Jan. 12, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Three players recorded double digits paced by Amber Sprague's team-high 17, but it wasn't enough as the University of San Diego women's basketball team dropped their West Coast Conference opener 80-62, to the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-6 overall and 0-1 in the WCC. With the win, the Dons improve to 10-6 overall and 1-0 in the WCC.
Sprague led the team with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with 10 rebounds to lead the Toreros' offense. Both Kiva Herman and Morgan Henderson added in 11 points each. As a team, the Toreros hit 39 percent from the field and out rebounded the Dons 39-37.
For the Dons, Nicolia Simmons led the team's offense with a game-high 23 points. Shay Rollins added in 18 points and Dominique Carter had 15 points to help lead the team to victory. The Dons hit 51 percent of the shots from the floor.
Sprague hit back-to-back jumpers to give the Toreros a quick 4-0 lead, but the Dons responded with a 6-2 run to even the game up at 6-6 with 15:04 remaining.
A 3-pointer by Carter gave the Dons the lead at 9-6 with 14:24 remaining, but the Toreros didn't allow the Dons to get to far ahead as they kept within six over the next several minutes.
Then with the score at 14-12 in favor of USF, the Dons went on a 13-0 run to take complete control of the momentum for the half as they shot the light outs hitting on 58 percent of the shots in the frame. The Dons would go on to build their lead up to 19 at 48-29 going into the break.
The Toreros could not recover in the second half as they two teams seemed to play even basketball in the second half which gave the Dons the WCC-opening victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on first-place Gonzaga University in a 7 p.m. WCC game.