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The Tritons take on future Big West foe UC Riverside in an exhibition game on Saturday.

The Future is (Big) West: Tritons Face UC Riverside in Exhibition Game on Saturday

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THE SCHEDULE
Exhibition Game
vs. UC Riverside 
Saturday, Nov. 3 • 2 p.m.
SRC Arena • Riverside 
Live Stats • Tickets

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule
• Overall: 0-0 
• CCAA: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0 
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): -
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 1) : RV 
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Oct. 31): RV 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Oct. 29): 4th 
• CCAA Standings: -

BIG WEST BOUND
On Nov. 27, 2017 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, 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. For more information, check out our full Big West Bound page here.

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2017-18 stats listed)
Starters Returning (3)
• #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6): 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG
• #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8): 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG 
• #33 Mikayla Williams (Jr., 6-1): 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG

Starters Lost (2)
Dalayna Sampton (F, 6-1): 14.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, 5-4): 5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.9 APG

Other Letterwinners Returning (4)
• #40 Shandiin Armao (F, Sr., 5-10): 4.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG
• #14 Stephanie Moore (G/F, Jr., 5-10): 1.5 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.9 APG
• #22 Sydney Sharp (G, Jr., 5-10): 1.1 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG     
• #30 Layla Ybarra-Harvey (F, RSo., 6-1): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Other Letterwinners Lost (4)
Marcella Hughes (G, Jr., 5-5): 4.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
Paige Song (G, Sr., 5-9): 2.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.0 APG
Rebecca Williams (G, Jr., 6-1): 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG
Kristen Vrcelj (G, So., 5-10): 0.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG

Newcomers (5)
• #12 Madison Baxter (G, Fr., 5-9)
• #15 Brianna Claros (G, Fr., 5-5)
• #24 Kendal Ellenbeck (G, Fr., 6-0)
• #10 Haleigh Hatfield (F, Jr., 6-1)
• #11 Julia Macabuhay (G, Fr., 5-6)

ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0 
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR

NOTES — UC Riverside was picked to finish eighth out of nine teams in the 2018-19 Big West Preseason Coaches Poll ... The Highlanders went 11-22 overall last season with a 6-10 mark in conference play ... After defeating Long Beach State and UC Irvine in last season's Big West Tournament, UC Riverside fell to No. 1-seed UC Davis in the tournament semifinals ... The Highlanders are led by senior forward Malou Thiebaut De Kergret, redshirt junior guard Jannon Otto, redshirt junior forward Skyler Lewis and redshirt freshman forward Daphne Gnago ... Otto is UC Riverside's leading returning scorer, averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season ... Lewis averaged 7.8 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds for the Highlanders in 2017-18 ... UC Riverside outrebounded opponents by an average of 3.3 boards per game last season, while also averaging 2.3 more assists, 1.7 more blocked shots and had two fewer turnover per game ... The Highlanders begin the regular season at USC on Nov. 6.

WBCA COACHES POLL
(Nov. 1 - Preseason)
1. Central Missouri 
2. Ashland 
3. Carson-Newman 
4. Union (Tenn.)
5. Indiana (Pa.) 
6. Alaska Anchorage 
7. West Texas A&M 
8. Bentley 
9. Drury
10. Lubbock Christian
11. Edinboro 
12. Fort Hays State 
13. Grand Valley State 
14. North Georgia
15. University of the Sciences
16. Azusa Pacific 
17. Florida Southern 
18. Virginia Union 
19. Stonehill
20. Southwestern Oklahoma State 
21. Wingate 
22. Black Hills State 
23. Valdosta State 
24. Northwest Nazarene
25. Lewis

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Oct. 29 - Preseason)
T-1. Alaska Anchorage
T-1. Northwest Nazarene 
3. Azusa Pacific
4. UC San Diego 
5. Cal Poly Pomona 
6. Hawaii Pacific
T-7. Simon Fraser
T-7. Dominican 
9. Western Washington 
10. Central Washington 

2017-18 HIGHLIGHTS
UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, matching a program and conference-best 21-1 record in CCAA play. The Tritons finished a perfect 11-0 on the road in CCAA games last year, with winning streaks of 11 and 10 in a row during the season. Forward Dalayna Sampton was named CCAA Player of the Year and earned Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region First-Team honors, while head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-straight season and garnered Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 8 Coach of the Year accolades. In addition, returning forward Mikayla Williams was an All-CCAA First-Team and D2CCA All-West Region Second-Team selection, while returning guard Kayla Sato was named to the All-CCAA Second Team as well as the CCAA All-Tournament Team. 

FINAL 2017-18 CCAA STANDINGS
1. UC San Diego, 21-1*
2. Cal Poly Pomona, 16-6
3. Humboldt State, 14-8^ 
4. Chico State, 14-8
5. Cal State LA, 13-9 
6. Cal State East Bay, 12-10 
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-11 
8. Sonoma State, 9-13 
9. Cal State San Bernardino, 9-13
10. Stanislaus State, 8-14 
11. Cal State San Marcos, 8-14 
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-17 
13. San Francisco State, 3-19

* CCAA regular-season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
A former WNBA coach, Olympic team scout and assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, VanDerveer enters her seventh season as UC San Diego head coach in 2018-19. VanDerveer was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive season in 2017-18, guiding the Tritons to a 28-5 overall record and 21-1 mark in conference play. She also earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II District 8 Coach of the Year honors. UC San Diego won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-straight year in 2017-18, making its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. For VanDerveer’s complete bio, click here.

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