Jan. 28, 2010
(San Diego, Calif.) - On the back of a 22-point performance from senior forward Morgan Henderson and another solid 20-point outing from sophomore guard Dominique Conners, the University of San Diego women's basketball team powered past Loyola Marymount University, 69-60, Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Fueling the offense for the Toreros (12-8, 4-2 WCC) on 7-of-9 from the floor, Henderson moved her career point total to 979, just 21 points away from eclipsing the 1000 point mark. Right behind Henderson in leading the San Diego scoring charge, Conners enjoyed her eighth consecutive double-digit scoring effort on 8-of-13 shooting while adding seven rebounds. The final Torero to reach double figures, sophomore forward Morgan Woodrow contributed 15 points along with five boards and three assists. As a team, USD shot .500 from the floor and out rebounded the Lions 31-23.
For the second straight contest, San Diego would be forced to make shots down the stretch. With the Toreros down by just one with 4:29 left to go and the score standing at 54-53 in favor of the Lions (9-11, 2-4 WCC), Conners would nail a jumper from the top of the key, sparking a 9-3 run that was capped by a layup from freshman Felicia Wijenberg, bringing the score to 62-56 with just under two minutes remaining.
Ultimately sealing the victory for the home team, Henderson, who was perfect from the line (5-of-5), made back-to-back free throws with 30 seconds left in the contest, putting the Toreros up by a deuce at 66-60. San Diego would close out the game on a 5-0 run, winning by a final of 69-60.
In the first half, the Toreros and Lions were engaged in a sea-saw battle right from the get-go. With the Lions leading 10-5, a Henderson 3-pointer ignited a 12-3 Toreros run that saw three different USD players record a basket, and gave San Diego a 17-15 edge with 12:15 to go.
The remainder of the frame was a close nit battle with each team taking its turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than five. LMU would hang on and take a two-point edge into the break, up 34-32.
In the second half, the two teams titter tottered back and forth for the first 16 minutes of action with the Lions holding the lead a majority of the half. LMU would take its biggest lead of the game at 38-32 on a Ranahy Young lay-up with 19:11 to go, but the Toreros quickly clawed their way back into the game and kept it to within four over the next 15 minutes of action, setting the stage for the exciting final four minutes of play.
LMU's Alex Cowling led all scores with 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field and Jenna Sybesma was the only other LMU player in double figures with 10 points. As a team, the Lions shot .500 for the game.
The Toreros return to the court this Saturday, Jan. 30th to face the Pepperdine Waves for the final contest of their three-game homestand.
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