Feb. 22, 2007
(Portland, OR) - USF women's basketball opened its final road trip of the regular season with an ugly 54-52 loss to Portland Thursday night in West Coast Conference action at the Chiles Center. The Dons (9-19, 3-10 WCC) struggled mightily offensively and the Pilots (10-18, 2-11 WCC) took advantage to complete its first season sweep of USF since 2004 and collect their first win overall since taking a 64-61 victory at War Memorial Gym.
Neither team shot the ball well, as USF shot .370 (20-54), while Portland connected at .382 (21-55). The Dons held a 38-34 rebound edge, but the Pilots' interior defense was tough as they swatted seven shots in the game. Portland held commanding leads in second chance points, 11-3 and bench scoring, 21-8.
Neither team was able to build a lead larger than six in a contest featuring 10 ties and six lead changes. Portland trailed from the 11:00 minute mark of the first half but battled back to take a 34-32 lead with 11:38 on left and from that point, the Dons tied the contest four times and took a 49-47 lead with 1:41 left on a pair of Carter free throws. Portland closed with a 7-3 burst to secure the win.
San Francisco closes out the 2006-07 regular season Saturday, February 24 with a matinee against league-leading Gonzaga. Game time against the Bulldogs is set for 2:00 PM at the McCarthey Center.