Toreros Prep for Pivotal WCC Match-Up With Santa Clara

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Reigning WCC Player of the Week Klara Wischer.
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Reigning WCC Player of the Week Klara Wischer.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Jan. 30, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (13-7, 5-3 WCC) will host the Santa Clara University on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros picked up a pair of wins over both Portland and Pepperdine this past week.  In Thursday's 72-54 win over Portland, the Toreros were, once again, led by junior Amy Kame. After scoring 14 points in the first half, Kame finished with a game-high 16 points to go along with her four assists. Freshman Maya Hood continued her impressive rookie campaign, scoring 12 points, and senior Klara Wischer chipped in 13 points to round out the Toreros' double-digit scorers. Sophomore Katelyn McDaniel hauled in a team-high nine rebounds.  Then in Saturday's 79-61 thumping of Pepperdine, USD shot .582 from the floor, including a .607 shooting percentage in the first half as a team. McDaniel led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Klara Wischer was the second Torero in double figures, with 17 points, and just missed a double-double with eight assists, while Maya Hood added in 16 points and pulled down eight boards. The Toreros also dominated the boards with a 43-21 advantage for the game. USD also held the Waves to just .390 shooting from the floor.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros will have one game next week, as they travel to Provo, Utah to battle with the Cougars of Brigham Young University.  This will be the final regular-season meeting between the two, and the Toreros will look to avenge a heartbreaking 57-54 overtime loss back on Jan. 10 in San Diego.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the game with an overall record of 12-6 and a 4-3 mark in the WCC after dropping a 71-68 decision at home to Portland this past Saturday.  SCU leads the all-time series at 32-29, but the Toreros have won the last three meetings.  The Broncos are paced by junior guard Ricki Radanovich, who is averaging 11.6 ppg, while shooting .372 from the field.  Meagan Fulps (11.1 ppg) and Ruta Zurauskyte (10.0 ppg) are the only other Broncos averaging double figures.  Santa Clara is under the direction of fifth-year head coach Jennifer Mountain.  

WISCHER TABBED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior forward Klara Wischer of the University of San Diego women's basketball team has been tabbed thew west Coast Conference Player of the Week, there conference office announced Monday afternoon.  Wischer helped pace the Toreros to a perfect 2-0 record this past week, with wins over the University of Portland and Pepperdine University.  Wischer paced the team’s offense with an average of 15.0 ppg, and 7.0 rebounds-per-game, while also averaging 6.0 assists-per-game.  Wischer began the week with a 13-point performance, on 6-of-10 shooting, while pulling down seven boards in the win over Portland.  She then followed that up with a well rounded performance against Pepperidne, in which she scored 15 points, had seven rebounds and dished out a career-high eight assists.  Overall, Wischer is averaging 7.1 ppg, and leads the team with 7.6 rebounds-per-game.

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego women's basketball team moved up to No. 22 in the latest Collegeinsider.com Mid Major top-25 poll, after posting a perfect 2-0 record this past week.  Santa Clara is not ranked in any of the top-25 polls.

AT THE HALFWAY MARK: With the Toreros having just finished the first half of their West Coast Conference schedule, USD is sitting in good shape.  The Toreros are currently 5-3 in league games,  good for fourth.  But the WCC championship is still within their grasp.  The top of the leader board looks like this, Gonzaga at 6-1, Saint Mary's at 5-1, BYU at 4-2 and USD just percentage points behind at 5-3.    Now consider this, USD's remaining schedule has a combined 11-23 record in WCC games.  USD will not face Gonzaga again in the regular season, and only face BYU one more time.  USD has a good chance at placing themselves within arms reach of the WCC championship, all they need to do is win.

K-MAC CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Katelyn McDaniel, a.k.a. K-MAC, has been nothing short of impressive for the Toreros this season, and especially in games in which she has started.    McDaniel has started in six of the last seven games, and in these games, she is averaging a near double-double with 13.5 ppg, and 9.3 rebounds-per-game.  McDaniel is also shooting at a high percentage, .439 from the field, and has nine steals and nine assists.  In Saturday's win over Pepperdine, McDaniel was nothing short of impressive, as she scored a game-high 19 points  on 7-of-12 shooting form the field, while just missing a  double-double with eight rebounds.  Overall, McDaniel is USD's second leading scorer with a 9.6 ppg average.  

KAME, A SCORING MACHINE: Junior guard Amy Kame continues to lead the Toreros scoring effort this season with an overage of 17.2 ppg.  Just to keep in perspective just how good of a season she is having, her 17.2 ppg is the third best single-season scoring average in program history, only trailing Kiva Herman's record of 18.4 (2008-09) and Jane Gilpan's 17.6 ppg (1987-88).  Kame has now scored in double figures in all but four games this season, with a career-high of 30 coming in a loss to Iowa on Dec. 28, 2012.   

TOREROS AT HOME: The Toreros have made the Jenny Craig Pavilion a very tough place for opponents play, as USD is bolstering a 8-4 record on their home floor.  While playing in San Diego, the Toreros are averaging 71.2 ppg, while holding opponents to just 59.1 ppg...USD is shooting .440 from the field, while holding opponents to .367 field goal percentage...Amy Kame is averaging 18.5 ppg at the JCP, Maya Hood is averaging 9.4 ppg, and Klara Wischer is averaging 8.5 rebounds-per-game.

CLOSING IN ON 200: Head Coach Cindy Fisher is closing in on her 200th career win, as she currently sits at 192 wins.  With eight more conference games, plus at lease one more WCC Tournament game, coach Fisher could eclipse this mark this season. 

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.