Dec. 6, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (6-2) fell to the Long Beach State 49ers (1-7) 53-37 in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Wednesday evening.
The Toreros were held under 40 percent shooting for only the second time this season at 22 percent from the floor. Amanda Rego led the team in scoring with 13 points and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. London Houchin added in eight points on 3-for-6 shooting, including a pair of three pointers.
After Long Beach State got the first bucket of the game, San Diego reeled off a 7-0 run sparked by a Kelly Winther three pointer and capped by a Rego lay-up. Then the 49ers crept back to within one at 9-8 before Houchin hit a trey to give USD some more breathing room.
Long Beach then went on a 5-0 run to gain a one point lead on a Lindsey Beckner lay-up, pushing the score to 13-12. The two teams the sea-sawed back and fourth over the next couple of minutes until the score was knotted at 19-19. LBSU then reeled off a 7-0 run to gain the momentum back late in the period. But a pair of Morgan Henderson free-throws sparked a 6-0 USD run to pull within one going into the break.
In the second period, things stayed close for the first half of the period with the 49ers remaining in the lead. Then with the score at 30-29 in favor for LBSU, the 49ers went on a 19-2 run sparked by a Laura Sims three pointer to take control of the game and go on to claim their first win of the season.
Kaiti O'Brien led the Long Beach offense with her game-high 15 points and both Sims and Madison Pagani scored 10 points a piece. As a team LBSU shot 43 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday as they host Cal Poly in a 2 p.m. non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.