Red Hot Toreros Head to USF Saturday

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Maya Hood. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Mackie)
Maya Hood. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Mackie)

Feb. 1, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (14-7, 6-3 WCC) will hit the road this Saturday, as they head to the Hilltop to take on the University of San Francisco in War Memorial Gym at 2 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (13-8, 5-3) won a crucial conference game over Santa Clara (12-9, 4-4) 59-48 to win their third consecutive game.  It was a great team win for the Toreros, who had four players in double figures. Freshman Maya Hood led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Amy Kame was solid again with 14 points and five steals. Sophomore Katelyn McDaniel collected a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Felicia Wijenberg rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts with 11 points to go with her seven rebounds.  The game remained close for the majority of the first half as both teams struggled with turnovers. The Broncos were able to take a 23-21 lead with 2:53 remaining in the first half, but the Toreros put together a mini-run to take a 28-25 lead in to the locker room at halftime.  The Toreros were able to carry their momentum in to the second half, starting out the half on a 6-0 run. Behind tough defense and excellent rebounding the Toreros would extend their lead to double-digits with a 45-35 lead with 8:57 remaining.  The Toreros forced 18 Bronco turnovers and out rebounded Santa Clara 46-34.  The Toreros, who are in fourth place in the WCC, have now won five of their last six conference games. With the win, the Toreros keep pace with BYU (5-2), who knocked off Saint Mary's (6-2). USD will get another shot at both of those teams to try and move past them in the standings.

The Last Meeting
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San Diego74
February 9, 2012
San Diego, CA
Toreros Too Much for Dons
Behind a 18-point effort from Dominique Conners and double-digit performances from three other Toreros, the University of San Diego women's basketball team picked up a 74-63 West Coast Conference victory Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the game with a 9-12 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the WCC after dropping a 68-63 decision to Saint Mary's this past Monday.    USD leads the all-time series at 32-24, including winning the last 10 meetings.  The Dons are led by senior guard Mel Khlok, who is averaging 15.0 ppg, while pulling down 3.9 boards-per-game.  The only other USF player who is averaging double figures is Zhane' Dikes, who scores 10.8 ppg, while shooting .310 from the field. 

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 7.5 rebounds-per-game.

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

TOREROS ON A ROLL: San Diego has won three consecutive games, and five of their last six, to move into fourth place in the WCC.  During this streak, the Toreros have averaged 70.2 ppg, while holding the opponents to just 62.2 ppg...USD is averaging 44.0 boards-per-game and the opponents are pulling down 33.5 rpg...the Toreros are shooting .472 form the field, while holding opponents to just a 3.77 shooting percentage...Amy Kame is pacing the Torero scoring effort at 16.7 ppg, while Katelyn McDaniel is averaging a near double-double with 12.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

MAYA, OH MAYA, OH MAYA: Freshman guard Maya Hood continues to impress all who watch her play.  Her poise, basketball smarts and talent are like that of a seasoned veteran, yet she is just a freshman.  Consider what Hood has done over the last four games, she has scored in double figures in all of them, averaging 13.8 ppg, while shooting .667 from the floor.    Hood is now USD's second leading scorer with an average of 9.8 ppg.

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN: Katelyn McDaniel, a.k.a. K-MAC, recorded her third double-double of the season in Thursday's win over Santa Clara, as she recorded 10 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.  All three of her double-double's have come in conference play, and all three in games she started.  McDaniel is USD's third leading scorer with 9.6 ppg, and she is the teams second leading rebounder with 6.8 boards-per-game.    

INTERESTING NOTE: With the Toreros only having seven WCC games left, and sitting just a few games back of first place, their schedule is in their favor.  Consider this, the combined record of the remaining opponents in WCC action is 14-24, which make USD's chances of running the table good.

KAME, A SCORING MACHINE: Junior guard Amy Kame continues to lead the Toreros scoring effort this season with an overage of 17.0 ppg.  Just to keep in perspective just how good of a season she is having, her 17.0 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.   

CLOSING IN ON 200: Head Coach Cindy Fisher is closing in on her 200th career win, as she currently sits at 193 wins.  With seven more conference games, plus at least 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 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.