March 7, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Senior guard Amy Kame's last second jumper did not fall, as the University of San Diego women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 60-58 decision to Saint Mary's College Friday evening in the quarterfinal round of the West Coast Conference championships at the Orleans Arena.
With USD trailing by three points, Kameron Knutson was fouled with 2.3 second left. She hit the front end of her two free throw attempts, then purposely missed the second. As the ball flew out of bounds, the buzzer sounded to end the game. However, the officials reviewed the play, and discovered the clock had been started incorrectly, giving USD the ball with 1.3 seconds remaining. Kame received the inbounds pass and launched a turnaround baseline jumper for the tie, only it did not fall, ending the game at its final score of 60-58.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 22-8 overall, and will now await the selection committee's decision to learn when and in what postseason tournament they will play in. With the win, the Gaels improve to 22-8 overall and will advance on to play top-seeded Gonzaga on Monday in the semifinal round of the WCC Tournament.
Amy Kame led the Toreros scoring effort with 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Malina Hood was the next highest scorer with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field. Sophia Ederaine tied a WCC Tournament single-game record with seven blocked shots, while also pulling down eight rebounds. As a team, USD shot 34.5% from the field, and outrebounded the Gales 44-39.
In the first half, it was a slow start for both teams, as the first basket didn't come until the 17:35 mark, when USD's Knutson hit a baseline jumper to give USD a 2-0 lead. The Gaels then outscored USD 5-2 over the next 1:05 to take a 5-2 lead with 16:30 to go.
The two teams then traded baskets over the next five minutes, and with the score knotted at 9-all, a Hood 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 Torero run over the next three minutes to give USD a 17-9 lead with 8:47 to go, forcing the Gaels into a timeout.
Out of the stop in play, the Gaels went on a 7-1 run to pull back to within two at 18-16 with 6:19 to go. However, USD would then close out the frame on a 15-5 run to go into the break up 10 at 33-23.
In the second half, San Diego came out on fire, and opened the frame on a 9-2 run over the first 3:08 to take their biggest lead of the game at 42-25. The Toreros wonuld then manage to hold onto a double-digit lead over the next three minutes, until a Jackie Nared jumper in the paint, cut the lead to nine at 42-33, with 13:16 to go.
Then with USD leading 50-41, and 9:14 to go, SMC would manage to take advantage of numerous free throws, and closed the game on a 19-8 run, to claim the win.
Nared led the Gaels in scoring with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field, while pulling down seven boards. Kate Gaze was the only other player in double figures, as she has 13 points. As a team, USD held the Gaels to just 34.5% shooting from the field.
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