Jan. 24, 2008
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's falls to 9-11 overall and 1-3 in West Coast Conference play, as San Francisco uses a second half surge to defeat the Gaels, 80-68. Lauren Shaughnessy led the Gaels in scoring, posting 18 points, on 8-of-13 shooting. The guard also picked up four steals in the loss, improving her steal count to 214 in her career. Louella Tomlinson and Jontelle Smith posted 11 and 10 points respectively, with no other Gael reaching double-digits. Saint Mary's was unable to stop San Francisco's Dominique Carter on the offensive end, as she recorded a game-high 35 points in 36 minutes of action.
Spectators could tell from the first possession of the game that the WCC contest against Bay Area rivals would be battle. From the start both teams came out with fire, as they scrambled for the jump ball in the opening possession.
In the first five minutes of play, neither team led by more than two points, as each traded points back and forth. Saint Mary' took the lead, 9-6, with 14:19 to play in the half, but the Dons exploded for a 9-0 run to take a 15-9 advantage.
At the 10:13 minute mark freshman Louella Tomlinson was tagged with her third foul, and was forced to sit for the remainder of the half. With Tomlinson on the bench Saint Mary's would pick-up right where she left off, pulling to within one point, 21-20, with 5:50 left in the half. From that point on neither team would extend their lead, with the halftime score set at 32-31, San Francisco.
The statistics of the first half was evidence of the closely fought battle, with both teams shooting 41.4 percent from the field in the first half (12-of-19). Neither team shot well from long range, as Saint Mary's shot 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from three point land, to San Francisco's 14.3 percent (1-of-7). The turnover ratio was equal, with both teams recording nine, while the Gaels out-assisted the Dons, 10-4.
Shaughnessy was the hot shooter in the first half for the Gaels, as she went 5-of-8 from the field, posting a game-high 10 points. The senior guard also pulled down five rebounds, dished out two assists, and picked up two steals.
The Dons came out and knocked down back-to-back three pointers at the start of the second half, taking a 38-31 lead over Saint Mary's. Back in on the court, Tomlinson responded with four points of her own, as she converted on a lay-up and two free throws. But San Francisco began to heat up at the 17:33 mark, as they went on a 13-0 run, taking a 20-point advantage over the Gaels, 57-37. Sierra Chambers ended the Don's run, recording a lay-up with 10:39 remaining.
From that point on the Gaels would never regain the lead, as San Francisco continued to find the bottom of the net. Saint Mary's cut the lead to 10 with 1:30 left in the ball game, but the Dons would not be rattled, as they continued to keep their rhythm on the offensive end, defeating the Gaels 80-68.
Dominique Carter proved to be the determining factor in the game, recording an impressive 35 points in the game. Carter's 35 points performance improved her career total to 1,627; good enough for second in the San Francisco record books. The senior's 35 points are also the most points posted by a player against the Gaels this season.
Two other Dons posted in the double-digit range, with Heidi Heintz and Shay Rollins tabbing 17 and 12 points. Heintz put on a triple-double performance, dishing out 10 assists and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Coming up next for the Gaels are the San Diego Toreros on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 pm in McKeon Pavilion. The game marks Saint Mary's second WCC contest of the week.