Mar. 4, 2011
Las Vegas- Behind a balanced scoring effort, and solid all-around complete basketball game, the University of San Diego women's basketball team throttled Loyola Marymount University, 73-43, in the first round of the West Coast Conference basketball championships at the Orleans Arena Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 16-13 overall and will advance on to play Pepperdine University on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the second round. With the loss, the Lions finish the season with an 11-18 overall record.
Senior guard Sam Child led the team in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, while also pulling down seven rebounds. Emily Hatch recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Dominique Conners scored 13 points and Morgan Woodrow added in with 10 points. As a team, USD shot an impressive 58.5 % from the field, and out rebounded the Lions 43-21, while outscoring LMU 34-8 in the paint.
The Toreros began the domination in the first half as they opened up the game with an 8-0 run, thanks to pressure defense and a hot-shooting Dominique Conners, as she scored six of the first eight points over the first three minutes of play. USD and LMU would then begin to trade basket for basket over the next seven minutes, before the Toreros grabbed their first double-digit lead of the game at 21-11 on a pair of Amy Kame free-throws with 10:04 to go.
San Diego then kept the pedal to the medal as they went on an 11-2 run over the next five minutes of play as a Woodrow lay-up sparked the run, and a Conners lay-up capped off the run to give USD a 20-point lead at 32-12 with 5:07 to go. The Toreros would then hold on to take a 16-point lead into the break, up 38-22.
In the second half, the Toreros surrendered the first basket to LMU, but they quickly pushed their lead to 22 on a Woodrow lay-up with 14:39 to go. The Lions just could not get in sync, as USD continued the pressure defense, forcing 15 total turnovers in the game, as well as keeping the domination inside the paint.
Courtesy of USD Sports Information