March 4, 2006
(Spokane, WA) - USF women's basketball had West Coast Conference regular season co-champion Santa Clara on the ropes, but could not complete its second consecutive upset, dropping a 75-65 overtime decision to Bay Area rival Santa Clara. The Dons (9-20) shocked tournament host and regular season co-champion Gonzaga 75-67 to advance to their first semifinal appearance since 2002, but the Broncos (19-10) escaped to advance to the finals for the second straight season.
Sophomore guard Dominique Carter poured in a game-high 22 points, converting on 9-of-16 from the field to go along with seven rebounds in 42 minutes. Freshman guard Shay Rollins added 12 points in addition to a pair of assists and steals.
San Francisco led for the majority of the game, staying just out of reach of the Broncos and clung to a 3-point lead with six seconds remaining and the ball underneath Santa Clara's basket. Unfortunately the Kayla Huss stole the ball off the inbounds pass and after a timeout Chandice Cronk hit a deep 3-pointer to tie the contest at 58-58 with four seconds left to force overtime.
Once in the extra session, the Broncos dominated outscoring the Dons 17-7 to improve to 5-0 lifetime against USF in the WCC Tournament.
USF was woeful from the free throw line, converting on just .333 (5-15) and shot at a .389 (28-72) from the field. Santa Clara made .453 (24-53) from the floor and .704 (19-27) at the charity stripe, which helped offset 21 turnovers.