USD Preps for a Pair of WCC Foes This Week

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Felicia Wijenberg.
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Felicia Wijenberg.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Jan. 22, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (11-7, 3-3 WCC) will host the University of Portland on Thursday at 7 p.m., before hitting the road to Malibu, Calif on Saturday to take on the Waves of Pepperdine University at  2p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros split a pair of WCC games this past week, picking up a 73-70 win over Saint Mary's then falling 62-50 to Gonzaga on Saturday.  In Thursday's win, USD held off a late SMC push to claim the 70-73 win.  Amy Kame led all scored with her 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field, while also pulling down six rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Wijenberg also had a good game, she notched her third consecutive double-digit performance with 13 points, and Sophia Ederaine was the final Torero in double figures, as she had 12 points. As a team, USD shot .508 from the field and held the Gales to just .379 shooting. The Toreros also managed to hold a slight 38-37 edge in the rebounds category.  In Saturday's loss to the Bulldogs, Kame scored her team-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while dishing out four assists. Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Toreros. Freshman guard Maya Hood also scored in double figures with 11 points, while Sophia Ederaine had six points, nine rebounds, and four blocks. As a team, USD shot .354 from the floor and out rebounded the Zags 45-38.

A LOOK AHEAD: The  USD will remain home next Thursday, Jan. 31, for a 7 p.m. game against the Santa Clara University,  before heading to the Bay Area for a 2 p.m. showdown with the University of San Francisco on Feb. 2.

The Last Meeting
San Diego69
Portland63
January 5, 2013
Portland, OR
Toreros Hold off Pilots for First WCC Win
Behind Katelyn McDaniel's first career double-double and three other Toreros scoring in double figures, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (9-5, 1-1 WCC) picked up their first West Coast Conference win of the season with a 69-63 victory over the University of Portland (5-10, 0-2 WCC).

The Last Meeting
San Diego56
Pepperdine46
February 11, 2012
Malibu, CA
USD ride the Waves to a 56-46 win
Behind another balanced offensive attack that saw Dominique Conners score 19 points and Kameron Knutson record a career-high of 10 points, the University of San Diego women's basketball team picked up a 56-46 West Coast Conference win over the Pepperdine Waves Saturday afternoon at the Firestone Fieldhouse.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland enters the game with an overall record of 6-12, and they have a 1-4 mark in the WCC after registering their first league win over Loyola Marymount this pasty Saturday.  That win also snapped a five-game losing skid for the Pilots.  Portland leads the all-time series at 31-30, but the Toreros have won the last four match-ups.  The Pilots are paced by Kari Luttinen, who is averaging 12.9 ppg, while shooting .359 from the field.  Anikka Holopalnen is the next highest scorer at 9.8 ppg, and is shooting .434 from the floor.   

SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine enters the week with an overall record of 4-12, and they have a 1-4 mark in the WCC after dropping a 72-61 decision to Saint Mary's this past Saturday.  Pepperdine leads the all-time series at 35-29, but the Toreros have won the last three meetings.  Shay Cooney-Williams is pacing the Waves' offense, as she is scoring an average of 12.6 ppg, while shooting .389 from the field.    The next highest scorer for Pepperdine is Kelsey Patrick, who is averaging 7.8 ppg, while shooting .350 from the floor. 

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's basketball team held steady at No. 25 in the latest CollegeInsider.com's mid-major top-25 poll after posting a 1-1 record this past week.  Neither Portland nor Pepperdine are ranked in this poll. 

K-MAC'S WORLD: Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel continues her break-out season, as she has worked her way into the starting line-up, and since she has been there, McDaniel has been nothing short of amazing.  In McDaniel's four starts, which have been four of the last five games, she had managed to almost average a double-double, as she is scoring 14.0 ppg, and is pulling down 9.8 rebounds per game.  Since her recent run of solid play, McDaniel has now become USD's second leading scorer with a 9.3 ppg average, while also averaging 6.3 rebounds-per-game.  K-MAC is also shooting .541 from the field, second best in the WCC, and is forth in free throw shooting percentage at .800.

WIJENBERG GETTING HOT: Junior forward Felicia Wijenberg continues to improve as the season wears on.  The 6-2 redshirt junior has now scored in double figures in three of the last four games, averaging 11.3 ppg.  Wijenberg scored 14 points in the loss to BYU, then followed that up with a career-high 15 points in the win over Loyola Marymount, and capped off three straight double-digit games with a 13-point effort in the win against Saint Marys.  That marked the first time all season, Wijenberg has scored in double figures for three consecutive games.  Overall, Wijenberg is now averaging 7.1 ppg.

KAME HAS ANOTHER GREAT WEEK: Junior guard Amy Kame helped lead USD to a 1-1 record, while pacing the team offense with 22.0 ppg, and shooting an impressive .531 from the field.  Kame also recorded 11 assists, eight rebounds and three steals.  Kame began the week with a 29-point performance on 10-of-20 shooting from the field against Saint Mary's, while also displaying her all-around game with seven assists and six boards.  This was a huge win, because it gave SMC their first WCC loss of the season.  Kame then followed that up with a 15-point performance on 6-of-12 shooting against league-leading Gonzaga in a losing effort at home. Overall, Kame is averaging 17.7 ppg, which is the best on the team, and second best in the WCC.

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 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.