Jan. 22, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The red hot University of San Diego women's basketball team (16-3, 5-0 WCC) will look to extend their six-game winning streak as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game against the University of Portland.
LAST TIME OUT: Kiva Herman's career-high 17 points, Ashley Voisinet's career-high 14 points, plus Amber Sprague's game-high 18 and Kelly Winther's 12 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a 85-53 rout over Saint Mary's College in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at the McKeon Pavilion. Herman's career-high 17 points came on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor, Voisinet's career-high 13 points came on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor, Sprague's game-high 18 points came on 9-of-12 shooting and Winther's 12 points came on a 5-for-9 performance from the floor. Amanda Rego, the nation's leader in assists, racked up a game-high 12 assists to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, the Toreros shot a season-best 56 percent from the floor. From the get-go, USD began their domination as they opened things with a 13-2 run sparked a Winther jumper and book ended by a Herman jumper. Saint Mary's then hit a pair of free throws to end the run, but San Diego responded with a 5-0 run to continue the momentum. SMC would eventually cut the lead to 11 with 2:50 to go in the first frame but were unable to get any closer as USD would push the lead to 16 going into the break on a Sprague jumper. The second half was more of the same as the Toreros shot 58 percent from the floor hitting on 18-of-31 shots. The Toreros out rebounded the Gaels for the game 34-32, while holding SMC to 35 percent shooting from the floor. For the Gaels, Serena Benavente led the team with 12 points, while both Maija Lahde and Eghosa added 10 points apiece.
ABOUT THE RECORD: With the 32-point win over Saint Mary's, the Toreros have now improved to 16-3 overall, remain undefeated in conference at 5-0 and have tied their season-high six-game winning streak. USD has now won 16 games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season and the 5-0 WCC start hasn't happened since the 1993-94 team opened 5-0 in conference action. USD has also secured their first winning season since the 1999-2000 team went 17-13 and made a trip to the NCAA tournament.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland enters the game with a 8-11 overall record and a 0-5 mark in the WCC after dropping a 61-48 decision to Gonzaga this past Saturday. The Pilots are currently riding a six-game losing streak. Portland does hold the all-time series record between the two at 27-19 with the teams splitting this past seasons games. The Pilots are led by Laiken Dollente, who is averaging 16 points per game. Rachel Warren is the only other Pilot player averaging double figures with 10.6 ppg, while also averaging 7.7 boards per game. Portland is under the direction of 21st-year head coach Jim Sollars.
HERMAN STEPS UP: Sophomore Kiva Herman had her most productive game of her career on Saturday afternoon as she was one of four San Diego players to score in double-figures during the 32-point win over Saint Mary's. Herman scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. The double-digit output was only the second game in her career that Herman has scored in double-figures. In the season opening game against Cal State Northridge, Herman tallied, a then career-high, 10 points. On the season, Herman is averaging 5.2 points per game.
VOISINET PICKS UP SOME OFFENSE: Used primarily as the team's defensive stopper, Ashley Voisinet had her best offensive game of her career on Saturday afternoon as she scored a career-high 14 points against Saint Mary's. The senior from Irvine, Calif., tied her career-high of 13 just two weeks before in a win against Pepperdine.
TORERO DEFENSE: The Toreros' current six-game winning streak can be attributed to many factors, but it is defense that has carried San Diego to the WCC's best record. For the season, the Toreros are only allowing their opponents to score 56.4 points per game, including shutting down the WCC's highest scoring team in Santa Clara this past week. SCU entered the game averaging 71.8 points per game and USD held them to a season-low 52.
GOING STREAKING: The Toreros have tied a season-best six-game winning streak after picking up a win over Saint Mary's this past Saturday. USD's all-time record for winning streaks is at nine games, set by the 1995-96 team.
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.
THE AMAZING Amanda Rego: Junior point guard Amanda Rego continues to impress all who watch her as she has been demonstrating her all-around game this season. Rego is still the nations leader in assists at 8.3 per game, is averaging 8.7 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds at 6.1 per game. Rego is also leading the WCC in steals at 3.0 per game. Rego has set the new USD single-game record for assists with 14, and she has recorded double digit assists in 10 games this season, including 12 in Sunday's win against SMC. On the season, Rego has recorded 157 assists, just five short of the USD single-season record held by Lori Morris during the 1981-82 season.
SPRAGUE NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore forward Amber Sprague helped led USD to two victories this past week. Sprague averaged 19 points per game, nine rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor. Sprague recorded her fourth double-double of the season in the win against Santa Clara this past Thursday as she dropped in 20 points and recorded 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds is her second highest rebound total this season, only trailing her career-high 15 she recorded against Cal State Fullerton. In the win against Saint Mary's, Sprague scored 18 points, and tied a career-high in blocks with five. On the season, Sprague is averaging a team-best 14.7 points per game and pulling down a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game.
WINTHER COMING ON STRONG: Sophomore forward Kelly Winther has been red hot as of late for the Toreros offensively. The sophomore from Simi Valley, Calif., has now scored in double figures for four consecutive games and in 10 of the Toreros' last 11 games. On the season Winther is San Diego's second leading scorer with an average of 11 points per game. Winther is also USD's leading three-point shooter with a team-best 24 three's made.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros are now 11-2, 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 490-463 and are holding opponents to 56 points per game, while they scorch the opposition with 60 points per game. USD will look to continue their hot play at home this week as they host Portland and Gonzaga.
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.
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.
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.
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