Feb. 3, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Amber Sprague scored 17 points and both Amanda Rego and Kelly Winther added15 points a piece to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 66-60 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros set a program record for most single-season wins as they move to 18-4 overall and move 7-1 in the WCC. The 7-1 start in conference action, ties the program's best WCC start with the 1985-86 team. With the loss, the Dons fall to 7-16 overall and 1-7 in the WCC.
Sprague recorded her fifth double-double of the season as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with her game-high 17 points. Rego dished out a game-high six assists to go along with seven rebounds and her 15 points. Winther went 3-for-4 from behind the three-point line to assist her in getting her 15 points. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Dons 40-32.
In the first half, the Toreros and Dons shared three ties over the first eight minutes of action. The two teams kept things close until the 5:18 mark. With the score knotted at 23-23, the Toreros used a 7-2 run sparked by a Sprague lay-up and capped by a Rego lay-up to gain control of the momentum. The Toreros would go on to build their lead to seven points, and hold on to that margin going into the break.
The Toreros would then open the second half with a 16-7 run to continue control of the momentum. The run was sparked by a pair of Rego free-throws and capped by a Winther three-pointer.
The Dons would kept things close as they came to with in four on several occasions, but the Toreros defense proved to be to strong as they didn't allow the Dons to come any closer. USD would build their lead up to as many as 10 with just under a minute to go, before settling for a six point win.
For the Dons, Shay Rollins led the way offensively with a team-best 15 points. Three other USF players were in double figures with Nykia Peace scoring 12, Randi Richardson scoring 10 and Dominique Carter added in 11 points. As a team, the Dons shot 41 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they travel to Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. WCC game with the Loyola Marymount Lions.