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Toreros Drop Heatbreaker to Dayton, 68-67

Nov. 25, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-3) dropped their first home game of the season, 68-67, to the University of Dayton (4-3) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With eight seconds remaining, Dayton's Brittany Holterman hit a pair of free throws to put the Flyers up one, and USD couldn't get a basket on the other end to give the Flyers the win.

Kiva Herman led all players with her career-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Morgan Henderson was the second USD player in double figures as she had 17 points and added in nine rebounds. Amber Sprague was the final Torero in double figures as she recorded 15 points. As a team, USD shot 41 percent from the field and out rebounded the Flyers 32-31.

In the first half, the Flyers jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, but a Kiva Herman jumper ignited a 13-0 Toreros run that was capped off on a Herman jumper to give USD a 15-6 cushion with 9:14 remaining in the first half.

The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to as many as 11 at 22-11, thanks to a Morgan Henderson three-pointer with 6:05 remaining in the half. Dayton then responded with a 11-0 run sparked on a Kristin Daugherty three-pointer and capped on a Kelly Keil jumper to even the score at 22-22 with 4:05 remaining.

San Diego then went on a 6-2 run to regain the momentum and would hold onto the lead, going into the break with a 36-27 advantage.

In the second half, the Toreros and Flyers began trading basket-for-basket over the first several minutes, but the Toreros would build their lead back up to double-digits at 46-36, thanks to a Kaila Mangrum lay-up with 13:59 remaining. The Flyers in turn went on a 12-1 run to take back the lead with 10:52 remaining on a Holterman jumper.

The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit, with each taking their turn with the lead. Dayton would eventually build their lead up to six at 66-60 on a three-point basket by Kiki Lund with 3:01 remaining in the game.

San Diego would then close that gap and take back the lead with a pair of Herman free throws with just 18 second remaining. But the Toreros would commit a foul with just eight seconds left on the clock to set up Holterman's game-winning free throws. The Toreros then drove the length of the floor, and missed a jumper, and with three second remaining, the Toreros could not get a shot off to put the game at its final of 68-67.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head to Cal Poly for a 2 p.m. game with the Mustangs.