Dec. 21, 2007
FULLERATON, Calif. - Three Toreros were in double figures paced by Kiva Herman's 16 points to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 74-43 win over Cal State Fullerton Friday evening in a non-conference game at Titan Gym.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 7-4 overall and have won three consecutive games for the first time this season. With the loss, the Titans fall to 1-8 overall and have now dropped seven consecutive contests.
Amanda Rego was the lone player to post a double-double as she recorded 11 points and a game-high 11 assists to go along with five rebounds. Amber Sprague was the second Torero in double figures as she had 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field and Herman had a game-high 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, USD shot a season-best 59 percent from the field and out rebounded the Titans 48-30.
Right out of the gates, the Toreros jumped on the home team as they opened the game with a 9-1 run sparked on a Herman free-throw and capped on a Rego lay-up.
After a Titan three pointer, a Sprague jumper ignited a 10-2 Torero run that gave USD their biggest lead of the half at 19-6 with just 13:11 remaining. During this run, four different USD players recorded a basket.
With the score at 23-8 in favor of USD, the Titans put together a 13-2 run to pull back to within four at 25-21 with 4:11 remaining, but the Toreros would then be able to push their lead back to seven going into the break.
Out of the break, the Toreros went on an 18-3 run sparked by a Rego lay-up and maintained by inspired play by freshman guard Brianna Estell. Estell came off the bench to score eight points in the second half and led this Torero run to give USD complete control of the game at 48-26 with 12:46 remaining.
The Toreros would go on to build their lead up to as many as 26 at 60-34 on a Herman lay-up off an assist from Rego and they never looked back.
For the Titans, Lauren Chow led the offensive attack with her team-best 12 points and the only other CSF player in double figures was Toni Thomas who had 10 and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin play in the Maggie Dixon Surf `N Slam Classic against Appalachian State University at 6 p.m. inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion.