March 20, 2012
TIP-OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (24-8) will continue their run in the Women's National Invitational Tournament in a Sweet Sixteen match-up against the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. (PT) at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
LAST TIME OUT: The USD senior tandem of Morgan Woodrow (27 points) and Dominique Conners (23 points) was too much for UOP, who finish with a record of 18-14. For the second straight game the Toreros reached double-digit leads only to see the visitors fight back and get within striking distance. After a 42-32 lead at halftime, the Tigers went on a 17-6 run to pull within five points at 70-65 with 2:40 remaining Key free throws, combined with the efforts of Conners and Woodrow, provided the final lift to lead the Toreros to the third round.
TOREROS ON THE ROAD: The Toreros hold a 9-4 record on the road as they head to United Spirit Arena...Dominique Conners (16.4 ppg) and Amy Kame (10.0 ppg) are averaging double-digits away from Jenny Craig Pavilion, while Morgan Woodrow is averaging 9.7. USD is holding the opposition to .333 shooting from the field while shooting .409, including limiting their opponents to .266 from three-point range to USD's .308...USD has out-rebounded their opponents 40.6 per game compared to their opponent's 34.9.
TOREROS IN THE POSTSEASON: San Diego has made four postseason appearances in the history of the program. USD is now 2-4 in all of these games, after defeating Cal State Northridge this past Friday and Pacific on Sunday. In all, USD has lost all three NCAA Tournament games it has played in, and now improves to 2-1 in WNIT games, as USD's only other WNIT appearance came in 2007, a loss to UC Santa Barbara.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS: Texas Tech enters the game with an overall record of 21-13 and they finished with a 6-12 record in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders are led offensively in scoring by Kierra Mallard (10.4) and Casey Morris (10.1). Mallard also leads the team in rebounds at 7.8 per game. In order to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the WNIT, Tech won each of their games by 14 points over Eastern Illinois (85-71) and Tulane (69-55). USD is 0-4 all-time against the Lady Red Raiders, including dropping a heartbreaking 58-57 decision back on Dec. 30 in San Diego this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST TECH: The Red Raiders edged out the Toreros, 58-57, in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf 'N Slam Classic in San Diego on December 30, 2011. The Lady Raiders were 12-0 at the time and scored the go-ahead basket with 7.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Dominique Conners drove the length of the floor, drew three defenders and found Felicia Wijenberg underneath the basket, and Wijenberg's lay-up rimmed out as time expired. Morgan Woodrow led all players with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Conners was the only other Torero in double figures with 11 points. Chynna Brown (14) and Kierra Mallard (12) were the only Lady Raiders in double figures.
DOMO HAVING A GREAT POSTSEASON SO FAR: Senior guard Dominique Conners scored a season-high 26 points in Friday's WNIT first round win over Cal State Northridge, followed by a 23-point effort to lead the Toreros over Pacific in round two. Conners shot a combined 14-of-34 (.412) from the field, including 21-of-30 from the charity stripe in the two games. This marked the 15th time this season that Conners has scored 20 or more points in a game, and it marked the 32nd time she has scored in double figures.
SIMPLY THE GREATEST: Senior guard Dominique Conners continues to add to her feat of being the all-time leader in points. Her 23 points against Pacific in the WNIT second round on Sunday moved her career total to 1,779 -- 51 points ahead of her former teammate and Torero great Amber Sprague (2004-09). Conners also is the all-time leader in career steals with 268.
WOODROW ECLIPSES 1,000 MARK: Senior guard Morgan Woodrow became just the 15th player in program history to surpass the 1,000 career points mark with her game-high 27 points against Pacific in the WNIT second round Sunday. Woodrow scored her 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, while also pulling down seven rebounds and adding in a pair of assists. She is currently second on the team in points per game (12.9) entering Thursday's match-up.
LISTEN TO THE GAME LIVE: Toreros fans can listen to the Texas Tech Sweet 16 game live on usdtoreros.com, as Pula Bott will bring fans all the live play-by-play action. There will also be a free video stream of the game, that link too can be found on usdtoreros.com.
BLOCKING HER WAY INTO HISTORY: Freshman forward Sophia Ederaine recorded one block in an outstanding all around performance Sunday evening against Pacific. With that block, she has now recorded 44 blocks on the season, good for a tie with Kelli Behrens for ninth all-time in single-season blocks at USD. If Ederaine can record one more block this Thursday, she will move into sole possession of ninth. The No. 8 single-season block mark is at 55, also held by Behrens.
RECORD-SETTING TOREROS: With the 83-75 win over Pacific in the WNIT second round on Sunday, the University of San Diego women's basketball team continued their climb past the 2006-07 team for the most single-season wins with 24. The Toreros also set a new mark for most WCC wins this season with 12 in the 51-46 win over Portland in the conference finale, surpassing the 2006-07 team who won 10 games.
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.
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.