Nov. 19, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF women's basketball kept rallying, but Miami countered each time and held on for a 69-59 non-conference win Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (1-3) dug an early hole for the second straight game, but unlike their victory against Colorado State on Friday, were unable to come all the way back against the Hurricanes (4-1), who completed their three-game west coast road trip at 2-1.
Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-17 from the field, with 13 points coming after intermission. Senior forward Nickie Warren added 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 11 points, two steals and two assists in her first start of the season. Junior center Lisa Olden was one board shy of her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
USF shot at a .339 clip from the field and were ice cold from 3-point range, connecting on just .143 (2-14). The Hurricanes hit at a .424 (28-66) pace and went .391 (9-23) from long distance. Miami won the battle of the boards 42-40 and both teams committed 13 turnovers. The Dons did a nice job attacking the rim in the contest and made 17-of-24 (.708) from the charity stripe.
Miami opened up the game with an 8-0 run and USF scored its first point on a Carter lay-up with 16:45 remaining in the first half. The Dons trailed by 11 twice, but mounted a furious rally in the final three minutes to close to within five, 35-30 on a pair of free throws by Olden and a lay-up with 0:22 by Carter.
USF continued to work in the early going of the second half and took its first lead of the contest at 41-39 with 14:09 left on a Carter jumper. The Dons would tie the game at 51-51 on a pair of Olden free throws with 6:14 remaining in regulation, but the Hurricanes pulled away and built a 10-point cushion with 3:31 left. San Francisco pulled to within four with 1:52 left, but ran out of time.
Junior guard Maurita Reid led four Miami players in double-digit scoring with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Brittany Denson added 14 points and eight boards, while senior guard Renee Taylor and sophomore guard Latoya Cunningham each chipped in 11.
San Francisco prepares to host the 2006 odwalla Classic, November 24-25 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons welcome Delaware, Kentucky and Southern Illinois to the popular fourth annual event. The Blue Hens and Wildcats square off in the opener Friday at 5:00 PM, followed by the Salukis and Dons at 7:00 PM. Saturday features the consolation game at 5:00 PM and the title game at 7:00 PM.