Dec. 5, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-4) had four players record double figures, but it wasn't enough as San Diego State University (7-1) snapped its five-game losing streak to the Toreros with a 58-53 win Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Cox Arena.
Amber Sprague paced the team with her 15 points and eight rebounds, but it was the freshman who made a huge impression on their cross-town rivals as both Brianna Estell and Sam Child dropped in 11 points a piece. Kiva Herman was the final USD player in double figures as she had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot 45 percent from the floor.
In the first half, Child got the Toreros' offense going, as she scored the first two baskets of the game on a lay-up and a jumper. Child then went on to score the next five Torero points to give her nine points in the first four minutes of the game and gave USD a 9-5 lead with 15:59 remaining.
The two teams then began trading basket-for-basket over the next four minutes with the Aztecs puling back to within two at 13-11 on an Allison Duffy jumper in the paint with 11:34 remaining in the first half.
The Toreros continued to pay pressure defense witch seemed to have the Aztecs offense off balance as USD forced five turnovers in the first 10 minute of pay. San Diego would get their biggest lead of the game at 16-11 on three consecutive Estell points with 10:04 remaining in the first half.
The Aztecs then responded with an 18-11 run to close out the half and take a four-point lead into the break at 29-25.
SDSU continued their hot shooting to begin the second frame as they opened with a 11-2 run to take a 13-point lead at 40-27, but Estell's three point play along with a pressure scrambling defense by the Toreros got USD going with a 9-0 run to pull back to within four with just over 11 minutes remaining.
The Aztecs then ran off eight unanswered points to regain the momentum and take a nine-point lead at 48-36 with nine minutes to go.
USD then went on another 6-0 run sparked by an Estell lay-up and capped by a Herman jumper to pull back to within six at 48-42 with 5:53 remaining.
SDSU would eventually regain a double digit lead at 54-44 with 4:39 remaining. The Toreros weren't done yet as again Estell was a catalyst for another Torero run. Her three-point play ignited a 7-0 run which was capped on a pair of Sprague free throws to get the Toreros back to within three with just 2:07 remaining.
USD continued to play its pressure defense, which had the Aztecs offense off balance all half. USD appeared to have a turnover when the shot clock hit zero, but no horn soouonded in the arena to alert the referee's and a questionable foul was called on Amanda Rego with 1:37 remaining to give SDSU a pair of free throws, which they sank to push their lead back to five.
USD could get no closer as the Aztecs held on to claim the win and end their five-game losing skid to the Toreros.
The Aztecs had three players in double figures with Duffy leading the way with her team-high 14 points. As a team, SDSU shot 44 percent from the field and outrebounded the Toreros 58-53.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the UCLA Bruins in a 2 p.m. non-conference game at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.