Nov. 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior center Amber Sprague's game and season-high 25 points helped pace the University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-1) to a 79-50 win over visiting Cal State Northridge (0-2) in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Sprague led all players with her 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson was he second Torero in double figures as she had 15 points and freshman forward Sam Child looked impressive in her home debut for USD, adding in 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Senior guard Amanda Rego had a game-high nine assists and Kiva Herman had a team-best 11 rebounds to go along with nine points. As a team, USD out rebounded the Matadors 52-40 and shot 40 percent from the floor.
Right from the get-go, the Toreros looked sharp as they opened the game with a 10-2 run. A Child lay-up got things started for San Diego and the run was capped on jumper from Sprague.
After a Northridge bucket, the Toreros used a 5-0 run to gain a 11-point lead. CSUN however came back as they went on a 10-2 run of their own to pull with in three at 17-14, but that is as close as the Toreros would let them get. A Herman free throw only ignited a 8-2 run for the Toreros that gave USD back all the momentum. San Diego would go on to build their lead up to 19 going into the break at 42-23.
In the second half, it was more of the same as San Diego continued to show their dominance. In the early going, Northridge was hanging point-for-point with the Toreros, but with the score at 49-29 in favor of USD, the Toreros would go on a 10-5 run, sparked on a Emily Hatch jumper and capped on a Henderson lay-up to give the Toreros a 59-35 advantage with 9:53 remaining. USD would build their lead up to as many as 31 at 79-48, before CSUN hit a jumper with 18 seconds remaining to move the margin back to under 30 points.
For the Matadors, Crystal Hahs led the team in scoring as she was the lone member of the team in double digits with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. As a team, CSUN hit 38 percent of their shots.
San Diego will return to action on Friday as they travel to the East Coast to compete in the Seaton Hall Tournament. Friday's opponent will be Toledo in a 5 p.m. game.