Nov. 30, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Behind a career-high 19 points from freshman forward Maya Hood, and 18 points from junior guard Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team picked up a 77-70 win over Boise State University in the first game of the Air Force Tournament Friday evening.
Hood scored her career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while adding in six rebounds. Kame scored her 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, while also adding in eight rebounds, a career-high seven assists and a career-high nine steals. The only other Torero in double figures was sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel, who scored 16 points on a perfect night of shooting, going 4-for-4 from the field and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. As a team, USD shot .491 from the field and the two teams were even in rebounds at 40 apiece.
In the first half, USD got out to a great start, as they raced out to a 6-0 lead over the first three minutes of action, grabbing the early momentum. After a pair of Boise State free throws snapped the USD run, the Toreros bounced right back with another 6-0 run that was sparked on a pair of Kame free throws and capped on a Kame jumper to give USD a 10-point lead at 12-2 with 15:04 to go.
The Toreros were then able to maintain an 8-10 point lead over the next eight minutes of action. Then with USD leading 26-18 with 6:50 to go, the Broncos went on a 16-5 run to close out the half take a 34-31 lead into the break.
In the second half, it was a back and forth affair, as both teams took their turn with the lead, and neither team lead by more than four for a majority of the period. Then with USD clinging to a two-point lead at 61-59 with 6:48 to go, a pair of McDaniel free throws sparked an 8-0 USD run to give the Toreros back the momentum and a 10-point lead at 69-59 with 4:36 to go.
BSU would then respond with a 14-1 run to pull back to within three at 73-70 with 1:36 to go, but this is as close as they would get, as the Toreros hit all of their four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as they take on the host Air Force Falcons.