Nov. 9, 2007
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (0-1) was stunned in their season-opener, 76-66, by Cal State Bakersfield (1-0) Friday evening at CSUB's Icardo Center.
Three Toreros were in double figures, led by sophomore forward Morgan Henderson's 22 points and career-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kiva Herman added in 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting and senior guard Amanda Rego was the final USD player in double figures as she had 13 points and added in a game-high eight assists.
In the first half, the Roadrunners grabbed the first two points on a pair of Nikhol West free throws, but USD held close over the first five minutes of action not allowing Bakersfield to get to far ahead. Then with the score knotted at 6-6 and with 13:28 remaining in the first half, the Roadrunners went on a 9-2 run to gain the momentum and take a 15-8 lead.
A pair of Rego free throws then ignited a 6-0 Torero run to allow San Diego to pull back to within one at 15-14, thanks to back-to-back jumpers by Herman. San Diego held close to Bakersfield over the next several minutes and eventually tied things up at 19-19 on a pair of Rego free throws.
The two teams would then sea saw back and forth for the remainder of the half, and CSUB went into the break with a three-point lead at 31-28.
Bakersfield's Kelly Tarver grabbed the first points of the second half on a jumper, but the Toreros responded with a 7-0 run sparked by an Amber Sprague lay-up and capped on a Herman jumper to give USD only their third lead of the game with 14:39 remaining.
Over the next several minutes, the Toreros and Roadrunners would battle back and forth with each team taking their turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than four.
Then with the score 48-44 in favor of the Toreros, the Roadrunners put together a 10-2 run to regain the momentum and lead at 54-50. San Diego would stay close and come to within two on a couple of occasions, but the Roadrunners were able to hang on to the lead and hit key free throws down the stretch to claim the win.
For the Roadrunners, Christine Kepenekian led the team in scoring with a game-high 24 points and Krista Arase added in 22 points.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they host Cal State Northridge in USD's home opener at 2 p.m.