Dec. 18, 2007
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.