Amanda Rego is a leader and a consummate teammate on USD’s women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-10 senior point guard is coming off a stellar 2006-07 season in which the Toreros recorded the most wins (21) in the program’s history. Rego led the nation in assists (7.6 average per game), was the university’s first women’s basketball player selected WCC Player of the Year, and she set records for most assists (230) and steals (83) in a season. She became USD’s all-time assists leader on Dec. 28, 2007.
“On the difference between her freshman and senior years I kind of got fed up after my first year because we had a losing season. Even the second year was a transition year (Cindy Fisher’s first year as coach). I could tell things were going to get better, but we still didn’t do that well. Last year and my senior year, it’s just … it’s time. We need to get a championship. I’ve never been a part of a losing program. That was the whole reason I wanted to come to USD — to help change a program that needed to be changed.
On her pre-game routine We always eat together as a team. No matter if we’re playing at home or away, we do a pre-game meal. One thing I always do is take a nap, wake up and take a shower. When we’re home, we blast the music in the locker room to get pumped up. When we’re on the road, on the bus, I have music on. It depends on the mood I’m in what I listen to. Sometimes it’s hip-hop and upbeat, and sometimes, it’s slow, R&B or whatever.
On her goals for the year The team goal is definitely winning a WCC championship. It’s been a goal for me the whole time I’ve been here. Coach Fisher has really stressed it, and I just think that is the ultimate goal. I want the championship. Personally, obviously, it’s nice when you get personal accolades, but for me, honestly, it’s just about us winning.
On her legacy I want to be remembered as the person who led the team to a WCC championship and to a good run in the NCAA Tournament. Honestly, that’s it. More than anything, I just want to be remembered for us winning the WCC championship and getting another banner in the gym. They have a little thing in our locker room when you win a WCC championship. There’s a picture frame that lists the dates when you’ve won it, and there’s only two years on it right now (1993 and 2000).
[as told to Ryan T. Blystone]