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Southern Utah and Dayton up Next for Toreros

Nov. 20, 2007

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IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (2-2) will return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this week as they host Southern Utah University and the University of Dayton. On Friday, the Toreros will host Southern Utah in a 7 p.m. non-conference game and on Saturday, the Toreros welcome the Dayton Flyers to town for a 1 p.m. showdown.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted a split on the road this past week at the Seton Hall Classic. The Toreros opened the tournament with a 82-62 win over the University of Toledo. In that game, Amanda Rego posted the first triple-double in program history with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson scored a game-high 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field and pulled down eight rebounds. Junior center Amber Sprague recorded her first double-double of the season as she scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Kiva Herman was the fourth Torero in double-figures as she had 12 points with an 8-for-12 performance from the field. As a team, USD out rebounded the Rockets 53-27 and shot 40 percent from the field. On Saturday in the championship game against Seton Hall, the Toreros fell 69-55. In the game, Sprague led the team with her 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor and pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds. Amanda Rego followed up her triple double from Friday with a 14 point and eight assist performance. As a team, the Toreros were out rebounded 69-55 and shot 32 percent from the floor.

REGO'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE: San Diego senior point guard Amanda Rego recorded the first triple-double in program history in Friday's win over Toledo. Rego posted 11 points, had a team-best 13 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. Rego came close this past season at recording a triple-double in a game against Holy Cross as she had nine points, 13 assists and a program-record 10 steals in a win over the Crusaders in the opening game of the Surf N' Slam Tournament. On the season, Rego is averaging 10.8 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 8.8 assists per game.

SCOUTING THE THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah enters the week with an overall record of 1-2 after dropping a pair of games to Kansas State and Utah Valley State this past week. The Thunderbirds will play San Diego State before coming to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Friday. USD holds an all-time series lead of 1-0, claiming the only match-up 61-50 this past season. Leading the Thunderbirds offensively is freshman forward Anne Westwood, who is averaging 11.3 points per game and 12.7 boards per game. Freshman forward Challis Pascucci has also proved to be a force to be reckoned with as she averaged 9.0 points per game and pulls down 8.3 rebounds per game. The Thunderbirds are under the direction of second-year head coach Steve Hodson. During his tenure in Cedar City, Hodson has posted an overall record of 10-22.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS: Dayton enters the week with an overall record of 2-2 after picking up a 82-54 win over Loyola Chicago this past week. USD and Dayton have met on two prior occasions with the Toreros claiming both match-ups with the last meeting coming during the 2002-03 season, a 76-66 USD win at Dayton. The Flyers are led by senior guard Brittany Holterman, who has a team-leading 13.3 points per game average to go along with a 4.3 rebounds per game average. The second Dayton player averaging double figures is senior forward Nikki Oakland, who is averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The Flyers are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Jim Jabir. During his tenure in Dayton, Jabir has posted an overall record of 45-72.

A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will hit the road next week for one game as they head to Northern California to take on Cal Poly in a non-conference game. This game's tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday December 1.

BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Junior center Amber Sprague turned in dominating performances in the Toreros past two games, as the San Diego native recorded back-to-back double-doubles. In Friday's win over Toledo, Sprague recorded 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The junior then followed that performance up with a 17 point and 11 rebound performance against Seton Hall. On the season, Sprague is the team's second leading scorer with an average of 15 ppg and she leads the team with her 8.8 rebounds per game.

HENDERSON PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore forward Morgan Henderson has picked up right where she left off from this past season. Towards the end of last season, Henderson was averaging just under 10 points per game, but this season Henderson is currently the team's leading scorer with 15.3 points per game average to go along with 7.8 rebounds per game. This season, Henderson has scored in double figures in two of the four games, scoring 22 in the season-opener, then following that up with a 15 point performance in the win over Cal State Northridge.

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Senior guard Amanda Rego recorded two steals this past week to move her career total to 215, the new all-time record for career steals at USD. Rego has also been moving her way up the all-time assists charts at USD and currently has 422 career assists, good for second best in the program. The all-time assists leader is 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 the all-time assists record at USD by season's end.

HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE: In San Diego's first four games, the Toreros have averaged three player in double figures. In the season-opener, USD had three players in double figures with Morgan Henderson leading the charge with 22. Then in the home opener against Cal State Northridge, the Toreros again had three players record double digits, paced by Amber Sprague's season-high 25. Then in the win over Toledo, USD had four players in double figures. Both Sprague and Amanda Rego have recorded double figures in three of the four games, and both Kiva Herman and Henderson has been in double digits twice. USD now has four players averaging double figures through four games.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.