Dec. 16, 2006
(Fresno, CA) - USF built a big first half lead but could not extend it as Fresno State came from behind for a 55-48 non-conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Savemart Center. The Dons (3-7) led by as many as 12 early in the second half, but the Bulldogs (5-4) improved to 4-0 at home and collected their third straight win against USF in the series.
Freshman guard Heidi Heintz responded for USF in her first career start, recording a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 14 points, 10 coming in the first half, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins tallied 13 points.
Both teams struggled to score in the first 10 minutes of the game as the two teams combined for 4-for-16 from the field. With a 10-8 lead with 11:27 left, the Dons used an 18-10 run to take a 10-point lead on a Carter jumper with 1:07 before recess. USF scored 22 points from the bench in the first half.
San Francisco built its biggest lead 33-21 on a Rollins jumper with 18:15 in the second half. Fresno State gradually chipped away at the advantage and cut it to five, 39-34 with 11:45 remaining, but the Dons seized a 10-point advantage once again at 44-34 with 9:48 left on a Heintz jumper. It was all Bulldogs from there as they went on a sizzling 21-4 run to close the contest.
Junior guard Tierre Wilson did the bulk of the damage for the Bulldogs with 23 points and 11 rebounds, 15 points coming in the second half, while senior guard Chantella Perera added 16 points in 40 minutes. After a slow start, the Bulldogs converted on .418 (23-55) from the field, .583 (14-24) in the second. USF connected at .333 (21-63), including.281 (9-32) after the half.
USF closes its two-game road trip at Cal State Fullerton Monday, December 18. Tip-off against the Titans is set for 7:00 PM at Titan Gym.