Feb. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Behind a career-high 21 points from freshman guard Maya Hood, the University of San Diego women's basketball team (17-8, 9-4 WCC) cruised to a 66-59 West Coast Conference win over Loyola Marymount (9-16, 3-9 WCC) Thursday evening in a West Coast Conference game at the Gersten Pavilion.
Hood scored her game-high 21 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, while pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording one steal. Amy Kame also had a great game, as she scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, and recorded seven steals. The final Torero in double figures was Klara Wischer, who had 11 points. As a team, USD shot .440 from the field and was out rebounded 34-33.
In the first half, the Toreros came out on fire, as they hit their first four jumpers and raced out to an 8-1 lead over the first 3:06 of the game. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit over the next four minutes, and USD would eventually take a double-digit lead at 17-7 on a Kame lay-up with 12:10 to go.
After the Toreros built up their biggest lead of the game at 11 points with 8:40 to go, the Lions would manage to get hot and outscore the Toreros 15-5 over the next five minutes to pull to within one at 25-24. San Diego then responded with 7-4 run over the final three minutes of the half to go into the break up eight at 36-28.
In the second half, the Toreros would quickly regain a 10-point lead and they two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over several minutes. Then with USD leading 42-32, LMU would go on a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to four at 42-38 with 14:09 to go.
San Diego then responded with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes of play to regain the momentum and a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 9:48 to go. The Lions would stay close and eventually pulled to within three on a few occasions, however, USD would not allow them to get any closer, and would go on to claim the seven-point victory to complete a season sweep of the Lions.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday, as they return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on second place Saint Mary's College in a 7 p.m. WCC game.