|San Diego Women's Basketball|
|Thursday||at #25 California (5-2)||7:00 p.m.||Live Stats||Pac-12+|
|Sunday||Minnesota (8-1)||12:30 p.m.||Tickets||Live Stats||TheW.tv|
TIP OFF: The Toreros have their two toughest non-conference games this week. They play at No. 25 Cal (5-2) Thursday at 7:00 p.m., their fourth consecutive road game and then return to San Diego to host Minnesota (8-1) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Sunday is family day inside the JCP, where there will be multiple fun activities for kids, including a bounce house and a chance to take a photo with Santa Claus.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros went 1-2 last week. On Monday (11/27), Coach Fisher earned her 300th career win after the Toreros won at UC Santa Barbara 71-58. USD then had two tough road losses, losing in the final seconds at San Diego State (77-76) on Wednesday and at Seattle U 80-73 on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: Cal is 5-2 and ranked No. 25 in the latest national poll... Cal is in the midst of four straight games against WCC teams. They beat Santa Clara last week and after playing USD will face off against Pacific and BYU... Cal has won 19 of its past 20 games against WCC schools... Kristene Anigwe leads the team in points (16.3) and rebounds per game (8.3)... Asha Thomas is making 43 percent of her three-point attempts... Mikayla Cowling leads the team with 5.6 assists per game... As a team, Cal is 18th in the nation in assists per game (19) and field goal percentage (47.5)... Head Coach Lindsey Gottlieb enters Thursday's game with 199 career wins... USD has only faced Cal once before, losing to them 77-60 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS: Minnesota is 8-1 on the year... Their only loss came at North Carolina (88-83)... They play at Georgetown on Thursday... They are top 15 in the nation in rebounds per game (8th, 47.4), points per game (10th, 87.1) and assist to turnover ratio (13th, 1.48)... Kenisha Bell leads the team with 19.2 points per game and is first in the Big Ten with 6.8 assists per game... Destiny Pitts is bringing in 10.4 rebounds per game... Head Coach Marlene Stollings (4th season) has produced two top-four picks in the WNBA Draft since arriving at Minnesota.
FISHING FOR MILESTONES: Head Coach Cindy Fisher earned her 300th career win last Monday at UC Santa Barbara. The two-time WCC Coach of the Year has led USD to seven postseason appearances and has helped the Toreros post the second best winning percentage amongst D-I schools in California over the past six years. Her career record sits at 300-234 with a 241-153 record at USD.
CRASHING THE BOARDS: The Toreros lead the WCC in rebound margin (10.3) and have been especially active on the offensive glass, bringing in 17 offensive rebounds per game, which is also a conference best and 24th in the nation.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Tough defense has been a staple of Cindy Fisher's teams here at USD and that trend has continued this year. The Toreros are first in the conference in steals (81), turnovers forced (19.5 per game) and scoring defense (60.4 ppg allowed).
BEST IN THE WEST: The Toreros lead the WCC in seven major categories:
-Scoring Margin (12.5)
-Scoring Defense (60.4)
-Free-Throw Percentage (74.4%)
-Assist-to-Turnover Ratio (1.10)
-Offensive Rebounds per Game (17)
-Turnovers Forced per Game (19.5)
BREAKING OUT: Junior Alexandra Hagen had just 20 career points entering the season. Now as a starting guard for the Toreros, she is second on the team with 11.8 points per game while shooting an efficient 59.4 percent from the field. She scored a career-high 18 points at San Diego State last week.
SETTING THE PACE: Another new contributor for the Toreros this season has been freshman Myah Pace. In the Bank of Hawai'i Classic, she displayed why she was such a highly-touted recruit, hauling in a team-high 10 rebounds against Boise State and pouring in 16 points against Hawai'i. She got her first career start Saturday at Seattle and had four points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal.
WARDING OFF THE COMPETITION: Senior guard Aubrey Ward-El has been as steady as they come for the Toreros. She has scored at least 14 points in seven of the Toreros' eight games, while averaging a team-high 4.1 assists and 33.6 minutes per game on the year.
SO MUCH DEPTH: The Toreros depth has already been on display in the early parts of the 2017-18 season. They had at least nine players score in four of their first five games and had a season-high 12 score in their win against Southern Utah.
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.
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics