Nov. 7, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team will open their 2013-14 campaign on the road this year. The Toreros will head to Greeley, Colo. to take on the University of Northern Colorado in a 1 p.m. (PST) non-conference game.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team dropped a 61-50 decision to the University of Utah March 25, 2013 in the second round of the WNIT. With the loss, the Toreros finished the season with a 22-10 overall record. With the win, the Utes improved to 20-13 overall and will advanced on to play the University of the Pacific in the third round. "I thought we struggled to guard in the post, and I thought it was a physical game," stated head coach Cindy Fisher. "We didn't match up well, but we took care of the ball well, and struggled to get second opportunities. But I thought this was an amazing season, and I am really proud of the team." Amy Kame led the Toreros scoring effort with 19 points on 6-of-24 shooting from the field, while pulling down five rebounds. Klara Wischer, and Maya Hood, were the next leading scorers with eight points a peace. As a team, USD shot .339 from the field and were even in rebounds at 35-all.
TOREROS TABBED TO FINISH SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego women's basketball team, who received one first place vote, was tabbed to finish second in the West Coast Conference, according to a poll of the league's coaches. Gonzaga, the defending WCC champion, was picked to finish first, while Saint Mary's was picked to finish third and BYU fourth. WCC newcomer Pacific was picked to finish fifth, with Loyola Marymount picked sixth. Portland, San Francisco, and Santa Clara were tied for seventh and Pepperdine was picked to finish 10th, respectfully.
SCOUTING THE BEARS: UNC finished second in the Big Sky Conference with a 21-13 overall record and 15-5 conference record in 2012-13, and returns nine letterwinners off that team. The Bears are coming off a WNIT Tournament appearance – their third-straight post-season bid – where they won the first round against Wyoming and lost in the second round to Saint Mary's. The Bears will look to the leading returning scorer from last season, senior center Stephanie Lee, to pace the offense with her 7.7 ppg average last season. This will mark only the second meeting between the two programs, with USD taking the first meeting last season in San Diego, 78-44.
McDANIEL RETURNS: Junior forward Katelyn McDaniel, a All-WCC honorable mention selection last season, makes her return to the Toreros this year. McDaniel, a 6-1 forward from Littleton, Colo., was the third leading scorer for the Toreros at 10.2 ppg this past season. McDaniel led the team in double-doubles with five, and she managed to score in double figures in 16 of the 32 games she played in last season. And in games that she has started, McDaniel has recorded double figures in 11 of the 18. McDaniel was also the team's second leading rebounder at 6.3 boards-per-game. In WCC games, McDaniel averaged 13.0 ppg, while pulling down 7.5 rebounds-per-game and shot an even .500 from the field.
BACK-TO-BACK 20 WIN SEASONS: With San Diego's win over Santa Clara on Mar. 2, 2013, they captured their third 20-win season in program history. That also marked the first time in program history that USD had won back-to-back 20-win seasons, as USD posted the best record in program history at 26-9, reaching the Final Four of the WNIT in 2011-12. USD also won 21 games in the 2006-07 season.
KAME CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Amy Kame enters the 2013-14 season with 973 career points, and is looking to become the 16th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career points milestone. Considering Kame is averaging 16.1 ppg last season, she could see herself in the all-time top-10 scorers by season's end.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: The Toreros schedule features 15 home games as they try to build off last season's postseason success. Some of the highlights of the non-conference schedule include home games against Arizona State, NCAA Tournament participant's Gonzaga and Idaho, as well as WNIT participant's BYU and Saint Mary's. The Toreros road schedule features a pair of WNIT second round teams in Northern Colorado (Nov. 9) and San Diego State (Nov. 18).
Maya Hood TO REDSHIRT SEASON: Maya Hood, a sophomore guard for the University of San Diego women's basketball team, will redshirt during the 2013-14 season because she is expecting a baby in early November. Hood will return to action for the Toreros beginning with the 2014-15 season, and will have three years of eligibility left. Hood, a 5-10 guard from San Diego, Calif., was the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, in addition to being named All-WCC honorable mention. Hood managed to crack into the USD starting line-up just 10 games into the season, and remained in the starting line-up the rest of the way. Hood was USD's second leading scorer at 10.3 points-per-game, while leading the team in shooting at 54.3 percent from the field. Hood scored in double figures in 18 of the 32 games she played in, with a career-high of 21 coming in a win against Loyola Marymount on February 14, 2013. She also managed to record a pair of double-doubles this past season in scoring and rebounding.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: San Diego welcomes five newcomers to the roster for 2013-14.
- Ivette Gil, a 5-6 guard from Santa Barbara, comes to the Toreros after she averaged 18.4 ppg, 1.6 assists-per-game, 6.6 rpg and 3.0 steals-per-game in her senior year. As a senior, she was named All CIF Division 3AA, first-team All-Channel League, and she helped lead her team to a 25-9 overall record and into the second round of the CIF state tournament.
- Katherine Hamilton, a 5-8 guard from Chandler, Ariz, comes to USD after she averaged 12.6 ppg, and 1.8 apg, as a senior, and she was named the Mesa, Ariz. City Player of the Year, named second-team All-State, first-team All-Section and first-team All-Division as a senior.
- Edi Utibe, a 6-2 forward from the Virgin Islands, comes to USD after she helped Charlotte Amalie High School go undefeated in Territory League play, to win the championship, in her junior year, while also being named best blocker, and she was tabbed a No. 2 All-Star (STT).
- Cori Woodward, a 5-6 guard from Vancouver, Wash., comes to USD after a standout career at Prarie High School, where she averaged 16.7 ppg as a senior, en route to being named the MVP of the 3A Greater St. Helens League, and helping her team post a 21-4 overall record.
- Alexandria Young, a 6-0 forward from San Diego, comes to USD from nearby Mater Dei High School, where she helped lead her team to four consecutive Mesa League championships, and was named first-team All-Mesa League as a senior after averaging 13.9 ppg, 1.9 apg, 8.6 rpg, and 2.0 spg. Young will redashirt this season.
A PAIR OF TOREROS SELECTED TO THE PRESEASON ALL-WCC TEAM: The Toreros had two players named to the preseason All-WCC team in the form of senior guard Amy Kame and sophomore guard Maya Hood.
- Kame, a 6-0 junior guard from Grand Junction, Colo., paced the team's scoring effort last season with an average of 15.1 ppg, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field, en route to a first-team All-WCC distinction. Kame was named the WCC Player of the Month for November, and took home one WCC Player of the Week award this past season. Kame scored 20 or more points in seven games last season, and scored in double figures in all but seven of the 32 games she has played in.
- Hood, a 5-10 guard from San Diego, was tabbed the WCC Newcomer of the Year after an impressive freshman campaign in which she was the team's second leading scorer with 10.3 ppg, while leading the team in field goal percentage at 54.3 percent. Hood was named the WCC Player of the Week once this past year and managed to score in double figures in 18 of the 31 games she played in. Hood quickly went from bench player to starter just 10 games into the season. Hood will be redshirting this season, and will return next season with three years of eligibility left.
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 ninth season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program’s third head coach on April 19, 2005. Last season, Fisher managed to do somethign no other coach in USD history could, she posted a second consecutive 20-win season, as USD advanced to the second roud of the WNIT, and posted a 22-10 overall record. The 2011-12 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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