Jan. 13, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF started strong but finished even stronger, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit to stun Pepperdine 77-65 Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (7-11, 1-2 WCC) scored a remarkable 57 points in the second half, connecting on .654 (17-26) from the field at the expense of the Waves (8-11, 1-3 WCC).
Freshman guard Heidi Heintz and junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 16. It is a new career-high for Heintz, who scored all of her points in the final 20 minutes to go along with six rebounds and did not commit a turnover in 26 minutes. Carter scored 14 in the second half and pulled down five boards. Senior forward Nickie Warren chipped in 10 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
"I think the second half went really well," said USF head coach Tanya Haave, who collected her first league victory. "We played offensive ball and it just clicked. I thought our focus was great to come from behind and win in the second half. Heidi played close to 100 percent efficiently, but having four players in double-digit scoring gave us great balance on the court."
USF opened the game on a 11-2 run and looked to be in control. Pepperdine disagreed and went on a 17-2 run to take a 19-13 lead with 4:16 remaining and led at the 29-20 at the break.
San Francisco roared out of the gate in the second, going on a 10-1 run to tie the contest at 30-30 on a jumper by Warren with 17:26 remaining. The Waves pushed their lead to six points, 39-33 with 14:53 left, but a pair of Carter free throws gave the Dons a 45-43 edge with 9:56 on the clock and USF would not trail the rest of the contest.
Senior forward Jasmane Clarendon and sophomore guard Jessica Ross each scored a team-high 11 points for the Waves, while three players scored 10 off the bench. Pepperdine shot .397 (25-63) from the field and converted on .406 (13-32) in the second half.
San Francisco shot .429 (24-56) for the game and connected on .400 (6-15) from 3-point range. USF held a 39-34 rebound advantage and shot at a .767 (23-30) clip from the free throw line.
USF returns to WCC action when it travels across the Bay Bridge to take on longtime Bay Area rival Saint Mary's Thursday, January 18. Game time against the Gaels is set for 7:00 PM at McKeon Pavilion in a game televised live on ESPNU.