Nov. 13, 2007
FORT COLLINS, COLO. - Perseverance was golden for San Francisco, as the Dons cam back and prevailed in a 101-96 triple overtime game versus Colorado State Tuesday evening. The first triple frame game in Dons history was the stage for new career highs and heroics by Colorado native sophomore Katie Mihalco.
With 10:40 left in regulation, the Dons trailed Colorado State, 53-43. They would go on a 16-9 run to bring the game to within three with 14-seconds to go. Following a timeout, Mihalco hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime with a score of 62-62.. For the game, Mihalco finished with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting from behind the arc. Mihalco grew up in Englewood, Colo., just minutes from the site of the contest.
Each team would collect seven points in the second overtime to send it toanother extra five minutes. Junior Necolia Simmons amassed nine points in the third frame including hitting three of four from the line. USF would outscore the Rams 19-14 to close out the game.
Simmons made up for a low key start at Northern Colorado which saw her score only four points by collecting a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds. Simmons shot 7-for-16 from the field and hit 10-of-12 from the line. Also making noise was sophomore Heidi Heintz, who scored 23 points to outdistance her previous high of 17 set last season at Pepperdine on January 13, 2007. The rest of USF's starting lineup, senior Dominique Carter, (13 points, eight rebounds), senior Lisa Olden (10 points) and junior Shay Rollins (12 points, five rebounds, five assist) also scored in double figures.
Colorado State's Sara Hunter had a huge game with 41 points including key shots which sent the game into the last two extra periods. Elle Queen had 16 points, 11 rebounds and Carine Reimink had 15 points, 10 rebounds.
Colorado State out-rebounded the Dons 51-48 and in the second half they hit 7-of-10 free throws. USF capitalized on Colorado State turnovers scoring 24 points on the miscues. USF also had 19 second chance points to the Rams' 13.
The last time USF surpassed 100 points was during the 2000-01 season when the Dons topped UC Riverside, 105-51.
USF opens their home schedule at War Memorial Gym on Friday versus the Colorado Buffaloes. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. PT.