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Freshman guard Brianna Claros and the Tritons take on CSU San Bernardino Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Hoops: No. 10 Tritons Host CSU San Bernardino Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 10 University of California San Diego women's basketball team continues its December homestand this week with an afternoon contest against conference foe Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, Dec. 19, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.

Wednesday's game will be IMPACT Field Trip Day. IMPACT (Increasing Movement and Physical Activity in Class Time) is a physical education program designed to keep local elementary students active despite the lack of physical education classes in San Diego schools. 

Elementary schools set to participate on Wednesday include Walker, Hage, Hickman, Toler and Fletcher as well as Clairemont High School. The event will have a total of approximately 360 students who will attend the game and participate in activities.

In addition, the Preuss School UC San Diego will attend the game and bring about 130 students.

UC San Diego (8-0, 4-0 CCAA) is one of only 12 undefeated teams remaining in the nation, and is off to its best start since winning 26-consecutive games to begin the 2011-12 season. The Tritons have won 14-straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) contests and 28 of their last 29 in conference play. 

The Tritons are coming off a 102-78 home victory over San Francisco State on Dec. 6, led by a career-high 30 points by junior guard Sydney Sharp. It was the most points UC San Diego had scored in a win since becoming a member of division 2, and the second-highest point total overall in its division-2 era.

In addition, it was the most points the Tritons have ever scored in regulation, while UC San Diego's 14 3-point field goals made matched the program's all-time record set against Marian University (Wisc.) on Dec. 28, 1999.

Following Wednesday's contest, the Tritons resume CCAA play after Christmas with home games against Humboldt State on Dec. 29 and Sonoma State on Dec. 31.

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 9
vs. Cal State San Bernardino (2-6, 1-3 CCAA)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 • 12:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 8-0 
• CCAA: 4-0 
• Home: 2-0 
• Away: 3-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 10
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Dec. 11) : 10
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Dec. 11): 9 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Dec. 10): 2nd 
• CCAA Standings: 1st

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LET ME IN
Tickets to all regular season home games are available for purchase at the RIMAC Arena Box Office beginning one hour prior to the game.

Reserved Chairback Seating
• Adult - $12.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $8.00

General Admission
• Adult - $10.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $5.00
• UC San Diego students, Children 3 and Under - Free

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HOOPS ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
All home games this season will be covered by a live pay-per-view video stream at UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window and $34.99 for the entire 2018-19 academic year, which includes all broadcasts from other Triton athletics teams. The high definition broadcasts can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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TRITON NOTES

  • UC San Diego is one of only 12 undefeated teams in the nation, outscoring teams by an average of 16.4 points per game, which ranks 25th nationally.
  • The Tritons are ranked 10th in the latest WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. It's the highest the program has been ranked since beginning the 2012-13 season at No. 8.
  • The Tritons have started the season 8-0, the program's best start since 2011-12. UC San Diego won 26-straight games to begin that season, and reached the NCAA West Region Final.
  • UC San Diego has won 14-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 28 of its last 29 in conference play.
  • UC San Diego ranks fifth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36) and have the third-fewest turnovers per contest (11.3).
  • The Tritons rank 12th in the country in free-throw shooting as a team, making 79.1 percent (121-of-153).
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams ranks 19th in the nation in points per game (22.1), 20th in rebounds per game (11.1) and is shooting 86 percent from the free-throw line (49-of-57). 
  • Junior guard Sydney Sharp scored a career-high 30 points with five rebounds and five assists in the Tritons' home win over San Francisco State on Dec. 6.
  • Sharp made 8-of-16 3-point attempts against SF State, and is shooting nearly 35 percent (18-of-52) from beyond the arc.
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield has been outstanding on the boards this season, ranking 36th in the country with 10.1 per contest. She recorded 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists against SF State on Dec. 6, and is fourth on the team with 10.5 points per game.

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MILESTONE WATCH
UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer is just nine victories away from reaching 150 for her Triton career. In her seventh season as head coach, VanDerveer has an impressive overall record of 141-49 (.742).  

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UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2017-18 stats listed)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS 
G - #13 Joleen Yang (Sr., 5-6, 9.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, All-CCAA Honorable Mention) 
G - #22 Sydney Sharp (Jr., 5-10, 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 APG)
G - #11 Julia Macabuhay (G, Fr., 5-6)
F - #10 Haleigh Hatfield (Jr., 6-1, Transfer from High Point University)
F - #33 Mikayla Williams (So., 6-1, 15.0 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, All-CCAA First Team)

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 CCAA Player of the Year): 14.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
Taylor Tanita (G, 5-4 All-CCAA Honorable Mention): 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
• #21 Kayla Sato (Sr., 5-8, 13.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, All-CCAA Second Team)
• #22 Sydney Sharp (G, Jr., 5-10): 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.0 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)

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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, 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. For more information, check out our full Big West Bound page here.

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CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/17)
1. UC San Diego 4-0, 8-0 

2. Cal Poly Pomona 3-0, 7-1
3. Cal State Dominguez Hills 2-0, 5-2
4. Chico State 4-1, 7-1
5. Humboldt State 4-2, 6-3
6. San Francisco State 3-3, 4-7
7. Cal State San Marcos 2-2, 5-3
8. Cal State LA 2-2, 4-3
9. Cal State East Bay 2-3, 5-5
10. Sonoma State 2-4, 4-5
11. Cal State San Bernardino 1-3, 2-6
12. Stanislaus State 1-4, 1-6
13. Cal State Monterey Bay 0-6, 0-9

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WBCA COACHES POLL
(Dec. 11 - Week 4)
1. Union (Tenn.) (9-0)
2. Indiana (Pa.) (8-0) 
3. West Texas A&M (8-0)
4. Drury (9-0)
5. Bentley (10-0) 
6. Fort Hays State (8-0)
7. Northwest Nazarene (9-0)*
8. Ashland (8-1)
9. University of the Sciences (8-0)
10. UC San Diego (8-0)*
11. Grand Valley State (8-1) 
12. Virginia Union (8-1)
13. Alaska Anchorage (7-1)*
14. California (Pa.) (8-0)
15. Central Missouri (7-2) 
16. North Georgia (6-1)
17. Florida Southern (6-1)
18. Black Hills State (6-1)
19. Thomas Jefferson (9-0)
20. Lewis (6-1) 
21. Saint Mary's (Texas) (8-1) 
22. Angelo State (5-1)
23. Central Oklahoma (8-1) 
24. Emporia State (7-2)
25. Stonehill (8-2)

* - NCAA West Region team

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE WBCA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 17
• Week 2 Poll: 14
• Week 3 Poll: 12
• Week 4 Poll: 10

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL MEDIA POLL
• Preseason Poll: RV
• Week 1 Poll: 21
• Week 2 Poll: 19
• Week 3 Poll: 12
• Week 4 Poll: 9

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(Dec. 17 - Week 5) (First-place votes)
1. Northwest Nazarene (5)
2. UC San Diego (1)
3. Alaska Anchorage  
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. Central Washington
6. Dominican
T-7. Western Washington
T-7. Azusa Pacific 
9. Simon Fraser
10. Chico State 

CCAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Rank         School                            Points (First-place votes)
1.             UC San Diego                   144 (12)
2.             Cal Poly Pomona              114
3.             Cal State East Bay.           111 (1)
4.             Chico State.                       100
5.             Cal State LA.                      96
6.             Humboldt State.                  93
7.             Cal State Dominguez Hills  89
8.             Cal State San Marcos         67
9.             Sonoma State                     57
10.           Stanislaus State                  54
11.           Cal State San Bernardino    50
12.           Cal State Monterey Bay       21
13.           San Francisco State            18

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ABOUT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 2-6 
• CCAA: 1-3 
• Home: 1-1 
• Away: 0-3 
• Neutral: 1-2 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

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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

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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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