Nov. 12, 2006
(Laramie, WY) - USF women's basketball concluded its 2006-07 season opening road trip with a 71-58 setback at Wyoming Sunday afternoon at Arena Auditorium. The Dons (0-2) made nearly half of their field goals in the contest, but the Cowgirls (1-0) connected on 23 field goals with 10 3-pointers.
Senior center Nickie Warren scored a game-high 18 points on 9-of-16 from the field and pulled down four rebounds in 36 minutes. Junior guard Dominique Carter chipped in 16 points for the Dons who shot at a .491 (26-53) clip from the field, .5000 (4-8) from 3-point range. Junior guard Nykia Peace scored nine points to go with six rebounds and three assists, while junior center Lisa Olden added eight points.
Wyoming connected on .407 (22-54) from the field but were deadly beyond the arc, converting on .357 (10-28). The Cowgirls got to the line early and often, going 17-for-20 (.850). The Dons only attempted six free throws in the entire game, all by Carter.
"We had a few mental errors and it was a tough environment to play in against a veteran team," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "They ran their offense really well, but given the circumstances I thought we responded well. Now we just have to make adjustments before we take on Colorado State at home."
San Francisco jumped out of the gate, taking its only lead of the ballgame on a 3-pointer from freshman guard Randi Richardson. The Dons trailed by 10, 31-21 with 3:45 remaining in the first half but two jumpers by Peace and one from Warren, pulled USF to within six, 33-27 at the intermission.
Wyoming built another 10-point lead in the early going of the second half, 39-29, but the Dons stormed back behind back-to-back 3-pointers from Carter and lay-ups from Warren and Carter to tie the score at 41-41 with 13:34 left in regulation. The Cowgirls eased ahead and after a Warren jumper closed the Dons to within two at 47-45 with 10:22 left, Wyoming pulled away for the win.
Junior forward Haana Zavecz led four Cowgirls in double-digit scoring with 15 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Jodi Bolerjack added 12 points.
USF returns to the City where it will host Colorado State, Friday November 17 in its 2006-07 home opener. Tip-off against the Rams is set for 6:00 PM and will be the first game of a doubleheader with men's basketball, who will host Fresno State immediately following the women's contest.