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Toreros Fall in First Round of WCC Tournament

March 2, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team's late rally fell short in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament, falling 61-56 to Loyola Marymount University Thursday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the campus of Gonzaga University.

With the loss the Toreros end their 2005-06 season with a 9-19 overall record. Loyola Marymount improves to 17-11 overall and will await the results of the later games to determine who they will play in the second round of the WCC Tournament.

USD, who was trailing for the majority of the game, put on a late rally to pull within three, but could come no closer. With 2:50 remaining in the game the Toreros found themselves down 10 at 56-46. USD, paced by senior guard and first-team All-WCC honoree Tiara Harris, would go on a 10-3 run over the next 2:30, with Harris scoring half of the points, pulling to within three at 59-56 with 0:19 remaining. The Toreros could not score another basket and LMU would score two free throws to claim the win and advance to the second round.

Harris had a game-high in both points with 20 and assists with five to lead the offensive charge for the Toreros. Freshman Kelly Winther, an All-WCC freshman team selection, was the next highest scorer for the team with nine points. For the game USD shot 37 percent from the floor and LMU shot 43 percent.

LMU was led offensively by Ashlee Dunlap who had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bianca Ziemann was the only other player for the Lions in double figures with 12 points.