Jan. 6, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. - Four University of San Diego women's basketball players recorded double figures paced by junior center Amber Sprague's 28 to help lift the Toreros (9-5) to a 89-83 overtime win over UC Irvine (4-11) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Bren Center.
With her game-high 28 points, Sprague has moved her career point total to 999, just one point shy of becoming the 10th player in the history of the program to achieve the 1,000 career-point total. Kiva Herman was the second USD player in double figures with 18 points, Sam Child tied a career-high with 15 points and the final USD player in double figures was Morgan Henderson, who had 15 points. Senior guard Amanda Rego notched up 11 assists in the win. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the field and were out rebounded 43-39.
The Toreros opened the game with an 8-0 run sparked by a Herman jumper and capped by a Brianna Estell jumper to give USD the early momentum.
The Toreros continued to keep the pedal to the medal in the first frame as they quickly build their lead up to 10 at 15-5 on a Sprague lay-up with just 15:58 remaining. USD would go on to build their lead up to as many as 12 on several occasions and would maintain a double digit margin going into the break with a 45-35 lead.
In the second half, it was more of the same, as the Toreros opened the frame with a 13-6 run sparked on a Sprague jumper and capped on an Estell lay-up to give the Toreros a 17-point cushion at 58-41 with 14:46 remaining.
The Anteaters didn't fade away as they would bring that gap all the way down to four on a 19-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to move the score to 64-60 in favor of USD.
After the two teams battled back and forth a bit, the Anteaters would eventually take a four-point lead at 76-72 with 4:06 remaining in the game.
The Toreros would then respond with an 6-2 run to push the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, a Henderson three-pointer would begin things for the Toreros, as they grabbed the lead and never let go. Irvine would tie things up at 83-83, but a Child jumper gave USD back the lead for good, as they would go on to score the final six points of the game to claim the win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they open West Coast Conference play at the University of San Francisco in a 2 p.m. game.