Jan. 12, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: Fresh off a thrilling two-point win over Pepperdine University on Thursday, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (13-3, 2-0 WCC) will conclude its three-game home stand on Saturday as they host Loyola Marymount University in a 2 p.m. West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
LAST TIME OUT: Ashley Voisinet's put-back lay-up with 18 seconds remaining and a pair of Kelly Winther free throws with four seconds left, lifted the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a thrilling 73-71 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine University, who was tabbed as the co-favorite to win the conference, Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. After USD erased a 12-point deficit in the second half, the Toreros were leading 69-67 with 47 seconds remaining until Pepperdine's Nakeya Isabell hit a lay-up to knot things up. Amanda Rego then drove to the basket and put up a lay-up, but she missed the shot, and the ball fell into the hands of Voisinet. The senior then put the ball right back up and in to give USD a two-point lead. Pepperdine then called a timeout, and out of the timeout Jessica Ross launched a wide-open three that was no good. The rebound went to Sherriel Boyd and she blew a wide open lay-up, Voisinet came down with the board and Rego called a timeout to assure the Torero possession. Pepperdine then fouled Winther on the inbounds play and she in turn hit a pair of free throws to ice the victory for USD. With the win, the Toreros snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Waves, win their third consecutive game, continue their best start in program history at 13-3 and are 2-0 in conference for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. With the loss, the Waves fall to 8-10 overall and 1-2 in the WCC. Winther led the offensive charge for the Toreros as she tied for a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Voisinet scored a season-high 13 points as the second of five Toreros in double figures on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Both Morgan Henderson and Amber Sprague had 11 points a piece and Rego racked up her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 10 assists. USD shot an amazing 52 percent from the floor and held Pepperdine to 47 percent shooting. The Toreros were out rebounded 36-26.
LUCKY NO. 13: With the Toreros' win over Pepperdine this past Thursday, the Toreros snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Waves, won their 13th game of the season and senior guard Ashley Voisinet tied her career-high with 13 points. This also marks the first-time since the 2002-03 season the Toreros have won 13 games in a season.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the game with a 10-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the WCC after picking up a win over San Francisco this past Thursday. LMU along with Pepperdine were tabbed as the favorite to win the conference in a preseason coaches poll. USD holds the all-time series lead between the two at 26-24. The Lions are led offensively by Jennifer Hall, who is averaging a team-best 13.6 points per game. The only other LMU player averaging double figures is Amanda Patton at 11.1 points per game. The Lions are under the direction of 12th-year head coach Julie Wilhoit.
REGO NAMED WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Amanda Rego helped San Diego continue its best start in program history, as the Toreros went 5-3 during the month of December to improve to 10-3 on season. Rego did a little bit of everything for USD, setting conference-highs with 6.88 assists per game and 3.5 steals per contests. The junior also averaged 8.4 points per game for the Toreros, and pulled down 7.0 boards per game to rank sixth in the league. The San Diego native had an impressive performance in a win over Holy Cross on December 28, dishing out 13 assists and collecting a program-record 10 steals and just one point short of a triple double with nine points. Rego also notched a double-double in a win over Cal State Bakersfield, scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists on December 12.
VOISINET HAS A HUGE GAME: Ashely Voisinet had a huge game for the Toreros in the 73-71 win over Pepperdine this past Thursday. She not only tied a career-high in points with 13, but her last bucket gave USD a two-point lead with 18 seconds remaining, almost clinching the win for USD. Voisinet accomplished her 13 points on a outstanding 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. The senior from Irvine, Calif., also led the team in rebounds with six, including two huge rebounds in the final minute of the game. One rebound came off a missed lay-up by Amanda Rego, which she put back up and in for her 13th point of the night, and the other came just 14 seconds later when she pulled down a missed lay-up by Pepperdine that could have tied the game with just four second remaining, to assure the USD possession. That rebound led to a time out by USD, then Pepperdine fouled Kelly Winther and she hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Toreros.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: All USD home games, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto usdtoreros.com. Once on the home page, click the LIVE button on the top right of the page. Two former USD basketball standouts Paula Bott (play-by-play) and Susie Erpelding (color) will bring you all the action. The pair not only set USD records on the court but both earned the West Coast Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the only two student-athletes in USD women's basketball history to receive such honors. This is a subscription service that will give you access to live video events of USD athletic teams, coaching interviews and much more. The cost for this service will be $6.95 per month or a yearly subscription can be purchased for $49.95.
STILL LEADING THE NATION: Junior point guard Amanda Rego is still leading the nation in assists per game with an average of 8.1. Rego has been an assist machine this season as she has not only set the new USD single-game assists mark with 14, but that 14 assists is also tied for the single-game high this season across the country. Rego also recorded 13 assists in the win against Holy Cross, to tie her for second all-time at USD in single-game assists as well as in the nation this season. Rego continues her climb up the record charts at USD in career assists as she is now ranked seventh all-time with 286 assists. For her career, Rego is also averaging 4.3 assists per game, which ties for the top spot at USD with Jane Cilipin (1986-88). Her 129 assists on the season not only leads the nation, but also places her fifth in single-season assists at USD.
MORE REGO: Amanda Rego not only has been leading the nation in scoring, but she is also leading the West Coast Conference in double-doubles with six. This past Thursday, Rego tallied her sixth double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
HENDERSON UNLOADS THE LONG BALL: Freshman forward Morgan Henderson unleashed her range in the win against Pepperdine this past Thursday. The Freshman went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, including hitting two three pointers in three USD possessions to tie the game late at 55-55, capping a 12-0 San Diego run. For the game, Henderson scored 11 points, just one shy of tieing her career-high of 12.
ABOUT THE RECORD: With the win over Pepperdine, USD has improved to 2-0 in WCC action for the first time since the 1998-99 season. USD has also won 13 games for the first-time since the 2002-03 season and are off to the best start in program history.
WINTHER GOES OFF: Sophomore Kelly Winther has found her groove, as the 5-10 guard dropped in 16 points in Thursday's win over Pepperdine. Winther shot 7-for-13 from the floor and made the only two free throws she attempted. These free-throws were the points the sealed the win for the Toreros with just four seconds remaining on the clock. The 16 points marks the second highest point total this season, only trailing that of her career-high 18 that she scored in a win against Pacific on Dec. 1.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros are now 10-2, while playing on their home floor this season. The Toreros are playing superbly well at the JCP, as they hit 41 percent of their field goals, are out rebounding their opponents 453-434 and are holding opponents to 56.3 points per game, while they scorch the opposition with 61.2 points per game. USD will look to continue their hot play at home this week as they host Loyola Marymount.
MORGENSTERN AND CARLSON TO REDSHIRT: San Diego freshman guard Hannah Morgenstern will redshirt the 2006-07 season after injuring her ACL. Morgenstern scored three points in a win against Cal State Northridge, and has made two more appearances this season. Erica Carlson, a 6-4 center from Tucson, Ariz., as yet to appear in a game for the Toreros this season and will make her Torero debut in the 2007-08 season as she recorvers from a shoulder injury.
MEET THE COACH: Head coach Cindy Fisher is entering her second season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program's third head coach on April 19, 2005 after taking over for Kathy Marpe, who stepped down after directing the program for 25 years in 2005. During her first season at USD, the Toreros showed remarkable improvement and were close in majority of their games. The Toreros did record a huge 15 point win over Santa Clara on the road and were close in games against Georgia Tech, Boise State and against Loyola Marymount in the first round of the WCC Championship Tournament. Fisher also helped guide Tiara Harris to a All-WCC selection and Kelly Winther to a All-WCC Freshman team selection. At Wyoming, Fisher's Cowgirl teams showed improvement in each of her five seasons, culminating with an 18-12 mark during the 2002-03 season. The 18 wins were the school's most victories since 1989-90. She also led the Cowgirls to their first postseason appearance since 1989-90 with a trip to the 2003 WNIT, where Wyoming notched a first-round win over Montana before falling in the second round.
GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's basketball home games can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action. Selected San Diego road games are also available via Gametracker. To see if Gametracker is available for a game go to San Diego Events at the top-right of the home page. If Gametracker is available there will be a Gametracker link.
TOREROS TABBED SIXTH IN WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team was tabbed to finish sixth in the 2006-07 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches. Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine were chosen as the favorites to claim the WCC women's basketball title with Gonzaga rounding out the top three. Santa Clara checked in at No. 4, Saint Mary's was selected fifth and the Toreros check in at No. 6. Rounding out the conferacne are San Francisco, who was picked seventh, and Portland was picked eighth, respectfully.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NOW A TICKETED SPORT: All USD women's basketball home games are now a ticketed event, effective at the start of the 2006-07 season. General Admission tickets will be available to the general public on the day of each game. USD faculty, staff, and student tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. General admission tickets are $5 per person.