The UCSD women’s basketball team had a busy winter break, playing six games and winning all of them. Having not lost a game since Nov. 29, the Tritons are now 11–3 overall and 7–1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
On Dec. 16, the Tritons handily beat Cal State Bernardino 82–48. The Tritons only allowed the Coyotes to slip into the lead once early on. Senior forward Cassie MacLeod led UCSD in points scored with 20; she shot an amazing 9-for-10 in field goals. Two other Tritons, sophomore guard Marcella Hughes and redshirt freshman forward Mikayla Williams also scored in double digits that day. UCSD, as a team, shot over 50 percent from the floor.
The Tritons were back in action on Dec. 19, when they took down Cal State Dominguez Hills 82–64. MacLeod was once again the star of the game, as she compiled 21 points on 915 shooting. Three other Tritons scored over 10 points, and two others, junior forward Dalayna Sampton and Williams had over 10 rebounds. Junior guard Taylor Tanita finished the game close to a double-double with eight points and nine assists.
UCSD competed in two other games to close out the year, against Cal State Los Angeles and Stanislaus State. On Dec. 29, the Tritons escaped a close one against Cal State Los Angeles 63–57. This time it was sophomore guard Joleen Yang that carried the load with 24 points, the only Triton to put up double figures. Sampton compiled nine points and nine rebounds and was tied for the lead in rebounds on the day. On Dec. 30, Big Blue took down Stanislaus State 69–63. Senior guard Beth Mounier took the over, going to the free-throw line 14 times en route to 21 points on the day. Both MacLeod and Yang scored 11 and Sampton and Williams grabbed 14 and 10 rebounds respectively.
After five straight games at home, UCSD was back on the road on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7. In their first away game, the Tritons squeezed out a one-point victory over Cal State Monterey Bay, 63–62. MacLeod had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Sampton grabbed another 11. Mounier and Yang once again proved their consistency, scoring in double figures. On the second day, UCSD concluded its successful winter “break” taking down Cal State East Bay 59–47. Sampton dominated, putting up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
UCSD is back on the road to face San Francisco State on Jan. 13 and Sonoma State on Jan. 14.