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Senior guard Joleen Yang and the Tritons improved to 13-0 with an 89-73 road win over CSU Dominguez Hills.

No. 9 Tritons improve to 13-0 With Road Win at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 89-73

UC San Diego

CARSON, Calif. — The No. 9 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season, earning a road victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills, 89-73, on Saturday afternoon.

“The overall goal was to be really aggressive,” said junior forward Haleigh Hatfield, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. “We knew (Cal State Dominguez Hills) is a really aggressive team. 

“We saw things we haven’t faced a lot, like their pressure, so the goal was to out-grit them.”

UC San Diego (13-0, 9-0 CCAA) has now won 18-consecutive road contests and 16-straight California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) road games.

In addition, the Tritons have been victorious in 19-straight conference games overall and 33 of their last 34 in conference play.

Junior forward Mikayla Williams led the way with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting along with six rebounds, senior guard Kayla Sato scored 12 points and freshman guard Julia Macabuhay had a solid all-around game with 10 points, a career-high nine rebounds and six assists.

After leading by one after the first quarter, the Tritons outscored the Toros 28-16 in the second period. 

Freshman guard Brianna Claros began the run with a 3-pointer off an assist from Sato, and Hatfield’s offensive rebound and bucket made it 27-21 just a minute into the second quarter.

Junior Stephanie Moore followed with a 3-pointer and Sato’s jumper extended UC San Diego’s lead to nine, forcing a timeout by Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

Consecutive threes by junior guard Sydney Sharp and senior guard Joleen Yang capped off an 18-5 Triton run, pushing the lead to 40-26 with 6:15 to go before halftime.

The Tritons return to action on the road next Saturday, Jan. 12, when they take on Stanislaus State 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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