Dec. 16, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. Paced by sophomore forward Amber Sprague's second double-double of the season, the University of San Diego woman's basketball team recorded a 47-36 win over visiting Cal State Fullerton in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros match the best start in program history at 9-2 with the 1989-90 team, have now won three straight and move to 5-1 against opponents from the Big West Conference. With the loss, the Titans fall to 4-7 overall.
Sprague led all scorers with 18 points, pulled down career-high 15 rebounds and recorded two blocks in the game. Sabine Loewe was the second of three Toreros in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and Kelly Winther poured in 11 points. Amanda Rego tied for a game-high six assists and pulled down 10 rebounds, while only committing two turnovers. As a team, the Toreros were held to 35 percent shooting from the floor and had a decisive 55-36 advantage on the glass. San Diego also held Fullerton's leading scorer on the season, Toni Thomas (18 ppg), to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting.
In the early going Fullerton took the early lead and built their lead up to as many as five at 16-11, but the Toreros refused to be outplayed on their home court as Sprague took the team on her shoulders and scored all eight of the Toreros points in a 8-0 run to give USD a 19-16 edge. USD would hold on to the three-point lead going into the break at 23-20.
The Toreros then kept the momentum going as they began the second frame with a 8-2 run sparked by a Winther three pointer and capped by a Loewe lay-up to give USD a 31-24 lead. The two teams would then battle back a forth for a bit over the next several minutes with USD slowly building their lead to 10 at 39-29 with 9:08 remaining. San Diego never looked back as they cruised their way over the next nine minutes to an 11-point win over the Titans.
Fullerton was led offensively by Charlee Underwood, who was the lone Titan in double figures, with 13 points and she added a team-best nine rebounds. As a team, the Titans were held to just 25 percent shooting from the floor.
USD now has a week off to finish up finals and spend some time with their families over the holiday weekend before returning to action on Dec. 28 as they begin play in the Surf N Slam Tournament against Holy Cross at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.