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Senior guard Joleen Yang and the Tritons play host to Humboldt State and Sonoma State this weekend.

Back to Business: No. 10 Tritons Resume Holiday Homestand vs. Humboldt State, Sonoma State

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 10 University of California San Diego women's basketball team is back in action this weekend with home contests at RIMAC Arena against Humboldt State on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m., and Sonoma State on Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at 2 p.m.

Both games can be streamed live and live stats will be available.

UC San Diego (9-0, 5-0 CCAA) is attempting to win at least 10-consecutive games for the fourth time in the past three seasons, after recording both 10 and 11-game winning streaks last year.  

Saturday's game against Humboldt State will be a rematch of last season's California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament championship game, as the Tritons fell by one, 76-75, on a last-second shot. The Lumberjacks advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8-seed in the West Region, defeating No. 1-seed Azusa Pacific in the quarterfinals before falling to Alaska Anchorage in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, UC San Diego has won 23-straight games over Sonoma State, including an 80-43 CCAA Tournament quarterfinal victory last season. 

The Tritons are coming off an impressive 81-62 home victory over Cal State San Bernardino in their last performance, and have now won 15-straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season contests and 29 of their last 30.

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THE SCHEDULE .
Game 10
vs. Humboldt State (6-3, 4-2 CCAA)
Saturday, Dec. 29 • 5:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

Game 11
vs. Sonoma State (4-5, 2-4 CCAA)
Monday, Dec. 31 • 2 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla 
Watch • Live Stats • Tickets

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-0 
• CCAA: 5-0 
• Home: 3-0 
• Away: 3-0
• Neutral: 3-0 
• Highest National Ranking (WBCA): 10
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: -
• WBCA Coaches Poll (Dec. 18) : 10
• D2SIDA Media National Poll (Dec. 18): 9 
• D2SIDA Media West Region Poll (Dec. 17): 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 11 remaining undefeated teams in the nation and is outscoring teams by an average of 16.7 points per game, which ranks 23rd 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.
  • UC San Diego has started the season 9-0, the program's best start since 2011-12. The Tritons won 26-straight games to begin that season, and reached the NCAA West Region Final.
  • UC San Diego has won 15-straight CCAA regular-season contests and 29 of its last 30 in conference play.
  • The Tritons last loss to a conference opponent was against Humboldt State in the CCAA Tournament championship game on March 3, 2018.
  • UC San Diego ranks fourth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.41) and has the third-fewest turnovers per contest (11.2).
  • The Tritons rank 7th in the country in free-throw percentage as a team, making 80.0 percent (128-of-160) of their attempts.
  • Junior forward Mikayla Williams ranks 20th in the nation in points per game (21.2), tied for 18th in rebounds per game (10.9) and 46th in free-throw percentage at 86.4 percent (51-of-59). 
  • Junior forward Haleigh Hatfield ranks 30th in the country in rebounding with 10.2 per contest.
  • Hatfield, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Tritons' last home victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19.
  • Senior guard Joleen Yang scored 16 points with four 3-pointers in the Tritons' last home win against CSU San Bernardino.
  • Freshman guard Julia Macabuhay scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting along with five rebounds and four assists against CSUSB.

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MILESTONE WATCH
UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer is just eight victories away from reaching 150 for her Triton career. In her seventh season as head coach, VanDerveer has an impressive overall record of 142-49 (.743).  

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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 12/25)
1. UC San Diego 5-0, 9-0 

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

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

* - 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
• Week 5 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 HUMBOLDT STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 6-3 
• CCAA: 4-2 
• Home: 2-2 
• Away: 1-2 
• Neutral: 2-0 
• Highest National Ranking: NR

ABOUT SONOMA STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 4-5 
• CCAA: 2-4 
• Home: 2-3 
• Away: 2-2 
• Neutral: 0-0 
• 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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