Feb. 8, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Paced by Morgan Henderson's career-high 16 points and Amber Sprague's sixth double-double of the season, the University of San Diego women's basketball team held off a late Loyola Marymount University push to claim a 69-60 win in a West Coast Conference game Thursday evening
With the win, the Toreros improve to 19-4 overall, 8-1 in the WCC and have swept the Lions for the first time since the 1997-98 season. With the loss, the Lions fall to 13-11 overall and 5-5 in the WCC.
Henderson scored her career-high 16, thanks in large part to a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. Sprague scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, had four blocks and had a career-high six assists. Amanda Rego was the third of four USD players in double figures with 12 points and she added five assists. Ashley Voisinet was the final USD player in double digits with 12 points.
In the first half, the early going was even with both teams taking their turn with the lead. Then with the scored at 9-6 in favor of the Lions, Henderson sparked a 15-4 run with back-to-back-to-back three pointers for nine of her 11 first half points. Voisinet then capped the run with a pair of free-throws to give USD a 21-13 lead.
The Lions then responded with a 6-2 run to pull within two at 23-21, but that only sparked a 10-2 USD run. Sprague jump started the run with a steal, a pass to Winther then completed the play with a lay-up. Voisinet then capped the run with a break-away lay-up to give the Toreros their first double digit lead at 33-23.
LMU would then hit the last bucket of the half to cut the lead to eight at 33-25.
In the second frame, the Toreros grabbed the first bucket, but the Lions then used a 6-0 run to pull within four at 35-31.
Kiva Herman put an end to that run as she hit a pull-up jumper, which ignited an 8-0 USD run, capped by a Henderson three-pointer to give the Toreros a 12-point advantage.
Over the next several minutes, it was a story of runs with each team trading 7-0 run's putting the score at 50-38 in favor of USD.
The Toreros would hold on to that lead until late in the game when the Lions made a surge with just under four minutes to go. The Lions pulled to within three at 61-58 on a pair of Amanda Patton free-throws with 1:02 remaining, but the Toreros then hit key free-throws in the final minute to ice the victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they conclude their Southern California WCC road swing with a trip to Malibu for a 2 p.m. showdown with Pepperdine University.