Jan. 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite 15 points from junior guard Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team fell to Gonzaga University, 62-50, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game.
Kame scored her 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while dishing out four assists. Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Toreros. Freshman guard Maya Hood also scored in double figures with 11 points, while Sophia Ederaine had six points, nine rebounds, and four blocks. As a team, USD shot .354 from the floor and out rebounded the Zags 45-38.
In the first half, both teams were engaged in a defensive struggle, as GU (15-5, 5-1 WCC) opened with a 6-2 run over the first five minutes of action. After the Zags took a five-point lead at 9-4 on a Stephanie Golden free throw, a Hood jumper then sparked a 5-0 San Diego run that pulled the score even at 9-all.
The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the remainder of the frame with both teams taking their turn with the lead and neither team leading by more than four. Finally, with the score knotted at 21-all, an Ederaine jumper in the paint gave USD (11-7, 3-3 WCC) a 2-point lead heading into the break.
In the first half, USD shot an impressive .474 from the field, while holding the Zags to a dismal .294.
The second half was more of the same, as both teams picked up the offensive tempo, but yet it remained a defensive struggle. USD found themselves leading for a majority of the frame, but not by more than two points. Then with USD clinging to a 38-37 lead, the Zags found their shot and a Keani Albanez 3-pointer with 9:27 to go, gave the visitors the momentum. Gonzaga then went on a 13-2 run over the next two minutes to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 50-40 with 5:47 to go.
This proved to be too much for the Toreros to overcome, as Gonzaga held on to claim the 12-point win.
For Gonzaga Haiden Palmer led the way with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the field, while the only other GU player in double figures was Taelor Karr, who had 10. As a team, GU shot much better in the second half, and finished with a .382 shooting percentage for the game.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host the University of Portland inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.