Kame making her mark at San Diego
The University of San Diego Toreros are making history.
Never before has the NCAA Division I school been ranked in the Top 25 in women’s basketball. The Toreros are 15-1 after Wednesday’s 72-51 loss to Portland and are now ranked No. 24.
One of the biggest reasons for the Toreros’ success this season is a 6-foot guard who first left her mark on the courts around Grand Junction.
Amy Kame, a 2010 Central High School graduate, leads USD in scoring, averaging 15.8 points a game. In West Coast Conference play, she is averaging more than 19 points a game.
Last week, the high-schooling Central grad earned the highest weekly honor in NCAA women’s basketball when she was selected the national player of the week after a tremendous three-game stretch.
Kame averaged 20 points, 8.7 rebounds and four assists in the three wins. In the second game of the week, she poured in 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and tied a career-high with seven assists.
She was even better in the next game, getting her first double-double of the season. She scored 28 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds in a win over the University of Pacific.
Kame, a senior, has been the Toreros’ energizer all season and also leads the team in assists and steals.
Last year, she was selected first team all-conference and earned a conference player of the week honor during the season.
The 15-1 mark is the best start in the school’s 35-year history. Three WCC teams — USD, Gonzaga and BYU — earned top 25 votes this week.
The Toreros made the NCAA tournament in 2008 where they lost in the first round. They are firmly on track to make a return trip to the tournament this season.
Kame was traveling Wednesday for the game against Portland and was unavailable for comment. She finished the game with eight points.