Dec. 15, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three Toreros score in double figures paced by junior center Amber Sprague's game-high 19, to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 68-53 win over the visiting University of the Pacific Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 6-4 overall and have won back-to-back games for the second time this season. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 3-7 overall and have now dropped six straight games.
Sprague led all players with her 19 points on 9-for-19 shooting from the floor to go along with her game-high 13 rebounds to post the game's only double-double. Amanda Rego was the next Torero in double figures as she had 15 points to go along with a game-high eight assists and Kiva Herman was the final USD player in double figures as she had 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the floor. As a team, USD shot 39 percent from the field and out rebounded the Tigers 50-35.
Sam Child hit back-to-back jumpers to ignite a 10-0 Toreros run right out of the gates as USD quickly took control of the game.
After the Tigers went on a 5-2 run, San Diego responded with a Sprague lay-up that sparked a 5-2 USD run to again give USD back a double-digit lead at 17-7 with 8:06 remaining in the first half.
USD would eventually build their lead up to as many as 11 in the first half on a Sprague jumper with 4:21 remaining to give the Toreros a 21-10 advantage. The Toreros would then go into the break with a seven-point lead at 25-18.
In the second half, USD would remain in control of things in the early going as the team sea sawed back and forth between a 6-9 point lead for the first several minutes. After the Tigers pulled back to within five at 35-30 with 12:58 remaining, a Kaila Mangrum lay-up ignited a 4-1 Torero run to again give USD back a 11-point lead at 41-30 with just 11:19 remaining.
The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several minutes until the score was 51-41 in favor of the Toreros with 5:13 remaining. The Toreros then put together a 5-0 run to give them a 15-point cushion, that they would not look back on as they cruised their way to a 68-53 win.
For the Tigers, Kelsey Lavender led the team with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the floor. As a team, the Tigers were held to a 32 percent shooting from the field.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel up to Orange County to take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a 7 p.m. non-conference game at Titan Gym.