Nov. 5, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's basketball team will host an exhibition game Monday evening at 7 p.m. against San Diego Christian inside of the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: San Diego Christian is coming off a record-setting 2011-12 season, in whcih they Hawks recorded the most wins in program history at 20, and they had a fifth place finish in the GSAC, the highest place finish in program history as well. The Hawks were also receiving votes in the preseason NAIA top-25 poll entering this season. Leading the way for the Hawks is senior Brittany Daniel. Daniel led SDCC in nearly every category, including scoring (18.6 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), assists (3.4 apg), steals (2.4 spg), and blocks (1.1 bpg). In addition to Daniel, The Lady Hawks return two other starters, Jermani Stewart and Heather Serven, as well as their top performer off the bench, Hannah Miller. Miller was fourth on the team in scoring at 7.6 ppg in only 19.5 minutes per game. Stewart was a force in the paint, averaging 6.5 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Serven is threat from the outside and posted double figures in points on seven occasions in 11-12, including a season high 23 points in a loss to Concordia in early GSAC play. In addition, Dillon returns post player Melissa Beatty, who contributed significant minutes as a true freshman last season.
LAST TIME VS. SDCC: The University of San Diego women's basketball team kicked off their season with an 87-48 victory over San Diego Christian in an exhibition Saturday afternoon from Jenny Craig Pavilion. Senior guard Morgan Woodrow led all players with 19 points on the day, while freshman Sophia Ederaine added 15 points off the bench. Brittany Robinson led San Diego Christian with 15 points, with Brittany Daniel pitching in with 12 points of her own and Jermani Stewart grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
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).
KAME IS BACK: 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.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The Toreros have three new faces on the roster this season in the form of freshman twins Maya Hood and Malina Hood, as well as a junior college transfer Alysse Barlow. Below are a few notes on the newcomers to the Torero roster.
Maya Hood - Earned four varsity letters in basketball while playing at nearby La Jolla Country Day...three-time first-team All-League, first-team All-CIF Division IV, and first-team All-San Diego County honoree...as a senior she was named the CIF Player of the Year All-CIF San Diego section...as a senior, she was also named to Max Preps first-team All-State, Cal-Hi All-State second-team...finished her career with 1,761 points, 1,076 rebounds.
Malina Hood - Was a four-year letter winner in basketball at nearby La Jolla Country Day...she was a two-time first-team All-Coastal League performer, first-team All-CIF performer and a two-time CIF Sportsmanship Award winner...helped lead her team to the Coastal League championship as a junior and senior... as a senior, she helped lead her team to he CIF San Diego section Div. IV championship, to a state championship and Coastal League championship...finished her career with 1,054 career points and 749 career rebounds.
Alysse Barlow - Played two seasons with Hutchinson Community College...in her two season with the Blue Dragons, the team posted an impressive 66-4 overall record, including helping reaching the national championship game as a sophomore...as a sophomore, she averaged 9.2 ppg, 4.7 assists-per-game, and 2.5 steals-per-game...in her freshman season, she helped lead the Blue Dragons to an impressive 36-1 overall record, and a final No. 2 national ranking...she finished her two-year career ranked third all-time in career assists with 309, first in career steals 177 and second in single-season steals with 97
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.
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