Jan. 3, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-5, 0-1 WCC) opened up West Coast Conference play with a 77-57 loss to defending WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga University (11-4, 1-0 WCC) Thursday evening at the McCarthey Athletic Centre.
Amy Kame led the team's offense, as she scored a team-best 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field, while also pulling down five rebounds. Katelyn McDaniel was the second leading scorer with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Brooke Jelniker recorded a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot .447 from the field, and was out rebounded 41-32.
In the first half, the Zags jumped out to a 9-2 lead over the first four minutes of action, as USD opened the frame up with a 1-for-7 shooting performance from the field. After a USD free throw, the Bulldogs managed to put together an 11-1 run to grab a 20-4 lead with 11:29 to go.
A Jelniker jumper then ignited an 8-2 USD run to pull San Diego back to within 10 at 22-12 with 8:05 to go on a Maya Hood lay-up, which forced the Zags into a timeout. GU then answered back with a 19-9 run to close out the frame and take a 41-21 lead into the break.
In the second half, the two teams would trade basket-for-basket over the first few minutes, with USD trailing anywhere between 21-19 points over the first two minutes of play. Then Gonzaga used a 15-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 61-30 lead. USD was not able to overcome this deficit, as the Zags went on to claim a 77-57 victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m., as they remain in the Pacific Northwest and take on the University of Portland.