Red Hot Toreros Look to Stay Perfect Friday
Malina Hood.

Dec. 9, 2013

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TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (9-0) will look to remain perfect on the season, as they hit the road Friday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against Long Beach State.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind another balanced offensive attack, the University of San Diego women's basketball team rolled past Seattle University, 79-56, Sunday afternoon to remain perfect on the season at 9-0. Katelyn McDaniel recorded her third double-double in the past four games, as she scored 17 points, on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Amy Kame led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, while dishing out four assists. Sophia Ederaine came off the bench to score 14 points, and pulled down 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and Malina Hood recorded 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot 51.6% from the field and out rebounded the Redhawks, 37-36. In the first half, Seattle jumped on the Toreros and raced out to a 8-0 lead over the first three minutes of action. A McDaniel 3-point play, lay-up and free throw, with 17:06 to play, finally got USD on the board. San Diego then cut the lead down to five at 10-5 on a Kame jumper with 15:23 to go, however, the Redhawks quickly pushed the lead back up to nine on a Kacie Sowell lay-up, putting the visitors up 14-5, with 14:31 to go. The Toreros then slowly began to chip away at the lead and finally tied things up at 17-all on a Kame jumper with 9:57 to go. A Hood 3-pointer then gave USD its first lead of the game at 20-17 with 9:24 to play. Seattle then hit a jumper with 8:47 to go, moving to within one at 21-20. But that is as close as they would get, as Seattle managed to only hit one more basket for the remainder of the frame, while USD went on a 20-5 run to go into the break up 42-26. In the second half, San Diego quickly pushed the lead up to 20 on a pair of McDaniel free throws with 17:59 to go, and Seattle just could not recover. The Toreros managed to hold the Redhawks without a field goal over the first nine minutes of play. The visitors would only muster up points from the charity stripe, while USD continued to pull ahead. USD would go on to build up a 23-point lead on a few occasions, and held on to that margin in the end, winning 79-56.

SEATTLE HIGHLIGHTS:

SCOUTING THE 49ERS: Long Beach State enters the game with an overall record of 5-3, after dropping a 74-67 loss to Arizona State this past Sunday. Long Beach leads the all-time series at 7-6, however, USD has won the last three meetings. The 49ers are paced offensively by freshman guard Raven Benton, who is scoring 13.0 ppg, while pulling down 5.5 boards-per-game. The only other starter to average double figures is Alex Sanchez, who is scoring 11.1 ppg, including scoring a team-leading 24 in Sunday's loss to ASU.

TEAM COMPARISON
TEAM	PPG	FG%	3-FG%	FT%	RPG	TOPG	SPG	BPG
LBSU	70.4	.366	.309	.661	42.2	19.9	11.4	3.4
USD	71.7	.441	.378	.630	43.9	15.9	10.3	3.2

LAST TIME VS. LONG BEACH: Behind a balanced offensive attack, that featured four different Toreros in double figures, the University of San Diego women's basketball team cruised their way to a 67-49 non-conference win over Long Beach State (4-5) Dec. 15, 2012 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Klara Wischer, Alysse Barlow and Maya Hood all recorded 13 points, while Amy Kame chipped in with 12, to lead the USD offense. Wischer nearly recorded her second double-double in as many weeks, as she pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, while both Hood and Barlow recorded four steals, and three assists, and Kame scored all of her points in just 15 minutes of action. As a team, USD shot .443 from the field, and shot .900 from the charity stripe. The Toreros were edged in the rebounds category, 35-34.

RECEIVING VOTES: The University of San Diego women's basketball team continues to reach uncharted waters for the program, as they have received votes in the top-25 for the the second consecutive week. USD has received votes in the Associated Press top-25 poll after starting out the season 9-0. San Diego has surpassed any other USD women's basketball team in the history of the program by starting off 9-0. San Diego has defeated three post-season teams from a year ago along the way in Northern Colorado, Idaho and San Diego State. USD has also knocked off PAC-12 member Arizona State, who is also receiving votes in the top-25 this week. USD currently stands as ASU's lone loss on the season, and the Sun Devils just knocked off No. 11 North Carolina this past week.

DOUBLE-FEATURE: In San Diego's win over Seattle, the Toreros had a pair of players record a double-double in Katelyn McDaniel and Sophia Ederaine. For McDaniel, it was the third in the past four games, while it was Ederaine's third this season. McDaniel scored 17 points on 7-of12 shooting from the field, and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds. Ederaine came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, and she pulled down 10 rebounds. Both players are tied for the team-lead in double-doubles with three, and are the only two players to register a double-double this season.

KAME HAS A GREAT WEEK: Senior guard Amy Kame had another productive week for the Toreros. Kame helped lead USD to a pair of wins, moving USD to a perfect 9-0 on the season, best start in program history, also tied for the longest winning streak in program history. Kame paced the team's offense with 17.5 ppg, while shooting 15-of-30 from the field (.500), and she dished out seven assists, had two steals and seven boards. She began the week with a 17-point outing in a blowout win over Cal State Fullerton, and she scored her points on 8-of-14 shooting, while dishing out three assists, and pulling down four rebounds. She then followed that up with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field in a win over Seattle. In this game, she also managed to dish out four assists, and had one steal and three rebounds.

WE LOVE OUR HOOD: Sophomore guard Malina Hood continues to have a break-out sophomore season. Hood scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including hitting five three-pointers against Fullerton, then had 12 points in the win over Seattle this past Sunday. Hood has now scored in double-digits six times this season, and is now the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 11.1 ppg, while leading the team with 17 three-pointers made on the season.

ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego is 9-0 overall, marking the best start in program history. The Toreros are off the third best start for any sport at USD in the Division I era, only trailing the 2011 women's volleyball team that went 13-0 to start the season, and the 2002 baseball team that opened up 10-0. The nine wins in a row also happens to tie a program record for longest winning streak.

RECORD WATCH: Senior guard Amy Kame became just the 16th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career point mark, when she scored 11 points in USD's 61-63 win over Arizona State on Nov. 13, 2013. Kame has since moved her career total to 1,095. Kame can now continue her assault on breaking into the all-time top-10 scorers list at USD. She is now just 55 points away from tying Tiara Harris (2002-06) for 10th all-time.

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.

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 something 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.

 

 

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