Jan. 29, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: On Saturday, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (17-4, 6-1 WCC) will travel to the Bay Area to play their travel partner San Francisco. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym on the campus of the University of San Francisco.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team fell to Gonzaga University in a battle of the undefeated in the West Coast Conference, 87-82, Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With the loss, the Toreros fall to 17-4 overall, 6-1 in the WCC and saw their season-high seven-game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 15-8 overall and move to 7-0 in the WCC. Amanda Rego led the offensive charge for the Toreros as she scored a team-best 19 points and racked up 10 assists to post her seventh double-double of the season. Rego also pulled down a team-best eight boards. Amber Sprague scored 15 points for USD on 7-of-15 shooting as the second of five USD players in double figures. Both Kelly Winther and Morgan Henderson had 15 points apiece; a career-high for Henderson and the sixth consecutive game that Winther has recorded double figures. Kiva Herman was the final USD player in double figures as she dropped in 10; to mark the third consecutive game she has recorded double digits. As a team, the Toreros shot 47 percent from the floor, but were out rebounded 37-31. In the first half, the early going was close as both teams took their turn with the lead. Then with score knotted at 6-6, Gonzaga's Heather Bowman hit a jumper to spark a 10-4 run giving GU a 16-10 advantage. After San Diego pulled to within three at 20-17 on a Rego jumper, the Zags would use a 7-2 run to again gain some breathing room. GU would eventually build their lead to 10 going into the break. In the second half, San Diego came out firing on all cylinders as they began the period with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to two. Winther hit a three-pointer to get things rolling for the Toreros and Rego capped the run with a jumper as the crowd broke out into a frenzy. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth for a bit until Rachael Kane hit a three pointer to give the Zags a 54-47 lead. San Diego refused to go away as they continued to chip away at the lead, but every time USD got close, the Bulldogs would hit a big shot to end the Toreros threat. The Bulldogs would go on to build their lead up to as many as 13 on a Jami Bjorklund three-pointer with 3:29 remaining. The Toreros refused to give up, as they continued to claw their way back into the game, but in the end could not over come the deficit.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the game with a 7-15 overall record and a 1-6 record in the WCC after dropping a pair of games to Portland and Gonzaga this past week. The Dons are currently riding a four-game losing streak. USF holds a 22-21 advantage over the Toreros all-time, but USD claimed a 52-45 win on Jan. 7 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in both teams' WCC opener. San Francisco is led offensively by Dominique Carter, who is averaging a team-leading 14.5 points per game. The only other USF player averaging double figures is Shay Rollins, who is averaging 10.3 ppg.
THREE IN A ROW FOR HERMAN: Sophomore forward Kiva Herman made it three consecutive games scoring in double figures. This marks the first time in her career, she has strung together three consecutive double digit games. The streak began with a career-high 17 points in a win against Saint Mary's, followed by a 14 point outburst against Portland this past Thursday and capped with a 10 point performance this past Saturday against Gonzaga. On the season, Herman has moved her points per game average up to 5.8.
HENDERSON SETS ANOTHER CAREER-HIGH: Freshman forward Morgan Henderson set yet another career-high in Saturday's loss to Gonzaga. The Leawood, Kan. native dropped in 15 points against Gonzaga including going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Henderson is also the team's second best three-point shooter as she has drained 14 trays this season.
REGO DISPLAYS ALL-AROUND GAME AGAIN: Junior guard Amanda Rego helped lead USD to a 1-1 record this past week. Rego was yet again demonstrating her all-around game as she averaged 12.5 points per game, 8.5 assists per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. In the loss to Gonzaga, Rego notched up her seventh double-double of the season as she dished out a game-high 10 assists to go along with a season-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds. On the season, Rego is the third leading scorer for the Toreros with 9.0 ppg and is the second leading rebounder with a 6.1 rbg average.
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.
MORE REGO: Junior point guard Amanda Rego continues to lead the nation in assists per game at 8.3. She has already become the single-season assists leader at USD this season with her 174 assists, and she has now moved into fifth-all-time in career assists at 331. Rego is also leading the WCC in steals at 3.0 per game. Rego has also set the new USD single-game record for assists with 14, and she has recorded double digit assists in 11 games this season, including 10 in Saturday's loss against Gonzaga.
WHO'S HOT FOR THE TOREROS: 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 six consecutive games and in 12 of the Toreros' last 13 games. She just scored a career-high 20 points in the win over Portland this past Thursday on 7-of-12 shooting. On the season, Winther is San Diego's second leading scorer with an average of 11.7 points per game. Winther is also USD's leading three-point shooter with a team-best 31 three's made.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Several USD players, as well as the team itself, hold lofty positions in the conference statistics. Amanda Rego leads the WCC in both assists (8.3) and steals (3.0) and is second in assists to turnover ration at 2.12. Amber Sprague is third in the WCC in points per game at 14.7, third in blocked shots at 2.0 per game and tied for second in rebounds at 7.5. Sabine Loewe is third in field goal percentage at .507. As a team, the Toreros are leading the conference in scoring defense, just allowing 58.3 points per game, leading the WCC in steals at 10.3 and are third in assists per game at 14.95. USD is also ranked second in field goal percentage at .418, and second in team three-point field goal percentage at .344,
A LOOK AHEAD: After playing a majority of their games this season inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion, USD only has two more games at home this season. The Toreros, who are 5-1 on the road, must play five of their next seven games on the road, including a trip to Spokane for another battle with first place Gonzaga on Feb. 22.
SPRAGUE FINISHES STRONG JANUARY: Amber Sprague has just completed a very impressive month of play. In January, Sprague averaged 14.9 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and racked up 12 steals and 13 blocks. She scored 20 or more points twice and posted one double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds in a win against Santa Clara. On the season, Sprague is leading the team in scoring with a 14.7 points per game average and is the teams leading rebounder with 7.5 boards a game.
WITH A WIN: With a win this weekend, the Toreros will set a new program record for wins in a season with 18 and move to 7-1 in conference play, a feat that hasn't happened since the 1985-86 team opened WCC action at 7-1.
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