Nov. 24, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Strong defense and key free throw shooting down the stretch helped lift the University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-0) to a 62-59 non-conference win over visiting Georgia Tech University (3-2) Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With 1:36 remaining in the ball game, the Yellow Jackets and Toreros were dead locked at 53-53. San Diego then went on a 5-1 run sparked by a London Houchin jumper and capped by a Amber Sprague three-point play, with a jumper an free throw. Four more free throws, two by Sprague and two by Amanda Rego, iced the victory for the Toreros allowing them to continue the best start in program history.
Sprague led all scorers with her 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a 9-for-10 performance from the charity stripe. Senior Sabine Loewe was the only other Torero in double figures as she poured in 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Rego continued her stellar play at the point guard position as she dished out a game-best seven assists.
In the early minutes of the game, the Toreros came out on fire as they jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead, but the Yellow Jackets then went on a 4-2 run to again even the score on a Janie Mitchell jumper. The two would then sea-saw back and fourth over the next couple of minutes before GT took a five-point lead at 16-11. The Toreros answered back quickly as Ashley Voisinet sparked a 7-0 USD run to again put the Toreros on even playing terms with the Yellow Jackets.
San Diego would finally gain the lead back when Alcha Strane came off the bench and recorded back-to-back three pointers to give USD a 26-24 lead. USD would then hang on to that two-point lead going into the break with the score at 30-28.
In the second frame, the Toreros opened with a 7-2 run with Sprague serving as the catalyst, as the sophomore scored four of the seven USD points. But the Yellow Jackets climbed their way back into the game as they got to with in two at 39-37.
The two teams then battled back and fourth with the Toreros not surrendering the lead until Jacqua Williams hit a jumper with 6:49 remaining, giving GT a brief one-point lead at 46-45. That lead was short lived as just 16 seconds later, Voisinet hit a jumper to give USD back the lead.
GT would enjoy one more lead at 49-47, but USD's defense proved to be too strong as the Toreros regained the lead for good with 1:23 remaining on a jumper from Houchin.
The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by Mitchell who had a team-high 22 points and eight rebounds, followed by Stephanie Higgs' 14 points.
The Toreros will look to increase their winning streak to five on Sunday as they return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 12:30 p.m. non-conference showdown with the Air Force Academy.