Dec. 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior point guard Amanda Rego fell just one point shy of a triple double, and three rebounds shy of having a quadruple double to help lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a exciting 76-53 win over the College of Holy Cross in the opening game of the Surf N Slam Tournament Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Rego recorded her fourth double-double of the season as the San Diego native did it the unconventional way. She dished out 13 assists to tie herself for second at USD in single-game assists, and set a new program and tournament record for single-game steals with 10. She also had nine points to go along with seven rebounds and only committed two turnovers. Amber Sprague led all scorers with 16 points, while Kelly Winther was the second Torero in double figures with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Senior center Sabine Loewe was the third Torero in double figures with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and freshman forward Morgan Henderson was the final Torero in double-digits with 11 points, just one shy of her career high.
As a team, USD out rebounded the Crusaders 33-26, shot 53 percent from the floor and held HC to 42 percent shooting from the floor.
With the win, San Diego now improves to 10-2 overall for the best start in program history and have surpassed their win total of last season. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 5-7 overall.
In the opening minutes of the game USD jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but some of the rust from a week off began to show as Holy Cross exploded on a 10-0 run, sparked by a Bethany O'Dell three pointer and capped by a Kaitlin Foley lay-up.
Winther then took back five points for the Toreros as she hit a jumper followed by a three pointer on back-to-back possessions, but the Crusaders continued their torrid shooting, responding with a 6-0 run to take a seven-point lead at 18-11 with 8:12 remaining in the first frame.
San Diego then shook off the rust of a week off as Henderson ended the Crusaders run with a drop-step lay-up off an entry pass from Rego. Then after a Sprague jumper, Sprague showed off her defensive skills recording a steal from Brittany Kiel and USD turned that into two points on a Winther jumper. All of this ignited a 21-6 run to close out the half and give USD a 32-24 lead going into the break.
In the second half, USD quickly increased their lead to 10 at 36-26 on a pair of Sprague free throws, but Holy Cross refused to go away. With the score at 38-38, the Crusaders cut the lead in half with a 5-0 spurt, but USD would respond and push the lead back to double digits after the Holy Cross coach committed a technical foul and Henderson hit four consecutive free throws to push the score to 49-36. USD never looked back as they cruised their way to a 23-point win.
For the Crusaders, Kaitlin Foley was the lone player in double figures as she scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
USD will now face the University of Texas Longhorns in the championship game of the Surf N Slam Tournament on Saturday at 8 p.m. Texas squeaked out a 65-64 win over Oregon State University in the second game of the Surf N Slam Tournament at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Thursday evening.