Jan. 19, 2008
San Francisco - Necolia Simmons likes the West Coast Conference. Despite San Francisco's 74-70 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym, the junior transfer earned her second double-double (23-12) and has now scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. The Bulldogs (13-6, 4-0 WCC) stay unbeaten in league play, while USF drops to 11-7, 2-1 WCC.
Gonzaga took a commanding lead early, off .563 (18-32) shooting in the first half. The Bulldogs also held the first half rebounding advantage, 26-12. Leading by 15 (35-20) with less than five minutes before half-time, the Dons cut the lead by only two before the buzzer.
Rejuvenated after the break, the Dons made an impressive 25-11 run to bring the score within two points (69-67) with less than two minutes left, but couldn't convert on their last few chances. With .556 (5-9) shooting from behind the line in the second half, the Dons held the overall 3-point advantage .357 (5-14) to .278 (5-18).
Simmons made an impact from the start, scoring all of the Dons first seven points, and nine of their first 16. She is now averaging 22 points-per-game in league play. Junior guard Shay Rollins returned to the line-up, scoring 11 points and senior guard Nykia Peace played a great game, scoring nine points and adding seven rebounds.
Gonzaga's sophomore forward Heather Bowman led the Bulldogs with 23 points and had eight rebounds. Other double figure scorers were junior guard Jami Bjorklund (14) and freshman guard Courtney Vandersloot (11). Sophomore forward Vivian Frieson pulled down 16 rebounds.
USF continues WCC play on Thursday, January, 24 in Moraga. Tip-off against Saint Mary's is 7:00 PM.