Feb. 2, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The University of San Francisco (9-13, 2-7 WCC) launched a last second shot that fell short, which allowed the University of San Diego women's basketball team (15-7, 7-3 WCC) to win its fourth consecutive game with a 63-61 West Coast Conference win Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.
After USF's Mel Khlok hit a basket with 52 seconds left to pull the Dons to within two at 63-61, USD would miss a jumper and give the ball back to the home team with just 18 seconds left. The Dons then inbounded the ball from their own baseline, went he length of the court and with just a few ticks left on the clock, Taj Winston launched a jumper that hit the rim and bounced out of bounds as time expired to allow USD to claim the win.
Maya Hood, Amy Kame and Katelyn McDaniel all scored a team-high 13 points, while the fourth Torero in double figures was Klara Wischer, who had 12. As a team, the Toreros shot .385 from the field and they outrebounded USF 44-34.
In the first half, the Toreros came out of the gates on fire, as they hit the first basket of the game on a Wischer jumper, and they never trailed for the rest of the game. USD would presume to open the frame on a 23-4 run over the first 11:59 of action. Three minutes later with USD still up 19 at 30-11, a Winston free throw then sparked a 13-3 Dons run that pulled USF to within nine at 33-24 with 2:26 to go.
A Hood put-back would then give USD back a double-digit lead at 35-25, but the Dons would score the final three points of the half, putting the Toreros in the lead by eight at the break.
In the second half, again USD was able to get their mojo working early, as they raced out to a 6-2 run over the first 2:15 of action, which forced the Dons into a timeout. Out of the break, USD kept the pedal to the medal and used a 10-3 run over the next thee minutes of play to regain a 19-point lead at 51-32 on a pair of Kame free throws with 14:02 to go.
The Dons then once again began to chip away at the lead and went on a 28-8 run over the next 12 minutes to pull to within two at 60-58. Wischer then hit one of two free throws, and Wischer scored a lay-up to give USD back a five-point edge with 1:05 to go, setting up the exciting end of the game.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday, when they head to Provo, Utah to take on the Cougars of Brigham Young University. Top off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the game will be aired live on BYUTV.