Jan. 13, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Amanda Rego's free throw with 17 seconds remaining, and Loyola Marymount University's Amanda DeCoud's missed free throw with three seconds remaining lifted the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a thrilling 50-49 West Coast Conference win over LMU, who was tabbed a the co-favorite to win the WCC, Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With less than one minute to play, USD was clinging on to a one-point lead at 49-48 thanks to a Kelly Winther jumper with 2:05 remaining. Each team had opportunities to score, but neither could but the ball in the basket. Then Cassady Moore fouled Rego, who hit one of two free throws to give USD a two-point lead with 17 seconds remaining.
Winther then fouled DeCoud with three seconds left under the basket to give LMU an opportunity to tie the game. DeCloud sank the first free throw, then missed the second, and the long rebound went into the hands of Rego, who was in turned fouled with one second remaining. Rego missed the free throw, and the ball went out of bounds as time expired to give USD the win.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 14-3 overall, win their fourth consecutive game, remain undefeated in conference at 3-0 and have defeated the two preseason favorites to win the conference crown. This marks the first time since the 1998-99 season the Toreros have began conference with a 3-0 start, and this is also the first time since the 1998-99 season USD has won 14 games. With the loss, the Lions fall to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in the WCC.
"I thought our defense was the key in the game, again," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought that Ashley Voisinet's defensive effort on Amanda Patton was phenomenal. Patton was coming off a huge 24-point game and was really playing well, and I just thought Ashley did a great job of slowing her down. I really felt that was the difference in the game. I also thought that Sabine Loewe gave us some really great minutes defensively in rebounding the ball."
Winther led the team in scoring with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Rego was the only other USD player in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while also dishing out six assists and pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. The Toreros shot 41 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Lions 37-29.
In the first half, the early going was pretty even with neither team taking a lead bigger than four. Then with the score at 12-10 in favor of the Lions, LMU used a 7-0 run to gain control of the momentum and take a nine-point lead. USD would eventually close the gap to six by the break.
In the second half, LMU continued to have control of the momentum, as they would eventually build up their lead to as many as 13 at 36-23 with 15:45 remaining on a Jennifer Hall three-pointer.
USD then began its comeback, as they used a 12-2 run sparked by Rego lay-up and capped by a Winther three-pointer to pull within three at 38-35. USD would then pull within one on a Rego lay-up, but LMU responded with a 6-2 run to give them some breathing room.
USD refused to go away as they then clawed their way back into the game and would regain the lead on a Winther jumper with 2:05 remaining moving the score to 49-48. This set the stage for the final minute of play.
Hall led all scorers with 17 points for LMU on 7-of-14 shooting. Moore was one point shy of double figures with nine points for this Lions. As a team, LMU shot 38 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will now hit the road for a pair of WCC games this week against Santa Clara University on Thursday, then close there road swing with Saint Mary's College on Saturday at 2 p.m.