Jan. 11, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF roared out of the gate with 45 points in the first half, but managed just 19 in the second dropping a 70-64 decision to Loyola Marymount Thursday night in West Coast Conference women's basketball action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (6-11, 0-2 WCC) managed just six points in the first 13 minutes of the second period as the Lions (10-7, 2-1 WCC) collected their seventh straight win against San Francisco.
Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 21 points with six rebounds , while junior center Lisa Olden added 13 points on 6-of-7 from the field. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz turned in nine points as did sophomore guard Shay Rollins.
"We played about as well as we can play in the first half," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "We didn't respond when they made a run at us in the second half. We have had big leads in the last two games and we have lost both. We must get better at finishing games."
San Francisco dug an early 8-0 hole before using a 16-2 run to seize a 16-10 advantage with 12:36 left in the first half. LMU countered with a 11-4 run to reclaim the lead at 21-20, but a bucket by senior center KeLicia Shorts staked the Dons to a 22-21 edge with 8:13 on the clock. USF then rolled to an 18-point lead, 45-27, courtesy of a remarkable 23-6 surge and took a 45-32 lead at the intermission.
Carter led all scorers with 16 points in the first 20 minutes on .700 (7-10) from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Olden added nine points for the Dons, who connected at a .581 (18-31) clip from the floor, including .545 (6-11) from beyond the arc. The Lions shot a respectable .440 (11-25) from the field, 3-of-6 from long distance.
Unfortunately the second half was not nearly as kind to USF as they shot just .364 (8-22), while LMU connected on .400 (10-25), including .571 (4-7) from 3-point range. The Dons held a 30-28 rebound advantage, but the Lions went .808 (21-26) from the free throw line, while USF attempted only seven at the stripe.
Senior guard Amanda Patton scored a game-high 24 points, going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc to lead four Lions in double digit scoring. Senior forward Ashlee Dunalp added 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior forward Jennifer Hall chipped in with 13 points and seven boards.
San Francisco returns to action when it hosts Pepperdine in WCC action Saturday afternoon. Tip-off against the Waves is set for 2:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.