Dec. 20, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF women's basketball played its final game before the holiday break and took a much-needed 67-64 victory against Florida State in non-conference action Wednesday night at War Memorial Gym. It was the third win in the last four meetings against the ACC for the Dons (4-8), who snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Seminoles (10-3) close their West Coast swing at 0-2.
Junior guard Dominique Carter and sophomore guard Shay Rollins each scored a game-high 16 points off the bench. Rollins dished out a career-high seven assists for the Dons who dished out a season best 19 and committed a season-low 12 turnovers. Lisa Olden added 11 points and four rebounds, while junior guard Nykia Peace added four points, six rebounds and matched a career-high with six assists.
"I am very proud of the team's effort tonight," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "We just fought and fought and fought and got the result we needed. We have been playing better and it is nice to get a big victory against a team that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. We have some things to work on, but this was a big win for us."
San Francisco shot at a .571 (28-49) clip from the floor, while Florida State converted on .424 (25-59) for the contest. The Seminoles held a dominating 38-23 edge, but after collecting just six in the first half, USF snared 17 in the second half.
For the third consecutive game, the Dons went right after Florida State and shot a remarkable .682 (15-22) in the opening period as nine USF players scored at least two points, led by Carter and Rollins with eight apiece. After the Seminoles built a two point edge at 12-10 with 12:28 left, USF went ahead for the rest of the half on a 3-pointer by Shay Rollins at 15-12 with 11:33 on the clock. The Dons led by as many as nine points twice, before Florida State used its post presence pay off in closing the lead to four points, 37-33 at the intermission.
Florida State took its first and only lead of the second half 38-37 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Tanae Davis-Cain at the 18:23 mark. Olden countered with a jumper at 18:05 to take a 39-38 edge and the Dons eventually built its biggest lead of the game at 10, 53-43 with 11:02 on the clock courtesy of a Carter lay-up. Unlike the last two games where San Francisco was unable to maintain leads in the second half, the Dons countered each run made by the Seminoles. Florida State went on a 9-3 run inside of 5:40, but after pulling to within one at 65-64 on a bucket by Davis-Caine, USF responded with a Rollins lay-up to seal the win.
San Francisco returns to action when it competes in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational, beginning Friday, December 29 in Honolulu. The Dons take on the host Wahine in the opening round in a tip-off slated for 9:00 PM (PT). Columbia and Oklahoma State round out the tournament field and the consolation game starts at 6:00 PM Saturday, followed by the title game at 8:00 PM (PT) with all games being played in the Stan Sherriff Center.