Jan. 27, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team fell to Gonzaga University in a battle of the undefeated in the West Coastt Conference, 87-82, Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 17-4 overall, 6-1 in the WCC and saw their season-high seven-game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 15-8 overall and move to 7-0 in the WCC.
Amanda Rego led the offensive charge for the Toreros as she scored a team-best 19 points and racked up 10 assists to post her seventh double-double of the season. Rego also pulled down a team-best eight boards. Amber Sprague scored 15 points for USD on 7-of-15 shooting as the second of five USD players in double figures. Both Kelly Winther and Morgan Henderson had 15 points apiece; a career-high for Henderson and the sixth consecutive game that Winther has recorded double figures. Kiva Herman was the final USD player in double figures as she dropped in 10; to mark the third consecutive game she has recorded double digits.
As a team, the Toreros shot 47 percent from the floor, but were out rebounded 37-31.
In the first half, the early going was close as both teams took their turn with the lead. Then with score knotted at 6-6, Gonzaga's Heather Bowman hit a jumper to spark a 10-4 run giving GU a 16-10 advantage.
After San Diego pulled to within three at 20-17 on a Rego jumper, the Zags would use a 7-2 run to again gain some breathing room. GU would eventually build their lead to 10 going into the break.
In the second half, San Diego came out firing on all cylinders as they began the period with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to two. Winther hit a three-pointer to get things rolling for the Toreros and Rego capped the run with a jumper as the crowd broke out into a frenzy.
The two teams then sea sawed back and forth for a bit until Rachael Kane hit a three pointer to give the Zags a 54-47 lead.
San Diego refused to go away as they continued to chip away at the lead, but every time USD got close, the Bulldogs would hit a big shot to end the Toreros threat. The Bulldogs would go on to build their lead up to as many as 13 on a Jami Bjorklund three-pointer with 3:29 remaining.
The Toreros refused to give up, as they continued to claw their way back into the game, but in the end could not over come the deficit.
Bjorklund lead all scorers with 25 points, while Heather Bowman added 20, Stephanie Hawk had 16 and Michelle Elliott had 10 points. As a team, GU shot 51 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will now begin the second half of conference action with one game this week. USD will play their travel partner, the University of San Francisco, on Saturday in a 2 p.m. game.