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USF Women's Basketball Takes On Ancient Bay Area WCC Rivals This Week

Jan. 15, 2007

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USF SQUARES OFF AGAINST GAELS AND BRONCOS IN WCC ACTION: San Francisco takes on longtime Bay Area West Coast Conference rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara beginning Thursday, January 18 in Moraga against the Gaels in a game televised live on ESPNU. The Dons are coming off an impressive 77-65 victory against Pepperdine, fueled by a remarkable 57 points in the second half, three shy of the program record of 60 set against Penn, Jan. 12, 1980. This offensive binge was all the more surprising as USF has failed to surpass 57 points seven times this season. After visiting McKeon Pavilion, the Dons travel south on the 101 to take on the Broncos Saturday night at the Leavey Center. Both opponents earned a split in the Pacific Northwest last week, with each downing Portland but dropping decisions at defending league champion Gonzaga. The Gaels swept the season series last year, while the Broncos won three times against the Dons, the last a thrilling 75-63 overtime victory in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

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 Thursday's game at Saint Mary's with 1,079 career points in 74 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 (14.7) and field goal percentage (.462). The Tracy native owns 18 career 20-point games with five already this season, the last a 21-point effort against Loyola Marymount (1/11/07). 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) and the fifth best single-game tally in program history. Warren averages 8.4 points and leads the team with 6.2 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 #19 - SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels (7-9, 1-2 WCC) have won five of seven, including a four-game winning streak to close out the non-conference schedule. Saint Mary's picked up a road split last week in West Coast Conference action defeating Portland (74-52) before falling at defending league champion Gonzaga (85-49). SMC averages 69.8 points per game, converting on .395 from the field, .308 from 3-point range and do a nice job on the boards, pulling down 40.2 rebounds per night. Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith leads the team at 12.0 points and converts on .385 (16-24) from beyond the arc. Junior forward Maija Lahde adds 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds, while senior forward Eghosa Obaiza chips in 8.2 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds. Paul Thomas is in his first year as head coach for the Gaels after compiling an impressive resume of success at Division II power Cal Poly Pomona. Thomas earned D-II National Coach of the Year honors in 2002.

2005-06 MEETINGS: Saint Mary's 68, at USF 63 (1/29/06); at Saint Mary's 74, USF 46 (1/14/06)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SMC leads 24-22/SMC won three

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF women's basketball could not maintain a slim halftime lead and Saint Mary's used a 13-5 run to open the second half and a barrage of 3-pointers to capture a 68-63 West Coast Conference victory. The Dons dropped their third straight league game and third consecutive to the Gaels), who converted on 6-of-10 attempts from long distance after the intermission. Sophomore guard Dominique Carter led the way for the Dons offensively with a game-high 19 points and converted on 9-of-13 from the field to go along with six rebounds in 34 minutes. Sophomore guard LaShaunte Stephens added 15 points, while junior forward Nickie Warren chipped in 11 points.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: ESPNUTV Talent: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Krista Blunk (color)Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com

GAME #20 - SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: The Broncos (10-8, 2-1 WCC) have won four of five after dropping an overtime thriller at defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga (78-73), before downing Portland (81-71) during the second week of league play. The Broncos fully embrace the live by the 3-pointer philosophy, averaging 71.8 points on .429 from the field and a .414 pace from long distance. Santa Clara averages a staggering 9.7 3-pointers per game with 175 already this season. For comparison the Dons have attempted 211. Junior guard Chandice Cronk leads the way at 16.7 points per game and converts on a mind-numbing .469 (67-143) from deep. Senior guard Ashley Graham adds 11.8 points, connecting on .413 (43-104) from long distance, while junior forward Jen Gottschalk adds 11.5 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds. Michelle Bento-Jackson is in her fifth season on the Mission Campus and owns a 75-65 overall record.

2005-06 MEETINGS: SCU def. USF 75-63, WCC Tournament Semis (3/4/06); at SCU 67, USF 53 (2/17/06); SCU 66, at USF 61 (1/26/06)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SCU leads 38-31/SCU won five

BEFORE USF: vs. San Diego (1/18/07)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF had West Coast Conference regular season co-champion Santa Clara on the ropes, but could not complete its second consecutive upset, dropping a 75-65 overtime decision. In their first tournament semifinals appearance since 2002, the Dons were tantalizingly close to edging the Broncos (19-10), who capitalized on USF miscues at the end of regulation to force overtime. Sophomore guard Dominique Carter poured in a game-high 22 points, converting on 9-of-16 from the field to go along with seven rebounds in 42 minutes. Freshman guard Shay Rollins added 12 points. Once in the extra session, the Broncos dominated outscoring the Dons 17-7, improving to 5-0 against USF in the WCC Tournament.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: 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 1,079. Carter needs eight points to surpass Sarah Wanless (1995-00) for 14th place on the list. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 43 times, reached double-digit scoring 54 times with 18 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 (14.7) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.462).

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 6.2 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) and scored 16 points in a big win against Pepperdine (1/13/06). On the year, Rollins averages 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and a team-high 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 4.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Dons.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 52-45 loss at San Diego in the 2007 West Coast Conference opener dropped the Dons to 1-9 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-34 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-69 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.

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.

USF POSTS PROLIFIC SECOND HALF VS. PEPPERDINE: USF came within three points of setting the program record for most in a half with a 57-point outburst against Pepperdine (1/13/07). The Dons scored a remarkable 60 points in the second half against Penn (1/12/80) before the 3-point line. It marked the first time San Francisco scored 50 or more points in a half since tallying 53 in the second against Cal State Northridge (11/30/01). USF poured in 55 in the first and 50 in the second of a 105-51 blowout of UC Riverside (11/19/00). It is the eighth 50 point effort in a half dating to the 1995-96 campaign.

DONS IMPROVING LONG DISTANCE CONNECTIONS: It took just 18 games for USF to eclipse the 2005-06 club's 3-pointer mark. The Dons connected on six from long distance against Pepperdine (1/13/07) and now have 57 (3.2) on the year. Last season San Francisco managed just 55 (1.9) from beyond the arc, easily the worst in the West Coast Conference. USF is heating up from 3-point land during league play, hitting at a .417 (15-36) clip from downtown. On the season, the Dons average .270 (57-211) from deep.

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 7.6 points and 5.6 boards per game for the Dons in 18 starts this season.

PASS THE HEINTZ: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has been a pleasant surprise for USF this season. The Washington native scored a 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. The Spokane native exploded for a career-high 17 points - all in the second half - against Pepperdine (1/13/07). On the season, Heintz averages 6.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists on the year.

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 scored a career-high nine points against Pepperdine (1/13/07) and leads the team in steals (21) and is third in assists (1.7).

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).