Nov. 6, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Led by 18 points, seven rebounds from junior Necolia Simmons, four San Francisco players scored in double figures in a 69-57 exhibition victory over San Francisco State Tuesday evening.
USF started the game by shooting 71 percent from the field, amassing a 12-4 lead led by four points apiece from senior center Lisa Olden and junior guard Shay Rollins. During the opening of the gap, the Dons also out-rebounded San Francisco State, 7-1. Simmons grabbed four of the seven off the defensive glass.
The next five to six minutes of play saw the Dons fortune change as they missed eight straight shots, giving the Gators an open door. San Francisco State scored five points in the lapsed time to close to 12-9.
Fueled by four points from Brio Rode and Desiree Butler, San Francisco State would work back even at 17-17. Two made free throws by Butler gave the Gators their first lead of the contest at 19-17.
The lead survived less than a minute but the score remained close up to halftime.Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz nailed a three as the buzzer sounded to give USF a 30-26 heading to the break.
Following two from the stripe by Rode to open the new period, USF's Simmons and Carter buried buckets to bring the game to 34-28. Simmons would have a stretch in the middle minutes of the frame where she scored six of the teams' ten points helping the Dons in widening the gap to ten.
USF shot 54.5 percent from the floor, 93 percent from the line to close out the game. In total, the Dons shot 42.9-percent from the floor, 76-percent from the line. Simmons, listed as a forward/center, was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
San Francisco State was led by Krystle Mays who scored 15 points and grabbed 15 boards. Desiree Butler added 13 points for the Gators.
"There were a lot of factors to this outcome tonight," Head Coach Tanya Haave said. "They took it at us and that shouldn't happen. The good thing is that we won. We found a way. We have to do a better job. You have to tip your hat to SFSU. They played hard and played well."
San Francisco opens the 2007 season on Sunday at Northern Colorado. Tip off from Greeley, Colo., is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT.
DONS' NOTES - The Dons and Gators faced each other in the preseason last year. In that contest, USF won 91-61... in regular season play USF is 8-3 against the Gators all-time.