March 1, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - The seventh-seeded University of San Francisco Dons (10-20) upset the second-seeded University of San Diego women's basketball team (21-8) in the first round of the West Coast Conference championships at the Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland.
Amber Sprague led the Toreros in scoring as she scored a team-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Kelly Winther was the second of four USD players in double figures as she scored 15 points. Senior Sabine Loewe scored 13 points for USD on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and Amanda Rego scored 10 points and dished out a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, the Toreros shot 44.6 percent from the field and were out rebounded 40-31.
The first couple of minutes were even with both teams taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score knotted at 7-7, the Dons went on a 13-2 run sparked by a Nykia Peace jumper and capped by a Dominique Carter jumper to give the Dons a 20-7 advantage.
The Dons would eventually go on to build their lead up to 15 going into the break on a Breann Sitton last second jumper at the baseline.
In the second half, the Toreros got things rolling as they opened the frame with a 12-6 run sparked by an Ashley Voisinet jumper and capped by a pair of Winther free-throws moving the score to 37-46.
The Dons then responded with a 9-0 spurt to regain a 16-point advantage with 12:50 remaining.
San Diego answered back with an 11-2 run sparked by a Loewe lay-up and capped by a Voisinet lay-up to pull the Toreros within seven at 50-57 with 7:57 remaining.
The Toreros would then keep things under double digits over the next seven minute, but could not overcome the deficit as the Dons hit key free throws down the stretch to claim the 11-point upset win over the Toreros.
For the Dons, Carter led the way with her game-high 23 points, followed by Shay Rollins who added 21 points. Nickie Warren added in 12 points and the final USF player in double figures was Peace, who had 10 points.
San Diego will now await selection Sunday to know if they have earned either an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament or a berth in to the WNIT.