Nov. 23, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco (3-2) weathered a 12-2 run by Missouri-Kansas City (3-2) at the beginning of the second half and held on to win 78-66 Friday evening in game two of the 2007 Odwalla Classic. USF advances to Saturday's championship game versus Villanova, who won 83-58 over South Alabama in game one.
Seniors Dominique Carter and Lisa Olden both had superb performances for USF. Carter registered her second straight double-double collecting 27 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 10-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. Olden collected a 13 points, 14 rebound double-double while hitting 6-of-10. Olden's rebound total is a new career best, topping 13 she had at Wyoming last season.
"Tonight, Lisa Olden's overall game was fantastic," Head Coach Tanya Haave said. "Lisa is an example for our whole team to follow. Her senior leadership and hard work in each and every minute that she's out on the court should be recognized."
"Dominque is doing some good things," Haave continued. "She was efficient offensively and had a big game on the boards."
Sophomore Heidi Heintz added 13 points and five rebounds for USF. UMKC's high scorer was Oakland native Chazny Morris with 20.
USF junior Shay Rollins had seven assists, while also making three steal and scoring nine points.
The Dons would break out after an 8-8 start to the contest by shooting 46 percent in the first half compared to UMKC's 35 percent. Overall, USF outshot the Kangaroos 46.3 to 37.9.
San Francisco led by 14 points at the half, 37-23, but as the second half started the Kangaroos had a fire in their eyes. UMKC's Morris had six points in a run which cut the lead to 39-36 with 15-minutes remaining. However, with 17 points after the break from Carter USF was able to remain in control.
USF sealed the game hitting 13-of-16 free throws in the final minute and a half.
"The best thing we can take from this game is that we overcame the storm," Haave said. "They came out in the second half, which we knew they would. But we got our second wind, we kept the lead and won."
Tomorrow's Odwalla Classic championship game will tip off at 7 p.m. PT. The consolation game between South Alabama and UMKC is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PT.
DONS' NOTES - Since the Odwalla Classic start in 2003-04, San Francisco has advanced to the championship game every year. USF is 1-4 all-time in the Odwalla title match-up.