Dec. 17, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (10-0) will look to remain perfect on the season, as they close out the non-conference portion of the season on Friday, welcoming UC Irvine to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a 6 p.m. game.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (10-0) remained perfect with a 68-51 road win over Long Beach State (5-4) Friday evening. The Toreros never trailed after jumping out to an early 12-4 lead and held the 49ers to 27.1 percent shooting from the field. The Toreros forced 19 turnovers and out rebounded Long Beach 49-22. Katelyn McDaniel led the way, hauling in a career-high 18 rebounds, while chipping in 11 points for her fourth double-double in the last five games. Amy Kame stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and Brooke Jelniker scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, and collected six rebounds. Alysse Barlow went 4-of-5 from the field to score 12 points and dished out three assists. After the game was tied at 4-all, the Toreros went on an 8-0 run. The 49ers cut the lead to 12-9 with 11:29 left, but USD went on another run to take a 21-11 lead with eight minutes left in the opening half. The Toreros shot 60 percent in the first half and went into halftime with a 31-22 advantage. The 49ers made a run to start the second half, cutting the Toreros lead to 35-30. However the Toreros strong defense and rebounding kept their lead safe and they eventually opened up a double-digit margin and went on to win 68-51.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will be off for a week in honor of the Christmas holiday following Friday's game with UC Irvine. USD will return to action on Saturday Dec. 28, with a 2 p.m. game against Pepperdine University, in both team's WCC opener.
BEHIND THE CAPE: RAPID FIRE WITH Brooke Jelniker
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with an overall record of 5-5, after dropping its past two contests to Montana (71-48), and Sacramento State (99-94). The Anteaters will play New Mexico State on Wednesday at home, before heading down to USD on Friday. USD leads the all-time series at 14-12, with the last meeting going to the Anteaters, 58-53, on Nov. 30, 2008 in San Diego. Irvine's offense is paced by senior forward Camille Buckley, who is scoring 15.4 ppg, and pulling down 10.1 rebounds-per-game. The only other player averaging double figures, is senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto, who is scoring 13.1 ppg.
LAST TIME VS. IRVINE: Three University of San Diego women's basketball players scored in double figures paced by Morgan Henderson's season-high 21 points, but it wasn't enough as the Toreros fell to UC Irvine, 58-53, on Nov. 30, 2008 in a non-conference game at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion. Henderson scored her 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds, recording her first double-double of the season. Sam Child was the second USD player in double figures as she had 11 points and Kiva Herman rounded off the double-digit scorers, as she had 10 points. As a team, USD was held to 32.2 percent shooting from the field, and were out rebounded 39-33.
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 third consecutive week. USD has received votes in both the Associated Press top-25 and USA Today Coaches top-25 polls after starting out the season 10-0. San Diego has surpassed any other USD women's basketball team in the history of the program by starting off 10-0. 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 have knocked off the likes of No. 11 North Carolina.
McDANIEL TABBED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Katelyn McDaniel was named WCC Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday morning. McDaniel (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) helped lead San Diego to a thrilling 68-51 road victory over Long Beach State in the Toreros' lone contest of the week. With the win, the Toreros continue their best start in program history at 10-0, and stand as the only remaining undefeated WCC team. McDaniel recorded her fourth double-double in the past five games, with 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead all players in this category. She also dished out a season-high three assists and tied a career-high with three steals. McDaniel averages 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and is tied for fourth among WCC double-double leaders with four.
INTERESTING STATISTICS: San Diego is off to a 10-0 start, and how are they doing this? The Toreros currently rank ninth nationally in rebounding margin at 13.8, 12th nationally in scoring defense 54.7, and 32nd nationally in scoring margin at 16.6.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego is 10-0 overall, marking the best start in program history. The Toreros have now tied the second best start for any sport at USD in the Division I era with the 2002 baseball tram, and only trail the 2011 women's volleyball team that went 13-0 to start the season. The 10 wins in a row also happens to set a program record for longest winning streak. USD is also only one of 13 division I schools left with a perfect record, and the lone WCC school left to be undefeated. If USD defeats Irvine on Friday, this will mark the second time in program history, a Torero team has entered league play with 11 wins, matching that of the 2006-07 team, who was 11-3 going into the start of WCC play.
GOING STREAKING: San Diego is riding a program-record 10-game winning streak to begin the season. During this streak, USD has out rebounded every opponent by a margin of 13.8 (444-306), while out scoring them by an average of 16.6 ppg (713-514). San Diego has four players averaging double figures, paced by Amy Kame's 13.8 ppg, followed by Malina Hood's 10.7 ppg, Katelyn McDaniel's 10.3 ppg, and Felicia Wijenberg's 10.0 ppg. Since the Thanksgiving break, USD has won decidedly by scores of 21, 20, 23, 23 and 17. In fact, only two of USD's victories have come by less than 10 points, a 61-53 win over Arizona State and a 48-45 win over cross-town rival San Diego State.
ANOTHER BALANCED ATTACK: In Friday's 68-51 win over Long Beach State, the Toreros saw four players score in double figures. That was the fifth time this season that USD has had four players in double figures improving the Toreros to 5-0 in these contests. Amy Kame paced the scoring effort with 16 points, while Brooke Jelniker had 14 points, Alysse Barlow scored 12 points and Katelyn McDaniel scored 11 points.
TOREROS VS. THE BIG WEST: San Diego will close out its non-conference schedule on Friday against Big West Conference member UC Irvine. USD has already posted a 2-0 record against teams from the Big West, defeating Cal State Fullerton 65-42, and Long Beach State 68-51. USD's two wins over Big West opponents have come by an average of 20 points.
BARLOW TIES A SEASON HIGH: Senior point guard Alysse Barlow tied a season-high with 12 points in Friday's win over Long Beach State. Barlow scored her 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. On the season, Barlow is averaging 6.1 ppg.
JELNIKER HAS A CAREER NIGHT: San Diego junior guard Brooke Jelniker recorded a career-high 14 points in Friday's win over Long Beach State. She scored her 14 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting from the field, while pulling down six rebounds and recording a pair of steals. This was Jelniker's second double digit game of the season.
W.TV BROADCASTS: The West Coast Conference has announced its 2013-14 women's basketball broadcast schedule on its dynamic new platform, TheW.tv. USD will be featured on two of the five broadcasts, and both contests will be home games. TheW.tv delivers West Coast Conference live games, regular studio programming, and exclusive live coverage from every WCC championship free of charge, featuring the tagline, "All the action. Anytime. Anywhere." The first women's basketball broadcast on TheW.tv will take place on Saturday, January 18 when BYU visits San Diego at 2 p.m. PST. The following day, defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga plays at Santa Clara, and on January 30, BYU travels to Saint Mary's. February's featured match-ups include Pacific at Saint Mary's (Feb. 8) and Gonzaga at San Diego (Feb. 13).
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 1,111. Kame can now continue her assault on breaking into the all-time top-10 scorers list at USD. She is now just 39 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.
Maya Hood TO REDSHIRT SEASON: Maya Hood, a sophomore guard for the University of San Diego women's basketball team, will redshirt during the 2013-14 season because she is expecting a baby in early November. Hood will return to action for the Toreros beginning with the 2014-15 season, and will have three years of eligibility left. Hood, a 5-10 guard from San Diego, Calif., was the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, in addition to being named All-WCC honorable mention. Hood managed to crack into the USD starting line-up just 10 games into the season, and remained in the starting line-up the rest of the way. Hood was USD's second leading scorer at 10.3 points-per-game, while leading the team in shooting at 54.3 percent from the field. Hood scored in double figures in 18 of the 32 games she played in, with a career-high of 21 coming in a win against Loyola Marymount on February 14, 2013. She also managed to record a pair of double-doubles this past season in scoring and rebounding.
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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