Nov. 27, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-1) will hit the road this week, as they travel to Colorado Springs to take part in the Air Force Tournament. On Friday, the Toreros will square off against Boise State University in a 7 p.m. game. Then on Saturday, USD will take on the host Falcons of the Air Force Academy in a 4:30 p.m. game.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind a balanced offense attack, paced by career-high's from both Katelyn McDaniel and Sophia Ederaine, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (3-1) rolled past San Jose State University (2-3), 91-52, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. McDaniel scored her career-high 20 points on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting performance from the field, while also adding in seven rebounds, dishing out a career-high three assists and recording one block. Ederaine meanwhile, scored here career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and she recorded eight rebounds, had a game-high six blocks, and added in a pair of assists. Maya Hood was the only other Torero to record double-digits, as she had 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, while adding in a career-high five assists. All but three of the 14 players who stepped onto the court for the Toreros scored at least two or more points. As a team, USD shot .600 from the field, and the Toreros out rebounded the Spartans 48-36.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: Air Force enters the week with an overall record of 0-5, after dropping a 60-36 decision to Navy this past Monday. USD leads the all-time series at 2-0. The Falcons offense is paced by Alicia Leipprandt, who scores an average of 13.4 ppg, while shooting .500 from the field. The only other Falcon player to average double figures is Dymond James, who is scoring 10.0 ppg, and shooting .246 from the field. The Falcons are under the direction of third-year head coach Andrea Williams.
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.
K-MAC SCORES A CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore forward Katelyn McDaniel had the best game of her young Torero career in Sunday's 91-52 victory over San Jose State, as she scored a career-high 20 points. Not only did she score a game-high 20 points, but she was perfect from the field, as she went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, while also adding in seven rebounds, dishing out a career-high three assists and recording one block. McDaniel is now averaging 8.5 ppg and 6.3 rebounds-per-game.
KAME DROPS IN 28: Amy Kame had an impressive week for the Toreros, and she began it in stylish fashion, dropping in a career-high 28 points in the victory over Northern Colorado. She shot 9-of-13 from the field, while also tying a season-high in assists with five, and added in a block, three rebounds and two steals. She then followed that up with another solid performance, as she recorded nine points, while dishing out four assists, registering two blocks and had three steals against San Jose State. For the week, Kame averaged 18.5 ppg, while shooting 0.522 from the field. Kame continues to lead the Torero scoring effort with 16.5 ppg.
EDERAINE ALSO SCORES A CAREER-HIGH: Sophomore forward Sophia Ederaine also recorded a career-high in the 91-52 blowout win over San Jose State this past Sunday with 15 points. She scored her 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and she recorded eight rebounds, had a game-high six blocks, and added in a pair of assists. Ederaine is now averaging 8.7 ppg, while leading the team with nine blocks.
HOOD SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES AGAIN: Freshman forward Maya Hood has been the most impressive newcomer for the Toreros through the first four games, and this past weekend was more proof of that. The San Diego native, scored 10 points in the win over San Jose State, which now marked her second game of the season she had scored 10 points, and the other two games, she scored eight and nine points respectfully. Overall, Hood is averaging 9.3 ppg, while only seeing 24 minutes on the floor per game.
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.