Dec. 29, 2012
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-3) will host Iowa in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-3) picked up a thrilling 78-72 overtime win over Central Michigan University (5-6) in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic Friday evening at the jenny Craig Pavilion. In the overtime period, the Chippewas managed to cut the lead down to two at 72-70 with just 48 seconds remaining . The Toreros never panicked, as Amy Kame hit the first end of a pair of free throws, but off the missed second attempt, Felicia Wijenberg was there to grab the board, and muscle up a lay-up to give USD a five-point edge at 75-70 with :23 to go in the game. After a technical foul was issued to Central Michigan, USD then hit one of the two free throws to grab a six-point lead and all the momentum. CMU managed to score one more basket, but the Toreros would hit two more free throws down the stretch to put the game at its final of 78-72. Kame led the offensive output for the Toreros, as she scored 19 points on 8-of-25 shooting, while pulling down seven rebounds and recording four steals. Sophia Ederaine had one of the best all-around games of her Torero career, as she recorded 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while pulling down eight rebounds and recording a season-high six blocks. Maya Hood recorded her first collegiate double-double, as she had 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Alysse Barlow chipped in with 10 points and had four assists. As a team, USD shot .429 from the field, and out rebounded the visitors 51-49.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES: Iowa enters the game with an overall record of 10-3 after upending the No. 20th-ranked Texas Longhorns in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic this past Friday. This will be the first meeting between the two programs. The Hawkeyes are paced by Morgan Johnson, who is averaging 17.8 ppg, to go along with a 7.1 rebounds-per-game average. The only other Hawkeye averaging double figures is Jamie Printy, who is scoring 12.8 ppg. Samantha Logic is coming off an impressive game against Texas, as she had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 14 assists.
TEAM COMPARISON TEAM PPG FG% 3-FG% FT% RPG TOPG SPG BPG IOWA 71.1 .439 .315 .740 41.3 16.9 6.6 5.6 USD 68.9 .437 .273 .650 43.5 18.0 11.0 6.0THE POLLS: San Diego is currently ranked No. 20 in the CollegeInside.com's Mid-Major top-25 poll. Iowa is receiving votes in the latest top-25 polls, but is not currently ranked.
A LOOK AHEAD: 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 11-10 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.
MAYA'S HOOD: Freshman sensation Maya Hood continues to impress all who watch her. In Friday's win over Central Michigan, Hood posted her first double-double of her career, as she recorded 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds. Hood has now scored in double figures in six of the first 11 games, and has made her way into the starting line-up. Overall, Hood is USD's second leading scorer, as she averages 10.1 ppg, while leading the WCC in shooting percentage at .602.
WHO'S HOT FOR THE TOREROS: Sophomore forward Sophia Ederaine had one of her best all-around performances in a Toreros uniform in Friday's win over Central Michigan. The 6-3 Moreno Valley native poured in 14 points, while racking up a game-high six blocks, pulled down eight rebounds, and added in a career-high three assists. Overall, Ederaine is averaging 5.3 ppg, and leads the team in blocks with 22 (2.2 bpg).
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: San Diego is 6-1 while playing inside the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this season. While at home, the Toreros are averaging 74.0 points-per-game on .448 shooting. They are holding their opponents to just .313 shooting from the field while winning by an average margin of 20.4 points-per-game...Amy Kame leads the Toreros scoring effort in home games at 16.9 ppg, while Maya Hood is the next highest scorer in home contests at 10.1 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 .437...leads the WCC in scoring defense at 55.2 ppg....leads the WCC in scoring margin at +12.3...and leads in blocked shots at 6.0 bpg... Maya Hood leads the WCC in field goal percentage at .602...Sophia Ederaine leads the WCC in blocked shots at 2.2 bpg...Amy Kame leads the WCC in steals per game at 3.5, and is fourth in scoring at 15.4 ppg...Katelyn McDaniel is second in free throw shooting percentage at .871.
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 five games, Wischer has averaged 10.2 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 had back-to-back nine rebound efforts against Arizona State and Long Beach State, then had an impressive eight rebound performance against Central Michigan in Friday's win over the Chippewas. 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.