Nov. 27, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - Despite a 19 point, eight rebound performance from junior guard Sam Child, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-3) fell 65-55 to the University of Arizona Wildcats (4-1) Friday evening in a non-conference contest at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
For the game, four Toreros reached double-digits, with sophomore guard Dominique Conners chipping in 14 points, while sophomore forward Emily Hatch had 10 points and senior forward Morgan Henderson recorded her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. San Diego was victim to the stingy defensive attack of the Wildcats, as the Toreros were held to 34% (20-59) shooting from the floor, but USD out rebounded the Wildcats 39-35.
"I thought that we had great minutes from Morgan Henderson and I thought her effort was great," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought our effort was great on the glass, and I thought Sam Child gave us a great effort tonight."
USD opened the first half by making three of its first four shots from the floor to grab an early 11-6 advantage with 15:40 to go. Then with the score at 16-13 in favor of the Toreros, the Wildcats came alive, going on a 13-2 run over the next six minutes of action, to take the lead at 26-18 with 5:43 remaining. The Wildcats would eventually go into the break with a 10-point advantage at 39-29, as they shot 50% (16-32) from the floor.
In the second half, the Toreros would come within three points of the Wildcats (8:46) on a Sam Child trey, moving the score to 53-50. But that is as close as USD would get, as Arizona answered with a 13-0 run to regain the momentum and take a 63-50 lead with 4:35 remaining. Arizona never looked back as they held on to claim the victory, 65-55.
The Wildcats had three players reach double figures, paced by Soana Lucet's game-high 22 points. Ify Ibekwe (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Brooke Jackson (10 points) were the other Arizona player to record double-digits.
San Diego will return to the court on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. contest against the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.
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