USD Begins New Era In Women's Hoops

Oct. 24, 2005

USD Women's Basketball Facts/Roster/Schedule 2005-06

By, Amanda Piechowski
USD Media Relations

For the University of San Diego women's basketball team, the 2005-2006 season promises to be unlike any other. This year, the word around the Jenny Craig Pavilion is "new": new coaching, new players, new program, an overall new freshness and vivacity for the Torero program.

The new Torero vision begins, first and foremost, with newly appointed head coach Cindy Fisher who was announced to the position in April of 2005. Fisher comes to San Diego after making three consecutive postseason tournament appearances, first as head coach at Wyoming and more recently spending the past two seasons as the top assistant at the University of Nebraska.

"USD was the right job I have always been interested in," says Fisher. "It has a high academic standard and, having been raised Catholic, it fits my spiritual side too. It was just a good fit. I didn't know if the opportunity would ever open up, but I'm really glad it did."

With Fisher comes an entirely new coaching staff that she knows well, with all three of San Diego's new assistants having worked with Fisher at some point during her collegiate coaching career that spans 16 seasons. Top assistant, Mary Ann Falcosky, worked with Fisher during her entire five-year campaign at Wyoming, as did assistant Aubrey Eblin. Niecee Nelson served as graduate assistant for Fisher at Wyoming.

"To bring in staff from before, I knew exactly what to expect as far as their work ethic, their strengths, their weaknesses," comments Fisher. "I knew exactly where to put them to use. Some people spend their entire lives looking for a great staff and I have mine right here with me."

The key this year for the Toreros, says Fisher, will be defense. With the season-ending injury to 6-foot-5 all-league sophomore Amber Sprague, an issue the San Diego women face will be their size, or lack thereof.

"We have to make up for our size," says Fisher. "We'll use our size to our advantage on offense and defense to pull people away from the basket. We have really good scorers even though we're undersized. The key is to let the defense create the offense."

Fisher inherits a Torero team that returns four starters, including senior guard Tiara Harris, another 2004-2005 All-WCC selection.

"Everyone is extremely open to the new changes," says Harris. "Our overall vision is to win the WCC and to do so by being in great condition. As a senior, I want to lead by example. This is a great starting point to some great things."

A new determination and a more intense work ethic highlight every San Diego practice and will be the basis for the entire 2005-2006 season.

"I'm in the best shape of my life!" says six-foot freshman forward Kiva Herman, who is one of four new players on Fisher's roster this fall.

The Torero season tips-off on November 9 with a pre-season exhibition match against Point Loma Nazarene. Their schedule includes home games against No. 7 Duke and NCAA Sweet-16 qualifier Arizona State as well as road contests against Georgia Tech and UC Riverside. West Coast Conference action begins in early January.

"It's a new beginning," says Herman. "I can tell things are changing."



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Meet the Toreros: Jose Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
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Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
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2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
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Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
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Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
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NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
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2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
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Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
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Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
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Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
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2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
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The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
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MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
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USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
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USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
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UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
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Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
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Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
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Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
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Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
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BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.

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City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park

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Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play

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Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences

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Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park

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Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99

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Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler

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CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN

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USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC

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Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game

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San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic

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Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend

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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops

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Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell

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Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far

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WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day

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Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win

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Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner

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Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego

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Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season

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Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game

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Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win

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LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night

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ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare

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Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak

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Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015

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CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak

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Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second

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SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival

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WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win

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2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico

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Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
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Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
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Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
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2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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