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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 9, 2007

San Francisco - 74
San Jose State - 51

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.

Alabama - 66
Saint Mary's - 56

Tuscaloosa, AL - The Saint Mary's Gaels could not get the job done on the road, as they were defeated 66-56 by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Jontelle Smith and Serena Benavente led all players with 15 points apiece, while freshman forward Louella Tomlinson posted a career-high 10 blocks. The Gaels shot 24.6 percent from the floor on 17-of-69 shooting, while the Crimson Tide finished with a 40 percent field goal percentage.

Alabama took control from the start, as they went on a 10-1 run in the first eight minutes of play. Both teams were unable to find their offensive rhythm in the first half, as the Gaels shot a mere 20 percent from the floor, with a halftime score of 26-33.

At the half the Gaels were led by Benavente with seven points, two rebounds and two steals. The senior guard shot 2-of-6 from the floor, and knocked down 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Smith recorded two three pointers in the first half, while Tomlinson and Shaughnessy each chipped in four points apiece.

Once again Alabama started off strong from the beginning, as they went on a 14-5 run to start the second half. Talisha Chandler scored six of her team-leading 14 points in the Alabama run. A Linsday Ellis lay-up ended the run, and both teams went scoreless for the next two minutes. Two back-to-back three-pointers by Jontelle Smith ended the drought for the Gaels, as they would decrease Alabama's lead to eight, 44-36. Sierra Chambers would put in a lay-up for the Gaels, 44-38, but Tierney Jenkins would answer back with a set of free-throws.

The Gaels could not cut the lead to less than six, as the Crimson Tide continued to get to the basket on the offensive end. Four Alabama players finished with double-digits in points, while the Gaels Smith and Benavente were the only players to reach the double-digit mark.

Louella Tomlinson's 10 block performance improves the freshman's block count to 50. Tomlinson's 50 blocks ties in the Gaels' record book for blocks in a season. The forward averaged 4.4 blocks per game before the 10 block performance, ranking her second in NCAA Division I in blocks per game average. Tomlinson's 10 blocks also sets a new career-high and new record for blocks in a game, as she held the previous record of eight.

The Gaels (5-5) return to action on Wednesday, December 12 in McKeon Pavilion, when they face the Fresno State Bulldogs at 7:05 PM.