Jan. 24, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With one second remaining in the game and the score knotted up at 64-64, the University of San Diego women's basketball team committed a technical foul to put Santa Clara University's senior guard Chandice Cronk to the free throw line, who in turn hit both free throws, to give the Broncos a 66-64 West Coast Conference win over the visiting Toreros Thursday evening at the Leavey Center.
The technical was called after both teams had exhausted their remaining timeouts and the Toreros were cornered in the Broncos half of the court and from the court Amanda Rego called for a time out. The technical foul sent Cronk to the charity stripe, who successfully made both shots and gave Santa Clara the win.
With the win, the Broncos improved to 14-4 on the season and 3-1 in WCC play, while the Toreros are even at 9-9 overall and dropped to 0-4 in league action for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Amber Sprague paced the Toreros' offense with her 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Amanda Rego notched up a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with six assists. Morgan Henderson was the final USD player in double figures as she had 10 points and added in seven rebounds. As a team, USD shot 42 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Broncos 37-30.
In the first half, Amanda Rego scored the first basket of the game with a lay-up, and the Broncos in turn responded with a three-point basket by Elizabeth Doran, thus beginning a sea saw battle over the first five minutes of the game with each team taking their turn with the lead and neither team taking a lead bigger than five.
Both teams would battle back and forth for a majority of the first half, then with the score at 30-29 in favor of USD, Cronk hit a pair of free throws to ignite a 16-6 Bronco run to close out the first half and give SCU a 45-36 lead at the break.
Coming out of the break, the Toreros were clicking on all cylinders as a Rego jumper ignited a 12-4 Toreros run that was capped on a Rego lay-up to pull San Diego back to within one at 49-48 with 13:32 to go.
The Toreros would eventually tie things up at 55 with 5:59 left on a Henderson jumper. Then with 1:36 left, a lay-up from SCU's Jen Gottschalk put the Broncos up by two points, 64-62, but the Toreros answered with a jumper from Rego with just eight seconds left to tie the score, 64-64, setting up the dramatic ending.
The Toreros will look to snap their five-game losing skid on Saturday as they head to Moraga, Calif. For a 2 p.m. game against Saint Mary's College.