Toreros Prep for Home-Opener

Nov. 11, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-0) will welcome Arizona State University (1-0) to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Wednesday for their home-opener.  Game time is set for 5:15 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind a 22-point effort from Amy Kame and a double-double from Sophia Ederaine, the University of San Diego women's basketball team picked up a 69-56 win over the University of Northern Colorado in their season-opener Saturday afternoon.  Kame scored her game-high 22 points on 6-of-19 shooting from the field, while falling just one rebound short of a double-double. Ederaine came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to post a double-double, while Malina Hood (12 points) and Felicia Wijenberg (11 points) were also in double-figures. As a team, USD shot 32.8% from the field and out rebounded the Bears 51-31.  Northern Colorado opened the game on a 13-3 run to grab all the momentum with 14:23 to go. The Bears maintained a 7-10 point lead over the next five minutes of action. Then with USD trailing 21-12, a pair of Kame free throws sparked a 10-0 run over the next five minutes of action to give USD a one-point lead at 22-21 with 6:00 to go in the first half. The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket for the remainder of the frame, but UNC managed to hang on to a 34-30 lead going into the break.  In the second half, San Diego came out firing on all cylinders, as a Kame lay-up sparked a 13-0 run over the first 5:27 of action to take a 43-34 lead with 14:33 to go. USD then kept the pedal to the medal and went on to build up a lead to 11 on a pair of Hood free throws to take a 47-36 lead with 11:24 to go. San Diego never looked back, as they went on to lead by as many as 16, before settling for the 13-point win.

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State enters the week with an overall record of 1-0, after picking up a 84-44 win over Hawaii in their season-opener this past week.  The Sun Devils lead the all-time series at 7-1, including last season's meeting in Tempe.  ASU's offense was paced by senior guard Daja Mann, who scored a tea-high 14 points in the win over Hawaii.  Three other Sun Devils scored in double-figures in the season-opener as well, in the form of Promise Amukamara (13 pts), Katie Hempen (12 pts) and Adrianne Thomas (10 pts).  Arizona State is under the direction of 17th-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne.  During her tenure in Tempe, she has amassed an overall record of 303-197.

LAST TIME VS. ASU: The University of San Diego women's basketball team suffered a 72-39 loss to Arizona State University on Dec. 12, 2012 in a non-conference game at Wells Fargo Arena.  Junior guard Alysse Barlow paced the Torero scoring effort with 11 points on 4-of-13 sooting from the field, while also recording one block. Amy Kame had seven points, while both Maya Hood and Klara Wischer added in with six points a piece, and Wischer led the team with nine rebounds. As a team, USD shot .311 from the field, and were out rebounded 34-30.  For the Sun Devils, Joy Burke paced the offense with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Three other players were in double figures with both Jane Fulcher and Arnecia Hawkins scoring 11 points and Micaela Pickens adding in 10 points. As a team, the Sun Devils shot .561 from the field.

KAME DROPS IN 22: Senior guard Amy Kame turned in quite the season-opening performance, as she led the team in scoring with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.  She fell just one rebound shy of a double-double, while dishing out four assists and recording three steals.  With those 22 points, Kame has moved her career total up to 995, and should be able to become the 16th player in program history to crack into the 1,000 career points in Wednesday's game.

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE THE DOUBLE THE FUN: Junior forward Sophia Ederaine had a monster of a first game for the Toreros, and perhaps the best game of her career.  The Morano Valley, native recorded a double-double, as she tied a career-high with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, then she pulled down a carer-high 14 rebounds.  Ederaine also had a career-high two steals in the win as well.  

HOOD SCORED A CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore guard Malina Hood came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points in Saturday's win over Northern Colorado.  Hood scored her 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, in 31 minutes of action.   Hood's previous career-high was 11 in a win against Hawaii in the first round of the WNIT this past season on Mar., 21, 2013.

HOW'S THIS FOR BALANCE?: San Diego had four players scoring in double figures against Northern Colorado to help fuel USD to victory.  Amy Kame paced the way with 22 points, followed by Sophia Ederaine's 16, Malina Hood had a career-high 12 points, and Felicia Wijenberg dropped in 11.   

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.

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.

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.