Dec. 30, 2006
(Honolulu) - USF women's basketball played its final contest of 2006, taking a 63-51 victory against Columbia in the consolation game of the Hawaii Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Stan Sherriff Center. The Dons (5-9) salvage a split in the Islands and defeat the Lions (3-9) for the third straight time.
Sophomore guard Shay Rollins matched a career-high with 18 points, while junior guard Dominique Carter also tallied 18 for the Dons. Senior forward Nickie Warren scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.
"I am encouraged by the way we bounced back after a disappointing loss against Hawaii last night," USF head coach Tanya Haave said. "I thought we showed some character in battling against a Columbia team that fought extremely hard for the entire game. Shay had a good tournament for us and Dominique also turned in some quality minutes as well."
San Francisco took control early, shooting at a .400 (14-35) pace in the first half, building a 34-20 advantage at the intermission. Carter led the way with 10 points, while Peace added nine and Rollins chipped in eight. USF committed just five turnovers in the opening period, and the Dons defense held Columbia to just .281 (9-32) from the field.
USF built its lead to as many as 15 in the second half and withstood a late Columbia rally to secure a third place tournament finish in the Islands. Rollins led the way with 10 points in the period for the Dons who have won two out of their last three games.
For the game, the Dons connected at a .397 (25-63) clip, while the Lions hit at a .333 (19-57) pace. San Francisco owned a dominating 43-32 rebound edge, 16-10 on the offensive glass.
USF plays its final non-conference game when it hosts Nevada Tuesday, January 2. Tip-off against the Wolf Pack is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym. The Dons open West Coast Conference play when it travels to San Diego Sunday, January 7. Game time against the Toreros is set for 2:00 PM at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.