Feb. 15, 2007
San Francisco, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team used a fast start in the second half to secure a 61-51 victory over San Francisco Thursday night from War Memorial Gym. With the victory the Gaels move to .500 for the first time this season with a 12-12 mark and slide into a tie for third place in WCC play with a 6-5 record.
San Francisco trailed by as many as seven in the first period, the last at 19-12 with 6:44 remaining. The Dons went on a 14-6 run to close out the half, seizing a 26-25 lead at the intermission.
USF's slim halftime lead would not last long as the Gaels sprinted out of the gate on a 19-4 run to take a 12 point lead at 44-32 with 13:10 to go in regulation.
Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith got SMC going with four consecutive buckets, including two treys to hand the Gaels the advantage.
It was all Saint Mary's from there as the Dons would make it a one possession game only once at 50-47 with 5:09 left on the clock. The Gaels used an 11-3 run to finish off the Dons.
Smith scored a game-high 18 points for the Gaels, while senior center Sheridan Arredondo turned in an 11-point, 10 rebound double-double off the bench. Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy turned in a solid night with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists.
San Francisco junior guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds to go along with five steals. Senior forward Nickie Warren added 10 points, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added seven points and eight boards.
With the victory, the Gaels equal their 2005-06 win total of 12 with three regular season games remaining.
SMC is tied in third in the WCC standings with LMU. The Gaels defeated the Lions earlier in the season while Santa Clara and Pepperdine sit in fourth with identical 5-6 records.
Saint Mary's will play its final regular season game on the road in San Diego on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. from the Jenny Craig Pavilion.