Feb. 22, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (18-8, 10-4 WCC) will host the University of San Francisco on Saturday in their final home regular-season game at 2 p.m. USD will be honoring its senior class in a pregame ceremony.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind 21 second half points from junior guard Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team managed to outscore the Saint Mary's Gaels 45-27 in the second half to overcome a 1-point halftime deficit and claim a 67-50 West Coast Conference win Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Kame, who nearly out scored the Gaels by herself in the second half, scored all of her game-high 21 points in the second half on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor, while dishing out two assists, recording three rebounds and having one block and one steal for the game. The second Torero in double-figures was freshman guard Maya Hood, who had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and she pulled down five rebounds. Katelyn McDaniel was the final USD player in double figures, as she recorded 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to post her team-leading fifth double-double of the year, while Felicia Wijenberg led the team with 12 rebounds. As a team, USD shot 46.9 from the field, while holding the Gaels to just .354 shooting this evening. USD also out rebounded the visitors 44-28. The first half of the game was not a pretty picture for either team, as USD shot .300 from the field, and the Gaels were not much better at .346 from the field. But the Toreros did manage to grab the early momentum, as a Hood lay-up sparked a 9-3 USD run over the first seven minutes of the game. A Mia Greco 3-pointer then jump started the Gaels offense, as SMC answered right back with a 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 11-9 on a Amanda Arter 3-pointer with 10:07 to play in there half. A Wijenberg free throw then sparked a 11-3 San Diego run over the next five minutes of action to give USD back the momentum and their biggest lead of the half at 20-14 with 5:04 to go. SMC didn't fade away, as they managed to close out the half on a 9-3 run to take a one-point lead into the break. In the second half, the Toreros were a much different team, as they shot a torrid .618 form the field and wasted no time in taking control of the momentum. Kame's first basket of the game came with 18:14 to go, and this jump started a 15-4 Torero run over the next four minutes of action, to give the Toreros they first double-digit lead of the game at 37-27, which then force the Gaels into a timeout. Out of the break in action, USD continued to push ahead and slowly went on to build up at 16-point lead at 49-33 with 9:04 to go. This proved to be too much for the Gaels to overcome, as they would not get closer than 12 for the remainder of there game, and USD would lead by as many as 22, before settling for the 17 point victory.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the game with an overall record of 10-16 and a 3-10 mark in the WCC after dropping a 101-65 decision to Gonzaga this past Saturday. USD leads the all-time series at 33-24, including winning the last 10 meetings. USD also captured the first meeting between the two programs earlier this season, a 63-60 win in San Francisco. The Dons are paced by senior guard Mel Khlok, who is averaging 15.0 ppg. USF has two other major scoring threats in Zhane Dikes (11.0 pg) and Taj Winston (9.9 ppg). San Francisco is under the direction of third-year head coach Jennifer Azzi.
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 197 wins. With two more conference games, plus at least one more WCC Tournament game, coach Fisher could eclipse this mark this season.
USD LOCKS UP A BYE: With USD's thrilling 67-50 win over Saint Mary's this past Thursday, the Toreros have now locked up at least the No. 4 seed in the upcoming WCC Tournament, which means they receive a at least a bye to the quarterfinals for a second consecutive season. USD could finish as high as second mathematically, which would mean they receive a bye to the semi-finals. However, since USD is just a half a game back of BYU, who still has to play league-leading Gonzaga on Saturday, and just a half a game up on SMC, things get interesting. If both USD and SMC win out, they will be tied for third, and USD would hold the tie breaker for the No. 3 seed. However, if BYU loses to Gonzaga Saturday, and win their remaining games, and both the Toreros and Gaels win out, there will be a three-way tie for second. In which case, according to the WCC tie break scenarios, BYU would be the No.2 seed, USD would be the three seed and SMC would be the No. 4 seed. Now there are other scenarios that involve losses for all three teams, but it gets too complicated, so we will stick positive with these already mentioned.
THAT MAKES FIVE: Katelyn McDaniel just recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season in Thursday's win over Saint Mary's. McDaniel recorded 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while pulling down 10 rebounds. McDaniel also dished out four assists, and had one block and one steal. McDaniel has now scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. During this stretch, she is averaging 13.4 ppg.
MY, OH MY, OH MAYA: Freshman sensation Maya Hood continues to impress all who watch her. With Hood's 14 points in Thursday's win over SMC, she has now scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games. During this stretch, Hood is averaging 13.7 ppg, while shooting an impressive .613 (49-for-80) from the field, and she is averaging 6.0 rebounds-per-game. On the season, Hood is USD's second leading scorer at 10.5 ppg.
KAME DROPS 21 IN ONLY 20 MINUTES: Junior guard Amy Kame was nothing short of brilliant in Thursday's win over Saint Mary's. The Grand Junction Colorado native got in foul trouble in the first half, and had to sit for a majority of the first frame. Then with USD trailing by one at half, Kame came alive in the second frame and scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Kame nearly outscored the Gaels by herself, as SMC managed only to score 27 second half points. Kame scored her game-high 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting form the field. This marked the sixth time this season that Kame has scored 20 or more points. Kame continues to lead the USD scoring effort at 16.4 ppg.
TOREROS ON A ROLL: San Diego has won nine of their last 11 games, to move to 9-4 in the WCC, just behind BYU for second and just ahead of Saint Mary's for third place. During this streak, the Toreros have averaged 66.9 ppg, while holding their opponents to just 58.7 ppg...USD is averaging 42.3 boards-per-game and the opponents are pulling down 33.4 rpg...the Toreros are shooting .451 form the field, while holding opponents to just a .383 shooting percentage...Amy Kame is pacing the Torero scoring effort at 15.4 ppg, while Katelyn McDaniel is averaging a near double-double with 12.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg, and Maya Hood is averaging 12.8 ppg.
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.
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