Going into this past weekend, University of San Diego’s women’s basketball program had never won a postseason game. Today, Coach Cindy Fisher’s team is looking ahead to a Sweet 16 road game this Thursday against Texas Tech in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
The Toreros reached the 64-team tournament’s third round by defeating Cal State Northridge on Friday, 60-58, and coming back Sunday to top University of the Pacific, 83-75. Seniors Dominique Conners and Morgan Woodrow (pictured, right) led the way in the respective games. Conners scored 26 points in the victory against Northridge and her 23 points against Pacific was only surpassed by Woodrow’s game-high 27. Sophomore Amy Kame, who scored nine against Northridge, had 10 against Pacific.
“I am just so happy for the team. They worked so hard and put so much time and effort into the season and continue to believe, and continue to work hard,” said Fisher (pictured, left), who, in her seventh year as head coach now has a 2-2 postseason record at USD and is 2-1 in WNIT games (USD lost to UC Santa Barbara in 2007).
Both WNIT wins came at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion where the Toreros improved their home record this season to 14-3.
To advance further in the bracket, though, the Toreros (24-8) will have to win a game on the road. They’ll get their opportunity this Thursday, March 22 when they meet the Red Raiders (21-13) in a 7 p.m. game (5 p.m. Pacific time) at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
USD and Texas Tech have met once already this season, playing in the Maggie Dixon Surf ’N Slam Classic on Dec. 30 in the JCP. Texas Tech edged USD, 58-57, improving its all-time record against the Toreros to 4-0. Thursday’s game marks the first time USD and Texas Tech have met in Lubbock since December 1993.
The USD-Texas Tech winner plays the March 20 winner between Washington and host Oregon State.
— Inside USD staff
USD Athletics contributed to this story