Dec. 24, 2013
TIP OFF: The University of San Diego women’s basketball team (11-0) will look to remain perfect on the season, as they begin West Coast Conference play on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Pepperdine University inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind the sharp shooting of both Malina Hood and Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team completed the non-conference schedule with a 79-55 win over UC Irvine Friday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. With the win, the Toreros remain undefeated at 11-0, continue the best start in program history, and extend the longest winning streak in program history to 11. USD also will enter WCC play on Dec. 28, with 11 wins for only the second time in program history. With the loss, the Anteaters fall to 6-6 overall. Hood had a career-night, scoring a career-high, and game-best, 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, including hitting a career-high six three-pointers, while also pulling down seven rebounds. Hood's six 3-pointes, ties her for third in single-game 3-pointers made at USD. Kame on the other hand, tied a season-high with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, while dishing out two assists and pulling down a pair of rebounds. Felicia Wijenberg had 11 boards to lead the team, while Sophia Ederaine pulled down nine rebounds, and Alysse Barlow dished out a season-high seven assists. USD out rebounded the visitors 51-22, and shot 52.5% from the field.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will remain at home on Monday, as they continue WCC play, welcoming Loyola Marymount University to town for a 6 p.m. game inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine enters the game with an overall record of 4-7 after picking up a 74-51 win over Northern Arizona on Dec. 21. In fact, the Waves have won two of their last three games. Pepperdine leads the all-time series at 39-27, but the Toreros have won the last five meetings. The Waves offense is paced by junior guard Bria Richardson, who is scoring 17.6 ppg, while shooting .453 from the field. Four other starters are averaging double figures as well, in Ketria Wallace (13.0 ppg), Ea Schoushtari (12.3 ppg) and Allie Green (11.5 ppg.)
LAST TIME VS. PEPPERDINE: Behind double-doubles from both Katelyn McDaniel and Maya Hood, the University of San Diego women's basketball team cruised to a 71-50 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine University on Feb. 11, 2013 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. McDaniel led all scorers with 18 points, on 6-of 12 shooting fro the field, while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds, and she dished out a game-high six assists. Hood on the other hand, had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, and also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Felicia Wijenberg was the third Torero in double figures, as she recorded 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, and she recorded four rebounds. As a team, USD shot .500 from the field and out rebounded the Waves 46-31.
RECEIVING VOTES: The University of San Diego women's basketball team continues to receive votes in both the Associated Press and USATODAY top-25 polls, marking the fourth consecutive week that USD is receiving votes in the top-25 polls. San Diego has surpassed any other USD women's basketball team in the history of the program by starting off 11-0, and is one of seven undefeated schools left in Division I, and the West Coast Conference's lone undefeated team. 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 FOR REMAINDER OF THE YEAR: The University of San Diego women's basketball program received disheartening news this week, that junior forward Katelyn McDaniel will have to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, after suffering a season-ending injury at practice this past Monday. McDaniel, a 6-1 junior from Littleton, Colo., had an MRI on Wednesday, revealing that she tore her ACL, in a routine practice drill on Monday. The projected recovery period is eight-to-12 months after surgery, which is scheduled in the next few weeks. McDaniel was just tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday Dec. 16, after recording her fourth double-double in the past five games, with 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 68-51 win against Long Beach State on Dec. 13. She also dished out a season-high three assists and tied a career-high with three steals. McDaniel has been averaging 10.3 points-per-game, 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 11-0 start, and how are they doing this? The Toreros currently rank fourth nationally in rebounding margin at 15.2, 12th nationally in scoring defense 54.7, and 29th nationally in scoring margin at 17.3.
ABOUT THE RECORD: San Diego is 11-0 overall, marking the best start in program history. The Toreros have the second 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. The 11 wins in a row also happens to set a program record for longest winning streak. USD is also only one of seven division I schools left with a perfect record, and the lone WCC school left to be undefeated. The 11 wins marks only 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 11-game winning streak to begin the season. During this streak, USD has out rebounded every opponent by a margin of 15.2 (495-328), while out scoring them by an average of 17.3 ppg (792-602). San Diego has two active players averaging double figures, paced by Amy Kame's 14.5 ppg, followed by Malina Hood's 11.8 ppg. Since the Thanksgiving break, USD has won decidedly by scores of 21, 20, 23, 23, 17 and 24. 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.
HOOD LETTING IT FLY: In the 24-point blowout win over UC Irvine, sophomore guard Malina Hood was on fire from beyond the arc. She recorded a career-high six 3-pointers, to help her achieve a career-high 23 points. The six 3-pointers places her in a tie for third at USD in a single-game 3-pointers made. Hood then rounded off the day by pulling down seven rebounds. On the season, Hood is now USD's second leading scorer with a 11.8 ppg average.
KAME DROPS IN 22: Senior guard Amy Kame tied a season-high with 22 points against UC Irvine. Kame scored her 22 points with an impressive 10-for-13 shooting performance, while also dishing out two assists and pulling down a pair of rebounds. Kame continues to be USD's leading scorer with an average of 14.5 ppg.
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 1,133. Kame can now continue her assault on breaking into the all-time top-10 scorers list at USD. She is now just 17 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.