Dec. 28, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball team (8-3) picked up a thrilling 78-72 overtime win over Central Michigan University (5-6) in the first game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic Friday evening at the jenny Craig Pavilion.
In the overtime period, the Chippewas managed to cut the lead down to two at 72-70 with just 48 seconds remaining . The Toreros never panicked, as Amy Kame hit the first end of a pair of free throws, but off the missed second attempt, Felicia Wijenberg was there to grab the board, and muscle up a lay-up to give USD a five-point edge at 75-70 with :23 to go in the game. After a technical foul was issued to Central Michigan, USD then hit one of the two free throws to grab a six-point lead and all the momentum. CMU managed to score one more basket, but the Toreros would hit two more free throws down the stretch to put the game at its final of 78-72.
Kame led the offensive output for the Toreros, as she scored 19 points on 8-of-25 shooting, while pulling down seven rebounds and recoding four steals. Sophia Ederaine had one of the best all-around games of her Torero career, as she recorded 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while pulling down eight rebounds and recording a season-high six blocks. Maya Hood recorded her first collegiate double-double, as she had 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Alysse Barlow chipped in with 10 points and had four assists. As a team, USD shot .429 from the field, and out rebounded the visitors 51-49.
In the first half, The Toreros took advantage of a poor shooting output from the Chippewas and raced out to a 6-0 lead over the first three minutes of play. USD would then quickly manage to build up an eight-point lead at 10-2 on an Ederaine lay-up with 14:59 to go. The Chippewas then managed to score their first field goal of the game at the 14:21 mark on a Niki DiGuilio 3-pointer to move the score to 10-5.
USD would manage to maintain a 7-9 point lead over the next five minute of action, before a Baerlow 3-pointer gave USD their first double-digit lead of the game at 27-15 with 7:17 to go. Central Michigan then went on a 9-1 run to pull back to within four at 28-24 on a Jessica Green lay-up with 5:00 to go.
USD never panicked, as they then went on a 6-0 run of their own to regain 10-point lead at 34-24, but CMU managed to score the final four points of the half to go into the break, down 34-28.
In the second half, the visitors made some adjustments, and came out on fire, as they quickly pulled back to within one at 35-34 on a Green jumper with 17:38 to go. USD then responded with a 6-0 run that was sparked on an Ederaine lay-up and capped on a Barlow jumper to give USD a 41-34 lead with 16:06 to go.
Over the next seven minutes of play, the score would accordion up and down between a 7-1 point USD lead. The Chippewas managed to finally take the lead for the first time at the 8:31 mark on a Da'Jourie lay-up to go up 52-50. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth over the reminder of the half, with both teams taking the turn with the lead and neither team having a lead bigger than three. USD had the ball with just over four seconds remaining, and the score knotted at 62-all, but they could not get off a decent shot, which forced the overtime period.
USD will now await the winner of the Texas and Iowa game to see who they will play in the championship game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m.