SAN DIEGO -- San Diego concludes its three-game homestand before hitting the road this week when it takes on Pacific and Loyola Marymount.
The Toreros (9-6, 2-2 WCC) play host to the Tigers (6-9, 0-4 WCC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT before taking a quick bus ride north to take on the Lions (11-4, 3-1 WCC). Both games will be streamed on TheW.tv.
LAST TIME OUT
The Toreros split a pair of contests last week, defeating Portland, 59-52, and falling to Saint Mary's, 75-53.
USD edged the Pilots in a game that featured 15 lead changes and nine ties. The Toreros outscored Portland, 19-8, in the final quarter to seal the victory. Maya Hood (17), Aubrey Ward-El (15) and Sydney Williams (10) reached double-digits in points to lead USD past the Pilots.
USD fell behind early against the Gaels and could not slow down a hot Saint Mary's offense that shot 63.8 percent on the day. Ward-El and Caroline Buhr led the Toreros with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Pacific enters the game on a four-game losing streak. All four losses have come in conference play after the Tigers won their final two nonconference games against Seattle (Dec. 17, 85-73) and UCF (Dec. 20, 78-74).
GeAnna Luaulu-Summers leads Pacific with 15.6 points per game and is followed by Desire Finnie (12.4) and Ameela Li (11.2).
SCOUTING THE LIONS
LMU has won three of its past four games but split a pair of contests last weekend. The Lions took down Santa Clara, 65-51, before dropping a, 77-67, decision at Gonzaga.
Cheyanne Wallace leads LMU with 17.3 points per game, followed by Gabby Green with 15.1. Green has also been the Lions top presence on defense with a team-high 38 steals and 19 blocks.
LMU is outscoring its opponents, 71.9-64.6, on the season on 41.6 percent shooting from the field including a 31.1 mark from three-point range.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Maya Hood is in the top-10 all-time in nine major categories for the Toreros. She is already the all-time leader in offensive rebounds and is second in total rebounds and steals. Hood ranks 25th among active D-I players in career steals.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Toreros are 6-1 at home this season. USD is winning those games by an average margin of 10.4 points with a rebounding margin of 9.6. Defensively, they are holding their opponents to 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point range.
BEST IN THE WEST
The Toreros rank in the top two among WCC teams in the following categories.
1. Turnover margin (+3.3)
Offensive rebounds (15.6)
2. Free throw percentage (.707)
Rebounding defense (32.9 avg/g)
Offensive rebound percentage (.405)
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