March 15, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team's record-setting season came to an end Thursday evening as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated USD 75-63 in the first-round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the loss, the Toreros conclude the season with a program-best 21-9 overall record. With the win, the Gauchos improve to 19-13 and will advance on to the second round on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. to face the University of Oregon.
Freshman Morgan Henderson's team-high 20 points paced the Toreros offense as the Leawood, Kan. native went 6-for-10 from the field including a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. Both senior forward Ashley Voisinet and junior guard Amanda Rego scored 10 points a piece as the only other USD players in double figures. As a team, the Toreros shot 32.3 percent from the field.
San Diego took advantage of poor shooting from the Gauchos in the opening minutes of the game and raced out to a 9-2 lead. Kelly Winther got things going with a lay-up and the Toreros' run ended on a free-throw by Rego.
Santa Barbara answered back with a 13-0 run, sparked by a Jenna Green lay-up and capped with a pair of Green free-throws to take a 15-9 lead.
The Gauchos would build their led up to eight going into the break.
In the second half, the Gauchos quickly built a double-digit lead at 40-30 on a Green lay-up. However, the Toreros would then keep things within a six to nine point deficit over the next several minutes before the Gauchos took their lead back to double digits at 48-38 with 11:56 remaining.
Amber Sprague then ignited an 11-2 USD run with a lay-up and Kiva Herman's jumper with 10:08 remaining pulled the Toreros to within one at 50-49.
Both teams then went ice cold from the field with San Diego having five chances to either tie or take the lead over the next three minutes, but the Toreros could not get it done.
UCSB's LaShay Fears finally ended the scoring drought with a three-pointer, which began an 8-0 Gaucho run to give Santa Barbara back the momentum. UCSB would not look back as they held on to claim the 12-point win.
For UCSB, Green led the way with her game-high 25 points and the only other Santa Barbara player in double figures was Jessica Wilson, who had 17 points. As a team, the Gauchos shot 36.1 percent from the field and out rebounded the Toreros 45-40.