Athletics Roundup: Men's Basketball Finishes December Strong; Women's Basketball loses WCC Opener


Athletics Roundup: Men's Basketball Finishes December Strong; Women's Basketball loses WCC Opener

The Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday break is a time for happiness, joy and quality time with family and friends. Yes, the men’s basketball team did all of that just others among the campus community did, but many of those same feelings occurred as shown by the team’s effort on the basketball court.

The Toreros played three December games after USD's final exams period ended and came away with a 2-1 mark, including an impressive 82-75 win over Pacific 12 Conference foe Washington State in the opening round of the Las Vegas Classic Dec. 22 in the Orleans Arena and then a clutch 61-58 home victory over Grand Canyon on Dec. 29.

The only setback was a crazy 110-103 double-overtime loss to Drake on Dec. 23 in the Las Vegas Classic title game. In this game, USD had a three-point lead with 10 seconds left in regulation, but Drake tied it and sent it to overtime. A late scenario in the first overtime sent the game to the deciding second overtime where Drake outscored USD 17-10 to win the tournament title.

In the win against Washington State — USD has gone 2-2 against Pac-12 teams this season — senior Isaiah Pineiro scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team to an impressive victory. Olin Carter III had 18 points, Isaiah Wright had 11 and Tyler Williams had 10. Alex Floresca had a team-high nine rebounds.

Against Drake, four Toreros reached double figures in scoring again, this time led by Carter’s 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting and 4 of 9 from three-point range. Wright had 25 points, six assists and five rebounds. Pineiro had 20 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Yauhen Massalski had 12 points.

In the most recent game, USD (11-4 overall) edged Grand Canyon on the strength of Pineiro hitting clutch 3-pointers late in the game, including one that served as the deciding factor in the game. Pineiro had 17 points (he made seven of eight free throws) and 12 rebounds, while Carter led USD with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Floresca chipped in with 10 points and Williams and Massalski had eight and seven points, respectively. Wright also had eight rebounds.

West Coast Conference play opens Thursday night at Santa Clara.

Next Games: USD at Santa Clara, Thursday, 7 p.m., Santa Clara, Calif.; USD hosts Pacific, Saturday, 8 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion. 

Women’s Basketball

The USD women’s basketball team completed its nonconference schedule the right way with a victory at home on Dec. 21 against San Jose State, 83-79. Five Toreros finished in double figures for scoring and Sydney Hunter and Patricia Brossmann each recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 points for Hunter and 10 points and 13 rebounds for Brossmann. Madison Pollock was the team’s top scorer with 18 points, followed by Hunter, Leticia Soares with 13 points, and Sydney Shepard with 10 points. USD outrebounded San Jose State, 62-24.

After improving its nonconference mark to 7-4 with the triumph against San Jose State, USD’s women entered West Coast Conference play on Dec. 29 on the road and lost 68-57 against University of San Francisco.

Pollock led the Toreros with a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds. Brossmann added 13 points and seven rebounds. Myah Pace had nine points and six rebounds. Hunter tied Pollock with 11 rebounds for the game.

Now 7-5 and 0-1 in the WCC, the women were to conclude the 2018 portion of their 2018-19 season with an afternoon game at Santa Clara on Dec. 31. The Toreros return to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion this Thursday and Saturday for its first two WCC home games against Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, respectively.

Next Games: USD at Santa Clara, today, 2 p.m., Santa Clara, Calif.; USD hosts Loyola Marymount, Thursday, 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD hosts Pepperdine, Family Day on Saturday, 2 p.m., JCP.

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USD's Isaiah Pineiro provided solid and, when needed most, clutch play in USD men's basketball games played in late December.USD's Isaiah Pineiro provided solid and, when needed most, clutch play in USD men's basketball games played in late December.

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