Coming off a win against Cal State East Bay, the UC San Diego women’s basketball team stayed at home to face off against Stanislaus State. Undefeated in divisional play and riding a seven-game winning streak, hopes were high for UCSD as it played the Warriors. Instead of extending their consecutive wins to eight, the Tritons had their winning streak snapped and were handed their first conference defeat of the season, falling 78–82. With this loss, UCSD’s overall and conference records drop to 15–3 and 11–2, respectively.
At the end of the first period, the Tritons lead by seven (27–20). A layup by senior forward Dalayna Sampton marked the first points of the game and also gave UCSD its first lead. From there, the score was continuously flip-flopping; the score stayed within three points for the majority of the period. With two minutes left in the period, sophomore guard Sydney Sharp nailed a three-pointer. Quickly followed with baskets by Sampton, the Tritons were able to pull ahead and end the period with a lead. Through the second period, the Tritons maintained their lead despite many determined challenges by the Warriors. The first half closed with the Tritons still leading by seven; the score was 39–32.
In the third period, the Tritons saw their seven-point lead drop to a three-point trail. Stanislaus outscored UCSD 19–9 in the third; they were much more accurate, recording a shooting percentage 10 points higher than UCSD’s. UCSD was never able to climb out of that hole; the Tritons lost by four, ending the game 78–82.
Despite the loss, the Tritons had a solid statistical game. The offense was lead by redshirt sophomore forward Mikayla Williams and junior guard Kayla Sato, who combined for a team-high 40 points, each scoring 20 points; senior guard Tanita Taylor and junior guard Joleen Yang both had six assists. On defense, Sampton had a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Tritons continue their season this Tuesday, playing Cal State San Marcos at home. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.