Dec. 18, 2007
San Francisco - 95
Eastern Washington - 86
SAN FRANCISCO - For the second straight contest, USF's hot shooting and free throw makes secured a win as the Dons topped Eastern Washington 95-86 Tuesday evening. San Francisco, led by 23 points, seven rebounds from Dominique Carter, shot 56.9-percent from the floor and made 28-of-36 from the stripe.
San Francisco is now 8-4 on the year and owns a five-game win streak. EWU falls to 3-8 for the season. With one more victory, USF will tie the 2001-02 team for the longest streak in a decade. The 1996-97 Dons' squad was the last team to go over six straight win securing a nine game win streak.
Following a first half where the Dons ran out to a 14-point advantage, 47-33, and easily outshot Eastern Washington, 57.7-percent to 38.2-percent, the Eagles began to find the bottom of the net as well making 53.1-percent of their shots in the second period. EWU cut the deficit to five at 2:25 left in regulation following a jumper by Tatjana Sparavalo which made the score 84-79.
The door shut on the Eagles' comeback attempt as sophomore Heidi Heintz drilled a three-pointer and then junior Shay Rollins stole the ball from EWU's Kyla Evans for a lay-up. USF made 6-of-8 from the line to finish off the game.
The Dons made 17 more trips to the line than their opponent as the Eagles committed 27 fouls to USF's 14.
USF hit above 50-percent from behind the arc for the second time this season, tallying the long distance shot at a 56.3-percent clip (9-for-16). Senior Nykia Peace, who played her best game of the season thus far, was 3-of-3 behind the arc finishing with 16-points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Carter was 2-for-3 from three.
Rollins had 18-points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Dons. Heintz and junior Necolia Simmons each added 14-points.
Eastern Washington had five players in double figure scoring led by 20 from Nicole Scott. Katy Baker had 18-points, Kyla Brown 14, Sydney Benson and Sparavalo had 12. EWU's Amy Bratvold led all players with eight rebounds. Scott had six boards.
USF closes its 2007 home slate Thursday against UC Davis. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. PT.
George Washington - 85
Loyola Marymount - 46
Washington, D.C. - LMU's three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday afternoon, 85-46, at #22 George Washington University at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center in Washington, D.C. Facing their second ranked opponent of the season, the Lions fall to 7-5 while the Colonials win their third in a row to improve to 8-3.
Sophomore Lisa Helmers was the only Lion in double figures, scoring all 11 of her points in the second half. Freshman Renahy Young came off the bench for 8 points while senior Valerie Ogoke added seven points and seven rebounds.
Jessica Adair led all scorers with 23 points, 15 coming in the first half. Kimberly Beck scored all 16 of her points in the second half, adding five assists and three steals. Sarah-Jo Lawrence chipped in 14 points and eight assists for the Colonials.
LMU shot 32.7% (18-for-55) overall, 29.4% (5-for-17) from three-point range, and just 38.5% (5-for-13) at the free throw line. Entering the game leading the West Coast Conference in opponent shooting percentage, the Lions gave up a season-high 54.4% (37-for-68) to the Colonials, who continually found ways to pound the ball inside. GWU outscored the Lions 52-26 in the paint and held a 42-30 rebounding advantage.
Off for the previous 10 days, the Colonials showed no signs of rust, scoring the game's first 12 points as LMU missed its first seven shots and turned the ball over four times in the opening four minutes. A three-pointer by sophomore Kavita Goss got the Lions on the board but they trailed 15-3 at the first media timeout.
The Lions settled down, making four of their next five shots to pull back to within 10, 21-11, on a layup by freshman Renahy Young. The Colonials came right back with a 6-0 run to take a 16-point lead but the Lions went inside to Ogoke, who scored six straight points. A three-point play by junior Jenna Sybesma made it 32-22 with four minutes left but the Colonial combination of Jessica Adair and Sarah-Jo Lawrence rattled off 10 straight points to send GWU into the locker room leading 42-22.
LMU shot 33.3% (10-for-30) in the first half but just 12.5% (1-for-8) from three-point range and 33.3% (1-for-3) from the line. By means of going inside to Jessica Adair, who had 15 first-half points, GWU shot 51.4% (19-for-37) in the opening 20 minutes. The Colonials were 1-for-4 (25%) from three-point range and 3-for-4 (75%) at the line. The 22 points were LMU's lowest total in a half this season and, conversely, the 42 points were the most first-half points they had given up.
GWU made its first six shots coming out of halftime before Kimberly Beck went off 11 straight points as the Colonials built up a 30-point lead with more than 10 minutes left to play. For all its efforts, the Lions went the final 7:58 without a basket, scoring two points on a pair of free throws, until Helmers' layup with 11 seconds left.
LMU falls to 0-8 against ranked opponents since 2002. The 85 points conceded were the most since giving up 88 at Stanford on November 9, 2006. The 39-point defeat was also the widest margin since LMU fell 93-49 at Santa Clara on February 13, 1997.
LMU continues its East Coast road trip Thursday night at Georgetown.