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Defense guides USD to win versus LMU

The University of San Diego women’s basketball team’s characteristically strong defense meant that an 18-point fourth quarter was enough to get the hosts over the line against the visiting Loyola Marymount University in Thursday’s low-scoring contest. Neither team made more than a third of their shots and, after trailing 19-18 at halftime, the Toreros mustered more offense than the Lions could in the second half to earn the win.

USD, who leads the West Coast Conference in steals (187), steals per game (14.38), and turnover margin (+7.23), racked up 16 steals and forced 10 additional turnovers, but could not score enough to ever pull too far away from LMU.