Nov. 17, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF women's basketball bounced back from a slow start to roll past Colorado State 62-51 in the 2006-07 home opener Friday night in non-conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (1-2) help head coach Tanya Haave pick up her first career victory and snap a three-game losing streak against the Rams (1-1).
Senior forward Nickie Warren pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass to go along with 10 points for her fourth career double-double performance. The 21 rebounds were the most for San Francisco since Mary Jane Krueger (1999-05) collected 21 against New Mexico December 11, 2003 and ranks tied for the fifth highest single-game tally in program history. Freshman guard Katie Mihalco scored a game-high 22 points, converting on 7-of-13 from the field, including a remarkable 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in 31 minutes of action off the bench.
Junior center Lisa Olden turned in the first double-double of her career scoring 10 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds, eight offensive. The Dons held a 48-41 rebound edge, but dominated the offensive glass, 21-14. Junior guard Nykia Peace turned in a solid night with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes.
Colorado State came out firing and burst out to an 11 point lead before freshman guard Heidi Heintz made a free throw at 15:57 to get the Dons on the score board. USF roared back on a 10-2 run to pull within two, 13-11 with 12:43 remaining. San Francisco took its first lead with 5:14 remaining before intermission on an Olden lay-up and the Dons would not trail the remainder of the game.
USF pushed its lead to as many as 17 in the second period. The Dons converted on .344 (22-64) from the field, but connected on .583 (7-12) from 3-point range. The Rams connected on .339 (19-56) from the floor and .290 (9-31) in the second half.
Freshman guard Kelly Jo Mullaney led Colorado State with 17 points. Senior guard Molly Nohr added 12, while junior guard Sara Hunter chipped in with 10 for Colorado State.
USF returns to action Sunday, November 19 when it hosts Miami in non-conference action. Tip-off against the Hurricanes is set for 2:00 PM at War Memorial Gym.