Feb. 13, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (16-8, 8-4 WCC) will hit the road on Thursday, as they head up to Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. showdown with Loyola Marymount.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind double-doubles from both Katelyn McDaniel and Maya Hood, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (16-8, 8-4 WCC) cruised to a 71-50 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine University (4-18, 1-10 WCC) Monday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. McDaniel led all scorers with 18 points, on 6-of 12 shooting fro the field, while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds, and she dished out a game-high six assists. Hood on the other hand, had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Felicia Wijenberg was the third Torero in double figures, as she recorded 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, and she recorded four rebounds. As a team, USD shot .500 from the field and out rebounded the Waves 46-31. In the first half, The Toreros came out firing on all cylinders, as a pair of Wijenberg free throws ignited a 6-0 run over the first 2:27 of action, forcing the Waves into a timeout. USD continued to keep the pedal to the medal and would then go on a 11-6 run to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 17-6 on a McDaniel jumper with 13:58 to go. Pepperdine then managed to score the next five points to pull back to within six, but that is as close as they would get for the remainder of the game, as a Hood lay-up then sparked a 8-2 San Diego run to give USD back the momentum and a 25-13 lead with 11:01 to go. USD would then gradually begin to pull further and further ahead and led by as many at 20 in the first half, before settling for an 18-point lead at the break. In the second half, USD would quickly build back up a 20-point lead on a McDaniel free throw with 14:17 to go, and never looked back. The Toreros completely dominated the second half of play and led by as many as 30 on a Malina Hood lay-up with 4:27 to go. USD then cruised their way too a 71-50 victory to complete a season sweep of the Waves and hand Pepperdine their ninth consecutive loss. For the Waves, Ea Shoushtari led the scoring effort with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, and she pulled down six rebounds. As a team, the Waves shot .345 from the field.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the game with an overall record of 9-15 and they have a 3-8 mark in the WCC after dropping a 70-56 decision to league-leading Gonzaga this past Saturday. The Toreros lead the all-time series at 37-27, including winning the last five meetings. The Lions offense is paced by senior forward Alex Cowling, who is averaging 15.5 ppg, and pulling down 7.1 rebounds-per-game. Junior guard Hazel Ramirez is the only other player averaging double figures, as she is scoring 12.6 ppg. The Lions are under the direction of first-year head coach Charity Elliott.
LAST TIME VS. LMU: Behind a double-double from sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel, the University of San Diego women's basketball team battled past a late game scare, beating the Loyola Marymount University Lions in overtime, 88-78, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Jan. 12, 2012. With 12 seconds left in regulation and LMU down 70-73, the Lions inbounded the ball and brought it down the court to throw up a quick three, but Lions guard Danielle Pruitt was fouled on her shot attempt. Despite the pressure, Pruitt kept her poise and drained all three foul shots, tying the score at 73. Then with just 2 seconds remaining, Klara Wischer launched a 3/4 court shot and the ball rimed out at the buzzer, as they two teams would then head to overtime. In the overtime period, Hazel Ramirez scored the first point on the back-end of a pair of free throws for LMU, but a Felicia Wijenberg lay-up then ignited a 11-0 San Diego run over the next four minutes to give the Toreros a 10-point lead at 84-74 with 49 seconds left. The Toreros never looked back, as they then cruised their way to the 88-78 victory.
CLOSING IN ON 200: Head Coach Cindy Fisher is closing in on her 200th career win, as she currently sits at 195 wins. With four 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 seven of their last nine games, to move to 8-4 in the WCC, just behind BYU and Saint Mary's for second and third place. During this streak, the Toreros have averaged 67.0 ppg, while holding their opponents to just 59.7 ppg...USD is averaging 43.1 boards-per-game and the opponents are pulling down 33.9 rpg...the Toreros are shooting .450 form the field, while holding opponents to just a .386 shooting percentage...Amy Kame is pacing the Torero scoring effort at 14.8 ppg, while Katelyn McDaniel is averaging a near double-double with 13.3 ppg and 8.4 rpg, and Maya Hood is averaging 11.8 ppg.
MAYA'S HOOD: San Diego freshman sensation Maya Hood continues to put together quite the rookie campaign. In Monday's blowout over pepperdine, Hood recorded her second collegiate double-double, as she scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Hood has now scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. During this stretch, Hood is averaging 14.6 ppg. Overall on the season, Hood is USD's third leading scorer, as she averages 9.9 ppg, and she has the highest shooting percentage on the team at .544.
K-MAC MAKES IF FIVE STRAIGHT: Katelyn McDaniel, a.k.a. K-MAC, has now scored in double figures in five consecutive games, after her 18-point outburst in Monday's win over Pepperdine. To make things sweater, McDaniel made the fifth game a double-double, as she pulled down 10 rebounds to notch her fourth double-double of the season. On the season, McDaniel is USD's second leading scorer with an average of 10.3 ppg, while shooting .526 from the field, second best shooting percentage on the team.
INTERESTING NOTE: With the Toreros only having four WCC games left, and sitting just a few games back of first place, the remainder of the schedule is in their favor. With the season nearing an end, and seeding for the WCC Tournament on the line, the combined record of the remaining opponents in WCC action is 18-25, which makes USD's chances of running the table good. Only one of these teams has a wining record, in second place Saint Mary's, whom USD has already defeated.
KAME, CONTINUES TO DOMINATE: Junior guard Amy Kame continues to lead the Toreros scoring effort this season with an overage of 16.3 ppg. Just to keep in perspective just how good of a season she is having, her 16.3 ppg is tied for fifth best single-season scoring average in program history. Kame has now scored in double figures in all but five games this season, with a career-high of 30 coming in a loss to Iowa on Dec. 28, 2012.
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.