Feb. 9, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (15-8, 7-4 WCC) will return home on Monday to host Pepperdine University. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, with a heartbreaking 53-48 loss to Brigham Young University Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Merriott Center. With the loss, the Toreros fall to 15-8 overall, move to 7-4 in the WCC and saw their four-game winning streak snapped. With the win, the Cougars improve to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the WCC. With the Cougars clinging to a three-point lead at 51-48 with just 19 seconds left, San Diego turned to sophomore sensation Katelyn McDaniel. McDaniel in turn launched a 3-pointer with eight seconds left, only it was blocked by BYU's Keilani Unga, and USD then fouled the Cougars with five seconds left. BYU would hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the win for BYU at 53-48. Amy Kame led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field, while also dishing out five assists. McDaniel was the only other Torero in double figures, as she had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. As a team, the Toreros shot .333 from the field, and were out rebounded 39-34. In the first half, the Toreros came out firing on all cylinders, as a McDaniel jumper sparked a 8-1 Torero run over the first 2:12 of action. BYU then went on a 4-0 run, only to see a McDaniel lay-up then ignite a 6-0 San Diego run to take a 9-point edge at 14-9 with 15:13 to go. BYU then responded with a 7-3 run over the next six minutes to pull back to within one at 17-16 with 9:31 to go. The two teams then sea sawed back and fourth for the remainder of the frame with the Toreros never surrendering the lead, and going into the break up two at 22-20. In the second half, BYU opened the frame on a 10-3 run over the first five minutes of action to take a five-point lead at 30-25 with 14:29 to go. San Diego then managed to keep things close, and never trailed by more than five the remainder of the way. The two teams found themselves tied six times down the stretch, but in the end, the home team was abel to hold off the Toreros and claim the victory.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine enters the game with an overall record of 4-17, and they have a 1-9 mark in the WCC after dropping a 73-43 decision to Gonzaga. Pepperdine is currently riding a eight-game losing streak. The Waves lead the all-time series at 39-25, but the Toreros have won the last three meetings. The Waves offense is led by senior guard Shay Cooney Williams, who is averaging 9.9 ppg. The next highest scorer for Pepperdine is senior forward Kelsey Patrick, who is scoring an average of 7.7 ppg. Pepperdine is under the direction of ninth-year head coach Julie Rousseau. During her tenure in Malibu, Rousseau has posted an overall record of 122-138.
HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE?: San Diego has been on a tear lately, and one big reason why is the balanced offensive attack. In two of the last three games, the Toreros have had four players score in double figures, in both games. In fact, against Santa Clara, the Toreros had Katelyn McDaniel record a double-double, but two other Toreros almost had a double-double themselves. Felicia Wijenberg had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Maya Hood had 16 points and eight rebounds. Then in Saturday’s win against San Francisco, not only did four Toreros score in double figures, but a pair of Toreros had a near double-double, in Klara Wischer (10 pts., 9 reb) and Maya Hood (13 pts., 9 reb.).
CLOSING IN ON 200: Head Coach Cindy Fisher is closing in on her 200th career win, as she currently sits at 194 wins. With five more conference games, plus at least one more WCC Tournament game, coach Fisher could eclipse this mark this season.
TOREROS ON A ROLL: San Diego has won six of their last eight games, to move to 7-4 in the WCC, just behind BYU and Saint Mary's for second and third place. During this streak, the Toreros have averaged 66.5 ppg, while holding their opponents to just 60.9 ppg...USD is averaging 42.8 boards-per-game and the opponents are pulling down 34.2 rpg...the Toreros are shooting .444 form the field, while holding opponents to just a .391 shooting percentage...Amy Kame is pacing the Torero scoring effort at 16.4 ppg, while Katelyn McDaniel is averaging a near double-double with 12.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg, and Maya Hood is averaging 11.4 ppg.
K-MAC'S WORLD: Katelyn McDaniel, a.k.a. K-MAC, has now scored in double figures in four consecutive games, and five of the last six games. In Thursday's heartbreaking loss to BYU, McDaniel poured in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. On the season, McDaniel is USD's second leading scorer with an average of 9.9 ppg.
INTERESTING NOTE: With the Toreros only having five WCC games left, and sitting just a few games back of first place, the schedule is in their favor. Consider this, the combined record of the remaining opponents in WCC action is 10-29, which makes USD's chances of running the table good.
KAME, CONTINUES TO DOMINATE: Junior guard Amy Kame continues to lead the Toreros scoring effort this season with an overage of 16.9 ppg. Just to keep in perspective just how good of a season she is having, her 16.9 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.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will hit the road on Thursday as they head up to Los Angeles to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions in a 7 p.m. game inside of the Gersten Pavilion.
MY, OH MY, OH MAYA: San Diego freshman sensation Maya Hood continues to put together quite the rookie campaign. She just had a string of five consecutive games in double figures snapped in Thursday's loss to BYU. During those five games, Hood was averaging 13.6 ppg, and twice scored 16 points. Hood has now scored in double figures in 13 of the 23 games she has played in. Furthermore, Hood is shooting an impressive .587 from the field in these games going 71-for-121. On the season, Hood is USD's third leading scorer with an average of 9.7 ppg, while shooting .536 from the field.
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.