Feb. 11, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Behind another balanced offensive attack that saw Dominique Conners score 19 points and Kameron Knutson record a career-high of 10 points, the University of San Diego women's basketball team picked up a 56-46 West Coast Conference win over the Pepperdine Waves Saturday afternoon at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 18-6 overall, tying the team for the second most wins in program history, and they improve to 9-3 in the WCC. USD has now won five of their last six games, and remains in sole possession of third place in the WCC. With the loss, the Waves fall to 12-11 overall and 7-5 in the WCC.
Conners led all scorers with her 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, while pulling down five rebounds, recording three steals and dishing out three assists. Conners has now scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games. Knutson recorded her career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, while pulling down seven rebounds and adding in two blocks. Both Morgan Woodrow and Amy Kame added in 10 points apiece. As a team, USD shot .408 from the field and out rebounded the Waves 42-33.
In the first half, the Waves quickly built up a four-point lead at 8-4 on a Jazmine Jackson lay-up, but San Diego then responded with a 18-5 run that was sparked on a Knutson lay-up and capped on a Conners jumper to take a 22-13 lead with 9:42 to go. The two teams would then trade baskets over the remainder of the half before USD would push ahead and take a 10-point lead into the break at 28-18.
In the second half, a Conners jumper gave USD a 12-point lead right out of the gates, and USD was able to maintain that double-digit margin over the first 10 minutes of action. Then after the Waves managed to cut the lead down to eight at 34-42 on a Shay Cooney-Williams jumper with 10:05 to go, a Woodrow free-throw then ignited a 7-0 Toreros run that gave USD its biggest lead of the game at t49-34 with 5;54 to go.
The Waves however, were not out of it just yet, as they slowly clawed their way back into the game and eventually cut the lead down to seven at 53-46 on a pair of Lauren Bell free throws with 36 seconds left. But San Diego was able to hold off the Waves late push and hit free throws down the stretch to claim the 10-point victory.
For the Waves, Jackson led the scoring effort with 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field, while Katie Menton was the only other Pepperdine player in double figures as she had 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. As a tea,, the Waves shot .317 from the field.
USD will return to action on Thursday as they head to Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. WCC game against Loyola Marymount University.