Jan. 1, 2007
USF TACKLES NEVADA BEFORE OPENING WCC ACTION AT SAN DIEGO: San Francisco plays its final non-conference game of the 2006-07 season when it hosts Nevada Tuesday, January 2 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons enter the new year after collecting a split in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational, dispatching Columbia 63-61 in Saturday's Consolation Final after falling to the host Wahine 70-49 in the opener. After taking on the Wolf Pack (6-6), San Francisco turns its focus to the upcoming 2007 West Coast Conference slate beginning with a Sunday matinee at San Diego against the Toreros (10-3) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Junior guard Dominique Carter earned all-tournament honors in the islands and surpassed 1,000 career points in the process, becoming the first Don to crack the mark since Carey Sauer (1999-04) accomplished the feat, also during her junior campaign. USF looks to avenge a 59-53 loss suffered at Nevada (12/31/05). The Dons split the series with the Toreros last season with both teams winning on their home floors.
Dominique Carter ECLIPSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters the 2006-07 season focused on leading USF to the top of the conference standings. A two-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, Carter is one of the most dynamic scorers in the league and is only the second player in program history to earn first team selection as a freshman and sophomore. USF Hall-of-Famer Brittany Lindhe (1994-99) was the first and is the only four-time first team all-league pick in WCC history. Carter surpassed 1,000 career points at Hawaii (12/29/06) and enters Tuesday's game against Nevada with 1,023 career points in 70 career games (14.6). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection after leading the Dons to a thrilling upset of regular season co-champion Gonzaga, Carter leads USF in scoring (14.9) and field goal percentage (.451). The Tracy native owns 17 career 20-point games with four already this season, the last a 21-point effort at Cal State Fullerton (12/18/06). Carter earned Hawaii Invitational All-Tournament honors, averaging 14.0 and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Nickie Warren FINISHING STRONG: Senior forward Nickie Warren is looking to wrap up her final season in the Green and Gold with a flourish. A two-time all-tournament team selection last season, Warren led the Dons in rebounding (5.8) and was second in scoring (8.5) and field goal percentage (.486). Warren pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in her fourth career double-double night against Colorado State (11/17/06), the highest tally since Mary Jane Krueger (1999-05) accomplished the same feat against New Mexico (12/11/03). It is the fifth best single-game tally in program history. Linda Walsh (1980-84) ripped down a record 25 against Cal Poly (12/15/81), while USF legend Mary Hile (1977-81) pulled down 23 three times. Warren averages 8.4 points and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game this season.
USF ON THE RADIO AND THE NET: USF women's basketball returns to the airwaves and cyberspace for the 2006-2007 season and all games will be available live at USFDons.com and at KUSF 90.3 FM. Join George Devine for the play-by-play in his 11th year behind the microphone courtside. Former USF standout point guard Jamie Shadian will add color commentary for selected games. Other features available on USFDons.com include GameTracker, courtesy of CSTV.com with live play-by-play and streaming video of all home games courtesy of Yahoo Broadcast.
GAME #15 - SCOUTING NEVADA: The Wolf Pack (6-6) enter their first game of 2007 winners of three out of five with wins at Sacramento State (75-42), UC Irvine (69-68) and Portland State (65-52). Nevada dropped a 77-63 decision at UNLV last Saturday. The Wolf Pack average 68.9 points per game and connect on .394 from the field and .291 from 3-point range. Defensively, Nevada averages a mind-numbing 14.1 steals per game and pull down 36.4 rebounds per game, including 15.8 on the offensive glass. Sophomore guard Dellena Criner leads the way for Nevada, averaging 14.3 points, while senior guard Traci Graham adds 12.4 points. Sophomore guard Brandi Fitzgerald turns in 9.2 points and dishes out a team-high 2.1 assists per night. Kim Gervasoni is in her fourth year at the Wolf Pack helm and owns a 30-71 record in Reno. Last season, Gervasoni guided Nevada to a 13-17 overall record and an 8-8 WAC record, good for a share of fourth place in the league standings after consecutive 10th place showings.
LAST MEETING: at Nevada 59, USF 53 (12/31/05)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 8-5/Nevada won one
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF women's basketball closed out the non-conference portion of it schedule with a 59-53 setback in a New Year's Eve matinee against Nevada in the Lawlor Event Center. The Dons drop their third straight, while the Wolf Pack win their second in three outings. Junior center Nickie Warren turned in her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nykia Peace added a team-high 11 points for the Dons, while sophomore guard Danae Wellander chipped in nine. USF shot .355 (22-62) from the field, while Nevada connected at a .338 (22-63) and converted on four of its 11 attempts. The Dons held a 48-44 rebound edge, offset by 17 turnovers. Nevada came into the contest averaging 24.2 turnovers, but coughed it up just 11 times in the game.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: No.Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)Internet Video: Yes - USFDons.comGameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com
GAME #16 - SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros (10-3) play their final non-conference tune-up at Southern Utah Tuesday in Cedar City. San Diego is off to its best start in program history and have won four of five, falling to Texas (73-45) in the title game of the Surf and Turf Classic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion last Saturday. The Toreros average 62.0 points per game and convert on .405 from the field and .313 from 3-point distance. One of the league's top post players, sophomore center Amber Sprague leads the team in scoring (14.6), rebounds (8.0) and field goal percentage (409). Sophomore guard Kelly Winther adds 10.8 points and connects at a .421 (16-38) clip from long distance, while senior center Sabine Loewe chips in 9.8 points and 5.1 boards. Cindy Fisher is in her second season at the Torero helm and owns a record of 19-22 at Alcala Park and a 78-103 career record in her seventh year as a Division I head coach.
2005-06 MEETINGS: at USD 69, USF 65 (2/11/06); at USF 59, USD 56 (2/15/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 23-20/USF won one
BEFORE USF: at Southern Utah (1/2/07)
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Sophomore guard Dominique Carter scored 14 second half points, and LaShaunte Stephens scored the game-winning lay-up with 12 seconds remaining to lift USF to a 59-56 West Coast Conference women's basketball victory. The Dons snap their season long six-game losing streak and salvage a season split against the Toreros. Carter finished with 19 points, while junior guard Jennifer Katsuyama scored a season-high 13 points. Senior center KeLicia Shorts also played a big role in the game, blocking four shots to go along with six rebounds in 16 minutes.The Dons shot .536 (15-28) in the second period and .511 (24-47) for the game.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: No.Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio/Video: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com
Dominique Carter SPARKS DONS OFFENSE: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters her third season on the Hilltop focused on leading USF to the top of the West Coast Conference standings. The league's top returning scorer for the second straight season, Carter scored 815 (14.6) in 56 career games, the highest underclassmen tally since USF Hall-of-Famer Brittany Lindhe (1994-99) recorded 882 (14.5) in 61 games. Last season Carter ranked fourth among league leaders in scoring and field goal percentage (.477). The Tracy native became the first junior since Carey Sauer (1999-04) to surpass 1,000 career points in her third season in the Green and Gold and ranks 15th in career scoring with 1,023. Carter needs 64 points to surpass Sarah Wanless (1995-00) for 14th place on the list. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 41 times, reached double-digit scoring 51 times with 17 games with 20 or more. Carter owns a pair of 30-point nights - against Cal Poly (11/29/05) and a double-overtime win at Pepperdine (2/3/05). Carter ranks fourth among West Coast Conference scoring leaders (14.9) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.451).
Nickie Warren PRODUCING FOR THE GREEN AND GOLD: Senior forward Nickie Warren made an instant impact for USF last season, earning all-tournament honors at the 2005 Subway Classic (Minnesota), averaging a team-high 10.5 points. Warren recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds against Rider (11/25/05) in the 2005 odwalla Classic, earning all-tournament honors for the second straight week. Warren registered her team-leading third double-double and second straight against Pepperdine (1/6/05) with 18 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) and poured in a career-high 21 against Loyola Marymount (1/8/06) to open the West Coast Conference campaign. Warren ranked eighth among league rebound (5.8) leaders and was sixth in field goal percentage at .466 (83-178). Warren reached double-digit scoring 10 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds in four games. The Mill Valley product opened the 2006-07 season in strong fashion, averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game and turned in her fourth career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in the Dons' home opener against Colorado State (11/17/06). Warren averages 8.4 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game so far this year.
Shay Rollins AT THE POINT: Sophomore guard Shay Rollins enjoyed a solid first season for USF and earned West Coast Conference Freshman Team honors after leading the team in assists (2.4) and 3-pointers (23). Rollins scored a season-high 17 points against Cal Poly (11/29/05) and added 10 points and six rebounds against Pepperdine (1/6/05). Rollins scored a career-high 18 points at Cal Poly (12/2/06) and added 16 off the bench in USF's 67-64 win against Florida State (12/20/06). Rollins continued her high scoring output, matching her career-high with 18 points in a win against Columbia (12/30/06). On the year, Rollins averages 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
PEACE A GOOD INFLUENCE FOR THE DONS: Junior guard Nykia Peace turned in a solid sophomore season for USF and erupted for her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in her first start of the year at Long Beach State (12/4/05). Peace set career-highs with 15 points and five steals at Loyola Marymount (2/2/06) and recorded 10 rebounds against the Lions (1/8/06). Peace scored a season-high 12 points at Cal State Fullerton (12/18/06). On the year, Peace averages 4.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Dons.
THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 70-49 loss at Hawaii dropped the Dons to 1-8 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-33 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-68 ledger when scoring less than 60 points. The Dons went 1-7 in 2000-01, 2-4 in 2001-02, 4-13 in 2002-03, 4-11 in 2003-04, 1-11 in 2004-05 and 2-14 last season. USF's 2003-04 campaign was highlighted by a pair of low scoring wins with a 43-37 decision against NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico and a 59-53 road win at Gonzaga. The 43 points in the victory against the Lobos were the fewest scored in a win since a 32-14 victory against Santa Clara in the 1976-77 season.
TANYA HAAVE BEGINS THE COACHING JOURNEY: First-year head coach Tanya Haave collected her first career victory with a 62-51 victory against Colorado State (11/17/06) in USF's 2006-07 home opener. Haave became the first Dons coach to secure her first career victory while guiding the Green and Gold since USF Legend of the Hilltop Mary Hile-Nepfel collected her first win, while sharing head coaching duties with her husband Bill Nepfel. USF dispatched Weber State for Hile-Nepfel's inaugural victory during the 1987-88 season. Jan Ternyik (1980-82) is the only coach in USF women's basketball history to earn a win in her debut after taking an 82-32 decision against Lethbridge in the inaugural game of 1980-81 - Hile-Nepfel's senior All-American season.
THE TANYA HAAVE SHOW: Each Monday at 9:30 AM (PT) throughout the 2006-07 regular season, veteran USF Dons play-by-play man George Devine will sit down with first-year head coach Tanya Haave to discuss the team, players and a scouting report on upcoming opponents. To access the broadcasts, log on to USFDons.com, click on the women's basketball page and click on the "Tanya Haave Coaches Show" link. Then select the date under the women's basketball heading on the Yahoo Sports Menu. Special thanks to Yahoo for hosting the Tanya Haave Show on USFDons.com.
Lisa Olden LOOKS STRONG DURING JUNIOR SEASON: Junior center Lisa Olden showed flashes of brilliance as a sophomore in the Green and Gold and now looks for her most consistent season. Olden earned all-tournament honors at the odwalla Classic, averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds. Olden scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds off the bench against No. 22 Oklahoma (11/26/05) and did a strong job guarding Sooners' All-American Courtney Paris. Olden turned in a career-high 17 points at Loyola Marymount (2/5/05). Olden posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Colorado State (11/17/06) and turned in her second at San Jose State with 14 points and 12 rebounds in USF's overtime win. Olden notched her team-leading third double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Boise State (12/10/06) and averages 7.2 points and 5.6 boards per game for the Dons in 14 starts this season.
PASS THE HEINTZ: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has been a pleasant surprise for USF this season. The Washington native scored a career-high 11 points against Boise State (12/10/06) and turned in her first double-double of her career at Fresno State (12/16/06) with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against the Bulldogs. On the season, Heintz averages 5.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists on the year.
MIHALCO CONNECTING FROM DEEP: Freshman guard Katie Mihalco has shown signs of producing for USF in her first season in the Green and Gold. Mihalco scored a career-high 22 points in her third collegiate game against Colorado State (11/17/06). Mihalco leads the team in 3-pointers (9) and long range accuracy (.346). The Colorado native averages 4.6 points per game and leads the Dons in 3-pointers (12).
Randi Richardson AT THE POINT: Freshman guard Randi Richardson is contributing in her first season at USF. Richardson dished out a career-high five assists in her second career game at Wyoming (11/12/06) and matched it with five against Columbia (12/20/06). The Washington prep standout ranks second on the team in steals (12) and is fifth in assists (1.6).
USF IN WEST COAST CONFERENCE OPENERS: USF owns an 12-9 record in West Coast Conference openers. The Dons took on Pepperdine for the first time in a 69-65 overtime victory Jan. 6, 2006. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for USF. The Dons fell at home to Santa Clara (49-48) in 2004 and Loyola Marymount (58-55) in 2005.