Jan. 25, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind Kelly Winther's career-high 20 points the University of San Diego women's basketball team won its seventh consecutive game in a 74-66 victory over the University of Portland Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros move to 17-3 overall and remain undefeated in conference play at 6-0. USD has now tied the 1999-2000 team for the most wins in program history and the 6-0 WCC start hasn't happened since the 1985-86 team opened conference action at 7-0. USD is now on a season-high seven game winning streak, just two shy of the program record. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 8-12 overall and 0-6 in the WCC.
Winther led all scorers with her 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, marking the fifth consecutive game the sophomore has scored in double figures. Kiva Herman had her second consecutive game in double figures with 14 points, including going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Amber Sprague was the third Torero in double figures with 14 points and freshman Morgan Henderson was the final USD player in double digits with 12 points. Amanda Rego dished out a game-high seven assists to go along with six points and five rebounds.
The Pilots surprised the Toreros from the get-go as they opened the game with a 6-0 run, before Henderson snapped the run with a jumper from on the baseline. But Portland kept the pedal to the medal and would eventually build their lead up to as many as 12 at 18-6 on a Jennifer Wassom three pointer from about five feet behind the arc.
The Toreros then responded with a 8-0 run to get back into the game. Herman got the ball rolling for USD with a pair of free-throws, the back-to-back three-pointers, one by Henderson and the other by Wither, and USD was only down four with 8:10 remaining.
After a pair of free throws by Portland's Laura Thomas, USD would explode for another 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game. Sprague sparked the run with a jumper in the paint, and Winther would book end the run with another three-pointer to give USD a 22-20 advantage.
The two teams would then sea saw back and forth for a bit and USD would go on to take a one point lead into the break at 34-33.
In the second half, San Diego opened the frame with a 7-3 run to give them some breathing room at 41-37. But the Pilots refused to go away, as they would pull to within two at 41-39 on a pair of Kendra Morris free throws.
But that would be the closest they would come to the Toreros as USD responded with a 9-2 run to regain the momentum and give them a 11 point lead on a pair of Herman free throws.
USD would eventually build their lead up to as many as 13 at 56-43 again a pair of Herman free throws, and USD would not look back as they cruised their way to their seventh straight win.
For the Pilots, Laiken Dollente led the way with her team-best 18 points. Three other Pilots were in double figures with Jennifer Wassom getting 13, Thomas adding in 16 and Morris dropped in 11.
The Toreros will now host Gonzaga University on Saturday for a battle of the undefeated in the WCC and the rights for sole possession of first place. Tip off is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.