SANTA CLARA, Calif. –
San Diego closed out 2018 in exciting fashion, with a 57-49 comeback win over Santa Clara to improve to 1-1 in the WCC.
After falling behind 37-21 at halftime, the Toreros (8-5, 1-1 WCC) outscored the Broncos (7-6, 0-2 WCC) 36-12 in the second half to secure their first conference win of the season.
recorded her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Sydney Shepard
was key to the Toreros' offensive surge in the second half, finishing with a team-high 15 points, 12 of those coming in the second half. Shepard knocked down 4-of-9 from three-point range and led the Toreros with six assists.
chipped in 11 points and two steals for San Diego, while Myah Pace
and Madison Pollock
made key plays for the Toreros defensively. Pace collected a team-high three steals and five rebounds, while Pollock finished with one block, two steals and seven rebounds (5 ORB).
The Broncos came out hot to start the contest, shooting 62.5 percent from the field (15-of-24) and hitting 7-of-13 from three-point range in the first half. San Diego shot just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from the field to trail by 16 at halftime.
The Toreros went on a 10-0 run to start the second half and outscored the Broncos 19-4 in the third period to pull within one point. Shepard immediately sank a three to start the fourth quarter to give USD's its first lead of the game, 43-41, and the Toreros never looked back.
San Diego held Santa Clara to 23.8 percent from the field in the second half and just eight points in the fourth quarter. The Toreros collected 23 points off of turnovers and outrebounded the Broncos 33-27, including 16 offensive boards.
USD will return home to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday when the Toreros host Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. PT.