Dec. 26, 2006
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (9-2) will conclude its six-game home stand this week as they host the Surf N Slam Tournament. USD will open play in the tournament on Thursday against the College of Holy Cross in a 6 p.m. contest. The Toreros will then play either the University of Texas or Oregon State University on Saturday in either a 6 .m. game or an 8 p.m. game, depending on the outcome of Thursday's game.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros recorded a 2-0 record two weeks ago to move their winning streak to three. USD posted a 66-63 win over Cal State Bakersfield and followed that with a 47-36 win over Cal State Fullerton. In the win against Bakersfield, Amanda Rego recorded her third double-double of the season scoring 10 points, while dishing out 11 assists, pulled down five rebounds and had a season-high five steals in the win. Amber Sprague led the team in scoring with 14 points, while pulling down a team-best seven boards and had three blocks. Morgan Henderson and Kelly Winther both had 11 points and Sabine Loewe had 10 points. As a team, the Toreros shot 42 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Road Runners, 40-37. In the win against Fullerton, Sprague led all scorers with 18 points, pulled down career-high 15 rebounds and recorded two blocks in the game. Sabine Loewe was the second of three Toreros in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and Kelly Winther poured in 11 points. Amanda Rego tied for a game-high six assists and pulled down 10 rebounds, while only committing two turnovers. As a team, the Toreros were held to 35 percent shooting from the floor and had a decisive 55-36 advantage on the glass. San Diego also held Fullerton's leading scorer on the season, Toni Thomas (18 ppg), to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. With the win against Fullerton, USD has now posted a 5-1 record against teams from the Big West Conference.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross enters the week with a 5-6 overall record after recording a 61-54 win over Rhode Island this past week. The Crusaders hold the all-time record between the schools at 1-0, claiming the only meeting between the two with a 86-72 win during the 1989-90 season. HC is led offensively by senior center Kaitlin Foley, who has a team-leading 13.2 points per game average. Bethany O'Dell (12.3 ppg), Laura Aloisi (11.0 ppg) and Brittany Keil (10.6 ppg) are the other three Crusaders averaging in double figures.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State enters the week with a 4-5 overall record after dropping their opening two PAC-10 games against Washington State and Washington this past week. The Beavers hold the all-time series lead between the two programs at 3-2, with USD claiming the last meeting 57-54 during the 1996-97 season. The Beavers are led offensively by Casey Nash, who is averaging a team-best 21.3 points per game average. The only other OSU player averaging double figures is Judie Lomax, who is averaging 11.7 ppg.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS: Texas enters the week with a 8-3 overall record after picking up a 73-68 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christie this past week. Should USD face the Longhorns, it will the first meeting between the two programs in the sport of women's basketball. The Longhorns are led offensively by Tiffany Jackson, who has a team-leading 18.8 points per game average. The only other Texas player averaging double figures is Erika Arriaran, who is averaging 10.8 points per game. The Longhorns are under the direction of 31st-year head coach Jody Conradt. During her tenure in Austin, Conradt has posted a overall record of 773-224.
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.
SPRAGUE OWNING THE GLASS: Sophomore forward/center Amber Sprague set a new career-best in rebounds with 15 in the win against Cal State Fullerton. During the same game, Sprague recorded her second double-double of the season as she dropped in a game-high 18 points. On the season, Sprague is averaging 15.1 points per game, good for third best in the WCC, and is leading the conference with 8.3 rebounds per game.
REGO'S THIRD DOBLE-DOUBLE: Amanda Rego notched her third double-double of the season in the win over Cal State Bakersfield, scoring 10 points and dishing out 11 assists. The junior has already eclipsed her personal single-season high with 83 assists this year and has dished out 240 career assists, just five short of cracking the USD career top-10 list. Rego also ranks third in Division I with an average of 7.5 assists per game.
TOREROS SET WCC MARK: The Toreros set the WCC single-game-high with 55 team rebounds in the win over Cal State Fullerton. Amber Sprague led the way with a career-high 15 boards against the Titans.
TOREROS WIN AGAIN ON 4 SD: San Diego improved to 2-0 during games played on 4SD-TV in San Diego after the Toreros picked up a 47-36 win over Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 16. San Diego previously won on 4SD as they throttled cross-town rival San Diego State 76-36 on Nov. 19.
WINTHER LOOKNG STRONG: San Diego sophomore guard Kelly Winther has been coming on strong as of late for the Toreros. Over the past four games, Winther has averaged 10.3 points. She scored in double figures in three of the four games including a 14-point performance in a win against Cal Poly on Dec. 9. On the season, Winther is averaging 10.4 points per game, good for second best on the team.
MORGENSTERN AND CARLSON TO REDSHIRT: San Diego freshman guard Hannah Morgenstern will redshirt the 2006-07 season after injuring her ACL. Morgenstern scored three points in a win against Cal State Northridge, and has made two more appearances this season. Erica Carlson, a 6-4 center from Tucson, Ariz., as yet to appear in a game for the Toreros this season and will make her Torero debut in the 2007-08 season as she recorvers from a shoulder injury.
WITH A WIN: With a win, the Toreros will surpass the win total of last season, will win their fourth consecutive game and will be off to the best start in program history at 10-2, surpassing that of the 1989-90 team who began the season with a 9-3 record.
DEFENSE LEADING THE WAY: Through 11 games, the San Diego defense is ranked No. 40 in the nation as they surrender just 56.8 points per game. In fact, only four opponents have shot over 40 percent against the Toreros this season. USD is holding opponents to just 37 percent shooting from the floor.
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.