No. 6/7 Tritons to Host Simon Fraser for Season Opener on Sunday
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 6/7 University of California San Diego women’s basketball team is set to open its season at home on Sunday playing host to Simon Fraser.
vs. Simon Fraser (2-1)
Sunday, Nov. 10 – 12 p.m.
RIMAC Arena – La Jolla
Series Record: 2-2 (.500)
ATTENDING THE GAME
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ABOUT NO. 6/7 UC SAN DIEGO
vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-0
WBCA Ranking: 6
ABOUT SIMON FRASER
vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-0
WBCA Ranking: N/A
The Tritons are coming off of a record-breaking season. UC San Diego opened 2018-19 with a program-record 30-game winning streak, won the CCAA regular-season title for the fourth-consecutive season and earned the CCAA Tournament crown. The Tritons became the first CCAA team to finish the regular season undefeated and was ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll for seven-straight weeks.
SFU finished the 2018-19 season with a 17-11 record and a 13-7 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) action. In the GNAC Tournament quarterfinals, the Clan narrowly fell to Western Washington, 72-69 to conclude their season.
When the two teams met last season, the Tritons came out on top. UC San Diego defeated SFU, 75-70.
In the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Preseason Coaches Poll, the Tritons were selected to finish first. UC San Diego garnered 143 points and 11 of 13 first-place votes in the CCAA’s top slot. To view the full poll, click here.
At the national level, the Tritons were ranked sixth in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll and seventh in the D2SIDA Women’s Basketball Preseason National Poll. In D2SIDA’s regional breakdown, UC San Diego ranked second with 54 points and two first-place votes behind only Azusa Pacific. To view the full poll, click here.
In the GNAC Preseason Poll, Simon Fraser was picked to finish fifth with 78 points. Central Washington, Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage, and Northwest Nazarene came in ahead of the Clan, respectively. To view the full poll, click here.
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 also have high expectations for a pair of rising sophomores. Brianna Claros’ 2018-19 performance earned her the conference’s Freshman of the Year title. Playing in 31 of the Tritons’ contests, Claros racked up a team-best 103 assists and held a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranked fourth in the CCAA.
Claros’ classmate Julia Macabuhay will also look to continue contributing to the Tritons’ efforts. Playing in 12 games last year, Macabuhay averaged 11.0 points per game, which was the second-highest among Triton returners (behind Sharp).
RETURNER HIGHLIGHTS: SFU
Three key starters are back for the Clan this year. SFU returns a pair of All-GNAC honorable mention recipients, Taylor Drynan and Jessica Jones. Jones ranked second on the team last year averaging 12.4 points per game, while Drynan followed with 10.8 points per game.
SFU also returns Ozi Nwabuko. Nwabuko, the 2018-19 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, started all 28 games for the Clan last season.
HEAD COACH HEIDI VANDERVEER
A former WNBA coach, Olympic team scout and assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, 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.
Following their season opener, the Tritons will hit the road and head to Azusa to take part in the West Region Crossover Classic. UC San Diego will face Western Washington at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and Seattle Pacific at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16.
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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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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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