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Colleges:

Coach speak no part of this UCI huddle

February 02, 2009|By BARRY FAULKNER

A starter on the 2007 NCAA championship team, Wilson returned to the starting lineup when sophomore Cory Yoder went down with knee tendinitis.

Yoder said Friday he is set to return to practice this week, yet another positive for the No. 4-ranked team that appears to be making a run at its third Final Four in four seasons.

 The UCI men’s basketball team’s run toward the top of the Big West Conference standings took a hit with a 67-63 home loss to Long Beach State Saturday.

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The Anteaters (7-14, 4-4), however, learned Monday they will play at Hawaii Feb. 21 in their annual BracketBuster series matchup.

Hawaii (10-11) played host to the last meeting between the two schools in 1984.

The basketball game will make it “UCI Weekend” at Hawaii, where the Anteaters’ baseball team will be to open its season with a four-game series beginning Feb. 20.

 The Vanguard University women’s basketball team continues its path toward recapturing the Golden State Athletic Conference title won last year by Point Loma Nazarene.

Coach Russ Davis’ Lions (18-2, 11-0 in the GSAC), ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division I, visit second-place Point Loma (16-4, 10-2, ranked No. 11) tonight at 5:30.

A victory would give Vanguard, the reigning national champion, a three-game lead with eight regular-season games left.

 The UC Irvine women’s soccer team has already had an eventful few months since wrapping up its 2008 season.

Assistant coach Kendall Fletcher was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol of the Women’s Professional League.

Fletcher, who played at North Carolina, was also selected to attend the U.S. women’s national team training camp.

The Sol opens the season March 29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

In other UCI women’s soccer news, defender Shea Roberts, who logged the third-most minutes last season as a freshman, has transferred to Sacramento State.

Also, assistant coach Justin Neerhof has stepped down to begin developing his non-profit organization.

 The UCI women’s basketball team has bolstered its bid to earn one of eight Big West Tournament berths by beating Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State within an eight-day span.

First-year coach Molly Goodenbour has helped the Anteaters consistently improve, despite inheriting a roster thin on talent, and losing leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Mary Has, a junior, to recent ACL surgery.

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