Dec. 30, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A second half surge helped the University of Iowa come from behind to defeat the University of San Diego women's basketball team, 83-73, Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf n Slam Classic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
This was truly a tail of two halves, as the Toreros (8-4) dominated most of play in the first half and took a two-point lead into the break, only to see the Hawkeyes (11-3) catch fire in the second half and surged past the Toreros to claim the win. The Hawkeyes surge came behind the hot shooting of Jamie Printy, who hit a school record seven three-pointers, six of them in the second half alone, en route to a game-high 33 points. The Tournament's MVP Morgan Johnson also played a big role in the Iowa comeback, as she recorded 20 points and pulled down six boards.
For the Toreros, Amy Kame led the offense with a career-high 30 points, on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, while also pulling down six boards, and dishing out four assists en route to an All-Tournament team selection. USD's second all-tournament team performer was Sophia Ederaine, who scored a career-high 16 points, while shooting 8-for-11 from the field. Katelyn McDaniel was the third Torero in double figures, as she recorded 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot .469 from the floor, and out rebounded the Hawkeyes, 34-31.
In the first half, San Diego came out of the gates on fire, as they hit three consecutive 3-pointers by Alysse Barlow and two by Kame gave USD the early momentum and a 9-2 lead with 16:46 to go. USD didn't let up, as they would continue to take Iowa out of their usual rhythm, and eventually would build up its first double-digit lead at 20-9 on a Klara Wischer jumper, to give USD a 11-point edge with 8:56 to go.
The Hawkeyes, would then begin to slowly chip away at the lead and would eventually tie things up at 33-all on a Printy jumper with 1:34 to go. But the Toreros got a lay-up from Ederaine with 1:01 to go to give the Toreros a 35-33 lead heading into the break.
In the second half, Iowa opened the frame on a 22-9 run over the first six minute of play to gain a 10-point lead at 54-44, and during this run, Printy would hit three consecutive 3-pointers to cap the Hawkeyes run. After another Hawkeye basket gave the visitors a 12-point edge, a Kame jumper then ignited a 8-0 San Diego run that was book ended on a Ederaine jumper in the paint go cut the deficit down to four at 56-52 with 10:23 to go.
But this is as close as USD would get, as Printy continued her hot hand and would help lead Iowa on a 10-2 run to regain the double-digit lead at 66-56, and Iowa never looked back as they went on to win the game by a final of 83-73.
The Toreros will now ring in the new year with the West Coast Conference opener, as they head to Spokane, Wash. to take on the defending WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Morgan Johnson - Iowa (MVP)
Jamie Printy - Iowa
Amy Kame - San Diego
Sophia Ederaine - San Diego
Niki DiGuilio - Central Michigan
Imani McGee-Stafford - Texas