Dec. 11, 2006
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (7-2) will continue its six-game home stand this week as they host a pair of CSU's. On Tuesday the Cal State Bakersfield Road Runners come to town for a 7 p.m. tilt at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will then host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday as the first part of a double-header with the men's team at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be a live televised broadcast locally on Channel 4.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros posted 1-1 record this past week, suffering their first home loss of the young season. USD began the week with a 53-37 loss to Long Beach State, then bounced back with a 74-69 win over Cal Poly. In the game against LBSU, The Toreros were held under 40 percent shooting for only the second time this season at 22 percent from the floor. Amanda Rego led the team in scoring with 13 points and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. London Houchin added in eight points on 3-for-6 shooting, including a pair of three pointers. In Saturday's win over the Mustangs, Sabine Loewe led all scorers with her season-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Kelly Winther and Ashley Voisinet were the other two Toreros in double-figures with 14 and 11 respectfully. The Toreros shot 41 percent for the game and out rebounded the Mustangs 40-38.
TOREROS AGAINST THE BIG WEST: The Toreros on the season are 4-1 against teams from the Big West Conference. USD will look to improve on its dominance over the Big West this week against Cal State Fullerton. This will be the final member of the Big West that the Toreros will face this season, having already claimed wins over the defending champion UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly and Pacific. The lone member of the Big West to defeat the Toreros is Long Beach State.
SCOUTING THE ROAD RUNNERS: Cal State Bakersfield enters the game with a 4-2 overall record after splitting a pair of games this past week. The Road Runners opened the week with a 78-66 loss to the University of Houston, then bounced back with a 77-66 win over the University of Texas, San Antonio. CSUB is currently in the transition from Division II to Division I and this will be the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball. Three players are averaging double figures with Jessi Loring leading the way with her 11.8 points per game average. Kelly Tarver (11.0 ppg) and Krista Arase (11.3 ppg) are the other two averaging double figures.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the week with a 4-6 overall record after picking up wins against Colorado and Northern Colorado. The all-time series between the two programs is tied at seven wins apiece. The Titans are led offensively by Toni Thomas who is averaging a team-best 18.8 points per game. Charlee Underwood is the second CSF player averaging double figures with 15.1 points per game. Fullerton is under the direction of 10th-year head coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah. During her tenure at Fullerton, Jeremiah has recorded an overall record of 144-156 and boasts career record of 407-301 in 26 years of coaching.
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.
PRIME TIME GAME: Saturday's game against the Titans will not only be available on the USD athletics department website, but it will be shown live on Channel 4 with Paula Bott bringing you all the play-by-play action and Susie Erpelding will be the color analyst. This will be the final televised game this season for the Toreros on Channel 4.
VOISINET PLAYING WELL: Senior forward Ashley Voisinet has been playing well as of late for the Toreros. In Sunday's win over Cal Poly, Voisinet scored a season-high 11 points and also recorded a season-best three steals. Voisinet was huge for USD in hitting baskets during key moments in the game, mainly helping end several Cal Poly runs late in the game.
LOEWE HEATING UP: Senior center Sabine Loewe found her scoring touch in Saturday's win over Cal Poly. Loewe scored a season-best 20 points, just one shy of her career-best, and pulled down five boards and had three steals in the game as well. On the season, Loewe is averaging 9.8 points per game, good for fourth best on the team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Some of the Toreros individually hold lofty positions inside the West Coast Conference statistics. Amber Sprague is third in the WCC with her 14.9 points per game, she is second in rebounds per game at 7.6 and leads the WCC in steals per game at 2.75. Amanda Rego continues to lead the conference in assists with 7.33 per game and is second in steals per game with 2.33. Sabine Loewe leads the conference in field goal percentage at .565 and Morgan Henderson is third in free throw shooting percentage at .870.
SHOOTING SLUMP OVER: San Diego's shooting slump appears to be over. In USD's first loss of the season to Boise State University, the Toreros were held to a season-low 18 percent shooting from the floor. USD then followed that performance with a 23 percent outing in a loss against Long Beach State. But USD returned to the form that got them six straight wins to open the season as they recorded a 41 percent performance in Saturday's win against Cal Poly.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego's 7-2 record is the second best start in program history through nine games, only trailing that of the 1989-90 squad that began the season 8-1. USD raced out to a 6-0 start which was, at the time, the best start in program history. If USD can pick up two wins this week, then they will have tied the amount of wins they registered all of last season.
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 conferacne 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.