It’s a statistic that not only defies logic, but goes towards every little thing the UC San Diego ladies’s basketball staff has been about this season.
Within the first half of the Tritons’ NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal towards Azusa Pacific on their residence courtroom at RIMAC Area, they launched 33 photographs. Only eight found the web.
All of those eight have been from behind the 3-point arc.
Let’s assessment that again: In 20 minutes, UCSD didn’t make a two-point shot in 11 tries, and it acquired only two free throws. Both clanked off the rim.
The individual to overlook them? Division II West Area Player of the Yr Mikayla Williams, and it was that sort of night time for her. Locked down by Azusa Pacific double teams, she was held scoreless in the first half and managed a shocking 4 factors for the game when she’d averaged almost 20 for the season.
If that each one sounds ominous for the No. 2 staff in the country, it was.
UCSD’s capturing troubles led to an eight-point deficit at halftime, and although the Tritons almost crawled all the best way out of a double-digit second-half hole, they have been upset by sixth-seeded Azusa Pacific, sixty four-61.
The defeat ended a historic season for UCSD, which set a faculty report by profitable its first 30 games.
“That’s a sad locker room in there,” Tritons head coach Heidi VanDerveer stated. “As much as it hurts, we invested all we’ve.”
3 times in the recreation’s last minute, the highest-seeded Tritons received to 2 points down, and when Azusa’s Lydia Nieto missed the first of two free throws with three.three seconds left, UCSD freshman guard Brianna Claros acquired to a minimum of dribble up the courtroom, but her desperation three-pointer was vast left of the backboard.
Claros earlier made a clutch three inside the final minute to offer the Tritons life.
Azusa head coach T.J. Hardeman stated of the Tritons’ bizarre first-half rating line, “I advised the women at halftime I’ve by no means seen that. We knew they have been going to drive to the basket more in the second half.”
Azusa (27-5), which plays third-seeded Alaska Anchorage (30-2) on Monday at RIMAC for the West Regional title, began 4 players at 6 ft or taller – a seeming advantage towards the Tritons, who have solely two 6-foot starters, with rotating guards who’re 5-6, 5-6 and 5-eight.
It was clear the sport plan was to reside and die with the surface shot, but after an early flurry during which they made three treys to take a 9-2 lead, the Tritons lost their rhythm from distance and never actually discovered it once more.
When Joleen Yang canned a desperation 3-pointer on the buzzer to end the first quarter, the Tritons led 18-15. They then went on a confounding 6 minutes, 22 seconds and not using a basket, and the Cougars seized on that with an 11-0 run.
For the game, UCSD shot 28 % from the ground, together with 34 % from behind the arc. They made a complete of six 2-level photographs. Going into the game, the Tritons converted 43 % of their photographs this season and 35 % of…