Mar. 25, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The University of San Diego women's basketball team saw its magical season come to an end Thursday evening with a 73-57 loss to Oklahoma State University in the semifinal round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. OSU will now advance on to host James Madison University in the championship game on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Toreros conclude the season with a program-best overall record of 26-9, and they also finish the season by winning its first four postseason games in program history to get to this point. With the win, the OSU Cowgirls improve to 21-12.
"It's really been a storybook run for this team," said USD head coach Cindy Fisher said. "This team was picked to finish seventh in the West Coast Conference, we ended up tied for second and then to have this run in the postseason is so great for our young players. ... It's been a great, just priceless time for this group."
Morgan Woodrow paced the Toreros in scoring for a third consecutive game, as the senior guard scored 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field. Dominique Conners was the only other Torero in double figures, as she scored 11 points to leave her mark as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,817 career points. As a team, USD shot 30.3 percent from the field and was outrebounded 41-34.
In the first half, both teams traded their first two baskets, but then the Cowgirls put together a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a double-digit lead at 17-6. However a Conners jumper then sparked an 11-2 Torero run over the next four minutes to cut the deficit to two at 19-17 with 8:55 to go. However, the Cowgirls closed out the half on a 12-5 run to take a 16-point lead into the break, up 38-22.
In the second half, USD came out on fire, as a pair of Woodrow 3-pointers gave USD a much needed spark to begin the half. However, USD could not stop OSU on the opposite end as the Cowgirls matched USD point-for-point over the first few minutes. OSU would eventually build up a lead to as many as 21 at 4:21 on the clock, before settling for a 16-point victory.
For the Cowgirls, Toni Young paced the scoring effort with a game-high 27 points, while freshman sensation Liz Donohoe recorded her fourth straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, OSU shot 51.9 percent from the field.
-Courtesy of USD Athletics