Amy Kame finds San Diego to be the right fit for her game
Amy Kame knew she was made to perform on the big stage.
The 2010 Central High School graduate recently completed her freshman year at the University of San Diego, where she averaged nearly 13 minutes per game for the Toreros women’s basketball team.
Kame’s best game was at Gonzaga University, where she scored a team-high 12 points in front of 6,000 people.
“The environment that we played in was so different than anything I’d ever experienced,” Kame said. “It was one of the most exciting games of the season.”
Kame played in 22 of the Toreros’ 31 games, starting two, and averaged 3.7 points. The Toreros finished 17-14 and made the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.
“I’m looking forward to next season because we have a great team coming back,” Kame said. “It was the perfect choice to go to San Diego.”
Kame was a four-time first-team All-Southwestern League selection and averaged 26 points, nine rebounds and four assist as a senior on a Central High School team that went 22-4.
Kame played faster than most of her opponents in high school, but said she had to adjust to the pace of the game once she got to San Diego.
“The speed of the game was the biggest thing early on,” Kame said. “It was overwhelming at the beginning, but it was great once I got comfortable playing with all the girls.”
Kame said the larger playbook also took some time for her to feel comfortable with, but helped her improve.
“I got a lot better right when I got there because I learned so much,” Kame said. “There were so many new concepts to learn, and I’m still learning during every workout we have.”
Kame played shooting guard and small forward at San Diego.
“I was a slasher,” Kame said. “I went to the basket whenever I got the ball.”
Kame, a communications major, is excited that Brigham Young University is joining the West Coast Conference, which will allow her to play close to home, in Provo, Utah, at least once a year.
Kame is returning to San Diego for summer school and team workouts. She said the competition within her team has pushed her as a player.
“I was playing with girls that were so much better than me and that made me better,” Kame said. “It was completely different, but it made me work harder.”