Jan. 23, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a career-high 21 points from junior forward Sophia Ederaine, the University of San Diego women's basketball team cruised to a 79-55 win over Santa Clara University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 17-2 overall, move to 6-2 in the WCC, and moved into a tie for second place in the conference standings. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 7-12 overall and 3-5 in the WCC.
Ederaine scored her career-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, and went 5-for-8 from the free throw line, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Both Malina Hood and Felicia Wijenberg recorded 16 points apiece, and Amy Kameadded in 14 points. Wijenberg led the team in rebounding with nine. As a team, USD shot 48.4% from the field and out rebounded the Broncos 41-29. USD also out scored SCU 38-10 in the paint and had 23 second chance points.
In the first half, the Broncos raced out to a 5-2 lead over the first 2:38 of the game. SCU then managed to hold onto the lead over the next three minutes of action, until a Kame lay-up sparked an 18-2 run over the next 10 minutes to give USD all the momentum and a 24-12 lead with 7:02 to play in the half.
San Diego would then go on to build up a lead to as many as 16 on an Ederaine free throw with 2:00 to go, moving the score to 37-21. The Broncos then closed out the half on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 39-29 at halftime.
In the second half, USD completely took over the game, as their high-pressure defense didn't allowed the Broncos to score a single point over the first 4:20 of action, meanwhile going on a 12-0 run to take a 51-29 lead with 15:40 left to play.
USD never lost control of the game, as they maintained a 15-20 point lead over the remainder of the game, and went on to lead by as many as 28 on several occasions, before settling for a 24-point win.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday, as they host the University of San Francisco in a 2 p.m. WCC game inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.