Nov. 11, 2007
GREELEY, COLO. - San Francisco was unable to overcome an early run by Northern Colorado as the Bears defeated the Dons in the 2007 season opener for both schools, 75-51.
The Bears opened the game with a 25-4 run which USF could not overcome. Northern Colorado's Whitney Cox had the hot hand for the Bears scoring 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the first half.
At the half the score was 38-14. The Dons' shot 20 percent in the frame, while Northern Colorado hit at a 45 percent clip. USF was also out-rebounded 29-17.
On the positive, USF's Lisa Olden had six points, six rebounds and three blocks through the first 20 minutes.
To start the second half, San Francisco's Shay Rollins and Heidi Heintz hit back-to-back threes. However, Cox continued to be the thorn in the Dons' sides helping to maintain the Bears big lead with a variety of lay-ups and shots. She would finish with a game high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Senior Dominique Carter fueled a Dons' 9-0 run in the second half beginning at the 10:30 mark. Carter finished with 18 points in the second half, 23 points total.
"It's disappointing to drop the season opener," Head Coach Tanya Haave said. "We're not going to make any excuses. We got out played. We just need to go back to the drawing board and rebound quickly to get ready for Colorado State Tuesday."
USF faces Colorado State Tuesday at 7 p.m. from Fort Collins, Colo.