USD WBB Notes (PDF Format)
|San Diego Women's Basketball|
|Thursday||Portland (4-9, 0-2)||6 p.m.||Tickets||Live Stats||TheW.tv|
|Saturday||Saint Mary's (8-5, 1-1)||2 p.m.||Tickets||Live Stats||TheW.tv|
TIP OFF: The Toreros (8-5, 1-1) return to San Diego for their first WCC home games this week. They host Portland (4-9, 0-2) Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and then take on Saint Mary’s (8-5, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Family Day. There will be a free post game clinic for kids after the game.
LAST TIME OUT: The USD women’s basketball split their first two WCC games last week, earning a 60-54 win at San Francisco before falling at Pepperdine 66-62. In Thursday’s win over the Dons, Aubrey Ward-El scored a season-high 24 points. Maya Hood chipped in 12 points, while Myah Pace and Sydney Williams added eight apiece. Ward-El and Hood led USD with nine rebounds and three steals apiece. The Toreros played well defensively, forcing 20 Dons (5-7, 0-1 WCC) turnovers and turning the extra possessions into 14 points. USD was held to 33 percent shooting on the night but connected on four-of-11 three-pointers and did well to get to the free-throw line, converting 12-of-16 free throws. The Toreros fell behind early as USF jumped out to an 11-4 lead to open the contest. USD went on an 11-4 run of its own to level the score at 15-15 with 1:11 to play in the first quarter. The Toreros found their rhythm in the second quarter and took a 36-26 point lead into halftime. USD led by as much as 12 points twice in the third quarter and took a comfortable 48-38 lead into the final stanza. However, the Dons rallied and cut the Toreros advantage to 53-49 with 4:26 to play.
On Saturday at Pepperdine, Alexandria Young led the Toreros (8-5, 1-1 WCC) with 17 points, while Ward-El added 12 and Maya Hood chipped in 11. Trailing by three points with four seconds to play, Aubrey Ward-El got a decent look at a three-pointer but could not get it to fall. USD was held to 36.5 percent shooting on the day, including a 1-for-11 mark from three-point range. The Toreros also had some trouble from the free-throw line, going 15-for-24. USD played well defensively but could not slow down a Pepperdine offense that heated up in the final quarter to score 24 points. USD put up 19 points in the third quarter to take a 46-42 into the final quarter. However, the Toreros were outscored 24-16 in the final quarter and could not find the baskets needed down the stretch to prevent the Pepperdine comeback.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland is 4-9 on the year and lost their first two WCC games… They are in the midst of a five game losing streak… The have yet to win a road game this season (0-4)… Julie Spencer leads the team with 13.2 points per game and is fourth in the conference with a 47.9 field goal percentage… Darian Slaga (12.0) and Kate Andersen (10.0) also average double-digit points… Head Coach Cheryl Sorenson (3rd season) was an assistant at UP for three years before taking over for long time coach Jim Sollars… The Toreros are 40-32 all-time against Portland and have won the last eight meetings.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary’s enters the week with the exact same record as the Toreros: 8-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play… They lost at LMU (69-57) and won at home vs. BYU (57-49) last week… Sydney Raggio averages 8.8 rebounds per game and leads the conference with a 56.3 field goal percentage and has six double-doubles… The Gaels lead the WCC in rebound margin (+9.4) and field goal percentage (46.5)… Head Coach Paul Thomas (12th season) entered the season with a career record of 215-137 at SMC… The Toreros are 28-44 all-time against the Gaels and split their two meetings last year.
CAREER DAY: Alexandria Young scored a career-high 17 points last Saturday at Pepperdine. The fifth year senior made was 8-for-10 from the field and needed just 18 minutes to notch her career-high. Her previous best was 13 against Pacific in the 2014-15 season.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Maya Hood is in the top ten all-time in nine major categories for the Toreros. She is already the all-time leader in offensive rebounds and is now second in rebounds and steals. Hood also ranks 12th amongst active D-I players in career steals.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Toreros are a perfect 5-0 at home so far this season. They are winning those games by an average margin of 17.4 points with a rebounding margin of 13.2. Defensively, they are holding their opponents to 38.5 shooting from the field and 26.5 percent from three-point land at home.
BEST IN THE WEST: The Toreros lead the WCC in five major categories:
-Assist-to-Turnover Ratio (1.10)
-Offensive Rebounds per Game (16)
-Turnovers Forced per Game (18.38)
-Turnover Margin (3.62)
-Fewest Turnovers per Game (14.8)
NON-CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: The Toreros entered the WCC schedule with a 7-4 record, their tenth straight year posting a winning record in non-conference play.
BALANCED OUT: The Toreros currently have four players averaging double-digit points. Aubrey Ward-El is leading the team with 14.8 points per game while Sydney Williams, Maya Hood and Alexandra Hagen are all scoring between 10.9-11.8 points per game. The last time the Toreros had four players averaging at least 10 points was the 2013-14 season.
WARDING OFF THE COMPETITION: Senior guard Aubrey Ward-El has been as steady as they come for the Toreros. She has scored at least 12 points in 11 of the Toreros' 13 games, while averaging 3.3 assists and 31.5 minutes per game on the year.
FISHING FOR MILESTONES: Head Coach Cindy Fisher earned her 300th career win at UC Santa Barbara a few weeks ago. The two-time WCC Coach of the Year has led USD to seven postseason appearances and has helped the Toreros post the second best winning percentage amongst D-I schools in California over the past six years. Her career record sits at 303-236 with a 244-155 record at USD.
FRESH FACES: The coaching staff has been very impressed with their four newcomers, which includes three freshmen and a transfer. Freshmen Myah Pace (5-11, Oakland Calif.) and Sydney Hunter (6-0, Keizer, Ore.) will give the Toreros versatility on the perimeter. Freshman Kendall Bird (6-2, Buckley, Wash) and sophomore Kat Olczak (6-7, Zielona Gora, Poland), a transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, will provide depth and toughness in the Toreros' frontcourt.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT: The Toreros signed two players to NLI’s during the early signing period on Wednesday, securing commitments from Kiera Oakry and Nicole Blakes. Oakry, a 5’10” guard from nearby La Jolla Country Day, is a three-time all-league selection and will bring athleticism and versatility to USD. Blakes is a 6’2” forward from Archbishop Mitty, a powerhouse in the Bay Area. She has helped her team go undefeated in league the past two seasons and will add speed, length and versatility to the Toreros’ post rotation.
SCHEDULING UP: The Toreros’ 2017-18 schedule features ten games against teams who appeared in either the 2017 NCAA or WNIT postseason tournament. The Toreros play an extremely competitive non-conference schedule highlighted by games against San Diego State, California and Minnesota in addition to matchups against Boise State and Hawai’i in Honolulu. “This is one of the toughest non-conference schedules we have put together to date,” Coach Fisher said. "It is going to challenge us from start to finish.”
PRESEASON POLL: The Toreros were picked to finish fourth in the WCC preseason poll. Gonzaga (26-7, 14-4) claimed 79 points to finish atop the preseason poll after claiming the double in 2017 with a WCC regular season and championship crown. Saint Mary's (20-13, 13-5) received the other two first place votes and was the preseason pick to finish second in the conference with 72 points. The Gaels were followed by BYU (20-12, 13-5) in third with 68 points. Behind the Toreros (54 points) was Loyola Marymount (14-16, 9-9), with 48 points. The Lions welcome a heralded transfer for the second consecutive season with junior Gabby Green eligible to compete following two years as a starter for California. Three points separated the sixth and seventh spots on the poll between a pair of teams with head coaches entering their second seasons with their respective programs. Santa Clara (14-16, 9-9) was selected sixth with 39 points while San Francisco (18-13, 11-7) was picked seventh with 36 points. Pacific claimed eighth overall with 28 points after going 10-21 (5-13) last season. Pepperdine and Portland round out the preseason poll with the Waves, under first-year head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones, collecting 14 points for ninth and the Pilots.
USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
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Sixth Man Night: The Event
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Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
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USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
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Football: Week Five
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Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
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