Dec. 12, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Led by Amanda Rego's third double-double of the season, five Toreros scored in double figures to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-2) to a 66-63 win over Cal State Bakersfield (4-3) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Rego recorded 10 points, while dishing out 11 assists, pulled down five rebounds and had a season-high five steals in the win. Amber Sprague led the team in scoring with 14 points, while pulling down a team-best seven boards and had thee blocks. Morgan Henderson and Kelly Winther both had 11 points and Sabine Loewe had 10 points. As a team, the Toreros shot 42 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Road Runners, 40-37.
"I was really impressed with how hard our kids fought to close the gap by half time. I thought when we got down by 14 that the game could have gone either way," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I think we won the game on the defensive end and Amanda Rego just did some really nice things to lead us down the stretch and make sure we got the win."
CSUB surprised the Toreros from the get-go as they opened the game with a 6-2 run and were able to hang on to that lead for the entire period. With the score at 19-18 in favor of Bakersfield, the Road Runners used a 15-2 run to take a 14 point lead with just 7:06 remaining in the first period.
After a 30 second timeout by USD, the Toreros switched to a 2-3 zone defense and began a comeback. Rego got things rolling as she stole the ball from Jessi Loring and found Sprague underneath the basket for a quick lay-up ending the CSUB run and sparking a 12-2 run to close out the period and pull to within four going into the break.
In the second half, the Toreros continued that momentum as they used a 9-4 run to even the score at 40-40 as Rego again stole the ball, this time from Rhonda Johnson, and she finished the fast break with a lay-up. Sprague then gave the Toreros the lead for the first time since the score was 2-0 with a pair of free-throws moving the score to 42-40.
The two teams then traded baskets over the next couple of minutes with the Toreros never surrendering the lead. USD would build their lead up to as many as seven at 59-52, but the Road Runners refused to go away as they put together a 6-0 run to pull within one on back-to-back three pointers by Christin Kepenekian and Kelly Tarver.
The Toreros again answered the run with strong defensive pressure and also hit key free throws down the stretch. USD's final seven points came at the charity stripe.
Krista Arase and Tarver paced the Road Runners offensively with a game-high 15 points each. Loring had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bakersfield shot 41 percent from the floor.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host Cal State Fullerton in a televised game at 1 p.m. inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion for the first-half of a double-header with the men's team.