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Toreros host Southern Utah Tuesday evening
Nov. 13, 2017

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Tuesday vs. Southern Utah (0-1) 6:00 p.m. Tickets Live Stats

TIP OFF: The Toreros (1-0) will have their first regular season game inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion Tuesday evening when they host Southern Utah (0-1) at 6:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on

The Last Meeting
Southern Utah45
San Diego63
November 23, 2007
San Diego, CA
Big Second Half Lifts Toreros to Victory
A big second half push and Kiva Herman's game-high 14 points helped lead the University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-2) to a 63-45 win over visiting Southern Utah University (1-4) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Herman paced the game with her 14 points on a 7-for-14 performance from the field. Amanda Rego was also impressive as she had 11 points, a game-high eight assists, seven steals and seven rebounds. Sam Child was the third USD player in double figures, as the Portland, Ore. native went 5-for-12 from the field and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, USD out rebounded the Thunderbirds 49-39 and shot 38 percent from the field.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros kicked off their 2017-18 regular season with an 82-53 win over San Diego Christian for Flashback Friday in the Sports Center Gym. Caroline Buhr led the Toreros 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds. In total, ten Toreros scored. USD outrebounded the Hawks 52-18, led by Buhr's 11 boards. Patricia BrossmannMyah PaceMadison Pollock and Aubrey Ward-El all had at least six rebounds as well. The Toreros jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the game and never looked back. Great passing set up Caroline Buhr for nine early points as the Toreros took a 13-3 lead with 6:32 left in the first quarter. USD would end up scoring 29 points in the first quarter on 67 percent shooting (12-for-18 shooting). The Toreros used a 22-7 rebounding advantage in the first half to take a 46-27 lead at the half. Buhr led the team with 12 points and seven rebounds and Aubrey Ward-El had 11 points. In the second half, the Toreros would push their lead up to 30, taking a 73-43 lead with just under seven minutes left in the game.


Southern Utah lost at BYU 75-67 in their season opener... They won both their exhibition games, beating Northern New Mexico College 86-67 and Concordia University 82-62... They went 7-23 last season... The Thunderbirds had four players score in double-digits in their season opener, led by Whitney Johnson's 12 points... Ashley Larsen nearly had a double-double with nine point and 10 rebounds... Chris Boettcher (3rd season) made previous stops at Utah Valley (2001-09) and BYU (2009-13)... The Toreros are 2-0 all-time against the Thunderbirds, beating them in back-to-back seasons (2006 & 2007)


DOUBLE-TROUBLE: Caroline Buhr shined in the Toreros' season-opener, pouring in 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds for her second career-double-double. Buhr led the Toreros in rebounds and field goal percentage last season and her career field goal percentage of 50.2 percent is the fifth best in program history.

ASSIST PLEASE: Senior forward Sydney Williams dished out a career-high five assists in Friday's win over San Diego Christian. She stuffed the stat sheet, also adding six points, four rebounds and two blocks.

SO MUCH DEPTH: The Toreros depth has already been on display in the early parts of the 2017-18 season. In their exhibition game against Biola, 11 Toreros scored and then 10 contributed to the scoring column in Friday's season-opening win against San Diego Christian.


BACK FOR MORE: Maya Hood, a graduate student, will be entering her sixth season with the Toreros and was named to the preseason All-WCC Team. Through nine games last year she was averaging 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and shooting 57.5 percent from the field. Hood enters the season in the top ten all-time in multiple categories including first in career offensive rebounds (356) and seventh in career points (1,301).

FRESH FACES: The coaching staff has been very impressed with their four newcomers, which includes three freshmen and a transfer. Freshmen Myah Pace (5-11, Oakland Calif.) and Sydney Hunter (6-0, Keizer, Ore.) will give the Toreros versatility on the perimeter. Freshman Kendall Bird (6-2, Buckley, Wash) and sophomore Kat Olczak (6-7, Zielona Gora, Poland), a transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, will provide depth and toughness in the Toreros' frontcourt.

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT: The Toreros signed two players to NLI's during the early signing period on Wednesday, securing commitments from Kiera Oakry and Nicole Blakes. Oakry, a 5'10" guard from nearby La Jolla Country Day, is a three-time all-league selection and will bring athleticism and versatility to USD. Blakes is a 6'2" forward from Archbishop Mitty, a powerhouse in the Bay Area. She has helped her team go undefeated in league the past two seasons and will add speed, length and versatility to the Toreros' post rotation.

SCHEDULING UP: The Toreros' 2017-18 schedule features ten games against teams who appeared in either the 2017 NCAA or WNIT postseason tournament. The Toreros play an extremely competitive non-conference schedule highlighted by games against San Diego State, California and Minnesota in addition to matchups against Boise State and Hawai'i in Honolulu. "This is one of the toughest non-conference schedules we have put together to date," Coach Fisher said. "It is going to challenge us from start to finish."

PRESEASON POLL: The Toreros were picked to finish fourth in the WCC preseason poll. Gonzaga (26-7, 14-4) claimed 79 points to finish atop the preseason poll after claiming the double in 2017 with a WCC regular season and championship crown. Saint Mary's (20-13, 13-5) received the other two first place votes and was the preseason pick to finish second in the conference with 72 points. The Gaels were followed by BYU (20-12, 13-5) in third with 68 points. Behind the Toreros (54 points) was Loyola Marymount (14-16, 9-9), with 48 points. The Lions welcome a heralded transfer for the second consecutive season with junior Gabby Green eligible to compete following two years as a starter for California. Three points separated the sixth and seventh spots on the poll between a pair of teams with head coaches entering their second seasons with their respective programs. Santa Clara (14-16, 9-9) was selected sixth with 39 points while San Francisco (18-13, 11-7) was picked seventh with 36 points. Pacific claimed eighth overall with 28 points after going 10-21 (5-13) last season. Pepperdine and Portland round out the preseason poll with the Waves, under first-year head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones, collecting 14 points for ninth and the Pilots. The Waves went 7-23 (5-13 WCC) last season, and the Pilots quadrupled their conference record from the previous season with a 6-24 (4-14) WCC) mark.




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