Tritons to Battle Future Big West Foe UC Riverside in an Exhibition
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s basketball team will head to UC Riverside this weekend to face its future Big West foe in an exhibition at SRC Arena.
vs. UC Riverside (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 2 p.m.
SRC Arena – Riverside
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The Big West’s preseason polls were revealed on Wednesday. UC Riverside was picked to finish third in both the coaches’ and media poll, with UC Irvine tabbed first by the coaches and UC Davis selected for first by the media. View the full poll results here.
The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) preseason coaches’ poll will be released on Tuesday.
RETURNER HIGHLIGHTS: UC SAN DIEGO
Coming off of her best season yet, Triton Sydney Sharp is entering her senior year. The All-CCAA second team selection started all 31 of the Tritons’ contests last season and excelled from behind the arc. Her 89 3-pointers tied a UC San Diego program record. Overall, Sharp averaged 11.7 points per game.
The Tritons will also look for success from a pair of sophomores. Brianna Claros’ 2018-19 performance earned her the conference’s Freshman of the Year title. She racked up a team-best 103 assists and held a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranked fourth in the CCAA. Fellow sophomore Julia Macabuhay will also look to continue contributing to the Tritons’ efforts, as she averaged 11.0 points per game last season.
RETURNER HIGHLIGHTS: UC RIVERSIDE
UC Riverside’s senior standouts Jannon Otto and Marina Ewodo will look to continue to make a difference for the Highlanders. Last year, Otto was UC Riverside’s first player named to the All-Big West first team since 2016, while Ewodo earned second team honors.
Otto led the team in average points per game (15.2), assists (98), and free-throw percentage (.826). Ewodo, who started all 33 games for the Highlanders, followed Otto with 11.9 points per game to rank second on the team.
MEET THE COACHES: VETERAN VS. NEWCOMER
Heidi VanDerveer enters her eighth season as the UC San Diego head coach in 2019-20. VanDerveer was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth-consecutive season in 2018-19 as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) West Region Coach of the Year for the second-straight year.
Seyram Bell is serving as the interim head coach for UC Riverside following the resignation of previous head coach John Margaritis on Sept. 13. Bell played for the Highlanders from 2005-09. Following her collegiate career, she played professionally in Greece in 2009. Bell then returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2010.
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BIG WEST BOUND
UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team. In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play.
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About UC San Diego Athletics
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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