May 10, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team was rated the fourth most improved team in NCAA Division I this past season in statistics released by the NCAA. The Toreros were one of two schools that improved its record over last year by 11.0, a figure that is determined by adding the difference in victories and losses between the two seasons and then dividing by two.
The Toreros have just finished the best turn around in program history, a 12-game improvement from 9-19 in the 2005-06 season to a 21-9 record this season. USD has set a lot of records along the way as they have recorded the first-ever 20-win season in program history, finished second place in the West Coast Conference for the first time in program history and had the best overall start in program history at 6-0 and in conference play at 6-0.
The Toreros also saw several individual awards get handed down after this record-setting season. The architect of this turn around was head coach Cindy Fisher, and for the efforts of both her team and coaching staff, she was tabbed as the West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year.
USD also had Amanda Rego become the first player in the history of the program to earn the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year, as the junior from San Diego Rego was the floor leader for the Toreros and paced the conference in both steals (2.75 spg) and assists per game (7.64 apg), leading the nation in the latter as well. Rego was also named the 2007 NCAA Division I statistical champion for assists per game.
USD also placed Amber Sprague on the All-WCC first team as the sophomore led the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg and rebounds at 8.1 rbg. Sprague has recorded six double-doubles on the season and scored a season-high 27 points in a win against Pacific on Dec. 12. Sprague was named the WCC Player of the Month for November after leading the Toreros to a perfect 5-0 record in the month. She has been named the WCC Player of the Week on two different occasions.
The final USD player named all-conference was freshman Morgan Henderson who was selected to the All-WCC Freshman team. Henderson averaged 8.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game overall and in conference action she as the team's third leading scorer at 10.2 ppg.