Dec. 30, 2006
(Honolulu) - USF women's basketball opened play in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational Friday night with a 70-49 loss against host Hawaii in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Dons (4-9) struggled mightily offensively and could not slow the Wahine (5-4), who shot .471 (24-51) from the field in winning their second straight against San Francisco.
USF returns to action when it takes on Columbia (3-8), which dropped an 86-42 decision to Oklahoma State in the first game Friday, in the consolation game. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 6:00 PM (PT) at the Stan Sheriff Center, followed by Hawaii and the Cowgirls.
Junior guard Dominique Carter made some history, becoming the first USF player to surpass 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,005 after a team-high 10 against Hawaii. Carter owns 15th place on the all-time list and is the 16th player to surpass 1,000 career points and the first to do so as a junior since Carey Sauer (1999-04).
San Francisco never led in the opening period as the Wahine shot at a blistering .647 (16-25) from the field. USF managed an icy .290 (9-31) from the floor with Carter doing the bulk of the damage with eight points in 12 minutes.
USF lost the battle of the boards 35-30, but took care of the basketball committing just 12 in the game against 11 assists. Hawaii finished with just 11 miscues and dished out15 assists..
Senior guards Janevia Taylor and Pam Tambini paced the Wahine with 15 points as four Hawaii players reached double-digit scoring.