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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 19, 2006

San Diego - 76
San Diego State - 46

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior guard Amanda Rego recorded 14 assists to set the new University of San Diego single-game record for assists in helping lead the Toreros to a 76-46 pounding over cross-town rival San Diego State University Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the win, the Toreros are off to the best start in program history at 3-0 and have claimed their fifth consecutive win over the Aztecs. With the loss, SDSU falls to 1-2 on the young season.

Rego not only recorded a program-record 14 assists, but also added 10 points to record her second double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Kelly Winther was the second Torero in double figures as she poured in 12 points and Amber Sprague added 10 points to go along with nine rebounds. All but one Torero who stepped on the floor today recorded at least two points with Sara VanderHorst scoring nine in only eight minutes on the floor. The Toreros shot 42 percent for the game and out rebounded the Aztecs 45-33.

"I just thought Amanda Rego played an awesome game for us today. I thought she showed great leadership for us on the floor. Defensively, she had great positioning and to have 14 assists in a game like this I think shows what a great leader she is," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I knew we were going to have to out work them because any rivalry is going to be close. I told them to take care of the little things, like making sure they get every lose ball, every box out and I thought that they really concentrated on doing the little things well to make sure the game didn't get close."

Shanna Demus, who recorded a team-high 11 points, led SDSU offensively. Both Jennifer Layton and Desiree Johnson recorded nine points apiece respectfully. USD's defense held the Aztecs to 29 percent shooting from the floor.

Emotions had the best of both teams early on in the contest as the Aztecs took their only lead of the game at 2-0, but the teams were then battling back and fourth until each team was locked up at 6-6. The Toreros then went on a 6-0 run to break free from the Aztecs.

USD would then explode and built their lead to as many as 29 when Alcha Strane hit a pair of free throws with 2:15 remaining in the first half to move the score to 34-15. The Aztecs then closed the gap to 16 by the end of the half.

In the second period, it was all Toreros as USD opened the period with a 7-3 run sparked by Kiva Herman lay-up and capped by a Rego lay-up. The Toreros never looked back as they would build their lead to as many as 34 before settling for a 30 point victory. For the first 12:27 of the second period SDSU only made two field goals as the Toreros outscored them 26-9 during this stretch.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host Georgia Tech University in a 7 p.m. game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Montana - 88
Gonzaga - 78

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Gonzaga University women's basketball team was held to just 38 percent shooting from the field on Sunday afternoon as it dropped an 88-78 decision to the University of Montana; its first loss of the season. With the setback, the Zags now hold a 3-1 record, while the Grizzlies are 2-0 on the season. Gonzaga will look to get back in the winning column when it plays at Portland State on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Montana jumped out to an early 11-4 lead on the strength of Johanna Closson and Tamara Guardipee. Closson connected on 3-of-5 shooting in the first five minutes of action for seven points, while Guardipee hit 2-of-2 shots for the Grizzles other four points.

The Bulldogs responded with an 11-1 run to gain their first lead of the game at 15-12. The game see-sawed back and forth with neither team going ahead by more than three points until senior Katy Ridenour broke a 22-22 tie with back-to-back three-pointers at the 6:47 mark. Two three-pointers by Montana's Sonya Rogers and one free throw by Closson cut GU's lead to one, but Bowman hit two free throws and made a layup and Ridenour hit one free throw to give the Zags back a six point lead at 35-29 with 3:30 remaining on the clock before halftime.

The Grizzlies were able to cut the lead to 37-36 after a three-pointer by Britney Lohman, but back-to-back jumpers by sophomore Jami Bjorklund and a jumper by Bowman gave the Bulldogs the 43-38 lead at half.

Montana came out flying in the second half, scoring the first eight points to gain a two-point lead. It was Closson who was on fire, hitting two three-pointers out of the gate. Junior Michelle Elliott tied the game at 46-46 with a jumper, but the Grizzlies when on an 11-4 run to gain a 57-50 lead at the 13:49 mark; the largest lead of the game.

The Bulldogs responded with a 5-0 spurt, but a jumper by Sara Gale, a layup by Laura Cote and another three-pointer by Rogers gave Montana back a seven-point edge at 65-57.

Montana seemed to have control of the game until, with the Grizzlies leading 71-62, Gonzaga scored eight-straight points to come within one point of the lead. Bjorklund scored four points, while Bowman and freshman Tatriana Lorenzo both added two points a piece. Guardipee broke-up GU's momentum though with a jumper and Mandy Morales converted an old fashion three-point play to give Montana the 76-70 advantage with 3:09 remaining in the contest.

Gonzaga seemed to have a glimmer of hope when Ridenour made two free throws with 2:01 remaining to cut Montana's lead to 79-74, but Closson hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the game out of the Bulldogs reach.

Bowman led Gonzaga with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 7-for-8 accuracy at the free throw line. Bowman also added nine rebounds, four of which were offensive, and one assist. Also finishing in double-figure points was Bjorklund and Ridenour. Bjorklund finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Ridenour added 13 points, four rebounds and one steal. The Bulldogs closed out the game shooting 37.9% (25-66) from the field, including 26.7% (4-15) from behind the three-point arc, and was 77.4% (24-31) at the free throw line.

Montana was led by Closson who scored a game-high 25 points and added five rebounds, one block and one steal. Rogers added 16 points, while Guardipee, Morales and Lohman all chipped in 10 points a piece. The Grizzlies finished the game shooting 43.9% (29-66) from the field, including an impressive 61.1% (11-18) on three-pointers, and 76.0% (19-25) at the charity stripe.

Miami - 69
San Francisco - 59

San Francisco, CA - USF women's basketball kept rallying, but Miami countered each time and held on for a 69-59 non-conference win Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (1-3) dug an early hole for the second straight game, but unlike their victory against Colorado State on Friday, were unable to come all the way back against the Hurricanes (4-1), who completed their three-game west coast road trip at 2-1.

Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-17 from the field, with 13 points coming after intermission. Senior forward Nickie Warren added 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 11 points, two steals and two assists in her first start of the season. Junior center Lisa Olden was one board shy of her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.

USF shot at a .339 clip from the field and were ice cold from 3-point range, connecting on just .143 (2-14). The Hurricanes hit at a .424 (28-66) pace and went .391 (9-23) from long distance. Miami won the battle of the boards 42-40 and both teams committed 13 turnovers. The Dons did a nice job attacking the rim in the contest and made 17-of-24 (.708) from the charity stripe.

Miami opened up the game with an 8-0 run and USF scored its first point on a Carter lay-up with 16:45 remaining in the first half. The Dons trailed by 11 twice, but mounted a furious rally in the final three minutes to close to within five, 35-30 on a pair of free throws by Olden and a lay-up with 0:22 by Carter.

USF continued to work in the early going of the second half and took its first lead of the contest at 41-39 with 14:09 left on a Carter jumper. The Dons would tie the game at 51-51 on a pair of Olden free throws with 6:14 remaining in regulation, but the Hurricanes pulled away and built a 10-point cushion with 3:31 left. San Francisco pulled to within four with 1:52 left, but ran out of time.

Junior guard Maurita Reid led four Miami players in double-digit scoring with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Brittany Denson added 14 points and eight boards, while senior guard Renee Taylor and sophomore guard Latoya Cunningham each chipped in 11.

San Francisco prepares to host the 2006 odwalla Classic, November 24-25 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons welcome Delaware, Kentucky and Southern Illinois to the popular fourth annual event. The Blue Hens and Wildcats square off in the opener Friday at 5:00 PM, followed by the Salukis and Dons at 7:00 PM. Saturday features the consolation game at 5:00 PM and the title game at 7:00 PM.