Women's Hoops Preps for a Pair of Homes Games

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Klara Wischer.
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Klara Wischer.
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Nov. 19, 2012

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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-1) will return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this week to host a pair of games.  On Friday, the Toreros will host Northern Colorado at 7 p.m., then on Sunday they will close out the week with a 2 p.m. showdown against San Jose State.  

LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season, as they fell to Cal Poly (2-1) 69-50, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Mott Gym.  Alysse Barlow led the scoring effort for the Toreros, as she recorded 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting, while also recording five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Amy Kame and Maya Hood both recorded nine points, while both Kame and Klara Wischer each pulled down eight rebounds. As a team, USD shot .362 from the field, and were out rebounded 41-40.  Cal Poly's Kayla Griffin led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds while senior Nikol Allison came off the bench to add 11 points. Senior Ashley Cascio came off the bench to lead the team with five assists while adding six points. Senior Brittany Woodard scored nine points with six rebounds.

A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will hit the road next week, as they travel to play in the Air Force Academy Tournament.  On Nov. 30, the Toreros will battle Boise State, then on Saturday Dec. 1, USD will take on the host Air Force Falcons at 4:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BEARS: Northern Colorado enters the week with an overall record of 1-1.  They will travel to play Utah on Tuesday before coming to San Diego this Friday.  This will be the first meeting between these two programs.  The Bears leading scorer is D'shara Strange, who is averaging 13.4 ppg through the first two games of the season.  The only other player averaging double figures is Lauren Oosdyke, who is scoring an average of 12.8 ppg.  The Bears are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Jaime White.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: San Jose State enters the week with an overall record of 2-1 after dropping a 74-65 decision to Evansville this past week.  The Toreros lead the all-time series at 4-2, and have won the last four meetings.  The Spartans offense is paced by Ta'Rea Cunnigan, who is averaging 23.0 ppg through three games, while shooting .510 from the field.  Classye James is the only other SJSU player averaging double figures, as she is scoring 15.7 ppg.  The Spartans are under the direction of second-year head coach Tim La Kose.

USD ON TV: The Toreros will have one televised game this season, as they will be on Fox Sports San Diego on Dec. 8, when they host cross-town rival San Diego State University in a 3:30 p.m. game inside of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

BARLOW SCORES 10: Junior guard Alysse Barlow paced the Torero scoring effort with a career-high 10 points in Saturday's loss to Cal Poly.  We already know Barlow will be making an impact in the assist column, as she leads the team with 12, as she recorded eight in the season-opening win and added in four more this past Saturday.    

ALMOST ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Amy Kame, a 6-0 junior guard from Grand Junction, Colo., has had a good start to the 2012-13 season.  In the season opener she recorded a double-double with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, while also recording career-highs in blocks (3), and steals (5). She then nearly had her second consecutive double-double in Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, as she recorded nine points and had eight rebounds.  She paces the USD scoring effort with 14.5 ppg, and the rebounding effort at 9.5 rpg.

HOOD CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Freshman forward Maya Hood continues to be impressive in her rookie campaign.  In Saturday's loss to Cal Poly, the freshman showed no signs of fear, as she scored nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the field.  In the season-opener, Hood recorded 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, so to this point in the season, Hood is averaging 9.5 ppg, good for the second leading scorer on the team.   

KLARA ON THE GLASS: Senior forward Klara Wischer recorded a season-high eight rebounds in Saturday's loss to Cal Poly.  Wischer's career-high in rebounds is 11, in a win over Cal State Northridge in the first round of the WNIT last season.  Overall through two games, Wischer is averaging 6.5 rebounds-per-game, good for second best on the team behind Amy Kame.

SOPHIA MAKES HER DEBUT: Sophomore forward Sohia Ederaine made her season debut in Saturday's loss to Cal Poly. Ederaine recorded seven points, and led the team with two blocked shots.  Last season, Ederaine broke into the top-10 single-season blocked shots list with 54, which placed her ninth in this category.  

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 NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC: 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.

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 eighth season at the helm of the Toreros program. She was named the program’s third head coach on April 19, 2005. The 2012-13 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.