Dec. 1, 2006
STOCKTON, Calif. - Paced by Amber Sprague's 27 points and Kelly Winther's career-high 18 points, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (6-0) remains undefeated on the season as they defeated the University of the Pacific, 72-67, Friday evening in a non-conference game at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Sprague led all scorers with her season-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the floor. Winther's career-high came on an 8-for-15 performance from the floor including a 2-for-6 night from beyond the arc. Amanda Rego dished out a game-best 10 assists and added nine points on the night for the Toreros. As a team, USD shot 44 percent from the field, while the Toreros pressure defense held the Tigers to just 36 percent shooting and the Toreros also out rebounded the Tigers 41-37.
"It's always tough to play on the road. You have to make sure you take care of the glass, be aggressive and I thought we did a great job of that tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought that both Kelly Winther and Amber Sprague gave us a great offensive push. This was a scrappy win and we are happy to have pulled it off."
The Toreros began the game red hot as they opened the frame with a 10-2 run sparked by a Winther jumper and capped by an Amanda Rego jumper to give USD the early momentum.
The Tigers then took their turn going on a run as they put together an 8-2 run capped by a Whitney Price lay-up to pull within one at 11-10.
The two teams then sea-sawed back and forth with USD holding onto the lead until the 13:37 mark, when Pacific's Jerise Freeman's lay-up gave the Tigers a 20-19 lead. Then with the score at 23-19, both teams went ice cold from the field as nether team would score a bucket for four minutes until Winther hit a jumper to allow USD to pull within two.
After Pacific built a five point lead at 35-30, San Diego would close out the first half on a 10-3 run to take a two point lead into the break.
In the second half, the Toreros built up a six point lead quickly and held on to that lead for majority of the period. San Diego would build its lead to as many as eight in the second period at 60-52 on a pair of Ashley Voisinet free throws with 10:57 remaining in the game.
Pacific wouldn't go away, as the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to pull with in two, but San Diego was able to withstand that late push and hold on for a 72-67 win.
Jake Kelly led the Tigers offense with her 21 points, including making five three pointers. Karen Dawkins (16 points) and Freeman (15 points) were the two other Pacific players in double figures.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Boise State University Broncos in a 2 p.m. non-conference game.