Dec. 1, 2007
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team scored eight unanswered points midway through the second half to turn a one-point game into a nine-point advantage and held Cal Poly at a distance the rest of the way en route to a 62-53 victory in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon in Mott Gym.
San Diego, led by Amber Sprague's team-high 20 points and career-high 17 rebounds, improved to 4-3 with the win. Cal Poly, which for the second straight game had just one double-digit scorer, Megan Harrison with a game-high 21 points, fell to 3-5 with the loss.
In the first half, the Toreros came out hitting on all cylinders, as they jumped on the Mustangs with an 8-1 run to start the frame. Back-to-back jumpers by Sprague ignited the run and Kiva Herman capped things off with a jumper to give USD a seven-point cushion with 14:36 to play.
After Cal Poly got back to within three at 10-7, San Diego went on an 18-1 run to take a 28-8 advantage with 6:14 to play. During this run, seven different USD players scored with Sprague scoring six of these points. Cal Poly then scored the final 11 points of the period to cut the deficit to 28-19 at the break.
The Mustangs closed the gap to one point in the second half at 34-33, with 12:41 to play on a three-pointer by Toni Newman, but the visiting Toreros answered with an 8-0 run of their own to maintain the upper hand. The run gave San Diego a 42-33 lead with 8:56 to play and Cal Poly could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Sprague made 9-of-22 shots and both of her free throws to pace the Toreros' offense. She also contributed five blocked shots and a pair of assists. Kiva Herman added 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting for San Diego and Amanda Rego dished out a game-high six assists in the win.
Cal Poly made just 32 percent of its shots while San Diego connected on 45 percent. The Toreros outrebounded the Mustangs 45-34.
The Toreros will return to action on Wednesday as they head across Interstate 8 to take on arch rival San Diego State University in a 7 p.m. non-conference game at Cox Arena.