Jan. 4, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior point guard Alysse Barlowscored the final four points of the game to help lift the University of San Diego women's basketball team to a thrilling 75-70 overtime win over the University of the Pacific Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With USD clinging to a 71-70 lead with 17.1 seconds remaining, the Tigers inbounded the ball in front of their bench, and Barlow leaned in close to Halie Eackles, and managed to steal the inbounds pass, then hit the jets and flew up the court, recording the lay-up, and Eackles committed an intentional foul, giving Barlow a pair of free throw and USD possession with eight seconds left. Barlow then hit both free throws and sealed the win for USD.
With the win, the Toreros remain undefeated on the season at 15-0, marking the best start for any sport in the Division I era at USD. The Toreros also remain in sole possession of first place in the WCC at 4-0, and they have extended the longest winning streak in program history. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.
Senior guard Amy Kame led the scoring effort for the Toreros, as she had a season-high 28 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field, while tying a career-high 11 rebounds to post her first double-double of the season. Malina Hood scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, while Felicia Wijenberg was the final USD player in double figures with 10 points, and she pulled down 11 rebounds to post her second double-double of the season. Sophia Ederainecame off the bench to score nine points and recorded a season-high six blocks. As a team, USD shot 41.8% from the field, and out rebounded the Tigers 44-35.
In the first half, it was a back and forth affair, as both teams took their turn with the lead and neither team had a lead bigger than three. Then with the Toreros trailing 9-7, a Kame jumper sparked an 8-0 USD run, to give the Toreros a six-point edge at 15-9 with 11:32 to go. The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, and USD would slowly then begin to pull ahead. The Toreros would take their first double-digit lead of the game at 34-22 on a Hood 3-pointer with 2:38 to go, and then cruised into halftime with a 15-point edge at 39-24.
In the second half, the Toreros were in complete control of things, as they would quickly build up a 20-point lead at 47-27 on a pair of Wijenberg free throws with 15:44 to go. The Toreros would then go on to take a 21-point lead at 55-34 with 12:28 to go, and appeared to be on their way to another double-digit victory. However, USD would not score a basket for the next 10 minutes, allowing the Tigers to pull back to within three at 59-56.
Kame then ended that streak with a pull up jumper in the paint to give USD a five-point lead at 61-56. Pacific did not fade away, as they went on to tie the game up at 61-all, with 1:04 to play. Then with the score knotted at 63-all, Kame was fouled, but only hit one of two free throws with just 10 seconds left. USD then fouled Kiki Moore, and she too only hit one free throw with six seconds left to knot the score at 70-all. USD had one final look at the basket, but Kame missed a jumper, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Pacific got the first three points, then stayed in front over the first 2:30 of play, until a Kame jumper gave USD a 1-point lead at 68-67 with 2:20 to go. Then with less than a minute left, USD was down one, and Kame was sent to the free throw line and made both, to give USD a 71-70 lead, setting up the thrilling end of the game.
The Toreros will look to remain undefeated on Wednesday, when they travel to the University of Portland for a 7 p.m. WCC game.