Jan. 9, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego's freshman guard Sam Child has been selected as a finalist for the 2007 Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year Award in Portland, Ore.
Child, a 6-1 freshman from Portland, Ore., had a dominating senior campaign in helping lead Tualatin High School back to the state 6A playoffs and into the quarterfinal. She paced the team with a 19.5 points per game average, an eight-point improvement from her junior season, averaged 5.7 rebounds per game, 3.6 steals per game and 2.4 assists per game. She set the school single-game record with a 38-point game and also set several school single-season records. She now holds the single-season records for points (526), field goals made (212) and steals (96). For her efforts this season, she was also named first-team All-Tournament, was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year and was selected as the Oregonian State Player of the Year.
This season, Child has made a hug impact on the Toreros as she cracked into the starting line-up in just her second collegiate game, and since has been a valuable member of the Toreros. This past week, Child tied a career-high with a 15-point performance against UC Irvine in the team's final WCC tune-up. On the season, Child has moved her average up to 8.6 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field.
Child and the Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head to the Bay Area to begin West Coast Conference play against the University of San Francisco. The game is set for a 2 p.m. start in War Memorial Gym.