Dec. 28, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind four players recording double digits, the University of San Diego women's basketball team opened play in the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam Classic in stylish fashion, with a 79-60 win over Appalachian State University Friday evening in a non-conference game at the jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros run their win streak to four and improve to 8-4 overall. With the loss, the Mountaineers fall to 2-9 overall.
Amber Sprague led the team in scoring with her 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Kiva Herman was the second Torero in double figures with 13 points, Sam Child had 11 points and Amanda Rego chipped in 10 points to go along with a game-high nine assists. With her nine assists, Rego became the new all-time leader in career-assists, as her career total is now 486. As a team, USD shot 50 percent from the field and out rebounded the Mountaineers 41-28.
In the early going, it was an even battle, then with the score knotted at 7-7, the Toreros launched a 8-2 run sparked by a Child jumper and capped by a Kaila Mangrum lay-up to give San Diego the momentum and a six point lead with 14:39 remaining.
After a ASU jumper by Whitney Tossie, San Diego then went on a 8-3 run to take a 23-14 lead with 11:33 to go in the first half.
The Toreros and Mountaineers would sea saw back and forth a bit over the next several minutes keeping things close, but the Toreros finally broke open a double digit lead at 27-17 with 9:19 to go on a pair of Rego free throws.
The Toreros would not lose the momentum in the first frame as they continued to keep the pedal to the medal and went into the break with a 16-point lead at 41-25.
In the second half, the two teams began the frame trading basket-for-basket until the score was at 42-31 in favor of USD, then a free throw by Sprague ignited a 9-2 run that was capped on a pair of Brianna Estell free throws.
The Toreros would build their lead up to as many as 24 on several occasions, and never looked back as they cruised their way into the championship game of the tournament.
San Diego will return to action on Sunday as they play the University of Texas in a 8 p.m. championship game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in a rematch of last season's championship game.