Jan. 26, 2008
Santa Clara, CA - San Francisco Women's Basketball fell to West Coast Conference and Bay Area rivals Santa Clara 57-50 on Saturday night at the Leavey Center. The Broncos (15-4, 4-1 WCC) move into second place in conference standings, dropping The Dons (12-8, 3-2 WCC) into third.
Senior guard Dominique Carter continued her assault on WCC opponents, scoring 21 points against the Broncos, her third conference game with 20 or more. With 1,648 career points, she surpassed Gonzaga's Ashley Burke (1,631; 2002-05) for ninth place all-time in WCC scoring charts. Carter is 15 points away from taking over the eighth spot from Loyola Marymount's Bryn Britton (1,662; 1998-2002). Also making an impact for the Dons was sophomore forward Heidi Heintz, who scored 11 points and added five rebounds. Senior center Lisa Olden also earned the first 3-pointer of her career.
After falling behind 10-0 to start the game, and down 29-16 at the break, USF brought the game much closer in the second half. Only down two (39-34) with 10:20 remaining, the Dons couldn't break through and SCU put the game out of reach in the final minutes.
Santa Clara held an advantage in almost every major category including field goals (.426/ 23-54 to .310/18-58), 3-pointers (.261/6-23 to .182/2-11), and rebounds (41 to 35). USF held a large advantage in free throws percentage .800 (12-15) to .625 (5-8) and had four less turnovers (16-20) in the ballgame.
For the Broncos, senior forward Jen Gottschalk earned a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Chandice Cronk was the other leading scorer for SCU, with 15 points.
USF returns home for a WCC match-up with Pepperdine on Thursday, January 31. Tip off is set for 7:00 PM.