Jan. 17, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team made a late push, paced by junior forward Kiva Herman's career-high 28 points, but it wasn't enough as the Gonzaga University Bulldogs downed the Toreros, 83-76, Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-7 overall and 0-2 in the WCC. With the win, the Zags improve to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in the WCC.
Herman scored her career and game-high 28 points on an impressive 10-for-15 performance from the floor, to go along with eight rebounds. Sam Child was also impressive from the field as the freshman scored 14 points, including going 4-for-6 from the three-point line. Amanda Rego had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists. As a team, the Toreros shot 48 percent from the floor and were edged in rebounds, 31-30.
Gonzaga grabbed the first five points of the game, but a Herman floater in the paint ignited a 6-0 Toreros run to give USD a brief one-point lead at 6-6.
The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, then with the score knotted up at 16-16 with 11:05 remaining in the half, the Zags put together a 8-1 run to gain the momentum and take a 24-17 lead with 8:43 remaining.
Child then hit a 3-pointer, followed by Amber Sprague lay-up and a Herman jumper to pull USD even with Gonzaga at 24-24 with 5:51 to go in the first half.
The Bulldogs then closed the half on a 19-6 run to take a 13-point lead into the break at 43-31.
In the second half, the Zags wasted no time in scoring as they opened the frame with a 14-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 55-33 with 15:26 remaining.
Gonzaga would maintain that 20-point margin over the next four minutes, then with the score at 62-42 in favor of GU, a Morgan Henderson 3-pointer ignited a spark in the Toreros offense as USD began to slowly chip away at the lead with 9:31 remaining in the game.
After the Zags weathered USD's small run and built back up a 17-poiunt lead at 70-53 with 5:21 to go, the Toreros launched a furious come-back attempt. Herman hit a jumper off a pass from Rego, which sparked a 13-2 USD run that was capped on a pair of Herman free throws, bringing the Toreros to within nine at 72-63 with 2:59 remaining in the game.
San Diego would eventually get the lead down to as few as five on several occasions, but in the end could not over come the 22-point deficit.
For Gonzaga, Heather Bowman scored a team-high 26 points as one of five GU players to reach double figures. As a team, Gonzaga hit 50 percent of their shots, including going 9-for-16 from beyond the arc.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the University of Portland in a 2 p.m. WCC game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.