Toreros Return Home for a Pair

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Klara Wischer.
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Jan. 8, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (9-5, 1-1 WCC) will return home on Thursday to host Brigham Young University in a 7 p.m. WCC game.  The Toreros will then remain at home on Saturday and take on Loyola Marymount University in a 2 p.m. game.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros began West Coast Conference action this past week, as they dropped a 77-57 decision to defending WCC regular-season champion Gonzaga University, who is ranked No. 1 in the CollegeInsider.com's mid-major top-25 poll. The Toreros then rallied back and picked up as huge 69-63 road WCC win over Portland this past Saturday.  In Thursday's loss to the Bulldogs, Amy Kame led the team's offense, as she scored a team-best 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field, while also pulling down five rebounds. Katelyn McDaniel was the second leading scorer with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Brooke Jelniker recorded a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot .447 from the field, and was out rebounded 41-32.  In Saturday's win over Portland, McDaniel recorded a double-double with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, and she pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. Kame led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while also going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Klara Wischer had a near double-double, as she recorded 16 points and pulled down nine boards, while Maya Hood recorded 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot .435, and out rebounded the Pilots 44-32.

A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will hit the road next Thursday as they head to Moraga, Calif. to take on Saint Mary's in a 7 p.m. WCC game.  USD then returns home to host Gonzaga on Jan. 19 for a 2 p.m. game inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU enters the contest with an overall record of 10-4, and that are 1-0 in the WCC after defeating the University of San Francisco in their WCC opener on Jan. 5 in Provo, Utah.  The Cougars lead the all-time series at 4-0.  The Cougars are led offensively by Kim Beeston, who is averaging 10.3 ppg, while shooting .404 from the floor.  The floor leader for BYU is Haley Steed, who is averaging 7.6 assist per game, and scoring 8.6 ppg.  BYU is under the direction of 11th year head coach Jeff Judkins.

SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with an overall record of 7-8, and they are 1-1 in the WCC after splitting their first two WCC games, defeating Pepperdine on Jan. 3, 65-47, then falling in overtime to Saint Mary's, 84-77, on Jan. 5.  USD leads the all-time series at 36-24, including winning the last four straight.  LMU is paced by Alex Cowling, who scores a team-best 15.7 ppg, and pulls down 7.2 boards-per-game.  Hazel Ramirez is the only other Lion to average double figures, as she is scoring 12.1 ppg.  

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego moved up one spot to No. 19 in the latest CollegeInsider.com's mid-major top-25 poll.  BYU checks in at No. 13 on this poll, and LMU is not ranked in any of the top-25 polls.

K-MAC'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel recorded her first double-double of her career in Saturday's win over Portland.  McDaniel, in her first start of the season, recorded a double-double with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, and she pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.  The 15 points, also marked her second consecutive double-digit performance, as she scored 11 points in the loss to Gonzaga.  On the season, McDaniel is averaging 8.5 ppg, while shooting an impressive .816 from the charity stripe.  

KAME HAS ANOTHER GREAT WEEK: Junior guard Amy Kame helped USD open conference play at 1-1, after pacing the team's offense with an average of 16.5 ppg, while shooting an impressive .556 from the field.  Kame also averaged 3.5 rebounds-per-game as well.  Kame began the week with a 14-point output against defending WCC champion Gonzaga, then followed that up with an impressive 19-point outburst against Portland in the lone win of the week. Kame lead USD's offense on the season, as she averages 16.6 ppg.

KLARA HEATING UP: Senior forward Klara Wischer was the third Torero to average double figures this past week, as she averaged 11.5 ppg, while pulling down 12 total rebounds and shooting .550 from the field.  Wischer began the week with a seven-point outing against Gonzaga, then followed that up with a 16-point and nine rebound effort in the win over Portland.  On the season, Wischer is averaging 7.0 ppg, while leading the team in rebounds with an average of 7.9 rpg.

JELNIKER SCORES A CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore guard Brooke Jelniker had the best game of her Torero career in the WCC opening loss to Gonzaga.  Jelniker recorded nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE: The Toreros have made the Jenny Craig Pavilion a very tough place for opponents play, as USD is bolstering a 6-2 record on their home floor.  While playing in San Diego, the Toreros are averaging 79.3 ppg, while holding opponents to just 57.2 ppg...USD is shooting .450 from the field, while holding opponents to .358 field goal percentage...Amy Kame is averaging 18.5 ppg at the JCP, Maya Hood is averaging 9.5 ppg, and Klara Wischer is averaging 9.0 rebounds-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...is second in the WCC in scoring defense at 60.9....and leads in blocked shots at 5.5 bpg... Amy Kame is second in ppg at 16.6...Klara Wischer is third in rebounding at 7.9 rpg...Katelyn McDaniel is leading the WCC in field goal percentage at .603...and Sophia Ederaine continues to lead the WCC in blocked shots at 2.0 per-game.

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 www.usdtoreros.com. 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 usdtoreros.com. 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.