Jan. 20, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - Kiva Herman's career-high 17 points, Ashley Voisinet's career-high 14 points, plus Amber Sprague's game-high 18 and Kelly Winther's 12 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 85-53 rout over Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at the McKeon Pavilion.
With the 32-point win, the Toreros have now improved to 16-3 overall, remain undefeated in conference at 5-0 and have tied their season-high six-game winning streak. USD has now won 16 games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season and the 5-0 WCC start hasn't happened since the 1985-86 team opened 7-0 in conference action. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the WCC.
Herman's career-high 17 points came on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor, Voisinet's career-high 13 points came on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor, Sprague's game-high 18 points came on 9-of-12 shooting and Winther's 12 points came on a 5-for-9 performance from the floor. Amanda Rego, the nation's leader in assists, racked up a game-high 12 assists to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, the Toreros shot a season-best 56 percent from the floor.
From the get-go, USD began their domination as they opened things with a 13-2 run sparked a Winther jumper and book ended by a Herman jumper. Saint Mary's then hit a pair of free throws to end the run, but San Diego responded with a 5-0 run to continue the momentum.
SMC would eventually cut the lead to 11 with 2:50 to go in the first frame but were unable to get any closer as USD would push the lead to 16 going into the break on a Sprague jumper.
The second half was more of the same as the Toreros shot 58 percent from the floor hitting on 18-of-31 shots. The Toreros out rebounded the Gaels for the game 34-32, while holding SMC to 35 percent shooting from the floor.
For the Gaels, Serena Benavente led the team with 12 points, while both Maija Lahde and Eghosa added 10 points apiece.
The Toreros will look to extend their six-game winning streak on Thursday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 7 p.m. WCC game with the University of Portland Pilots.