Nov. 12, 2008
The San Diego Toreros are looking to repeat their success from last year and return as the defending West Coast Conference Tournament Champions, after going 19-12 and 7-7 in the WCC. This year, San Diego was selected to finish third in the league as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. Featuring one of the most experienced teams returning four starters, the Toreros will be one of the teams to beat in the conference this season. In addition, San Diego will be returning 10 letterwinners from the team that finished in third place in the regular season.
San Diego is led by Head Coach Cindy Fisher, who enters her fourth year with the team, after spending the previous five seasons as head coach at Wyoming, where she led the Cowgirls to WNIT berth in 2003. Fisher has steadily improved the team's performance since taking over as she led the Toreros to a second place finish in the WCC and a program record 21 wins in 2006-07, just her second year with the team. That year also marked the first time the school had made a WNIT appearance. Prior to that season, San Diego had not finished in the top three in the conference since a second place finish in the 1992-93 season. Building upon that success, Fisher then led the team to its first NCAA appearance since the 1999-00 season.
The Toreros return two players from last year's all-conference team. Senior Amber Sprague was selected to the WCC All-first team, while sophomore Sam Child returns from a WCC all-freshman team selection. Not only does San Diego return a talented squad, it also returns 78.2 % of its scoring, second best among WCC teams, as well as 78.6 % of its rebounding, best among the conference.
2007-08 KEY STATS
||15.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 75 blocks|
||12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg|
||10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 spg|
||9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 44 3FG|
|SAN DIEGO'S BACKCOURT|
Rounding out the backcourt rotation should be freshman Dominique Conners, a 5-8 guard who earned the start in the Toreros' exhibition game against Point Loma, and sophomore Hannah Morgenstern, 5-6, who played in one game before redshirting last year. Conners, an Oceanside, CA native, was named a McDonald's All-American honorable mention her senior year, leading her team to the State Championship game. As a junior, she was named the Division IV CIF Player of the Year. Morgenstern, a Littleton, CO native, led her team to the Colorado State championship her senior year.
|SAN DIEGO'S FRONTCOURT|
Joining Sprague and Henderson is senior Kiva Herman, a 6-0 forward, who started 31 of 32 games last season. Herman led the way offensively for San Diego during its WCC Tournament run, averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game, including a 23 point performance in the semi-final game against Santa Clara. She returns as the team's second leading scorer, as she averaged 12.7 ppg.
Looking to make contributions this year are senior Kaila Mangrum, who played in all 32 contests last season, and freshman Morgan Woodrow. In 17.8 minutes per game, Mangrum averaged 4.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Woodrow, 6-0, played for Washington HS in Fremont, CA, and averaged 17.0 ppg as a senior on her way to Athlete of the Year and team MVP honors.