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Junior Mikayla Williams and the Tritons are receiving votes in the WBCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

Tritons Receiving Votes in WBCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll


ATLANTA — The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team is receiving votes in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Preseason Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Thursday.

UC San Diego earned 31 points, third most of the 12 teams receiving votes outside of the top 25. The Tritons finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 21 in the final Top 25 poll.

The WBCA Coaches’ Poll Committee is composed of one head coach from each of the 24 conferences.

UC San Diego went 28-5 overall last season with a 21-1 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play, en route to an appearance in the NCAA West Region semifinals. The Tritons won the CCAA regular-season championship for the third-consecutive season, as head coach Heidi VanDerveer was named CCAA Coach of the Year for the third-straight year.

UC San Diego returns junior forward Mikayla Williams, who was a Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region Second-Team selection in 2017-18, along with All-CCAA Second-Team senior guard Kayla Sato.

The Tritons have also added five new incoming players for this season, including junior transfer Haleigh Hatfield and 2018 Wooden Award winner freshman guard Julia Macabuhay.

UC San Diego plays an exhibition game at UC Riverside this Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 2 p.m., and officially begin the 2018-19 season against Simon Fraser on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., which will be held at Cal State San Marcos.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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