Feb. 22, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Amber Sprague scored 22 points and Ashley Voisinet dropped in 11 points, but it wasn't enough for the University of San Diego women's basketball team, as the Toreros fell to the host Gonzaga University, 71-58, in a West Coast Conference game Thursday evening.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 20-7 overall and 9-4 in the WCC. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 20-9 overall, 12-1 in the WCC and have claimed the WCC championship outright.
Sprague recorded her seventh double-double of the season with her game-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Voisinet scored her 11 points on a 4-for-4 performance from the field and a 3-for-5 performance from the charity stripe. Senior Sabine Loewe added in eight points and eight rebounds for the Toreros, while Amanda Rego recorded seven points and seven rebounds for the Toreros. As a team, USD shot 30 percent from the floor and was edged on the glass, 46-45.
The Toreros jumped out of the gates on fire as they began the game with a 6-0 run sparked by a Sprague jumper and capped by a Morgan Henderson turn around jumper in the paint.
After Stephanie Hawk snapped the run with a lay-up, USD scored the next four points on back-to-back jumpers by Sprague to give USD an eight point advantage at 10-2.
The Bulldogs then went on a 9-1 run sparked by a Simone Santos jumper and book ended by a Santos jumper to pull even with the Toreros at 11-11 with 13:26 remaining.
The two teams then kept things close for the remainder of the half with each team taking their turn with the lead. The Toreros would eventually take a four-point lead going into the break.
In the second half, the Toreros were clinging onto the lead for the first eight minutes of the period until Gonzaga tied the score at 45-45 on a Santos lay-up.
The Zags would then go on an 11-0 run to gain a double digit lead and appeared to be in the driver's seat. But the Toreros refused to go away, as they began to claw their way back into the game.
San Diego would then put together a 9-2 run sparked by a free throw from Sprague and capped by a Voisinet jumper to pull within four at 58-54 with just 3:27 remaining.
But that is as close as the Toreros could come as the Bulldogs would out score the Toreros 13-4 over the final three minutes to claim the win and the WCC championship.
For the Bulldogs, Stephanie Hawk recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Heather Boman and Michelle Elliot both added a team-high 13 points a piece to help lead the GU offense. As a team, the Zags shot 41 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will close out the regular-season on Saturday against the University of Portland in a 2 p.m. game in Portland, Ore.