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The No. 23-ranked Tritons begin NCAA West Region play against Seattle Pacific on Friday.

The Time Is Now: No. 23 Tritons Set to Face Seattle Pacific in West Region Quarterfinal


Game 32 - NCAA Tournament West Region Quarterfinal
vs. No. 6 Seattle Pacific (23-7, 15-5 GNAC)
Friday, March 9 • 12:00 p.m.
Felix Event Center • Azusa, Calif.
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After winning the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season championship for the third-straight season, the University of California San Diego women’s basketball team is back in the NCAA Tournament. It is the Tritons 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Divison II postseason, and have advanced as far as the Final Four in 2007. The Tritons enter the West Regional winners of 23 of their last 25 games, including a near-flawless 22-1 record in conference play. UC San Diego went a perfect 12-0 in true road games during the regular season and is 16-2 overall this season in games played away from its home gym RIMAC Arena.

2018 NCAA Division II West Region Women’s Basketball Championship
Felix Event Center - Azusa, Calif.
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University
All times listed as PST

Friday, March 9 - Quarterfinals
12:00 p.m.: #6 Seattle Pacific (24-6) vs # 3 UC San Diego (27-4)
2:30 p.m.: #7 Montana State Billings (22-11) vs #2 Hawaii Pacific (26-3)
5:00 p.m.: #5 Northwest Nazarene (22-4) vs #4 Alaska Anchorage (25-4)
7:30 p.m.: #8 Humboldt State (18-12) vs #1 Azusa Pacific (27-4)

Saturday, March 10 - Semifinals
5:00 p.m.: UCSD/SPU winner vs HPU/MSBU winner
7:30 p.m.: UAA/NNU winner vs APU/HSU winner

Monday, March 12 - Championship
7:00 p. m.: Semifinal winners (winner advances to NCAA DII Elite Eight, March 19-23 in Sioux Falls, S.D.)

UCSD IN THE NCAA DII TOURNEY (10-10 overall; 9-9 in West Regional; 1-1 in Elite Eight)
3/12/04 - Seattle Pacific 79, UC San Diego 59 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)

3/10/06 - Seattle Pacific 62, UC San Diego 57 (regional quarterfinal at Bellingham, Wash.)

3/9/07 - UC San Diego 78, Western Washington 45 (regional quarterfinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/10/07 - UC San Diego 66, Alaska Anchorage 51 (regional semifinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/12/07 - UC San Diego 80, Chico State 63 (regional final at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/21/07 - UC San Diego 71, Glenville State 61 (national quarterfinal at Kearney, Neb.)
3/22/07 - Southern Connecticut State 67, UC San Diego 53 (national semifinal at Kearney, Neb.)

3/14/08 - UC San Diego 59, Cal State San Bernardino 46 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/15/08 - Seattle Pacific 76, UC San Diego 67 (regional semifinal at Seattle, Wash.)

3/13/09 - UC San Diego 66, Cal State Dominguez Hills 65 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)
3/14/09 - Alaska Anchorage 52, UC San Diego 49 (regional semifinal at Seattle, Wash.)

3/12/10 - Humboldt State 76, UC San Diego 72 (regional quarterfinal at Seattle, Wash.)

3/9/12 - UC San Diego 84, Chico State 66 (regional quarterfinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/10/12 - UC San Diego 81, Western Washington 66 (regional semifinal at La Jolla, Calif.)
3/12/12 - Alaska Anchorage 68, UC San Diego 63 (regional final at La Jolla, Calif.)

3/16/13- Grand Canyon 68, UC San Diego 57 (regional quarterfinal at Bellingham, Wash.)

3/11/16 - UC San Diego 74, Cal State East Bay 59 (regional quarterfinal at Azusa Pacific, Calif.)
3/12/16- UC San Diego 87, Azusa Pacific 77 (regional semifinal at Azusa Pacific. Calif.)
3/14/16- Alaska Anchorage 72, UC San Diego 57 (regional final at Azusa Pacfiic, Calif.)
3/10/17- Simon Fraser 69, UC San Diego 65 (regional quarterfinal at Anchorage, Alaska)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 27-4 
• CCAA: 21-1
• Home: 12-2
• Away: 12-0
• Neutral: 3-1
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 23 
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 0-1
• WBCA Coaches Poll (March 4): 23rd 
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (March 6): T-9 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Feb. 19): 2nd
• CCAA Standings: 1st

If you can't make it to Azusa, you can watch Friday's West Region Quarterfinal live for free on Azusa Pacific's Game Central. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

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.

(2017-18 stats listed)
G - #11 Taylor Tanita (RSr., 5-4): 5.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.1 APG
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Jr., 5-6): 9.9 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.7 APG
G - #31 Kayla Sato (Jr., 5-8): 12.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.0 APG
F - #24 Dalayna Sampton (Sr., 6-1): 14.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.3 APG
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (RSo., 6-1): 15.7 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.2 APG

(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)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 23-7 
• GNAC: 15-5 
• Home: 10-1 
• Away: 10-4 
• Neutral: 3-2 
• Highest National Ranking: 13 
• GNAC Standing: 3rd 
NOTES: Seattle Pacific is making its first NCAA Division II West Regional appearance since 2015, when it fell to Cal Poly Pomona in the semifinals ... Five of the six Falcons senior saw action in that game as freshmen ... The Falcons are 26-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 13-4 in quarterfinal games ... Seattle Pacific finished the season with a 24-6 overall record, including a 15-5 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) play ... The Falcons are coming off a loss to Montana State Billings, 71-61, in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament Championship after defeating Simon Fraser in the first round, 85-59, before topping Alaska Anchorage, 74-65, in the semifinals ... SPU began the 2017-18 season with six-straight victories, including a win over UC San Diego as well as No. 16 Azusa Pacific ... The Falcons have also earned victories over fellow tournament qualifiers Montana State Billings (twice) as well as No. 13 Alaska Anchorage (twice) ... Junior forward Jordan McPhee was named 2017-18 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year as well as first-team all-conference, finishing fifth in the GNAC in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game ... Senior forward Curtney Hollander was named to the All-GNAC Second Team, while senior Rachel Shim earned All-GNAC Honorable Mention.

• All-Time Record: 4-13 (.675), including 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament
• Last Meeting: Seattle Pacific won 65-59 (11/18/17)

UC San Diego enters Friday’s NCAA Division II West Regional winners of 23 of its last 25 games, and is the tournament’s No. 3 seed after winning the CCAA regular-season championship. UC San Diego is ranked 23rd in the latest WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

UC San Diego was the No. 1 seed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament and earned victories in its first two games before suffering a dramatic loss to Humboldt State, 76-75, in the CCAA Tournament Championship ... The Tritons defeated No. 8-seed Sonoma State in the quarterfinal, 69-52, before soundly defeating Chico State in the semifinals, 67-48 ... Junior guard Kayla Sato and sophomore forward Mikayla Williams were each named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team.

(through 2/26)
UC San Diego, 21-1
Cal Poly Pomona, 16-6
Humboldt State, 14-8
Chico State, 14-8
Cal State LA, 13-9
Cal State East Bay, 12-10
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-11
Sonoma State, 9-13
Cal State San Bernardino, 9-13
Stanislaus State, 8-14
Cal State San Marcos, 8-14
Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-17
San Francisco State, 3-19

Senior forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year on Thursday, while head coach Heidi VanDerveer received CCAA Coach of the Year honors for the third-consecutive season. Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams joined Sampton on the All-CCAA First Team, junior guard Kayla Sato was named to the All-CCAA Second Team, while both senior guard Taylor Tanita and junior guard Joleen Yang each earned All-CCAA Honorable Mention.

Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams and junior guard Kayla Sato were each named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team following the championship game on March 3. Sato scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting in the championship game and averaged 20.3 points in the three-game tournament. The junior from Torrance, Calif., also led the Tritons in scoring with 22 points in their semifinals victory over Chico State. Williams averaged 17.3 points and 10. 7 rebounds for the tournament, scoring a team-high 22 points with 10 rebounds in UC San Diego’s quarterfinal win against Sonoma State on Feb. 27.

The Tritons enter the West Regional ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin, dominating opponents on the glass this season 1306-959 (11.2 per game) ... UC San Diego has outrebounded its opponent in 24-consecutive games and 27 times total this season ... The Tritons rank 18th nationally in total rebounds (1306) and 25th in defensive rebounds per game (29.5) ... Senior forward Dalayna Sampton enters the weekend 6th in the nation in total rebounds (335), 12th in rebounds per game (10.8) and 22nd in offensive rebounds per game (3.7). Sophomore forward Mikayla Williams ranks 27th in the nation with 289 total rebounds.

UC San Diego junior guard Joleen Yang entered the weekend third the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage (49.6) and leads the Tritons in 3-pointers made (67) and attempted (137) this season ... A native of San Francisco, Yang made 4-of-7 3-point attempts in Tuesday’s quarterfinal victory over Sonoma State and 2-of-6 from beyond the arch in Friday’s semifinal win against Chico State ... Sophomore Mikayla Williams began the weekend 25th in the nation in field-goal percentage (55.8), and is shooting an outstanding 43-of-57 (75.4) from the field in the last five games ... As a team, UC San Diego is 12th in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (37.2) and 28th in overall field-goal percentage (44.7).

Senior guard Taylor Tanita heads into today’s title game ranked sixth nationally in total assists (184) and seventh in assists per game (6.1) ... A native of Culver City, Calif., Tanita also leads the Tritons in minutes played this season (930) ... As a team, UC San Diego entered the weekend 21st in the country in total assists (477), 24th in assists per game (16.4) and 23rd in assist to turnover ratio (1.17).

The following players finished conference play in the top five in the following categories:
(CCAA games only)
1. Field Goal Percentage: Mikayla Williams (57.0)
1. Assists/Game: Taylor Tanita (6.1)
1. 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage: Joleen Yang (50.0)
1. 3-Pt Field Goals/Game: Joleen Yang (2.6)
2. Rebounds/Game: Dalayna Sampton (10.5)
3. Assist-to-Turnover Ratio: Taylor Tanita (3.7)
4. Field Goal Percentage: Dalayna Sampton: (51.6)

(Feb. 27 - Week 14)
1. Ashland
2. Lubbock Christian
3. Drury 
4. Glenville State
5. Virginia Union
6. Carson-Newman
7. Augustana (S.D.) 
8. Edinboro
9. Bentley
10. Central Missouri
11. Stonehill
12. Indiana (Pa.) 
13. Alaska Anchorage 
14. Union (Tenn.)
15. Southern Indiana
16. University of the Sciences
17. Southwestern Oklahoma 
18. Azusa Pacific 
19. Hawaii Pacific 
20. Wingate 
21. West Texas A&M
22. North Alabama 
23. UC San Diego
24. Michigan Tech
25. North Georgia

• 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
• Week 9: RV
• Week 10: RV
• Week 11: RV
• Week 12: RV
• Week 13: RV
• Week 14: 25
• Week 15: 23

• 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
• Week 9: 24
• Week 10: 20
• Week 11: 17
• Week 12: 16
• Week 13: 16
• Week 14: 13
• Week 15: T-9

(Feb. 19 - Week 13)
1. Alaska Anchorage
2. UC San Diego
3. Hawaii Pacific
4. Azusa Pacific
5. Northwest Nazarene
6. Seattle Pacific
7. Cal Poly Pomona
8. Montana State Billings
9. Dominican 
10. Cal Baptist 

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. UC San Diego had three players named All-CCAA in Cassie MacLeod, Beth Mounier and Sampton. Joleen Yang earned honorable mention.

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

Heidi VanDerveer is in her sixth campaign as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's basketball team with a 131-47 (.736) overall record. VanDerveer was named 2017-18 CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-straight season, as she and her staff led the Tritons to a 26-3 overall record (21-1 CCAA) and a third-consecutive CCAA regular-season title. Last season, 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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