Dec. 20, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - On the strength of hot shooting and 25 points, five rebounds from senior Dominique Carter, USF outpaced UC Davis, 81-72, Thursday evening. With the win, the Dons head into the holiday break having won six straight for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
USF improved to 9-4, while UC Davis falls to 6-4. The Dons' record is their best after 13-games in over ten years. The 1996-97 Dons' went 11-2. Most recently, USF was 8-5 during 01-02.
Carter collected her points by shooting 10-for-13, 4-for-5 from three. The Tracy, Calif., native, who entered the week leading the West Coast Conference in three-point percentage, improved her season mark from deep to .575. Overall, she is shooting .582 also a conference top three mark.
For the third game in a row, USF shot above 50-percent from the field as a team finishing on a .560 clip (28-50). From three San Francisco found the net 57.9-percent of the time (11-19).
Along with Carter, three other Dons scored in double-figures. Senior Nykia Peace had another big game, collecting 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks as the starting point guard. Sophomore Heidi Heintz added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior Shay Rollins chipped in 15-points.
In the first half, there were four lead changes as UC Davis forced the Dons into 12 turnovers while only committing seven. The Aggies took short leads of 8-7 and 17-14 in the half only to see USF charge back. The Dons headed into halftime with a 29-24 lead.
Two three pointers by Carter and one by Rollins in the first two minutes of the second half increased USF's lead to 10. The Aggies cut the lead to as close as seven on three occasions but San Francisco always had an answer. Peace and Rollins hit three pointers in the first two occurrences and then Peace hit two from the stripe the final time.
Both scoring percentages were exceptionally high during the second frame as the Dons' shot 68.2-percent from the field, 80-percent from long range, to close out the game.
UC Davis' Jessica Campbell came within one of her career high, scoring 29 points. In addition, she grabbed six boards. Haylee Donaghe collected 22 points to tie her career-best.
USF has a nine day lay off before playing at Nevada on December 30. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. PT from Reno.