SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind 21 second half points from junior guard Amy Kame, the University of San Diego women's basketball team managed to outscore the Saint Mary's Gaels 45-27 in the second half to overcome a 1-point halftime deficit and claim a 67-50 West Coast Conference win Thursday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 18-8 overall, and move into a tie for third place in the WCC with the Gaels at 9-4 in WCC action. With the loss, there Gaels fall to 17-8 overall and 9-4 in the WCC. With BYU winning tonight, they now move into sole possession of second place in WCC standings at 10-3. And with Gonzaga winning this evening as well, they claim at least a share of the WCC championship. With three games to go, the seeding for the upcoming WCC tournament are up for grabs.
Kame, who nearly out scored the Gaels by herself in the second half, scored all of her game-high 21 points in the second half on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor, while dishing out two assists, recording three rebounds and having one block and one steal for the game. The second Torero in double-figures was freshman guard Maya Hood, who had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and she pulled down five rebounds. Katelyn McDaniel was the final USD player in double figures, as she recorded 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to post her team-leading fifth double-double of the year, while Felicia Wijenberg led the team with 12 rebounds. As a team, USD shot 46.9 from the field, while holding the Gaels to just .354 shooting this evening. USD also out rebounded the visitors 44-28.
The first half of the game was not a pretty picture for either team, as USD shot .300 from the field, and the Gaels were not much better at .346 from the field. But the Toreros did manage to grab the early momentum, as a Hood lay-up sparked a 9-3 USD run over the first seven minutes of the game. A Mia Greco 3-pointer then jump started the Gaels offense, as SMC answered right back with a 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 11-9 on a Amanda Arter 3-pointer with 10:07 to play in there half.
A Wijenberg free throw then sparked a 11-3 San Diego run over the next five minutes of action to give USD back the momentum and their biggest lead of the half at 20-14 with 5:04 to go. SMC didn't fade away, as they managed to close out the half on a 9-3 run to take a one-point lead into the break.
In the second half, the Toreros were a much different team, as they shot a torrid .618 form the field and wasted no time in taking control of the momentum. Kame's first basket of the game came with 18:14 to go, and this jump started a 15-4 Torero run over the next four minutes of action, to give the Toreros they first double-digit lead of the game at 37-27, which then force the Gaels into a timeout.
Out of the break in action, USD continued to push ahead and slowly went on to build up at 16-point lead at 49-33 with 9:04 to go. This proved to be too much for the Gaels to overcome, as they would not get closer than 12 for the remainder of there game, and USD would lead by as many as 22, before settling for the 17 point victory.
The Torero will return to action on Saturday, when they host the University of San Francisco in a 2 p.m. WCC game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. This will be senior night, as USD will honor Julia Bennett, Klara Wischer and Brittany Conger in a pre-game ceremony.
The University of San Diego women's basketball team (22-9) will continue play in the WNIT on Monday, as they travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the University of Utah Utes. Tip off is set... Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team (22-9) defeated Hawaii 61-49 in the first round of the Women's N.I.T. Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros will now travel to ... Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team (21-9) will open play in the Women's National Invitational on Thursday with a home game against the University of Hawaii. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team has learned they will host the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Thursday inside the friendly confines of the Jenny ... Read More [+]
The No. 2 seeded University of San Diego women's basketball team fought hard, but fell to No. 1 seeded Gonzaga University 62-50 in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament at... Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team (21-8) will take on top-seeded Gonzaga University on Monday in the WCC championship game. This will mark the third time these two have met in... Read More [+]
The No. 2 seeded University of San Diego women's basketball team cruised to a 74-53 win over No. 3 seeded Saint Mary's College in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament at the... Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team (20-8, 12-4 WCC) will open their play in the upcoming WCC Tournament on Saturday against the third-seeded Saint Mary's College in the semi-finals... Read More [+]
The University of San Diego women's basketball team had three players honored on the All-West Coast Conference teams, highlighted by first-team selection Amy Kame. Taking home Newcomer of the Year... Read More [+]