Tritons Add Two More Standouts for 2019-20
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego women’s basketball program is thrilled to announce the addition of two more talented scholar-athletes set to join the Tritons for the 2019-20 season.
Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Brown (Rexford, N.Y./Columbia) and junior forward Issy Parker (Brisbane, Australia/Pacific) have each signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to attend UC San Diego this fall, as both are transferring from Division-I institutions.
“We’re very excited to add both Sydney and Issy,” said UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer. “They bring different dimensions to our team and complement our core. They are really great additions to our program."
Sydney Brown (So.)
VanDerveer on Brown: “Sydney has tremendous upside. She’s very versatile, a very good athlete and loves basketball. She can play different positions and adds a different dimension for our team.”
Issy Parker (Jr.)
VanDerveer on Parker: “It’s going to be great to have Issy. Coming from Australia and playing international basketball, she has the skillset to step out and extend her range, while also having the ability to work in the low post. she will complement our team and the way we play.”
VanDerveer anticipates the influx of new talent will mesh well with the team's returning core that is coming off one of the best seasons in program history.
“We’re looking for them to add to our culture, bring a great work ethic and a positive attitude,” said VanDerveer. “Our goal is to bring in the best players that fit our culture and complement our core.
"I’m excited about our returning core, and the five players coming in will help them in our quest to improve every day and be competitive both in our league and nationally.”
UC San Diego (30-1) won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament and regular season championships in 2018-19, which led to the top seed in the NCAA West Region, an appearance in the NCAA West Region Semifinals and a No. 6-ranking in the final WBCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
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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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 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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