USD to Ring in the New Year in the Pacific Northwest

Sophia Ederaine.

Sophia Ederaine.

Jan. 2, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-4) will ringing in the New Year with the start of West Coast Conference play, as they hit the road for the Pacific Northwest.  On Thursday, USD will go head-to-head with the defending WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga Bulldogs at 7 p.m.  USD will then head over to Portland to take on the Pilots of the University of Portland on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Last Meeting
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February 4, 2012
Spokane, WA
Toreros Fall to No. 19 Gonzaga, 69-58
The University of San Diego women's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with a 69-58 loss to No. 19 Gonzaga University in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at the McArthey Athletic Center.

LAST TIMEOUT: 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.

SCOUTING THE ZAGS: Gonzaga enters the game with an overall record of 10-4 after dropping a 57-54 decision to in-state rival Washington State University on Dec. 29.  The Zags lead the all-time series at 33-20, including winning the last seven meetings in a row.  The Zags offense is paced by Haiden Palmer, who is averaging 12.4 ppg, while shooting .417 from the field.  No other GU player is averaging double figures.  Gonzaga is under the direction of 13th-year head coach Kelly Graves.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland enters the week with an overall record of 5-8 after dropping a close 64-61 decision to cross-town rival Portland State on Dec. 29.  The Pilots lead the all-time series at 31-30, but the Toreros have won the last four meetings, including three last season.  Portland's offense is paced by Kari Luttinen, who is averaging 13.1 ppg, while Cassandra Thompson is the only other Portland player to average double figures with 10.2 ppg, and she pulls down 7.8 boards-per-game. 

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego held steady at No. 20 in the latest's mid-major top-25 poll.  Gonzaga checks in at No. 1 in this same poll, and the Zags are also receiving votes in the ESPN top-25 poll.

A PAIR OF TOREROS EARN ALL TOURNEY HONORS: Both Amy Kame and Sophia Ederaine took home All-Tournament honors from the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic this past weekend.  Kame led the team's offense, as she averaged 24.5 ppg, while shooting .419 from the field, and she averaged 6.5 rebounds per game.  Kame began the week with an impressive 19 points in the win over Central Michigan.  She then followed that up with a career-high 30 points, in a tough loss to Iowa.

Ederaine on the other hand, had quite the performances.  As the 6-3 sophomore from Morena Valley, Calif. averaged 15.0 ppg, while recording six blocks, four assists and 13 rebounds.  Ederaine began the week with scoring 14 points, and pulling down eight rebounds, and blocking six shots.  Ederaine, then followed that up with a career-high 16 points, while pulling down five rebounds. 

KAME FINISHES ANOTHER STRONG MONTH: After being named WCC Player of the Month for November, Kame just picked up right where she left off, dominating.  Kame helped lead USD to a 4-3 record for December, as she paced the team's offense.  Kame averaged a team-best 16.4 ppg, while shooting .362 from the field, and averaging 5.3 rebounds-per-game.  Kame scored in double figures in all but one game in December, highlighted by a career-high 30 points in the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic championship game against Iowa.  She also scored 19 points against Central Michigan, 18 against Point Loma, 17 against Air Force and 12 against both San Diego State and Long Beach State.  Kame was tabbed the WCC Player of the week once during this month as well.

BLOCK PARTY: Sophia Ederaine had quite the impressive performance this past week, as in the win over Central Michigan, Ederaine played a huge factor, especially in the blocked shots category, as she recorded six.  This marked the second time this season that Ederaine has recorded six blocks in a game, with the other coming in the win over San Jose State on Nov. 25.  Ederaine continues to lead the WCC in blocked shots with 22 on the year, and she is averaging 2.0 per-game. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: San Diego leads, or is near the lead, in several statistical categories. As a team, USD leads the WCC in field goal percentage at .440...leads the WCC in scoring offense at 69.2....leads the WCC in scoring margin at +9.9...and leads in blocked shots at 5.6 bpg... Maya Hood is second in field goal percentage at .561...Sophia Ederaine leads the WCC in blocked shots at 2.0 bpg...Amy Kame leads the WCC in steals per game at 3.3, and is third in scoring at 16.6 ppg...Katelyn McDaniel is second in free throw shooting percentage at .871.

KAME NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC: The Toreros welcome back one All-WCC performer from a year ago in the form of Amy Kame. Kame, a 6-0 junior guard from Grand Junction, Colo., made a splash in her second season with the team, as she took home All-WCC honorable mention accolades for the first time last season. Kame was USD's third leading scorer on the season, as she scored an average of 11.4 ppg. In WCC games, Kame averaged 11.0 ppg, while shooting .424 from the field in conference games. Kame managed to score in double figures in 15 of the 22 games she played in. Kame scored a career-high of 24 points against Portland on Mar. 2, 2012.

TOREROS TABBED TO FINISH FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team was tabbed to finish fourth in the West Coast Conference preseason coaches poll. Brigham Young University has been selected to win the WCC women's basketball championship in a preseason poll of the WCC's nine head coaches. The Cougars received five out of a possible eight first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team), just one more first-place vote than second-place Gonzaga. This is the first time in five years that a team other than Gonzaga has selected by the coaches to win the WCC (San Diego, 2007-08).

GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All San Diego women's basketball home and select road games can be followed live via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at Gametracker is a service of CBS College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action.

CAN YOU SEE ME?: All USD home games, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto Former USD basketball standout Paula Bott provides all the live play-by-play this season. This service a free of charge for all who wish to watch the broadcast.

MEET THE COACH: Head coach Cindy Fisher is entering her eighth season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program's third head coach on April 19, 2005. The 2012-13 season was a historical one for the Toreros, as it is now the greatest season in program history. Under Fisher's tutelage, the Toreros soared to new heights, and were in uncharted waters. USD posted a program best 26-9 overall record, posted a 12-4 mark in WCC play (the most wins in WCC play in program history) and they recorded the program's first ever post season win. Not only was the first ever post season win, but the Toreros advanced all the way to the Final Four of the WNIT, before falling to eventual WNIT champions Oklahoma State. In 2008, Fisher led USD to the WCC Tournament championship and back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons. In only her second season at the helm of the program, Fisher orchestrated the biggest turn around in school history, a 12-game improvement from 9-19 in the 2005-06 season to a 21-9 record in 2006-07 season. The turn around was the fourth best in the nation. Under her tutelage, the Toreros placed three players on the All-WCC lists highlighted by Amanda Rego being named the WCC Co-Player of the Year. For her efforts, Fisher was named the 2007 WCC Co-Coach of the Year.