Women's soccer is making its first appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship this month after scoring another first for the program: the Big West Conference regular-season title.
Coach Scott Juniper's Anteaters defeated Arizona State and Wake Forest University to advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament. UCI will host the University of Washington at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Anteater Stadium.
Basketball juniors Mikah Maly-Karros and Eric Wise were named to the Big West All-Conference preseason teams.
Maly-Karros was a first-team All-Big West performer in 2009-10. She topped the conference with averages of 20.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. She also was named to the 2010 Big West All-Tournament team after scoring 41 points in a loss to Cal State Fullerton in the first round. Her stepfather is former Los Angeles Dodgers' great Eric Karros.
Wise, a two-time, All-Big West second-team selection, averaged 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists last season, becoming just the second player in UCI history (and the first in 37 years) to lead the team in all three categories.
It wasn't quite "Top Chef," but head basketball coaches Russell Turner and Molly Goodenbour cooked up some shrimp fajitas that earned them a "Best Creativity" award at the Big West Conference Regional Media Day/Cookoff Challenge at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim Oct. 13.
Before the cookoff, Turner joked: "I'm going to let Molly do her thing. Stand out of the way. And don't catch on fire."
The judges — who rated the culinary creations on taste, creativity and presentation — included Brett Barnes, general manager of Duke's Huntington Beach; Michael Cage, basketball color commentator for Fox Sports; William Bedsworth, associate justice, California Fourth District Court of Appeal; and Marcia Smith, sports columnist for The Orange County Register. After the challenge, the coaches met with the media to discuss the 2010-11 season.
The venue has changed, but the city remains the same. After 10 years, the Big West Conference Basketball Tournament will move from Anaheim Convention Center to the Honda Center.
The tournament will kick off with the women's quarterfinals Tuesday, March 8, on campus sites. The action then shifts to the Honda Center, where the men's quarterfinals will be held Thursday, March 10, and the men's and women's semifinals will be Friday, March 11. The finals will be held on Championship Saturday, March 12, with the women's game at 1 p.m. and men's at 5 p.m.
All-session tickets are $64 for regular seats and $144 for courtside. Student tickets are $10 for single sessions only at the Honda Center, and $5 for women's first-round games on campus sites. There is no all-session student ticket. More: 714-704-2500.