Happy New Year! No. 10 Tritons Breeze Past Sonoma State, 86-47
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 10-ranked University of California San Diego women’s basketball team closed out 2018 in style on Monday evening, breezing past Sonoma State, 86-47, at RIMAC Arena.
With the win, the Tritons remained undefeated this season and finished the 2018 calendar year with a 28-3 record.
UC San Diego (11-0, 7-0 CCAA) has won 17-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season contests and 31 of its last 32 games in conference play.
The Tritons racked up 24 assists on Monday, made 10-of-17 3-pointers in the second half alone, out-rebounded Sonoma State 53-41 and held the Seawolves to just 27 percent shooting from the field.
Junior forward Mikayla Williams led the way by recording a double-double before halftime and finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. The Meath Park, Sask., native shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
She had plenty of help too. Junior guard Sydney Sharp scored a team-high 21 points, connecting on 7-of-10 3-point attempts, while freshman guard Julia Macabuhay added 16 points with six assists, senior guard Joleen Yang scored 10 points and junior forward Haleigh Hatfield tallied six points and 11 rebounds.
What began as a close, six-point game at the end of the first quarter turned into a rout by halftime. The Tritons led by 20 at intermission, 43-23, and led by as many as 42 late in the fourth quarter.
Williams began the second quarter with a layup and jumper to push UC San Diego’s lead to 10, and Sharp’s 3-pointer made it 28-15 with 8:46 left in the period. Macabuhay followed with a driving layup and another Williams’ jump shot extended the advantage to 17.
A 3-pointer by Hatfield and layup by Macabuhay made it a 20-point game, 37-17, midway through the second quarter. Sonoma State (5-6, 3-5) never got closer than within 16 points the rest of the way.
The Tritons won’t have much time to celebrate, however, as UC San Diego gets set for a road game at Cal State LA on Thursday, Jan. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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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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