March 25, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The University of San Diego women's basketball team dropped a 61-50 decision to the University of Utah Monday evening in the second round of the WNIT.
With the loss, the Toreros finish the season with a 22-10 overall record. With the win, the Utes improve to 20-13 overall and will advance on to play the University of the Pacific in the third round.
"I thought we struggled to guard in the post, and I thought it was a physical game," stated head coach Cindy Fisher. "We didn't match up well, but we took care of the ball well, and struggled to get second opportunities. But I thought this was an amazing season, and I am really proud of the team."
Amy Kame led the Toreros scoring effort with 19 points on 6-of-24 shooting from the field, while pulling down five rebounds. Klara Wischer, and Maya Hood, were the next leading scorers with eight points a peace. As a team, USD shot .339 from the field and were even in rebounds at 35-all.
In the first half, it was a back and forth affair as Utah grabbed the early momentum with an 11-6 run over the first five minutes of action.
The two teams then began to trade basket-for-basket over the next several possessions, then USD's defense forced the Utes to miss four consecutive shots, while the Toreros hit their shots and pulled even at 14-all on a Kame jumper with 9:21 to go.
The remainder of the half was a back and forth battle, with Utah not surrendering the lead and eventually leading by as many as five at 30-25 on a Cheyenne Wilson jumper with 1:04 to go. However, the Toreros got the final basket of the frame on a Kame jumper to go into the break only down three at 30-27.
In the second half Utah quickly pushed their lead up to eight at 35-27 on a Taryn Wicijiowski jumper with 18:20 to go. USD continued to stay within a 6-9 point deficit over a majority of the frame, and didn't allow the Utes to get too far ahead. USD would manage to close the gap down to five at 42-37 on a Wischer jumper, but that is as close as they would get, as Utah continued to pull away ad eventually went on to lead by as many as 15, before settling for the 11-point win.