Dec. 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Senior Dominique Carter scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished five assists in a Dons' 74-51 victory over San Jose State Sunday afternoon. With her performance, Carter overtook both Carey Sauer (1999-04) and Sue Corder (1981-85) on the USF career scoring list and now stands fourth with 1,475.
For Carter, it was the third time in her career she has eclipsed 30-points, first since collecting 30 versus Cal Poly on December 1, 2005. Her first 30-point performance came as a freshman in a double-overtime contest at Pepperdine on February 5, 2005.
The win improves San Francisco's record to 6-4 and San Jose State falls to 1-8. The Dons have a three-game winning streak. The last time USF accomplished a similar feat was in 2003-04 when the Dons topped Colorado State, Cal Poly and Iona.
In the first, the Spartans built a 12-7 lead through seven minutes of play only to watch USF junior Shay Rollins turn the table by hitting threes on consecutive possessions and give the Dons a 13-12 edge. San Francisco held the reigns through the remainder of the game amassing as much as a 29-point buffer at the four minute and two minute marks of the final period.
Paced by an 11-for-19 performance from the field by Carter, including a 5-for-5 clip from downtown, the Dons outshot San Jose State 43.1-percent to 38.4-percent. As a team, USF hit 9-of-22 three pointers, a 40.9 shooting percentage and hit 15-of-20 free throws. SJSU was 2-of-9 from three and only shot 61.9-percent on the charity stripe. San Francisco also had 20 assists, ten more than the Spartans, and seven less turnovers (20 to 27).
Junior Necolia Simmons and Rollins were Carter's primary supporters. Simmons had 15-points and eight rebounds, making 6-of-8 floor attempts. The 2006-07 JC All-American at San Joaquin Delta College scored 13 of her final tally in the second half. Rollins had 10-points and six assists.
San Jose State's high scorer was Natalie White with 11-points. She also had eight rebounds. The Spartans' Brittany Imaku collected nine points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
San Francisco next plays Cal Poly on Saturday, December 15 at War Memorial Gym. Tip off against the Mustangs is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.