Nov. 14, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-1) will hit the road this week as they head to the East Coast to compete in a four-team Tournament held by Seton Hall University. The Toreros will open play against Toledo on Friday in a 5 p.m. game (PST). Saturday's opponent is yet to be determined, but it will either be the host Seton Hall or George Mason University. If USD wins Friday, they will play the winner of the SHU/GMU game, or if USD's loses Friday they will play the loser of the SHU/GMU game.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior center Amber Sprague's game and season-high 25 points helped pace the University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-1) to a 79-50 win over visiting Cal State Northridge (0-2) in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion. Sprague led all players with her 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson was he second Torero in double figures as she had 15 points and freshman forward Sam Child looked impressive in her home debut for USD, adding in 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Senior guard Amanda Rego had a game-high nine assists and Kiva Herman had a team-best 11 rebounds to go along with nine points.
SCOUTING THE ROCKETS: Toledo enters the week with an overall record of 1-0 after defeating IPFW, 87-75, in their season-opener this past week. Toledo and San Diego have only met on one prior occasion with the Rockets coming away with a win. Allie Clifton helped to pace the Rockets to the win with her team-best 22 points and 11 rebounds. There was three other player in double figures in the win with Jessica Williams and Tamesha Scotton each recording 13 points, Amber Heistan adding in 11 and Ta'Yani Clark chipping in 10 points. The Rockets are under the direction of 13th-year head coach Mark Ehlen. During his tenure in Toledo, Ehlen has amassed an overall record of 227-133.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS: George Mason enters the week with an 0-1 overall record after dropping their season-opener to Georgia 84-56. This will be the first meeting between the Toreros and Patriots in program history. Senior guard Lateisha Wade leads the team's offense as she scored a team-leading 12 points on a 6-for-13 performance from the floor in the loss to Georgia this past week. Freshman guard Brittany Eley also looked impressive in her season debut as he scored nine points. The Patriots are under the direction of 10th-year head coach Debbie Taneyhill. During her tenure in Fairfax, Taneyhill has posted an overall record of 135-144.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES: Seton Hall enters the week with a 2-0 overall record after picking up wins over Manhattan and Fairleigh Dickson this past week. This will be the first meeting bewtwen the two program, should they end up playing each other. The Pirates are led offensively by Jadis Rhodin, who has a team-best 13.0 points per game average to go along with 4.5 rebounds. Two more player are averaging double figures with Amber Harris averaging 11 ppg and Ela Mukosiej averaging 11.5 ppg. The Pirates are under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Phyllis Mangina. During her tenure in South Orange, Mangina has posted an overall record of 314-318.
DOUBLING IT UP: Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson is the lone Torero to record a double-double in the early part of the season. In USD's loss to Bakersfield Henderson, recorded 22 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. Henderson followed that performance up scoring 15 points in Sunday's win over Northridge. Through two games, Henderson is leading the team in both points per game (18.5) and rebounds (9.5).
SUDDEN IMPACT: Freshman forward Sam Child has made an immediate impact on the Toreros women's basketball team in just two games. In Sunday's pounding of Cal State Northridge, Child got her first collegiate start and she didn't disappoint Torero fans. The 5-11 Portland, Ore. native looked impressive in her home debut with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. She also pulled down five rebounds and recorded two steals. Child was also impressive off the ball and she sprinted out on the wing in transition to be one several options for the Torero guards to get the ball to. On the season, Child is averaging 8.0 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game.
KIVA LOOKING GOOD THROUGH TWO GAMES: Sophomore forward/guard Kiva Herman has looked solid through the first two games for the Toreros. In Sunday's win over Northridge, Herman pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, and was just one point shy of her first double-double. In the season-opener, Herman was on fire from the field as she recorded 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Through two games, Herman is averaging 13.5 points per game and 8.0 boards per game.
RECORD WATCH: Senior guard Amanda Rego continue to leave her stamp on the Toreros basketball program as she is now just one steal shy of tying the all-time career steals record held by Kerri Nakamoto (1999-03) with 214. Rego has also been moving her way up the all-time assists charts at USD and currently has 404 career assists, good for third best in the program. The All-time assists leader in Lori Morris (1980-84), who amassed 480 assists. Considering Rego recorded 230 assists this past season to pace the nation, Rego will most likely own both the all-time assists and steals record at USD.
SPRAGUE RETURNS TO FORM: After a four-point performance in the season opener, junior center Amber Sprague came back on Sunday with a vengeance and recorded a game-high 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor, and he pulled down eight rebounds. This past season, Sprague averaged 14.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. Sprague is well on her way back to that form of a year ago.
MEET THE COACH: Head coach Cindy Fisher is entering her third season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program's third head coach on April 19, 2005 after taking over for Kathy Marpe, who stepped down after directing the program for 25 years in 2005. In only her second season at the helm of the program, Fisher orchestrated the biggest turn around in school history, 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. Under her tutelage, the Toreros placed three players on the All-WCC lists highlighted by Amanda Rego being named the WCC Co-Player of the Year. Rego and Amber Sprague both took home first-team All-WCC honors and Morgan Henderson was named to the All-WCC Freshman team. For her efforts, Fisher was named the 2007 WCC Co-Coach of the Year. At Wyoming, Fisher's Cowgirl teams showed improvement in each of her five seasons, culminating with an 18-12 mark during the 2002-03 season. The 18 wins were the school's most victories since 1989-90. She also led the Cowgirls to their first postseason appearance since 1989-90 with a trip to the 2003 WNIT, where Wyoming notched a first-round win over Montana before falling in the second round.
TOREROS TABBED AS THE WCC PRESEASON FAVORITE: 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. Gonzaga, who is coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance was picked to finish second. Pepperdine came in third in the voting followed by Loyola Marymount at fourth. Saint Mary's was picked to finish fifth and San Francisco sixth. Santa Clara (seventh) and Portland (eighth) round out the preseason coaches poll.
TOREROS TO HAVE THREE GAMES ON TV: This season the Toreros will be featured live on TV for three games. The games against Pacific on December 15th and Gonzaga on January 17th will be aired locally on Channel 4. USD's game against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 31 will be televised live on ESPNU.
THREE TOREROS OUT FOR THE SEASON: Junior guard Kelly Winther, sophomore forward Sara VanderHorst and redshirt freshman guard Hannah Morgenstern are all out for the season. Winther and VanderHorst will take a redshirt year. Winther had the second highest points-per-game average for the Toreros a year ago with 10.9 and she led the team in three-point shooting with a team-best 37 three-pointers made. VanderHorst saw limited action in 2006-07 as she scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 16 games.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: All USD home games, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto usdtoreros.com. Once on the home page, click the LIVE button on the top right of the page. Two former USD basketball standouts Paula Bott (play-by-play) and Susie Erpelding (color) will bring you all the action. The pair not only set USD records on the court but both earned the West Coast Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the only two student-athletes in USD women's basketball history to receive such honors. This service a free of charge for all who wish to watch the broadcast.
GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's basketball home games can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action. Selected San Diego road games are also available via Gametracker. To see if Gametracker is available for a game, go to San Diego Events at the top-right of the home page. If Gametracker is available there will be a Gametracker link.