Dec. 28, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (7-3) will host the annual Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam classic this weekend. On Friday, the Toreros will square off against Central Michigan at 6 p.m. The Toreros will then either play Texas or Iowa in Sunday' contest. The winner of Friday's games play on Sunday at 2, while the losers of Friday's games will meet on Sunday at 12 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind a balanced offensive attack, that featured four different Toreros in double figures, the USD women's basketball team (7-3) cruised their way to a 67-49 non-conference win over Long Beach State (4-5) Saturday afternoon 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. In the first half, LBSU jumped out to a 5-2 lead over the first two minutes of action, but then a Barlow 3-pointer evened the score and sparked a 9-2 San Diego run that was capped on a pair of Wischer free throws, to give the Toreros a 11-7 lead with 16:00 to go. The 49ers would answer right back with a 4-0 run to pull even with USD at 11-all on a Ella Clarke lay-up with 12:54 to go. USD refused to surrender the lead however, as a Maya Hood lay-up gave the Toreros back the lead at 14-12 The two teams then traded basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, with USD maintaining the lead until a Bianka Balthazar 3-pointer evened the score for the last time in the game with 7:22 to go. Back-to-back baskets by Maya Hood and Malina Hood then ignited 9-1 Toreros run over the remainder of the half to give the Toreros a 30-22 lead heading into the break. In the second half, the pace of the game picked up considerably, as both teams were adding a full court press, and just sprinting from one end of the floor to the other. USD however, would be on the better end of this, as they went on a 14-4 run over the first 5:15 of action to take a 18-point sled at 44-26 with 14:45 to go. It wasn't long after that USD was able to push their lead up to 20 on a Barlow 3-pointer with 12:02 to go, giving San Diego a 49-29 lead. USD was then able to maintain at least a 20-point lead over the remainder of the half and would eventually lead by as many as 28 points on a Wischer jumper with 4:13 to go. USD never looked back, as they then cruised their way to an 18-point win.
SCOUTING THE SUN CHIPPEWAS: Central Michigan enters the game with an overall record of 5-5 after dropping a 81-75 decision to Florida on Dec. 21. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in women's basketball. The Chippewas are led offensively by sophomore guard Jessica Green, who is scoring 13.2 ppg, while managing to score in double figures in all 10 games so far this season. CMU is under the direction of fifth-year head coach Sue Guevara. During her time with the Chippewas, Guevara has recorded an overall record of 81-86.
TEAM COMPARISON TEAM PPG FG% 3-FG% FT% RPG TOPG SPG BPG CMU 73.8 .416 .329 .684 40.1 18.4 11.4 4.2 USD 68.0 .438 .295 .556 42.8 18.3 11.4 5.6
THE POLLS: San Diego is currently ranked No. 20 in the Collegeinside.com's Mid-Major top-25 poll. Central Michigan checks in at No. 24 on this same Colleginsider.com poll, while Texas is ranked No. 20 in the latest AP Top-25 poll and No. 21 in the USA Coaches top-25 poll. Iowa is not ranked.
A LOOK AHEAD: After this weekend is over, San Diego will ring in the new year with West Coast Conference action. The Toreros open play on the road, as they travel to defending WCC champion Gonzaga on Jan. 3, 2013 for a 6 p.m. meeting, then will remain in the Pacific Northwest and take on Portland in a 2 p.m. showdown on Jan. 5.
TOREROS IN THE SURF N SLAM: USD has hosted the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic since 2001. The Toreros have won two of the championships in 2008 (defeated Long Island 69-54) and in 2009 (defeated Boston College 61-56). All together, USD has posted an overall record of 10-10 in this tournament.
TOREROS VS. THE SURF N SLAM FIELD: USD has posted an overall record of 0-3 against this weekend's field, all three contests came against Texas and all three of those were in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic. USD has never faced Iowa or Central Michigan in program history.
WHO'S HOT FOR THE TOREROS: Junior point guard Alysse Barlow had quite the performance in the past two games. Barlow helped lead USD to a 1-1 record and she paced the team's offense with a 12.0 ppg average, while shooting .444 from the field and had an impressive .750 percentage from beyond the arc (5-for-7). Barlow began the week by scoring 11 points against Arizona State, then she recorded 13 points in the win over Long Beach State on Saturday. Overall, Barlow is USD's third leading scorer with an average of 8.8 ppg.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: San Diego is 5-1 while playing inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this season. While at home, the Toreros are averaging 73.3 points-per-game on .452 shooting. They are holding their opponents to just .327 shooting from the field while winning by an average margin of 22.8 points-per-game...Amy Kame leads the Toreros scoring effort in home games at 16.8 ppg, while Maya Hood is the next highest scorer in home contests at 9.8 ppg.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: San Diego leads, or is near the lead, in several statistical categories. As a team, USD leads the WCC in field goal percentage at .438...leads the WCC in scoring defense at 55.7 ppg....leads the WCC in scoring margin at +12.3...and leads in blocked shots at 5.6 bpg... Maya Hood leads the WCC in field goal percentage at .618...Sophia Ederaine leads the WCC in blocked shots at 1.8 bpg...Amy Kame leads the WCC in steals per game at 3.4, and is fourth in scoring at 15.0 ppg...Katelyn McDaniel is second in free throw shooting percentage at .889.
MY, OH, MY, OH MAYA: Freshman sensation Maya Hood continues her impressive start to the season, as she posted her fifth double-digit scoring performance of the season in USD's last outing, a 67-49 win over Long Beach State. In that game, Hood scored 13 points, while shooting 6-for-10 from the field. Hood has now scored in double figures in five of the first 10 games. Overall, Hood is USD's second leading scorer with an average of 9.9 ppg, while shooting an impressive .618 from the field.
WINDEX WOMAN: San Diego senior forward Klara Wischer has been an absolute terror on the glass as of late for the Toreros. Over the past four games, Wischer has averaged 10.8 rebounds-per-game, including recording a career-high of 15 in the loss to cross-town rival San Diego State on Dec. 8. She also picked up 10 boards in the win over Point Loma on Dec. 4, and has had back-to-back nine rebound efforts in the last two Torero outings. On the season, Wischer leads the team in rebounding at 8.3 rpg, while also scoring an average of 6.2 points-per-game.
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.
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).
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.