Big Week Ahead for USD

Katelyn McDaniel.

Jan. 16, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (10-6, 2-2 WCC) will hit the road on Thursday and take on league-leading Saint Mary's in a 7 p.m. showdown.  The Toreros will then return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to host Gonzaga in a 2 p.m. WCC game on Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros split a pair of overtime games this past week, losing to BYU 57-54, and then bouncing back with a 88-78 overtime triumph over Loyola Marymount.  In Thursday's loss to the Cougars, Amy Kame led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-24 shooting, while also pulling down eight rebounds.  Felicia Wijenberg had one of the best games of her career, as she recorded a career-high 14 points, pulled down seven rebounds and neutralized BYU's top post player, 6-7 Jennifer Hamson.   As a team, USD shot .313 from the field, but USD did out rebound the Cougars 47-34.  In Saturday's victory over the Lions, the Toreros offense was sparked by four double-digit scoring performances, including a 21-point and 11-rebound double-double for the sophomore Katelyn McDaniel. McDaniel's 21 points on Saturday were also the highest of her career. Kame also had a great game, as she scored 18 points, while Maya Hood recorded 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Wijenberg was the final USD player in double figures, as she recorded a career-high 15 points and just missed a double-double with a season-high nine boards. As a team, USD shot .463 and dominated there glass 54-40.

A LOOK AHEAD: The  USD will remain home next Thursday, Jan. 24, for a 7 p.m. game against the University of Portland, as they look to complete a season sweep of the Pilots.  The Toreros will then head to Malibu, Calif. for a 2 p.m. showdown with Pepperdine on Jan. 26th.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the game with an overall record of 11-4, and they are sole possession of first place in the WCC at 3-0 after stunning Gonzaga this past week, 54-51.  The Gaels lead the all-time series at 37-23, but the Toreros have won the last two meetings.  SMC's offense is paced by reigning WCC Player of the Week, Jackie Nared.  On the season, Nared is averaging 18.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, and she is shooting .401 form the field.  Danielle Mauldin (15.2 ppg) and Morgan Hatten (11.0 ppg) are the only other Gaels averaging double figures. 

SCOUTING THE ZAGS: Gonzaga enters the week with an overall record of 13-5, and a 3-1 mark in the WCC after defeating the University of Portland this past Monday, 82-51.  The Zags lead the all-time series at 34-20, including winning the last 10 consecutive meetings.  The last USD win in the series came in the 2008 WCC Tournament championship game, in San Diego.  The Bulldogs are led offensively, by Haiden Palmer, who is scoring an average of 12.7 ppg, while shooting .401 from the field.  The next highest scorer for the Zags is Taelor Karr, who is scoring 9.8 ppg. 

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego dropped five spots to No. 24 in the latest’s mid-major top-25 poll.  Gonzaga checks in at No. 2 on this same poll, while SMC is in the other receiving votes category. 

K-MAC'S WORLD: Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel recorded her second double-double of her career in Saturday's win over Loyola Marymount.  McDaniel, in her second start of the season, recorded a double-double with a career-high 21 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.  So in two starts this season, McDaniel has recorded a double-double in each, while averaging 18.0 ppg, and 11.0 rpg.  McDaniel is now USD's second leading scorer with a 9.2 ppg average, and she continues to lead the WCC in free throw shooting percentage at .840.

KAME HAS ANOTHER GREAT WEEK: Junior guard Amy Kame had yet another impressive week.  Kame helped lead USD to a 1-1 record this past week, while averaging a team-best 21.5 ppg, and 6.5 rpg.  For the week, Kame scored 43 total points, had 13 rebounds, seven assists, one block and five steals.  Kame began the week with an unimpressive 25-point output against BYU in an overtime loss.  She also pulled down eight rebounds and had a pair of assists in this game.  She followed that up with a 18-point outing in the overtime win over LMU. In this game, she also recorded five assists, and had one block.

WIJENBERG GETTING HOT: Junior forward Felicia Wijenberg had one of the most productive week's of her Torero career this past week.  The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native averaged 14.5 ppg, and 8.0 ppg.  In Thursday's loss to BYU, Wijenberg was quietly the player of the game, as she scored a, then career-high, of 14 points, and pulled down seven rebounds.  But her presence was also felt on the defensive side of things, as she was able to neutralize the Cougar's 6-7 post player, Jennifer Hamsen, and made her an almost non-factor.  Wijenberg then followed that up with a new career-high of 15 points in the win over LMU, and she pulled down a season-high nine rebounds, to just miss her first double-double of the season.  Overall, Wijenberg is averaging 7.0 ppg, and 4.9 rebounds-per-game.

TOREROS ON THE ROAD: So far this season, USD has only played five of their 16 games on the road.  In these contests, USD is 2-3 overall, and only Amy Kame is averaging double figures at 13.2 ppg.  As a team, USD is averaging 57.8 ppg, while opponents are scoring an average of 64.8 ppg.  USD is shooting .409 from the floor, compared to that of the opponents at .426, but the Toreros are out rebounding their opponents 187-183.
TOREROS AT HOME: The Toreros have made the Jenny Craig Pavilion a very tough place for opponents play, as USD is bolstering a 7-3 record on their home floor.  While playing in San Diego, the Toreros are averaging 73.3 ppg, while holding opponents to just 59.3 ppg...USD is shooting .438 from the field, while holding opponents to .364 field goal percentage...Amy Kame is averaging 19.1 ppg at the JCP, Maya Hood is averaging 9.0 ppg, and Klara Wischer is averaging 9.0 rebounds-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 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.