Nov. 4, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by sophomore forward Amber Sprague's 22 points the University of San Diego women's basketball team notched a resounding 86-61 exhibition win over the Melbourne Roos Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Sprague was on fire for the Toreros as she shot 8-15 from the floor to pick up her 22 points and she also added six rebounds and two blocked shots on the afternoon. Fellow post player Sabine Loewe, also had a huge game for the Toreros as she racked up 19 points on 9-12 shooting from the floor, while pulling down six boards. Sophomore guard Kelly Winther was the third Torero in double-digits this afternoon as she recorded 11 points and sophomore forward Kaila Mangrum was the final USD player in double-digits as she had 10 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds. Amanda Rego, USD's starting point guard, dished out a game-high 11 assists to help lead USD to the win.
As a team, the Toreros shot 46.7 percent from the floor and USD's defense held the Melbourne Roos to 38.1 percent shooting for the game. San Diego out rebounded the Roos 45-40.
A pair of 14-point scorers led Melbourne Roos offensively in Rosie Moult and Kelly Bowen. Hayley Munro pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Melbourne Roos.
The game took an up-tempo feel right from the get-go as Winther got things rolling for the Toreros with a three from the left side of the floor in the first four seconds of the game. That sparked an offensive furry by both teams as through two minutes of the game, a total of 15 points were scored with USD leading 9-6.
As the game's speed began to slow up a bit, the Toreros increased their lead to 11 with a 12-2 run ignited by a Sprague jumper and caped with a pair of free throws by Sprague. USD would then keep their foot on the gas and increase their lead to as many as 22 before the Melbourne Roos crept back to a 13-point deficit going into the break.
In the second half of play, the Toreros came out firing on all cylinders as they widened the gap to 21 with a 12-4 run with four different players taking their turn scoring during the run. San Diego never looked back as they would build their lead to as big as 32 points on two different occasions before settling for a 25-point victory.
The Toreros have now closed out their exhibition portion of the schedule and will open the regular-season with a 7 p.m. game at Cal State Northridge on Friday Nov. 10th inside the Matadome.