Athletics Roundup: Women's Hoops Starts Tonight; Men's Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer

Senior Madison Pollock is among a solid group of returning players for the USD women's basketball team.Myah Pace, a junior, is back this season after an injury ended her season early last year. Pace and the Toreros open their season at 6 p.m. tonight against visiting Towson.

The 2019-20 women’s basketball season gets underway tonight with the Toreros’ regular-season opening game at 6 p.m. against Towson in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The Toreros, who defeated Cal State San Bernardino 84-32 in their lone exhibition game on Nov. 6, look to start off strong in the regular season after finishing 9-21 in 2018-19. Their opponents, the Tigers (0-1), are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
Head Coach Cindy Fisher enters her 15th season at the helm for USD, boasting a .597 winning percentage (262-177) and multiple postseason appearances.
San Diego returns four starters: Madison Pollock, Sydney Hunter, Patricia Brossmann and Myah Pace. Seniors Brossmann, Pollock and Leticia Soares were USD's top three scorers last season, averaging 11.4, 11.2, and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Brossmann led the team with an average of 7.6 rebounds per game.

Women’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts Towson, tonight (Nov. 11), 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD at Air Force, Saturday, 1 p.m. (Pacific), Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball season is two games in and the Toreros are 0-2, falling 76-73 to last year’s Big West Conference champion and NCAA Tournament representative UC Irvine on Nov. 5 and then traveling Nov. 9 to Long Beach State, another BWC team, and losing 74-62.

In the loss to UCI, four Toreros reached double figures, led by redshirt junior Braun Hartfield's 17, but UC Irvine overcame San Diego's 14-point halftime lead and took down the Toreros in the regular-season opener.
USD shot 51.5% from the field in the first half, including 7-of-13 (53.8%) from three, to open a 48-34 lead at halftime. Seven different Toreros contributed points to provide an even distribution of offense and carry the double-digit advantage into the second half.
However, in the final 20 minutes, UC Irvine held the Toreros to only six field goals and 23.1% shooting. After making seven three-pointers in the first half, USD hit only one three in the second half, a bank shot by Hartfield that brought the score to 74-73 with 14 seconds left in the game.
UC Irvine responded to Hartfield's three by sinking both of its free throws on the ensuing possession. The Anteaters finished 24-of-27 from the free-throw line and were led by Evan Leonard, who finished 10-of-10 from the charity stripe and a game-high 19 points.

Hartfield led the Toreros in points and rebounds (8) in 35 minutes. Redshirt freshman Marion Humphrey added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, while redshirt sophomore Joey Calcaterra contributed 12 points, four rebounds and a career-high four steals. Junior Yauhen Massalski scored six of his 11 points in the first half and grabbed five rebounds.

Against Long Beach State, Calcaterra scored a career-high 20 points but USD committed 29 turnovers in the nonconference loss.
The Toreros lost their first game on the road this season despite keeping it close until the final 10 minutes.

Calcaterra had four three-pointers and shot 5-of-12 from the field (41.7%). Redshirt sophomore Jared Rodriguez had 11 points (5-of-11 FG) and five rebounds. Rodriguez, a transfer from Idaho, had his waiver approved by the NCAA on Friday to clear him to play.
As a team, USD shot 48% from the field in the first half, but finished at 38.9%. The Toreros out-rebounded LBSU, 38-35, led by junior James Jean-Marie's 12 boards. The forward added nine points.

Men’s Basketball Schedule: USD hosts Fresno State, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion; USD at Weber State, Thursday, 6 p.m. (Pacific), Ogden, Utah; USD at Colorado, Saturday, 7 p.m. (Pacific), Boulder, Colo.


San Diego rushed for 353 yards, including nearly 300 in a second half in which it scored five touchdowns, to rout Stetson 51-7 on Nov. 9 at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand, Fla.
The Toreros (7-2, 6-0 PFL) won their nation-leading 35th consecutive conference game behind an overwhelming second half that featured redshirt senior JoJo Binda, Jr. rushing for 225 of his 227 total yards and redshirt sophomore RJ Gonzalez score three TDs — the first of his career — on four carries. Binda, Jr. only needed 13 rushes to register his first career 200-yard game (he averaged 17.5 yards per carry).
The Torero defense shut out Stetson (6-3, 3-3 PFL) in the first half and limited them to a lone touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Toreros held the Hatters to only five first downs and 63 yards on 31 plays in the scoreless first half.

USD forced Stetson into 10 punts on its 16 drives while also picking off two passes. The Tolbert twins, Daniel and David, each had an interception. Redshirt senior Bryan Kelly and redshirt junior Nick Friedel shared the team lead in tackles with nine while junior Kama Kamaka had seven tackles and a sack.

Redshirt senior Reid Sinnett threw for 257 yards on 18-of-34 passing and two touchdowns. He found redshirt senior Zach Nelson for the game's first touchdown in the first quarter before later connecting with senior Michael Bandy on a fade route in the third quarter.
Bandy, a STATS FCS Walter Payton Award watch list member along with Sinnett, had four catches for 54 yards. Senior Michael Armstead led the team with 78 receiving yards. Sophomore Dalton Kincaid had 72 receiving yards on four catches.  

Football Schedule: USD hosts Morehead State, Saturday, 2 p.m., (Senior Day), Torero Stadium.


The Toreros traveled north to the Bay Area and got what they were looking for — a pair of sweeping West Coast Conference victories at San Francisco and Santa Clara — prior to this week’s big showdown at home against BYU.

Against San Francisco on Nov. 7, USD won 25-23, 25-18, 25-14 on the strength of Thana Fayad’s 13 kills and 12 digs, Katie Lukes’ 11 kills and Megan Jacobsen and Grace Frohling had eight and six kills, respectively. Anna Newsome had 36 assists and a team-high three service aces. USD swept both matches with San Francisco this season.

Against Santa Clara on Nov. 9, USD won 25-17, 25-21 and outlasted the Broncos 27-25 in the third set to notch the victory. The Toreros have now won 14 matches by sweep and this victory was No. 20 (20-5 overall, 13-1 WCC). Fayad led the way with 12 kills and two aces, Lukes had 11 kills and Jacobsen had eight kills and three blocks.

Coach Jen Petrie, who earlier this season notched her 400th career coaching win, has won at least 20 matches in a season 15 times under Petrie’s direction.

A Torero win in Friday’s home match against BYU (22-3, 13-1) gives them the conference title tiebreaker. USD won in five sets at BYU on Oct. 18.

Volleyball Schedule: USD hosts BYU, Friday, 7 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Men’s Soccer

In a fitting send-off for the senior class, Henry Lander scored the game-winner while Miguel Berry scored twice to lift San Diego to a 4-2 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win over Portland Nov. 9 at Torero Stadium.
The Toreros (11-5-1, 2-4 WCC) snapped a four-game losing streak with the help of Lander's header on a corner kick delivered by senior Freddy Polzer in the 80th minute to break a 2-2 tie. Berry, meanwhile, scored the first and last goal for the Toreros as they wrapped up their home regular season schedule with a 6-3-1 mark.

San Diego fell behind two goals early as Portland (9-6-1, 3-3 WCC) used a goal in the fifth minute by Luke Hendel and another in the 22nd minute by Esteban Calvo to establish the advantage.

Berry answered, though, when a free kick taken by George West was headed in by the senior forward to cut the deficit in half. West's free kick was taken from about 25 yards out, and Berry directed it in from the middle of the penalty area.

Coming out of halftime, a cross sent in to Alex Churness narrowly missed the forward's head but was deflected in for an own goal by the Pilots to tie it at 2-2 in the 62nd minute.
The Toreros eventually broke through with Lander's first goal of the season on the header in the 80th. Four minutes later, Berry beat a Portland defender one-on-one on the wing and shot a rocket past the Pilot goalkeeper.

It was the fifth time this year Berry scored multiple goals in a game. He has a career-high 16 goals this season, which rank tied for the third-most ever by a Torero and most since 2000 when Ryan Coiner scored 17.
USD goalkeeper Matt Wiher bounced back from the two goals in the first 22 minutes by making four saves, including three in the second half.

Men’s Soccer Schedule: USD at Santa Clara, Saturday, 7 p.m., Santa Clara, Calif.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer season ended this past week, but it did so with the Toreros winning its final two West Coast Conference games by a 1-0 score — one the final home game of the year on Nov. 6 against Pacific and then the road and season finale Nov. 9 at Portland.

Against Pacific, Halle Walls scored in the 33rd minute off an assist by Sydney Hopkins. Redshirt senior Amber Michel and senior Angelica Sheils each played a half in goal and both had one save. USD outshot Pacific 14-8, Pacific made four saves to USD’s two.

Against Portland, the game was scoreless until the 75th minute when an own-goal went against the Pilots. The Toreros (8-9-1, 4-5) broke through on a set piece off a corner by Michaela Foster. San Diego crowded the box and forced Portland's goalkeeper to make a play, causing the own-goal. Michel played the entire game, finishing with four saves.

The game marked the end of Milan Moses’s college career. Moses, who transferred to USD from San Diego State last year, left her mark at USD. Moses ranks in the top 10 for single-season shots (60) and in career records, ranks sixth all-time in shots (119) and fourth all-time in goals (22). Moses had four shots, three on goal in the win over Portland.

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