Toreros Prep for WCC Tournament

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Dominique Conners.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
Dominique Conners.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Feb. 29, 2012

Complete Women's Basketball Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

TIP-OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (21-7, 12-4 WCC) will open play in the WCC Championship Tournament this Friday as the No. 3 seed.  USD will play the winner of the Santa Clara and Portland game that plays on Thursday afternoon.  USD will tip off at approximately 2: 30 p.m. on Friday.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior guard Dominique Conners took the team on her back, as she scored a game-high 22 points in helping lead the University of San Diego women’s basketball team to a 51-46 win over the University of Portland in the regular-season finale on February 25.  Conners was easily the best player on the floor this afternoon, as she scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting form the filed, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded three steals. Both Morgan Woodrow and Sophia Ederaine scored eight points a piece, and Ederaine recorded three blocks. As a team, USD shot 36% from the field, and out rebounded the Pilots 38-30.  

TOREROS IN THE WCC TOURNAMENT: San Diego has claimed three WCC Tournament championships (1993, 2000, 2008) and are aiming to win their second under head coach Cindy Fisher. USD has posted an 13-11 all-time record in the WCC tournament and are 3-1 in the WCC Championship games. Three years ago, USD did something remarkable, they won three games in three days to advance to the championship game, defending their 2008 championship against top-seeded Gonzaga. USD had a lead in the second half of that game, but fell to Gonzaga in the end.  Last season, USD won back-to-back games and nearly defeated WCC runner-up Saint Mary's to advance to the championship game. This year, USD has a one-roud bye.

MAKING HISTORY: With the 61-46 win over Portland in the regular-season finale on Saturday, the University of San Diego women's basketball team tied the 2006-07 team for the most single-season wins with 21.  In this win, the Toreros also set a new mark for most WCC wins with 12, surpassing the 2006-07 team who won 10 games.  USD will look to break the 21-win record on Friday as they open play in the WCC Tournament.  

ALL-WCC ACCOLADES: Three University of San Diego women’s basketball players earned All-West Coast Conference honors, highlighted by a pair of first-team selections in senior guards Dominique Conners and Morgan Woodrow. Amy Kame was the final USD player who took home accolades, as she was named to the All-WCC Honorable Mention team. USD head coach Cindy Fisher was honored as the WCC coach of the year, marking the second time in her tenure at USD she has received this award.

- Conners, a 5-8 senior from Oceanside, Calif., takes home her third consecutive first-team All-WCC accolade, after pacing the Toreros in scoring with an average of 16.1 ppg, as she moved herself into second all-time in career points at USD with 1,691, just 31 points behind the all-time leader Amber Sprague (2004-09). In WCC games, Conners is averaging 16.4 ppg, scoring at least 10 points in every game, with a season-high of 25 coming in the win against Saint Mary’s on Feb. 23. Conners managed to score 20 or more points in 11 total games this season, and scored in double figures in all but one game.

- Woodrow, a 6-0 guard from Freemont, Calif., takes home her first first-team All-WCC selection after putting together a monster of a year. Woodrow averaged a career-high 13.1 ppg, and moved her career-total to 979, just 21 points shy of becoming the 15th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points. In WCC games, Woodrow averaged 11.4 ppg, as USD’s second leading scorer. Woodrow scored in double figures in 20 games this season, including a stretch of 13 consecutive games through all of December and January. Woodrow also recorded a career-high 31 points in a win against Pacific on Dec. 11, 2011.

- Kame, a 6-0 guard from Grand Junction, Colo., made a splash in her second season with the team, as she takes home honorable mention accolades for the first time. Kame was USD’s third leading scorer on the season, as she scored an average of 11.1 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 19 points against BYU on Jan. 14, 2012.

- Fisher meanwhile helped steer USD to one of the most successful season’s in program history, as the Toreros, who were picked to finish seventh in the WCC, finished in a tie for second place with WCC newcomer BYU, while recording a program record 12 WCC wins. Overall, USD has tied a program record with 21 wins, as they are 21-7 overall heading into the WCC Tournament. The award is the second for Fisher, as she was the Co-Coach of the Year following the 2006-07 season when the Toreros won 20+ games for the first time ever.

CHASING HISTORY: Senior guard Dominique Conners scored 22 points against Portland in the regular-season finale, which moved her career total to 1,691, good for second all-time at USD. Conners is aiming to reach the all-time leader in career points at USD, Amber Sprague, and is now only 37 points shy of that mark. Considering Conners is averaging 18.4 ppg over the last three weeks, Conners could find herself passing Sprague by season’s end.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Senior guard Morgan Woodrow in closing in on the 1,000 career points mark, as she currently is sitting at 979. Considering she is averaging 13.4 ppg, she should eclipse the mark by season’s end.

BLOCKING HER WAY INTO HISTORY: Freshman forward Sophia Ederaine has been getting a lot more minutes as of late, and she is making the most of her opportunity.  In the regular-season finale, Ederaine scored a career-high eight points, while also recording three blocks in 17 minutes of action.  We also saw Ederaine have productive minutes at BYU, when she recorded three blocks in her first three minutes on the floor.  On the season, Ederaine leads the team with 41 blocks.  With the 41 blocks, she is now just two blocks shy of breaking into the top-10 single-season blocks list at USD.  Currently the No. 10 position is held by Sara Jane, who had 43 blocks in the 1981-82 season.  

BYUTV TO AIR WCC GAMES: BYUTV will once again be airing the WCC Tournament women's basketball games all they way up to the championship game.  USD's quarterfinal game will be aired live on BYUTV, as well as the semifinal game, should USD advance.  The championship game however, will be aired live on ESPNU.  The Toreros are 2-2 in televised games this season, having defeated San Diego State and Portland, but falling to Gonzaga and BYU.  

SEASON SWEEPS: With the win over Saint Mary’s on Feb. 23, the Toreros recorded their first season sweep over the Gaels since the 2003-04 season. Speaking of season sweeps, USD has now swept, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, Santa Clara, SMC and Portland.  USD has only suffered four WCC losses, and two came to Gonzaga and two to WCC newcomer BYU.

TOREROS SLAPPING ON THE D: San Diego’s defense has been huge this season, as they currently lead the West Coast Conference in scoring defense, as they only allow 55.0 ppg. Against Santa Clara, USD held the normally potent SCU offense to 25 percent shooting from the field in the first meeting, then 31% in the second meeting...they also held Saint Mary’s to just 31 percent shooting in the WCC opener...they held Loyola Marymount to 31 percent shooting.. held the defending WCC champion and 19th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs to just 34 percent shooting from the field... and they held Pepperdine to 25% shooting in the first meeting, and just 31% in the second meeting.

CONNERS EARNS PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Senior guard Dominique Conners was the lone Torero selected to the All-WCC preseason team. Conners was an All-WCC first-team honoree last season, after averaging a team-best 14.1 ppg, and she led the team with 64 steals. Conners scored in double figures in 23 games last season, with a season-high of 26 coming in the win against San Francisco on Jan. 15.

TOREROS ON TV: The University of San Diego has already played in three televised games this season, and have posted a 2-1 record in those games. USD defeated cross-town rival San Diego State ,56-46, back on Dec. 8 at Viejas Arena, the Toreros posted a 72-66 win over Portland on Jan. 19 in the Jenny Craig Pavilion and they dropped a 69-58 decision to No. 19 Gonzaga on Feb. 4 in Spokane. USD has one more televised game as they will be on BYUTV when USD travels to Provo, Utah on Feb. 18.

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 seventh season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program’s third head coach on April 19, 2005. 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.

TOREROS TABBED SEVENTH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: The USD women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh by the WCC head coaches in the WCC preseason coaches poll. Gonzaga was the consensus favorite to claim the West Coast Conference women’s basketball title for the third straight year, while WCC newcomer Brigham Young University was picked to finish second. Pepperdine was tabbed to finish in third, Loyola Marymount was picked fourth and Saint Mary’s was fifth with a total of 34 total points. In sixth place was the Portland Pilots closely behind the Gaels with 32 total points, and USD was picked to finish seventh and Santa Clara was picked eighth respectfully.