Jan. 31, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The University of San Diego women's basketball team (13-8, 5-3) won a crucial conference game over Santa Clara (12-9, 4-4) 59-48 to win their third consecutive game.
It was a great team win for the Toreros, who had four players in double figures. Freshman Maya Hood led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Amy Kame was solid again with 14 points and five steals. Sophomore Katelyn McDaniel collected a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Felicia Wijenbergrounded out the double-digit scoring efforts with 11 points to go with her seven rebounds.
The game remained close for the majority of the first half as both teams struggled with turnovers. The Broncos were able to take a 23-21 lead with 2:53 remaining in the first half, but the Toreros put together a mini-run to take a 28-25 lead in to the locker room at halftime.
The Toreros were able to carry their momentum in to the second half, starting out the half on a 6-0 run. Behind tough defense and excellent rebounding the Toreros would extend their lead to double-digits with a 45-35 lead with 8:57 remaining.
The Toreros forced 18 Bronco turnovers and outrebounded Santa Clara 46-34.
The Toreros, who are in fourth place in the WCC, have now won five of their last six conference games. With the win, the Toreros keep pace with BYU (5-2), who knocked off Saint Mary's (6-2). USD will get another shot at both of those teams to try and move past them in the standings.
The Toreros will go for their fourth win a row at San Francisco (9-12, 4-6) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.