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USF Women Welcome San Diego to Hilltop to Start 2008 WCC Slate

Jan. 11, 2008

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USF WELCOMES SAN DIEGO TO THE HILLTOP TO START 2008 WCC SLATE: San Francisco kicks off the 2008 West Coast Conference schedule when it welcomes San Diego to the Hilltop Saturday, January 12 for a 2:00 PM tip-off at War Memorial Gym. The Dons look to bounce back after suffering a tough 53-51 setback at the buzzer last Thursday against No. 22 Wyoming in the non-conference finale. USF looks to snap a season-long two-game losing streak, but must do so against a formidable San Diego team that has won five of its last six contests. The Toreros swept the regular season series against the Dons, but San Francisco upset No. 2 seed San Diego 80-69 in the opening round of the 2007 WCC Tournament at the Chiles Center.

CARTER CONTINUES ASSAULT ON CAREER SCORING CHART: A three-time West Coast Conference First Team selection, senior guard Dominique Carter enters the 2008 league opener against San Diego with 1,550 career points, good for fourth place on the USF career scoring list. With nine points at Nevada (12/30/07) Carter also jumped into 13th place on the WCC career points chart. The Tracy native needs 46 points to pass USF Hall-of-Famer Margaret Walsh (1983-87), who currently owns the third spot with 1, 595 and is 70 shy of cracking the league's top-10. USF Hall-of-Famer and Legend of the Hilltop Brittany Lindhe (1994-99), the only four-time All-WCC selection in league history, currently occupies the 10th spot with 1,619 points in her standout career. Carter leads the league in scoring this season at 19.2 points per contest and is seventh in rebounding (7.0).

ROLLINS CONTINUES TO ROLL FOR THE DONS: Junior Shay Rollins continues to produce as a floor general for the Dons and has helped USF to its best start in a decade. A 2007 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection, Rollins poured in a career-high 22 points against Sacramento State (12/5/07). On the year, Rollins ranks second on the team in scoring (11.6) and leads the team in assists (3.0) to go along with 3.5 rebounds per game.

Heidi Heintz BREAKS OUT: Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz is enjoying an outstanding year for USF. The Dons fourth-leading scorer (9.6), Heintz has poured in 144 points through 15 games after scoring 199 in 31 games as a freshman. A 2007 West Coast Conference Freshman Team pick, Heintz scored a career-high 23 points in the Dons thrilling 101-96 triple overtime win at Colorado State (11/13/07).

IT'S RAINING THREES: In the preseason, head coach Tanya Haave challenged her team to improve it's three point shooting. So far they've listened. Through 15 games of the 2007-08 season, USF has made 82 3-pointers - almost as many as they collected all last year (89). The Dons are currently hitting threes at a .349 (82-235) clip, good for second place in the West Coast Conference standings behind only Santa Clara (.414). Last season San Francisco shot an anemic .254 from deep. Senior guard Dominique Carter leads the WCC from beyond the arc, shooting a sizzling .545 (24-for-44).

USF DONS RETURN TO KUSF: USF women's basketball returns to the airwaves and cyberspace for the 2007-2008 season with all games available live at USFDons.com and at KUSF 90.3 FM. Join George Devine for the play-by-play in his 12th year behind the microphone. Former USF standout point guard Jamie Shadian and former head coach Mary Hile-Nepfel 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. Road games will also be available at 88.7 FM with frequency subject to change depending on the venue.

A LOOK AHEAD: USF continues its four-game home stand when it welcomes the West Coast Conference's Pacific Northwest contingent to the Hilltop, beginning Thursday, January 17 against Portland. The Dons then tackle defending 2007 WCC Champion Gonzaga in a Saturday matinee at War Memorial Gym.

GAME #16 - SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros enter the first week of West Coast Conference play with a 9-5 overall record and have won five of six after downing UC Irvine 89-83 in overtime on Sunday. USD's lone blemish during the span was an 81-79 home setback against Texas. Junior center Amanda Sprague leads the Torero offensive assault, averaging a team-high 17.4 points with 7.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Kiva Herman adds 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Through 14 games, San Diego averages 69.9 points on .431 from the field, but struggle from beyond the arc, converting on a .255 (27-106) clip from 3-point range. Cindy Fisher is in her third season as the top Torero, owns a career record of 98-114 in her eighth season and has posted a 39-33 slate at Alcala Park. Fisher guided USD to a berth in the 2007 Postseason WNIT.

TEAM COMPARISONS - 2007-2008 SEASON (As of 1/9/08):TeamPPGMarginFG%3-FG%FT%RPGAPGTOPGSPGBPGUSF69.2-0.7.419.349.70639.013.317.75.52.2USD69.9+8.6.431.255.72441.915.318.17.74.1

SAN DIEGO PROBABLE STARTERS (As of 1/9/08)
G. 2 Amanda Rego, 5-10, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
G. 24 Sam Child, 5-11, Fr. (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C. 21 Amanda Sprague, 6-5, Jr. (17.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
F. 32 Kiva Herman, 6-0, So. (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
F. 50 Morgan Henderson, 6-1, So. (9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

2007 SERIES MEETINGS: USF 80, USD 69, WCC Tournament First Round (3/1/07); USD 66, at USF 60 (2/3/07); at USD 52, USF 45 (1/7/07)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 24-22/USF won one

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Radio Broadcast: KUSF 90.3Television: None
Internet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)
GameTracker: Yes
San Diego Official Website: USDToreros.com

TOREROS AND DONS - THE SERIES:
- USF collected an opening round WCC Tournament upset for the second straight year as the No. 7 seed when it dispatched No. 2 San Diego in the opening round of the 2007 event. Dominique Carter scored a game-high 23 points and Shay Rollins added 21.
- Carter and Rollins averaged 12.7 points per game vs. USD
- USF and USD square off in the WCC opener for the second straight season. The Toreros took a 52-45 decision to kick of the 2007 league slate at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Dominique Carter NAMED WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER): Junior guard Dominique Carter, paced the West Coast Conference in scoring with 22.6 points per game en route to leading San Francisco to a 6-1 record during the month of December. For her efforts, Carter earned WCC Player of the Month honors for December as announced by the league office. A three-time All-WCC First Team pick, Carter shot an incredible .600 (60-for-100) from the field to rank second in the WCC, and led the league by shooting at a .630 (17-for-27) clip from beyond the arc. Carter also ranked ninth in the conference with 7.1 rebounds per game, and collected WCC Player of the Week honors twice during the month. Carter scored a career-high 32 points in a win over San Jose State on December 9, and set another career standard with 14 rebounds in a USF win over Cal Poly on December 15. The Tracy native posted a pair of double-doubles during the month, and led San Francisco to its first six-game winning streak since the 2001-02 season.

SMILES FOR SIMMONS: Junior transfer Necolia Simmons continues to impress in her first year with USF. The 2007 JC Kodak All-American is a force for the Dons, averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game this season. Simmons poured in a career-high 24 points with 10 rebounds in a triple overtime win at Colorado State (11/13/07).

USF IN WCC OPENERS: USF owns an 12-10 record in West Coast Conference openers after falling 52-45 at San Diego (1/7/07). 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.

THE DONS IN THE ODWALLA: San Francisco has a 6-4 record in the Odwalla Classic's four seasons. Since the Classic's inception during the 2003-04 season, the Dons have played in all five championship games but only have won once. The victory came in the first year as the Dons' defeated Kentucky, 67-59.

SAN FRANCISCO TIES ROAD WINS FROM 2006-07: With the win over Cal State Fullerton on November 19, San Francisco had two road wins in four games as many road victories as it collected all of last season. In 2006-07, USF was 2-12 away from War Memorial Gym.

FIRST TIME TO THREE OT: The Dons' 101-96 victory marked the first time ever in school history that USF had played into triple overtime. USF all-time has played in 23 single overtime and four double overtime contests. USF's all-time record in extra frames is 15-13.

SURGING PAST THE CENTURY MARK: Against Colorado State, USF surpassed 100 points for the first time since the 2000-01 season when USF defeated UC Riverside, 105-51. In total, the Dons have eclipsed 100 points four times. In those games, USF is 4-0.

THE Tanya Haave SHOW: Each Monday at 1:00 PM (PT) throughout the 2007-08 regular season, veteran USF Dons play-by-play man George Devine will sit down with USF 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.

DONS NOTCH PROGRAM VICTORY NUMBER 456: San Francisco picked up its 400th win with a 58-56 victory at Saint Mary's in the 2003 West Coast Conference opener. USF collected victory number 456 in a 81-72 victory against UC Davis (12/20/07).