March 11, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - 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 the Orleans Arena Monday afternoon.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 21-9 overall, and will await the NCAA Selection committee and or WNIT selection committee to learn their postseason fate. Those announcements will come on Monday March 18. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 27-5 overall, and have earned the WCC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Offensively for the Toreros, Amy Kame led the way as she recorded 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, while Maya Hood was the only other Torero in double figures, as she recorded 10 on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. As a team, USD shot .388 from the field and were even in rebounds with 34 a piece.
In the first half, the Zags were able to score the first four points of the game, but USD began to ride the coat tails of junior guard Amy Kame, who managed to score the first six Torero points to pull the San Diego to within two at 8-6 over the first four minutes of play.
After Maya Hood tied the game with a jumper at 8-all, the two teams began to trade basket-for-basket over the next two possessions before a Klara Wischer jumper gave USD their first lead of that game at 12-10 with 12:53 to go. A pair of Kame free throws then continued the 8-0 San Diego run to give USD a 6-point lead at 16-10 with 11:43 to go.
The two teams then began to once again trade baskets over the next several minutes with USD holding onto a 6-point edge, until GU's Haiden Palmer hit a 3-pointer at the top of the arc to cut the lead down to three at 18-15 with 8:18 to go.
GU then managed to cut the lead down to two at 19-17, however a Wisher jumper and Malina Hood lay-up gave the Toreros back a 6-point lead at 23-17. GU then went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 24-23 on a Palmer lay-up with 3:01 to go, throwing the GU fans into a frenzy, and forcing the Toreros into a timeout.
The two teams then traded baskets and a Palmer 3-pointer gave the Zags a 4-point lead at halftime, 29-25.
In the second half, Gonzaga opened the frame with a 6-0 run to take a double-digit lead at 35-25 with 17:28 to go. Jumpers by Wischer and Kame then cut the deficit down to six, and the two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, before a pair of Maya Hood free throws, followed by a Wischer steal and a Malina Hood lay-up cut the lead back down to five at 42-37 with 12:08 to go.
San Diego would mange to get the score cut down to two at 42-40 on a Kame free throw, however the Zags would then slowly move the lead back up to six at 46-40 on a Taelor Karr lay-up with 8:22 to go.
After a Malina Hood turn around jumper under the basket cut the lead down to four, both teams traded a basket and a Kaar 3-pointer at 5:35 gave the Zags a 49-42 edge.
GU then found themselves back up 10 at 52-42 on a 3-point play by Sunny Greinacher, lay-up and free throw, with 5:03 to go.
The Toreros could not overcome this deficit, as they Bulldogs managed to hold on and claim the win by a final of 62-50.
Shelby Cheslek, Gonzaga
Alex Cowling, Loyola Marymount
Amy Kame, San Diego
Taelor Karr, Gonzaga
Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga
Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga