Jan. 7, 2007
(San Diego) - USF opened the 2007 West Coast Conference season with a 51-45 setback against San Diego Sunday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, snapping a two-game winning streak. The Dons (6-10, 0-1 WCC) built a big lead in the first half, but could not sustain it against the Toreros (12-3, 1-0 WCC), who entered the league slate with the best record in the conference.
USF shot .382 (21-55) in the game, but struggled in the second half, connecting on .300 (9-30) in the second half. The Dons shot just three free throws in the contest. San Diego connected on a chilly .322 (19-59) form the field, but picked it up in the second half hitting at a .344 (11-32) rate. The Toreros held a commanding 46-32 rebound advantage, including 18-7 on the offensive glass.
San Francisco took control early in the opening period, capitalizing on 11 Torero miscues and built a 12 point lead, 25-13 on a bucket by Heintz with 5:44 remaining before intermission. San Diego fought back with a 7-2 run to close the deficit to six, 27-21 at the half. The Dons converted on .480 (12-25) from the floor and held USD to a .296 (8-27) clip. Heintz led all scorers in the first half with nine points, while Warren added seven, including her first career 3-pointer
San Diego wasted no time after halftime, storming back to tie the game at 31-31 with 16:22 left courtesy of a 10-6 spurt. The Toreros took a 35-33 lead with 13:01 left in the second and did not trail again for the remainder.
Sophomore center Amber Sprague led all scorers with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kiva Herman chipped in nine points and five rebounds off the San Diego bench.
San Francisco returns to WCC action when it hosts Loyola Marymount Thursday, January 11. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.