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Preseason Women's Basketball Notes: Team Practice Starts This Saturday

Oct. 12, 2007

USD Women's Basketball Holds First Practice Saturday:Coming off the program's first 20-win season and inaugural trip to the WNIT, the University of San Diego women's basketball team kicks off the 2007-08 season this Saturday. The Toreros will hold their first practice from 9-11 a.m. and a second practice from 3-4:30 p.m. This year the Toreros will start their third campaign under the defending West Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year, Cindy Fisher.

Toreros Tabbed as Preseason Favorites to Win the WCC Crown in 2008:San Diego was chosen as the favorite to claim the West Coast Conference women's basketball title, edging out defending conference champion Gonzaga in the 2007-08 WCC preseason coaches poll. The Toreros, who set a program record with 21 wins and hosted a WNIT contest for the first time last season, received four first place votes and totaled 58 overall points, while the Bulldogs garnered three first place votes, and received 55 total points to finish second in the annual coaches poll.

Headlining the group of San Diego returners is 2006-07 WCC Co-Player of the Year Amanda Rego, and All-WCC first team selection Amber Sprague. Rego became the first Torero to garner the league's top honor after leading the nation in assists (7.7 apg) and pacing the circuit in steals (2.77 spg) for the second straight season. Sprague received All-WCC accolades after ranking in the conference's top-three in both scoring (14.6 ppg-3rd) and rebounding (7.9 rpg-2nd). Also returning for Cindy Fisher, the 2006-07 WCC Co-Coach of the Year, is WCC All-Freshman selection Morgan Henderson (8.6 ppg).

Toreros to Participate in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Walk:The University of San Diego women's basketball team will be participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk to help raise money for breast cancer on October 21, 2007.

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words "you have breast cancer," and there is a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. The USD women's basketball team has chosen to fight back against this disease and help make a difference by participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk ... and the team hopes you will join them.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the team's opportunity to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to help fight breast cancer. But Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is more than just the name of a walk; it describes the amazing progress we can make if we work together to defeat this disease.