Oct. 31, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four different players recorded double-digit points to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 78-45 win against San Diego Christian College in a exhibition game Tuesday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Kelly Winther led all players with her 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the floor including a 2-for-4 performance from behind the three-point line. Amber Sprague also had a solid showing in her first game back in over a year as she scored 12 points and also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Sabine Loewe was the third Torero in double-digits this evening as the senior center recorded 10 points. Freshman Sara VanderHorst also rung up 10 points for USD on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor.
As a team, USD shot 43 percent from the floor to San Diego Christian's 28 percent and the Toreros out rebounded the Hawks 49-39. The Toreros pressure defense also forced 27 Hawks turnovers.
"I thought we had a lot of jitters tonight, as well as some nerves, but I am really pleased with the team's defensive intensity tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought at times we over played on defense, but overall I am really happy with the effort we made."
Jamie Geagel, who had 12 points, led SDCC offensively and the only other Hawk's player in double digits was Courtney Ash, who had 10 points.
The Toreros jumped out of the gates with a 7-2 run, then gradually build their lead to six at 12-6. But the Hawks went on a 5-0 run sparked by a Jasmine Stanley jumper and closed with a Charina Moore lay-up bringing the Hawks to within one at 12-11.
The Toreros would have no more of that, as Winther ignited an 11-0 run with a three pointer and VanderHorst would cap the run with a pair of free throws. USD would not look back on this lead as they went on to outscore the Hawks 21-10 for the remainder of the first half to build a 22 point lead going into the break.
After the intermission, the Toreros opened with a 16-6 run to build a 32 point lead, and from there USD would eventually build a lead as big as 38, but the Hawks would eventually close that lead down to 33 by the games end.
The Toreros will have one more exhibition tune-up on Saturday at 2 p.m. as they host the Melbourne Roos at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. This will be USD's final exhibition before beginning the regular season on Nov. 10 at Cal State Northridge.