Nov. 21, 2006
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-0) will look to remain unbeaten as they close out a four-game home-stand with Georgia Tech University and the Air Force Academy this week. USD kicks off the holiday weekend with a 7 p.m. contest against the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m., then host Air Force on Sunday in a 12:30 p.m. non-conference game.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Amanda Rego recorded 14 assists to set the new University of San Diego single-game record for assists in helping lead the Toreros to a 76-46 pounding over cross-town rival San Diego State University Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With the win, the Toreros are off to the best start in program history at 3-0 and have claimed their fifth consecutive win over the Aztecs. With the loss, SDSU falls to 1-2 on the young season. Rego not only recorded a program-record 14 assists, but also added 10 points to record her second double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Kelly Winther was the second Torero in double figures as she poured in 12 points and Amber Sprague added 10 points to go along with nine rebounds. All but one Torero who stepped on the floor today recorded at least two points with Sara VanderHorst scoring nine in only eight minutes on the floor. The Toreros shot 42 percent for the game and out rebounded the Aztecs 45-33. Emotions had the best of both teams early on in the contest as the Aztecs took their only lead of the game at 2-0, but the teams were then battling back and fourth until each team was locked up at 6-6. The Toreros then went on a 6-0 run to break free from the Aztecs. USD would then explode and built their lead to as many as 29 when Alcha Strane hit a pair of free throws with 2:15 remaining in the first half to move the score to 34-15. The Aztecs then closed the gap to 16 by the end of the half. In the second period, it was all Toreros as USD opened the period with a 7-3 run sparked by a Kiva Herman lay-up and capped by a Rego lay-up. The Toreros never looked back as they would build their lead to as many as 34 before settling for a 30 point victory. For the first 12:27 of the second period SDSU only made two field goals as the Toreros outscored them 26-9 during this stretch.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS: Georgia Tech University enters the week with a 3-0 record after picking up a pair of wins this past week against Appalachian State and Georgia State. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series record between the two programs at 1-0. In the last season's meeting, the Toreros fell to the Yellow Jackets 56-51. GT is led offensively by Stephanie Higgs, who has a team-leading 21.3 points per game average. Chioma Nnamaka and Janie Mitchell are the other two Yellow Jackets averaging double figures. Mitchell is also the team's leading rebounder with an average of 8.3 boards per game. Georgia Tech is under the direction of fourth-year head coach MaChelle Joseph. During her tenure at Georgia Tech, Joseph has posted a 77-69 overall record.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Air Force enters the week with a 1-1 record after picking up a win over Northern Colorado this past week. This will be the second meeting between USD and the Air Force Academy. USD holds a 1-0 advantage over the Falcons as they claimed the only meeting between the two, 80-78, in overtime during the 2004-05 season. The Falcons are led offensively by Alecia Steele, who has a team-leading 17 points per game average. Pamela Findlay and Lauren Henderson are the other two players in double figures for the Falcons. The Falcons are under the direction of sixth-year head coach Ardie McInelly. During her tenure at Air Force, McInelly has posted an overall record of 34-107.
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 is a subscription service that will give you access to live video events of USD athletic teams, coaching interviews and much more. The cost for this service will be $6.95 per month or a yearly subscription can be purchased for $49.95.
REGO NAMED WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The University of San Diego's junior point guard Amanda Rego was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week after helping lead the Toreros to back-to-back wins this past week. Rego set a new program record in the Toreros' 30-point win over cross-town rival San Diego State University this past Sunday. Rego recorded 14 assists to set a new single-game record for assists, and she also dropped in 10 points to post her second double-double of the season. In Tuesday's 68-53 win over UC Riverside, the junior guard from Mission Bay High School, racked up 11 assists and added nine points in the win. On the season, Rego is averaging a double-double at 10.7 points per game and a conference-leading 11.7 assists per game.
HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE?: Through three games, the Toreros have averaged four players in double figures. In the season-opener, USD had six players in double figures with Amber Sprague leading the charge scoring 22. Then in Tuesday's home opener, the Toreros had four players record double digits and in Sunday's pounding over SDSU, USD had three players in double figures. Sprague leads all scorers on the team with her 18 points per game average. Kelly Winther is second on the team with her 12 ppg and both Amanda Rego and Morgan Henderson are averaging 10.7 points apiece.
OFF AND RUNNING: The University of San Diego women's basketball team is off to the best start in program history at 3-0. Only two other teams have jumped out to a 2-0 record, but never before has a USD women's basketball team began a season 3-0. The Toreros will look to extend their three-game win streak to four and possibly five with a pair of home games this week against Georgia Tech and Air Force.
SPRAGUE LOOKING SOLID: Sophomore Amber Sprague, who sat out all of last season with an injury, has returned with a vengeance as she is averaging a team-leading 18 points per game. She has now twice recorded 22 points in a game and has one double-double on the young season.
HENDERSON HAS ANOTHER SOLID OUTING: Freshman forward Morgan Henderson, is averaging 10 points per game. In Sunday's win over San Diego State, she had her first game not in double figures, but she did record nine points. This past week, Henderson came through huge for the Toreros, as she ended UC Riverside's come back attempt with a three late in the game that sparked a 15-4 USD run to close out the game.
MEET THE COACH: Head coach Cindy Fisher is entering her second 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. During her first season at USD, the Toreros showed remarkable improvement and were close in majority of their games. The Toreros did record a huge 15 point win over Santa Clara on the road and were close in games against Georgia Tech, Boise State and against Loyola Marymount in the first round of the WCC Championship Tournament. Fisher also helped guide Tiara Harris to a All-WCC selection and Kelly Winther to a All-WCC Freshman team selection. 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.
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.
TOREROS TABBED SIXTH IN WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team was tabbed to finish sixth in the 2006-07 West Coast Conference preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches. Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine were chosen as the favorites to claim the WCC women's basketball title with Gonzaga rounding out the top three. Santa Clara checked in at No. 4, Saint Mary's was selected fifth and the Toreros check in at No. 6. Rounding out the conferecne are San Francisco, who was picked seventh, and Portland was picked eighth, respectfully.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NOW A TICKETED SPORT: All USD women's basketball home games are now a ticketed event, effective at the start of the 2006-07 season. General Admission tickets will be available to the general public on the day of each game. USD faculty, staff, and student tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. General admission tickets are $5 per person.