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SMC Defeats USD, 51-47

Feb. 17, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's College Gaels defeated the University of San Diego women's basketball team, 51-47, Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 20-6 overall and 9-3 in the WCC. With the win, the Gaels avoid a season sweep by the Toreros and move to 13-12 overall and 7-5 in the WCC.

Amber Sprague scored a game-high 17 points to lead the USD offense on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Amanda Rego recorded a game-high five assists and four steals. As a team, the Toreros were held to 33 percent shooting from the field and were out rebounded 41-30.

In the first half, the Toreros jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead as Sabine Loewe recorded the first bucket and Alcha Strane capped the run with a three-pointer.

SMC then answered with a 6-0 run sparked by an Eghosa Obaiza free-throw and capped with a Serena Benavente three-pointer.

The two teams would then sea saw back and forth over majority of their first half with both teams taking their turn with the lead, until SMC was able to take a four-point lead going into the break.

The second half again was a sea saw battle back and forth with the Toreros finally regaining the lead at 29-28 on a Kelly Winther jumper.

SMC then used a 9-0 run to gain back the momentum of the game and an eight-point lead.

The Toreros slowly chipped away at the lead and got to within four on a couple of occasions and eventually got to within two with under a minute to go. Kiva Herman then had an acrobatic shot that rimed out with 13 seconds remaining and the Gaels then hit a pair of free-throws to win the game.

For the Gaels, Maija Lahde led the team with 15 points and Serena Benavente was the only other player in double figures with 13 points. The Gaels shot 40 percent from the floor as a team.

The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they head to Spokane for a 7 p.m. game with first-place Gonzaga University.