Nov. 25, 2006
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-0) will look to remain unbeaten, as they close out a four-game home-stand against the Air Force Academy (2-2) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
LAST TIME OUT: Strong defense and key free throw shooting down the stretch helped lift the University of San Diego women's basketball team (4-0) to a 62-59 non-conference win over visiting Georgia Tech University (3-2) Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With 1:36 remaining in the ball game, the Yellow Jackets and Toreros were dead locked at 53-53. San Diego then went on a 5-1 run sparked by a London Houchin jumper and capped by a Amber Sprague three-point play, with a jumper an free throw. Four more free throws, two by Sprague and two by Amanda Rego, iced the victory for the Toreros allowing them to continue the best start in program history. Sprague led all scorers with her 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a 9-for-10 performance from the charity stripe. Senior Sabine Loewe was the only other Torero in double figures as she poured in 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Rego continued her stellar play at the point guard position as she dished out a game-best seven assists. In the early minutes of the game, the Toreros came out on fire as they jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead, but the Yellow Jackets then went on a 4-2 run to again even the score on a Janie Mitchell jumper. The two would then sea-saw back and fourth over the next couple of minutes before GT took a five-point lead at 16-11. The Toreros answered back quickly as Ashley Voisinet sparked a 7-2 USD run to again put the Toreros on even playing terms with the Yellow Jackets. San Diego would finally gain the lead back when Alcha Strane came off the bench and recorded back-to-back three pointers to give USD a 26-24 lead. USD would then hang on to that two-point lead going into the break with the score at 30-28. In the second frame, the Toreros opened with a 7-2 run with Sprague serving as the catalyst, as the sophomore scored four of the seven USD points. But the Yellow Jackets climbed their way back into the game as they got to with in two at 39-37. The two teams then battled back and fourth with the Toreros not surrendering the lead until Jacqua Williams hit a jumper with 6:49 remaining, giving GT a brief one-point lead at 46-45. That lead was short lived as just 16 seconds later, Voisinet hit a jumper to give USD back the lead. GT would enjoy one more lead at 49-47, but USD's defense proved to be too strong as the Toreros regained the lead for good with 1:23 remaining on a jumper from Houchin.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Air Force enters the contest with a 2-2 record after recording a loss to Alaska Anchorage and picking up a win against Butler at the Great Alaska Shootout earlier this week. This will be the second meeting between the two, with USD holding a 1-0 all-time record against Air Force. USD claimed the lone meeting during the 2004-05 season when the Toreros picked up an 80-78 win in overtime at the Academy. Air Force is led offensively by Alecia Steele, who has a team-leading 12.3 points per game average. Pamela Findlay is the only other Falcon in double figures, as the junior guard is averaging 11.8 ppg. 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 35-108.
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.
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.
GOING STREAKING: The University of San Diego women's basketball team is in the midst of a four-game winning streak. With the 4-0 record, USD is also of to the best start in program history, as no other USD team has been undefeated through four games in the history of the program. USD will look to extend that streak to five when they host Air Force on Sunday.
SPRAGUE STILL DOMINATING: Sophomore forward/center Amber Sprague continues to dominate in the first part of the season. The sophomore from Mission Bay High School, poured in a season-high 23 points in the win over Georgia Tech on Friday night. The 23 points, marks the third time in four games this season that Sprague has gone over 20 points. On the season, Sprague not only leads the Toreros with her 19.3 points per game average, but also leads the WCC in scoring.
HOUCHIN GETS THE START: Freshman guard London Houchin got her first collegiate start of the young season in the win over Georgia Tech. Houchin tied her career-high with five points and recorded a career-best three steals in the win. Houchin has been giving the Toreros valuable minutes on the floor as head coach Cindy Fisher feels comfortable enough to let Houchin run the pint guard position and give Amanda Rego a breather every now and then.
VOISINET LOOKING GOOD: Senior forward Ashley Voisinet has been looking solid for the Toreros through four games. Voisinet had the best game of the young season for the Toreros in Friday's win over Georgia Tech. The senior from Irvine, Calif., dropped in a season-high eight points and had a season-high five boards.
STRANE DRAINING THE THREE: Junior guard Alcha Strane came off the bench for the Toreros and gave them a huge boost as she drained back-to-back three pointers to give USD back the lead at a critical point in the game against Georgia Tech. In the game, Strane scored a career-high eight points and also pulled down a career-best three boards to help USD win the game.
AND THE ASSIST GOES TO...: Junior point guard Amanda Rego seems to get every assist the Toreros record. The Mission Bay High School alum, is not only leading the team in assists, but she is leading the conference as well. In fact, Rego's 10.5 assists per game is almost double that of the next highest player in the WCC. Rego has already set the program record for single-game assists with 14 in a win against cross-town rival San Diego State earlier this season and holds the single-season record for steals with 75 that she set last season. Rego is now ninth-all-time in career-steals with 137.
SABINE'S WORLD: Senior center Sabine Loewe had another solid performance for the Toreros in the win against Georgia Tech. Loewe was one of two Toreros in double figures, as the Lauchammer, Germany native, poured in 12 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. On the season, Loewe is averaging 9.3 points per game along with 4.5 boards per game.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will hit the road this upcoming weekend as they head to Stockton, Calif. for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against the University of the Pacific Tigers on Friday. The Toreros will then head to the Pacific Northwest, as they take on the Boise State University Broncos on Sunday in a 2:00 p.m. non-conference 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.