Dec. 18, 2006
(Fullerton, CA) - USF closed its two-game road trip with a tough 72-69 setback at Cal State Fullerton Monday night in non-conference women's basketball action at Titan Gym. The Dons (3-8) drop their fourth straight and second in a row when leading by double-figures in the second half, while the Titans (5-7) converted all 20 of their second half free throws to win in come-from-behind fashion.
Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 21 points and matched a career-high with sis assists off the bench. Junior guard Nykia Peace tallied a season-high 12 points, while freshman guard Heidi Heintz chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. Freshman guard Katie Mihalco added nine points for the Dons.
For the second straight road contest, the Dons came out firing offensively, converting on an impressive .538 (14-26) from the field. Carter scored nine points as did Peace who was playing in front of friends and family. Cal State Fullerton stayed in the game at the charity stripe, capitalizing on .857 (12-14) as USF was whistled for 11 personal fouls.
San Francisco led by as many as 10 in the first half, 34-24 with 2:34 remaining on a pair of Carter free throws. USF's hot shooting helped offset a 16-12 Titan rebound advantage in the first 20 minutes. The Dons led 36-28 at recess.
USF built a 15-point lead in the early going with 14:28 in the second half on a bucket by sophomore guard Shay Rollins at 49-34. Then in a game eerily reminiscent of Saturday's loss at Fresno State, the Dons faltered and Fullerton took advantage and outscored San Francisco 38-20 from there. The Titans took full advantage at the charity stripe in the second half, converting on all 20 of their attempts, finishing the game at .941 (32-34).
Senior guard India Allen led four Titans in double-digit scoring with 20 and went 15-of-15 at the line. Sophomore forward Toni Thomas added 17 and converted on all nine attempts at the stripe to go along with nine rebounds. Cal State Fullerton held a 32-29 rebound edge for the contest as it snapped a five-game losing streak to USF.
USF plays its final game prior to the Christmas break Wednesday, December 20 when Florida State visits War Memorial Gym. Tip-off against the Seminoles is set for 7:00 PM.