Nov. 2, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team opens its 2007-08 schedule with an exhibition contest Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion against The Melbourne Roos at 7 p.m.
USD welcomes back three all-WCC performers from a year ago, highlighted by the defending WCC Co-Player of the Year Amanda Rego. Rego became the first player in the history of the program to take home conference Player of the Year honors, after leading the nation with 8.1 assists per game. Rego set a new program single-season record with 230 assists, and steals with 80. Another key returner for the Toreros will be the return of first-team All-WCC performer Amber Sprague. Sprague returns after leading the team with a 14.8 points per game average and team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game. Sprague also ranked in the WCC's top-three in both scoring (14.8 ppg-3rd) and rebounding (7.9 rpg-2nd). Another All-WCC performer who returns is sophomore forward Morgan Henderson. As a freshman she played a huge role in helping lead USD to a 20-win season. Henderson averaged 8.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, not to mention becoming a huge threat from beyond the arc, as she tallied the second most threes on the team with 33.
Fans will also get their first chance to take a look at some of USD's newcomers as well, which is highlighted by freshman forward Sam Child from Portland, Ore. Child was tabbed as the Oregonian's Class 6A girls State Player of the Year as a senior. During her senior season, she set eight school records, including the single-season records for points (526), field goals made (212) and steals (96) and she finished her career as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,139 points. Another newcomer expected to see time on the court is Brianna Estell from Perris, Calif. Estell comes to USD after a stand-out career at Perris High School. As a senior, she averaged 15 points and 10 assists per game en route to an All-CIF distinction. She was also nominated as a McDonald's All-American during her senior season. Another freshman who the coaches are excited about is Emily Hatch from Portland, Ore. Hatch earned an All-State honorable mention as both a junior and senior and also earned a McDonald's All-American nomination as a senior.
Head coach Cindy Fisher makes her return for her third campaign after being named the WCC Co-Coach of the Year. Fisher orchestrated the biggest turn around in school history this past season, a 12-game improvement from 9-19 in the 2005-06 season to a 21-9 record in 2006-07 season. The turn around was the fourth best in the nation. USD set a lot of records along the way as they 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.
San Diego tips off the regular season on Nov. 9, when it heads to the Bakersfield, Calif. to take on Cal State Bakersfield in a 7 p.m. Game. USD will then return for their home opener on Nov. 11 in a 2 p.m. game against Cal State Northridge inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.