USD Welcomes SMC to the JCP for Pivotal WCC Match-Up

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Feb. 19, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (17-8, 9-4 WCC) will return home for a pivotal WCC game against second place Saint Mary's College this Thursday.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind a career-high 21 points from freshman guard Maya Hood, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (17-8, 9-4 WCC) cruised to a 66-59 West Coast Conference win over Loyola Marymount (9-16, 3-9 WCC) Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Gersten Pavilion.  Hood scored her game-high 21 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, while pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording one steal. Amy Kame also had a great game, as she scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, and recorded seven steals. The final Torero in double figures was Klara Wischer, who had 11 points. As a team, USD shot .440 from the field and was out rebounded 34-33.  In the first half, the Toreros came out on fire, as they hit their first four jumpers and raced out to an 8-1 lead over the first 3:06 of the game. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit over the next four minutes, and USD would eventually take a double-digit lead at 17-7 on a Kame lay-up with 12:10 to go.  After the Toreros built up their biggest lead of the game at 11 points with 8:40 to go, the Lions would manage to get hot and outscore the Toreros 15-5 over the next five minutes to pull to within one at 25-24. San Diego then responded with 7-4 run over the final three minutes of the half to go into the break up eight at 36-28.  In the second half, the Toreros would quickly regain a 10-point lead and they two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over several minutes. Then with USD leading 42-32, LMU would go on a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to four at 42-38 with 14:09 to go.  San Diego then responded with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes of play to regain the momentum and a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 9:48 to go. The Lions would stay close and eventually pulled to within three on a few occasions, however, USD would not allow them to get any closer, and would go on to claim the seven-point victory to complete a season sweep of the Lions.

The Last Meeting
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St. Mary's (CA)70
January 17, 2013
Moraga, CA
Kame's 29 Paces USD To Victory over SMC
Behind a 29-point effort from junior guard Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team held on to claim a 73-70 West Coast Conference win over league-leading Saint Mary's College Thursday evening.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the game with an overall record of 17-7, and they have a 9-3 mark in the WCC, tied for second place with BYU.  The Gaels lead the all-time series at 37-24, but the Toreros have win the last three meetings, including the first meeting this season, a 73-70 victory in Moraga, back on January 17.  SMC's offense is paced by Danielle Mauldin, who is averaging a double-double with 14.0 ppg, and 10.8 ppg.  Also lighting up the scoreboard is junior guard Jackie Nared, who is leading the team with 17.0 ppg, and also pulls down 9.0 rebounds-per-game.  The third Gael averaging double figures is junior Kate Gaze, who scores an average of 11.5 ppg.

Maya Hood NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: University of San Diego freshman forward Maya Hood's amazing freshman season continued as she was named the WCC Player of the Week the conference office announce Monday afternoon.  Hood helped the Toreros go 2-0 last week, pacing the USD offense last with 18 points per contest while shooting .722 from the field (13 for 18). Hood also pulled down 8.5 rebounds per game last week.  Hood began the week with a double-double in a 71-50 win over Pepperdine. She scored 15 points on 7-10 shooting while hauling in 10 boards. Hood followed that up with a career-high 21 points in a 66-59 win over Loyola Marymount. She shot six for eight from the field and also pulled down seven rebounds.  Hood is the third Torero to win WCC Player of the Week Honors. Amy Kame won on December 3 and Klara Wischer was honored on January 28.

CLOSING IN ON 200: Head Coach Cindy Fisher is closing in on her 200th career win, as she currently sits at 196 wins.  With three 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 eight of their last 10 games, to move to 9-4 in the WCC, just behind BYU and Saint Mary's for second place.  During this streak, the Toreros have averaged 66.9 ppg, while holding their opponents to just 59.6 ppg...USD is averaging 42.1 boards-per-game and the opponents are pulling down 33.9 rpg...the Toreros are shooting .449 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 12.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg, and Maya Hood is averaging 12.7 ppg.

K-MAC'S WORLD: Katelyn McDaniel, a.k.a. K-MAC, saw her streak of five consecutive double-digit scoring efforts come to an end in Thursday's win over Loyola Marymount, but she still had a great game, scoring eight points.  During these past six games, McDaniel has been USD's second leading scorer with an average of 13.5 ppg, while shooting an impressive .493 from the field, and averaging 7.7 rebounds-per-game.  Overall, McDaniel is USD's third leading scorer with an average of 10.2 ppg, while placing second in the rebounding column with 6.8 boards-per-game.

WCC TOURNAMENT SEEDING SCENARIOS' HEATING UP: With just three games left on the Toreros regular-season schedule, the seeding race for the upcoming WCC Tournament is heating up.  USD currently sits in fourth place in the WCC, just one game back of both BYU and Saint Mary's.  Now almost anything can happen over the final three games, but USD has positioned themselves in a good way.  Should USD win out, and the WCC record of our remaining opponents is 16-20, the Toreros would be guaranteed at least a bye to the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament.  USD could mathematically finish as high as the No. 2 seed, which would give them a bye to the semi-finals, or possibly the three or four seeds, which are byes to the quarterfinals.  But that is only if USD wins out.  It gets too complicated to figure out other scenarios if USD does not win out, so we will stay with this for now.  

KAME, CONTINUES TO DOMINATE: Junior guard Amy Kame continues to lead the Toreros scoring effort this season with an overage of 16.2 ppg.  Just to keep in perspective just how good of a season she is having, her 16.2 ppg is the sixth 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.   

A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will conclude its home schedule this Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip-off against the University of San Francisco.  The game is also USD's senior night, and the Toreros will honor their senior class of Julia Bennett, Brittany Conger and Klara Wischer.

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.