Jan. 9, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Behind a double-double from senior guard Morgan Woodrow, and an 11-point outing from senior guard Dominique Conners, the University of San Diego women's basketball team was able to remain perfect in West Coast Conference action, as they picked up a 58-41 win over Santa Clara University Monday evening at the Leavy Center.
With the win, the Toreros match the best start in program history with an 11-3 overall record, and they are 2-0 in the WCC. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.
Woodrow led the team with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting, while pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season. Conners scored her 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the field. Amy Kame had a near double-double herself, as she recorded nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds. As a team, USD shot .339 from the field and out rebounded the Broncos 54-36.
In the first half, it was a close nit battle in the early going, as USD grabbed the first basket of the game on a Felicia Wijenberg jumper, and never trailed in the game. The Broncos would stay to within five of the Toreros over the first six minutes of action. Then with San Diego leading 11-8, a pair of Conners free throws sparked a 4-0 USD run to give the Toreros some breathing room and a 9-point edge at 17-8 with 11:07 to go. The Toreros would gradually begin to pull ahead and took their first double-digit lead of the game on a Katie Kuklok 3-pointer with 4:43 to go, giving USD a 25-15 lead. The Broncos would eventually cut the lead back down to five, but a Woodrow 3-pointer at the end of the half gave USD an 8-point edge at 30-22.
In the second half, the two teams would trade basket-for-basket over the first five minutes of play. Then with the Toreros leading 33-27, a pair of Woodrow free throws ignited a 16-2 Toreros run that gave USD all the momentum and a 20-point lead at 49-29 with 5:50 to go. USD never let up as they maintained this margin for the remainder of the half before settling for a 41-58 win.
For the Broncos, Ashley Armstrong led the team's scoring with 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field, while Ricki Radanovichwas the only other SCU player in double figures with 11 points. As a team, SCU shot .254 from the field.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday with a 7 p.m. WCC game against Loyola Marymount University inside of the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.