UC San Diego and Cal State L.A. Advance to CCAA Championship Game
No. 4 Cal State L.A. 66, No. 1 Chico State 53 – Box Score
No. 2 UC San Diego 67, No. 3 Cal State Monterey Bay 51 – Box Score
WALNUT CREEK – After winning their respective semifinal match ups on Friday afternoon, No. 2-seeded UC San Diego will take on No. 4-seeded Cal State L.A. for the 2013 CCAA Tournament title.
The Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles clinched their berth to the championship game after taking down the No. 1-seeded and 2013 regular-season champion Chico State with a final score of 66-53.
Tessondra Williams took charge in scoring a game-high of 24 points after shooting 8-for-17 from the floor, which included making three from three-point range. Williams also finished five-for-six from the free-throw line.
Richelle Najera contributed 14 points to the Golden Eagles win and pulled down a team-high of six rebounds.
The Wildcats came out much more agressive than the Golden Eagles, recording 11 more fouls than their conference foe. Jazmine Miller and McKenzie Dalthorp each contributed double-digits to the Wildcats' offensive efforts, but came up short of this year's title game.
Defensively, the Wildcats were shut down by Cal State L.A. with the Golden Eagles out rebounding their opponent 37-26.
Chico State headed to the second half down by 13 points and clawed their way back to just a four-point deficit at the 2:41 mark after Miller layed one in to bring a score of 55-51. That momentum was short lived with Williams and Chiara DiMarco sinking back-to-back shots from the arch to extend CSULA's lead to 10 points.
In the second semi-final matchup of the day, UC San Diego defeated Cal State Monterey Bay 67-51 to head to their first title game since 2008.
Leading the Tritons in their victory was Erin Dautremont after draining a career high of 28 points, 18 of which were second-half points. Dautremont finished 10-for-19 from the field, was two-for-three from the arch, and hit six-of-seven from the free throw line.
The Otters were unable to complete the goal of shutting down UCSD's most offensive player, Daisy Feder. The 2013 Most Valuable Player recorded 23 points to help lift the Tritons to their 16-point victory.
Gabby Munsch, who was absent from last years tournament championship team, led the Otters in their efforts with 15 points scored. Munsch also led her team defensively, grabbing six rebounds and two steals on the afternoon.
Both teams hit less than 40 percent from the field in the first half, but UC San Diego's defense was able to hold the Otters from ever surpassing a 28.6 percent effort. Three members of the Tritons' defense -- Emily Osga, Megan Perry, and Feder -- pulled down a game-high of seven rebounds.
UCSD and CSULA possess identical improved records of 21-10. This will be the teams third meeting this season, with the Tritons capturing the win in the in first two meetings.
Both teams will be playing for their first CCAA Championship Tournament crown. UCSD lost in their last title game appearance, while Cal State L.A. was defeated in the final game in 1988, 1991 and 2012.