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WCC Women's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 20, 2007

San Francisco - 81
UC Davis - 72

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.

Georgetown - 75
Loyola Marymount - 49

Washington, D.C. - Sophomore Kavita Goss scored a career-high 17 points but LMU suffered its second straight defeat on its East Coast trip, falling 75-49 at Georgetown University Thursday night at McDonough Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. The Lions (7-6) hit a season-high nine three-pointers but committed 31 turnovers and could not keep up with the interior game of the Hoyas (7-2).

Goss could hardly miss in the first half, already bettering her previous high of 12 points with 14 points on 4-for-8 from the floor. She knocked down an LMU season-high five three-pointers and added a career-high four assists as the Lions used strong perimeter shooting to stay close in the opening 20 minutes. Sophomore Lisa Helmers added 11 points, including three three-pointers, to help LMU hit a team season-high nine triples. Thanks to Goss and seven points from freshman Renahy Young, the Lions got 26 of their 49 points off the bench.

The Lions shot 32.0% (16-for-50) overall and 32.1% (9-for-28) from three-point range. In addition to the nine makes being the most this season, so were the 28 attempts. LMU did have their best night of the season from the free throw line, going 8-of-9 (88.9%)

Jaleesa Butler scored a game-high 20 points, 14 in the second half, to lead three Hoyas in double figures. Kieraah Marlow posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds with five steals while Karee Houlette chipped in 11 points off the bench.

The Hoyas pressured the Lions and controlled the paint, forcing an LMU season-high 31 turnovers that GU converted into 23 fastbreak points. On the interior, Georgetown out-scored LMU 40-8 in the paint and held a 37-26 rebounding advantage. Those stats helped the Hoyas shoot 53.3% (32-for-60) from the floor. Georgetown only shot 25% (3-for-12) from downtown and 61.5% (8-for-13) from the line.

The early game problems from Tuesday's loss at George Washington seemed to follow the Lions up Whitehurst Freeway as they again found themselves trailing by double digits before the first media timeout. Georgetown scored the game's first 13 points as LMU missed its first five shots and turned the ball over seven times in the opening five minutes.

The Lions went to the bench early and the second string responded with energy, mounting a 10-0 run to get themselves back in the game. Young hit a jumper from the baseline to get the Lions on the board before Goss went off. Goss scored the next 11 LMU points, knocking down three three-pointers and two free throws to make it 15-13.

The Lions stayed hot from outside, knocking down five of their first nine three-pointers as a triple from Helmers gave LMU its first lead, 21-20, at the seven minute mark.

The Hoyas responded with a 7-0 run that was part of a larger 21-7 run to restore a 13-point cushion but the Lions scored the final five points of the half, including a long three-pointer by Helmers as the shot clock expired, to trail 41-31 at the break.

LMU used the three-ball in the first half with seven of the 10 field goals coming from behind the arc. The Lions shot 38.5% (10-for-26) in the first half, including 43.8% (7-for-16) from downtown, and 80% (4-for-5) at the line. Georgetown was the opposite, using its post presence to shoot 54.8% (17-for-31) and hold a 21-10 edge in the rebounding category. The Hoyas outscored the Lions 26-2 in the paint in the first half.

LMU would get no closer than 11 at 45-34 in the second half as they went scoreless for over five minutes. Butler had 12 of the Hoyas' first 29 points of the half.

LMU takes a week break before returning to action in the Hilton LAX Holiday Tournament December 28-29 at Gersten Pavilion. The tournament's first day features Kansas State vs. Arkansas-Little Rock at 4 p.m., followed by LMU vs. Cal State Bakersfield. The consolation game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday with the championship at 4 p.m.