Nov. 19, 2007
FULLERTON, CALIF. - San Francisco senior forward Dominique Carter scored 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting and collected 10 rebounds, and the Dons held off a late surge by the hometown Titans to seal a 73-63 victory Monday evening. The game marked the 22nd time Carter has surpassed 20-points in a game during her career.
The win improves San Francisco's record to 2-2 on the year, while Cal State Fullerton falls to 1-2.
San Francisco held as much as a 12-point advantage in the second half following a lay-upby Carter which gave the Dons a 53-41 advantage at 13:33. Cal State Fullerton would close the gap with a 7-0 run and then later tie the game at 62-62 on a three-point by junior Toni Thomas.
USF grabbed their lead back in the final minutes, converting eight of their last ten free throws in a finalizing 11-1 run.
Along with shooting 43 percent from the field compared to Cal State Fullerton's 40 percent, the Dons also held a favorable advantage on the boards, collecting 50 rebounds to 26 by the Titans. USF made the Titans pay with 19 offensive rebounds and 22 second chance points. San Francisco junior Necolia Simmons led all players with 13 boards, six coming off USF clanks.
Senior center Lisa Olden matched a career-high with four blocks on the night. Olden set her mark in the season opener against Northern Colorado. The Beaverton, Ore., product also had 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward/guard Heidi Heintz rounded out San Francisco's double-digit scorers collecting 14 points on five-for-nine shooting.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with five lead changes and a pair of ties, but it was the hot shooting of Carter and the Dons offense in the latter half of the first period that gave USF a four-point halftime lead.
Fullerton led by as many as six points midway through the first half before Carter hit a jumper with 7:02 remaining giving the Dons their first lead of the ball game at 20-19. A basket by Thomas regained the lead for the Titans before an 8-2 run over a two minute span gave San Francisco, which shot 44 percent in the half, a 28-23 lead with 4:03 remaining.
Senior Nykia Peace hit two free throws moments before halftime to give the Dons the 36-32 advantage at the break.
USF hosts the 2007 Odwalla Classic at War Memorial Gym this weekend. San Francisco plays Missouri-Kansas City in their first game of the tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. PT. Villanova and South Alabama will also be attending.