Jan. 20, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team dropped to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in West Coast Conference play after an 85-53 loss to league-leading San Diego Saturday afternoon from McKeon Pavilion. Junior guard Serena Benavente once again led the Gaels in scoring with 12 points. San Diego improves to 16-3 overall and 5-0 in WCC play.
For the second consecutive game Benavente paced the Gaels. After coming off a career-high 21 against San Francisco, the junior guard added 12 on 3-of-9-shooting. Benavente was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Maija Lahde nearly tallied her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Lahde also added three steals while shooting 5-of-13 from the floor.
Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza also tallied double-digits in points with 10. Obaiza was 3-of-5 from the floor in 28 minutes of action.
The Toreros had their feet on the gas pedal the entire 40 minutes as they defeated the shorthanded Gaels for the first time in Moraga in 15 attempts.
USD ran off to an early 19-4 lead with 10:17 left in the half. SMC cut the lead to 11 with 2:50 to go in the first frame but were unable to get the big run they have been able to put together all season.
Four Toreros finished in double-figures as Amber Sprague finished with a game-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Kiva Herman closely followed with 17 points. Amanda Rego handed out 12 dimes and grabbed seven boards in 26 minutes of play.
The Gaels finished the day shooting 35 percent (17-for-49) from the floor and 73 percent (19-of-26) from the charity stripe. The Toreros shot 56 percent (34-of-61) from the floor, 30 percent (3-of-10) from three and 74 percent (14-of-19) from the free-throw line.
Saint Mary's will hit the road and continue WCC play as it heads south to the Los Angeles are for two games. The Gaels will face the LMU Lions on Thursday, January 25 at 7:05 p.m. and then play the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday, January 27 at 2:05 p.m.