-10 (.737)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 53-46 in the CCAA quarterfinals (2/28/17)

BACK TO BUSINESS
UC San Diego enters Tuesday night's contest winners of 11 of its last 12 games, and currently sits all alone in first place atop the CCAA standings. The Tritons made their debut in the WBCA national poll this week at No. 24.

LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons suffered their first loss since Nov. 30, falling to Stanislaus State, 82-78. UCSD had its 11-game winning streak snapped in the process, and lost for the first time in CCAA play.

Stanislaus State 82, UC San Diego 78

OFF THE GLASS
The Tritons rank second in the nation in rebounding margin, dominating opponents on the glass this season 783-585 (11.0 per game)
. UC San Diego also ranks 15th nationally in defensive rebounds per contest (31 per game) and is tied for 33rd in total rebounds per game (43.5). Senior forward Dalayna Sampton is tied for 21st in the country in total rebounds (187) and tied for 19th in rebounds per game (10.4). In addition, sophomore forward Mikayla Williams is tied for 47th in the country in total rebounds (170), 49th in rebounds per game (9.4) and has recorded eight double-doubles this season, which is tied for 27th nationally.  

HOT SHOTS
UC San Diego junior guard Joleen Yang ranks fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0). Yang leads the Tritons in 3-pointers made (41) and attempted (82) this season. As a team, UC San Diego is 28th in the country in 3-point percentage (36.2) and 45th in overall field goal percentage (43.5). 

PRECISION PASSING
Senior guard Taylor Tanita is tied for sixth in the nation in total assists (110) and ranks seventh in the country in assists per game (6.1). As a team, UC San Diego is 27th in the country in total assists (301), 29th in assist per game (16.7) and 32nd in assist to turnover ratio (1.14).

CCAA LEADERS
The following players rank in the top three in the following categories:
(CCAA games only)
1. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (6.2)
1. 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage: Joleen Yang (.515)
1. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (2.8)
2. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (10.6)

T-3. Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: Taylor Tanita (1.7)

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 1/22)
UC San Diego, 11-1
Cal Poly Pomona, 10-3

Humboldt State, 9-4
Chico State, 8-5
Cal State East Bay, 8-6
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 7-7
Cal State LA, 7-7
Cal State San Marcos, 5-6
Sonoma State, 5-8
Stanislaus State, 5-8
Cal State San Bernardino, 5-9
Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-10
San Francisco State, 2-12

SAMPTON NETS SECOND CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the second time this season on 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. 16 - Week 8)
1. Ashland
2. Indiana (Pa.)
3. Lubbock Christian
4. Alaska Anchorage
5. Bentley
6. Drury
7. Virginia Union
8. West Texas A&M
9. Carson-Newman
10. Central Missouri
11. Augustana
12. Michigan Tech
13. Southwestern Oklahoma State
14. California (Pa.)
15. Azusa Pacific
16. Union (Tenn.)
17. Edinboro
18. Glenville State
19. Central Oklahoma
20. North Alabama
21. Southern Indiana
22. Northern State
23. Fort Lewis
24. UC San Diego
25. University of the Sciences

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
• Week 7: RV
• Week 8: 24

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
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 14

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Jan. 22 - Week 9)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. Seattle Pacific
3. UC San Diego
4. Hawai'i Pacific
5. Azusa Pacific
6. Northwest Nazarene
7. Montana State Billings
8. Cal Poly Pomona
9. Dominican
10. Concordia (Ore.)

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. VanDerveer was named 2016-17 CCAA Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, as she and her staff led the Tritons to a 23-7 overall record (17-3 CCAA) and 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. 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 (SCIAC) titles. VanDerveer has also spent time as the head coach at Eastern Washington and San Francisco after beginning her coaching career under Pat Summitt at Tennessee, and spent 12 years working in the WNBA. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego travels to Northern California for conference road games at Sonoma State on Feb. 2 and at San Francisco State on Feb. 3. 

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Tuesday, February 27
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State (quarterfinal)
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, March 02
W Basketball at TBA (semifinal)
TBA
Pomona (CPP)
Saturday, March 03
W Basketball at TBA (final)
7:35 PM
Pomona (CPP)
Saturday, March 10
W Basketball at TBA
TBA
TBA
Wednesday, March 21
W Basketball at TBA
TBA
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