Jan. 26, 2008
MORAGA, Calif. - Freshman guard Sam Child scored a career-high 18 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of San Diego women's basketball team dropped its fifth straight game with a 71-63 loss to Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 9-10 overall and are 0-5 in the WCC for the first time since the 1995-96 season. With the win, the Gaels improve to 10-11 overall and move to 2-3 in the WCC.
Child scored her career-high 18 points on a 5-for-11 performance from the field, including going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc as the lone Torero in double figures. Brianna Estell and Amber Sprague each had nine points apiece as the next highest scores with Estell pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. As a team, USD shot a season-low 32 percent from the field, but the Toreros out rebounded the Gaels 47-39.
For the Gaels, three players were in double figures as Jonetelle Smith scored a game-high 22 points, while hitting 5-for-8 of her three-pointers. Lauren Shaughnessy added in 19 points and Louella Tomlinson dropped in 18 points. As a team, the Gaels shot 44 percent from the field.
After the Gaels jumped out to a 7-3 lead, a Emily Hatch lay-up ignited a 15-5 Torero run that was capped off on Child 3-pointer to give USD a brief 18-12 lead with 10:40 remaining in the first half.
The Gales then began to chip away at the Torero lead and evened the score at 20-20 on a Shaughnessy jumper with 8:20 to go.
The two teams the battled back and forth for a bit and SMC would go into the break with a 35-33 lead.
USD would eventually build their lead up to as many as eight at 48-40 on a Mangrum lay-up with 14:08 to go, but the Gaels would then go on a 13-0 run to regain the lead at 53-48 with 11:18 remaining in the game.
The Toreros would then begin to battle with the Gaels and started chipping away at the lead and then took back the lead with a Amber Sprague lay-up to give USD a 61-58 lead with 3:08 to go, but the Gaels then outscore USD 13-2 down the stretch to claim the win.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to host Loyola Marymount University in a 8 p.m. WCC game to be aired live on ESPNU.