March 17, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team won't have to go far for their third trip to the NCAA Tournament as they will head up to Stanford, Calif. for the first round. USD draws California in the first round on Saturday, March 22 at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and listened to usdtoreros.com as well as on KALX Radio (90.7 FM) in the Bay Area.
The California-San Diego winner will play the winner of the first-round game between sixth-seeded George Washington (25-6) and 11th-seeded Auburn (20-11) on Monday, March 24 at the same location. George Washington and Auburn play on Saturday at 11 a.m., also at Stanford. The four teams are playing for the right to advance to the Greensboro Regional on Sunday, March 30.
The Toreros (19-12) will be making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history after posting the second best record in program history and claiming the West Coast Conference Tournament championship. USD's other two trips to the NCAA Tournament were in 1993 and again in 2000.
The Bears enter the game with a 26-6 overall record, which is the most single-season wins in program history. Cal, who finished second in the Pac-10 Conference, is led by the junior post tandem of Ashley Walker (15.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Devanei Hampton (13.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg). Both athletes earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors, and junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (11.7 ppg, 39.8 3FG%) earned a spot on the All-Pac-10 second team.
San Diego is led by senior point guard Amanda Rego, who averages 8.5 assists per game, the second best in the nation, and she drops in 10.0 points per game. Junior center Amber Sprague, a first-team All-WCC performer, leads the team in scoring with her 15.5 points per game to go along with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game. Kiva Herman is the team's second best scoring option with an 12.7 points per game average and the final USD player averaging in double figures is freshman guard Sam Child, an All-WCC Freshman team selection, who averages 10.2 points per game.