Nov. 23, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A big second half push and Kiva Herman's game-high 14 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-2) to a 63-45 win over visiting Southern Utah University (1-4) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Herman paced the game with her 14 points on a 7-for-14 performance from the field. Amanda Rego was also impressive as she had 11 points, a game-high eight assists, seven steals and seven rebounds. Sam Child was the third USD player in double figures, as the Portland, Ore. native went 5-for-12 from the field and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, USD out rebounded the Thunderbirds 49-39 and shot 38 percent from the field.
In the first half, both teams came out flat on the offensive end as they both shot 28 percent from the field. The Toreros opened the game with a 8-3 run to gain the early momentum. Herman recorded the first bucket of the game as she sparked the run, which was capped off on a Rego jumper.
The Thunderbirds then went on a 11-6 run to even the score at 14-14 on a Hailee Truman free throw with 4:47 remaining. A Truman lay-up then gave SUU their first lead of the game with 2:59 remaining, but USD would outscore the Thunderbirds 7-2 to close out the half.
In the second half, the Toreros came our firing on all cylinders as they went on a 11-1 run sparked by a Herman jumper and capped by a Rego jumper. During the run four different USD players recorded a bucket, with Herman being responsible for six of these points to give USD a comfortable 32-19 lead with 16:37 remaining.
The Toreros kept the pedal to the medal with great offensive shooting and pressure defense, as the San Diego went on to build their lead up to as many as 23 with 6:49 remaining, and they never looked back as they went on to claim the 18-point with with ease.
For Southern Utah, Erin Heuett led the way as they was the lone member of the team in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. As a team, SUU shot 29 percent from the field.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they host the University of Dayton in a 1 p.m. Non-conference game at the jenny Craig Pavilion.