Jan. 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ashley Voisinet's put-back lay-up with 18 second remaining and a pair Kelly Winther free throws with four seconds left, lifted the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a thrilling 73-71 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine University, who was tabbed as the co-favorite to win the conference, Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
After USD erased a 12-point deficit in the second half, the Toreros were leading 69-67 with 47 seconds remaining until Pepperdine's Nakeya Isabell hit a lay-up to knot things up. Amanda Rego then drove to the basket and put up a lay-up, but she missed the shot, and the ball fell into the hands of Voisinet. The senior then put the ball right back up and in to give USD a two-point lead.
Pepperdine then called a timeout, and out of the timeout Jessica Ross launched a wide-open three that was no good. The rebound went to Sherriel Boyd and she blew a wide open lay-up, Voisinet came down with the board and Rego called a timeout to assure the Torero possession. Pepperdine then fouled Winther on the inbounds play and she in turned hit a pair of free throws to ice the victory for USD.
With the win, the Toreros snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Waves, win their third consecutive game, continue their best start in program history at 13-3 and are 2-0 in conference for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. With the loss, the Waves fall to 8-10 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.
Winther led the offensive charge for the Toreros as she tied for a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Voisinet scored a season-high 13 points as the second of five Toreros in double figures on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Both Morgan Henderson and Amber Sprague had 11 points a piece and Rego racked up her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 10 assists. USD shot an amazing 52 percent from the floor and held Pepperdine to 47 percent shooting. The Toreros were out rebounded 36-26.
In the first half, the game was an even draw through out the first 12 minute of play. Then with the score knotted at 17 apiece, USD went on a 7-0 run sparked by a Henderson three pointer and capped by a Winther jumper giving USD a 24-17 lead with just 7:44 remaining.
The Waves then responded with a 6-0 run to pull within one on a Teena Wickett lay-up with 5:58 remaining.
The two teams would then sea saw back and fourth for the remainder of the period and go into the break with a 33-33 tie.
In the second half, the Waves opened the frame with a 13-4 run sparked by a Jessica Ross jumper and capped a Wickett lay-up to take control of the momentum. Pepperdine would eventually build their lead up to as many at 12 with 9:23 remaining.
San Diego then dug in and began their comeback. Rego sparked things with a lay-up and she was fouled giving the Toreros a three-point opportunity. After she missed the free throw, the rebound went to Ross. Rego then stole the ball from Ross and laid it in for another easy lay-up cutting the lead to single digits at 47-55.
Morgan Henderson then scored six of the Toreros' next eight points from beyond the arc to tie the game at 55-55 and setting the crowd into a frenzy.
Pepperdine then responded with a 6-0 run, before Kelly Winther hit back-to-back buckets cutting the lead to two. Ashley Voisinet then tied the game with a lay-up at 61-61. The two teams would battle back and forth for a bit setting the stage for the final minute of action.
George led the Waves offensively with 16 points and both Ross and Wickett had 13 points a piece to help round off the Pepperdine offensive attack.
USD will return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as they take on Loyola Marymount University, who was also tabbed as the co-favorite to win the conference.