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Toreros Hold on to Defeat Pepperdine in Second Round of WCC Championships, 77-68

Mar. 5, 2011

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Las Vegas- Behind a 21-point effort from Sam Child, and double-doubles from both Dominique Conners and Emily Hatch, the University of San Diego women's basketball team held on to upset third-seeded Pepperdine University, 77-68, Saturday afternoon in the second round of the West Coast Conference Championships at the Orleans Arena.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 17-13 overall and advance to the semi-finals of the WCC Championships on Sunday to play second-seeded Saint Mary's College in a 1:30 p.m. game. With the loss, the Waves finish the season with an 18-11 overall record.

Child led the team in scoring for a fourth consecutive game, as she scored her 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, while pulling down eight rebounds. Conners scored 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting, while pulling down 10 rebounds, and Emily Hatch recorded 13 rebounds and scored 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor. As a team, USD shot .455 from the field and dominated the rebounding category at 53-28

With The Toreros dominating the game from about the seven minute mark of the first half until they pushed their lead up to as many as 20 at 54-34 on a Hatch 3-pointer with 15:20 to go, the game seemed to be going all USD's way. The Waves began to grab the momentum, as their pressure defense caught the Toreros off guard, and they went on a 16-4 run over the next nine minutes of play to pull back to within eight at 58-50 on a Jazmine Jackson free-throw shot with 6:42 to go.

In the early going of this ball game, the Toreros and Waves were hitting on all cylinders, as both teams were launching three's and making them to keep it a sea saw battle right out of the gates. Both teams had their turn with the lead in the first half, and neither team led by more than six in a back and forth affair. Then with the score knotted at 27, a Conners jumper ignited a 14-3 run over the final 6:31 to give USD all the momentum and an 11-point half time lead.

Courtesy of USD Sports Information