March 3, 2007
(Portland, OR) - USF could not pull off another upset in the West Coast Conference Tournament and suffered a 59-38 decision to regular season league champion Gonzaga Thursday night in semifinals action at the Chiles Center. The Dons (10-21) entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed for the second straight season and knocked off San Diego 60-69 in the opening round to advance to the semis for the second consecutive year. The Bulldogs (23-9) swept all three meetings against San Francisco and defeated the Dons for the first time in three tournament attempts.
Junior guard Dominique Carter scored 11 points for the Dons and moved into seventh place on the USF career scoring charts, finishing with 1,262 points. Carter moved past 1987 WCC Player of the Year and USF Hall-of-Famer Teri Hunt (1984-87), who scored 1,255. Sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 11, while senior center Nickie Warren added four points and a team-high eight rebounds in her final game in the Green and Gold.
"We played hard, we just had a rough night shooting the ball," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "I am proud of this team and what it accomplished in winning a game in the tournament and now we have to build on this for next year,"
USF could not get on track offensively and shot at a miserable .267 (8-30) in the first half. Things got even worse after the intermission as the Dons started the period in a 2-for-17 funk, ending the game at a miserable .211 (15-71). Gonzaga connected at a .458 (27-59) pace and held a dominating 51-36 rebound advantage.