Jan. 23, 2007
USF WELCOMES BULLDOGS AND PILOTS TO THE HILLTOP: San Francisco welcomes Pacific Northwest West Coast Conference foes Gonzaga and Portland this week. The Dons are coming off a pair of tough loss at Saint Mary's (84-77) and a double overtime setback at Santa Clara (89-83) and look for a reversal of fortune against the league-leading Bulldogs, who carry a six-game winning streak into action on Thursday. USF dropped both regular season contests to Gonzaga last season, but upset the 2006 co-champions in the opening round of the 2006 WCC Tournament in Spokane. After taking on the Bulldogs, USF hosts Portland in a matinee on Saturday. The Dons swept the season series a year ago.
Dominique Carter ECLIPSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: A two-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, junior guard Dominique 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 Saturday's game at Santa Clara with 1,116 career points in 76 career games (14.7). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection, Carter leads USF in scoring (15.1) and is second in field goal percentage (.469). The Tracy native owns 19 career 20-point games with six already this season, the last a 23-point effort at Saint Mary's (1/18/07).
Heidi Heintz HEATING UP THE HOOP: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has enjoyed a sizzling start to West Coast Conference play, averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, including a career-high 17 points against Pepperdine (1/13/07). Heintz is shooting a remarkable .625 (18-26) from the field, including .625 (5-8) from 3-point range.
Nickie Warren FINISHING STRONG: A two-time all-tournament team selection last season, Senior center Nickie 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 turned in her fifth double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Santa Clara (1/20/07) and averages 9.0 points and leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game this season.
FIVE DONS IN DOUBLE-DIGITS: Five games into the West Coast Conference schedule, five USF players are scoring in double-figures, led by junior guard Dominique Carter (15.8). Sophomore guard Shay Rollins (11.2), junior center Lisa Olden (11.4), freshman guard Heidi Heintz (10.2) and senior forward Nickie Warren (10.2), also score 10 or more during league contests.
USF ON THE RADIO AND THE NET: USF women's basketball returns to the airwaves and cyberspace for the 2006-2007 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 11th year behind the microphone. 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 #21 - SCOUTING GONZAGA: The league-leading Bulldogs (13-9, 5-0 WCC) have won six straight and have not dropped a decision in 2007. Gonzaga has made short work of West Coast Conference foes, out-scoring its opponents 68.4-52.2 per game. On the season, the Zags average 69.0 points on .409 from the field hit at a .319 pace from long distance. Senior forward Stephanie Hawk leads the way at 14.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.0 rebounds and a remarkable 2.3 blocked shots. Junior guard Michelle Elliott adds 11.4 points and 2.4 assists, while freshman forward Heather Bowman chips in with 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. A two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Kelly Graves is in his seventh season in Spokane and guided his club to back-to-back WCC regular season titles. Graves owns a 175-117 overall record in his 10th season and is 109-91 at the Bulldog helm.
2005-06 MEETINGS: USF def. Gonzaga 75-67, WCC Tournament First Round (3/3/06); Gonzaga 71, at USF 53 (2/25/06); at Gonzaga 54, USF 42 (1/21/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 25-15/USF won one
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: San Francisco women's basketball broke through for its finest effort of the season and powered its way to a 75-67 victory against Gonzaga in the opening round of the 2006 West Coast Conference Tournament. The No. 7 Dons (9-19) pulled off the improbable upset against the No.2 seeded and tournament host Bulldogs. Gonzaga beat the Dons 71-53 in their 2006 WCC regular season home finale last Saturday at War Memorial Gym. In the two regular season meetings the Bulldogs outscored USF 125-95 and 71-45 in the second half. San Francisco shot at a blistering .556 (25-45) pace from the field for the game, including .667 (4-6) from long distance. Sophomore guards Dominique Carter and Stephens each scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Dons.
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GAME #22 - SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots (8-12, 0-5 WCC) have lost six straight after winning four of six and take on league-leading San Diego Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Portland has struggled with injuries this season and converts on .403 from the field and a .303 pace from long distance. The Pilots have struggled offensively in league play, averaging 51.8 points per game. Freshman guard Laiken Dollente leads the way at 16.0 points per game and converts on an impressive .441 (26-59) from deep and ranks in the top-25 nationally in free throw accuracy at .885 (115-130). Junior forward Rachel Warren adds 10.6 points, and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. Jim Sollars is in his 21st season at the Pilot's helm and owns a 283-310 record on the Bluff and carries a 306-367 Division I record in his 23rd year on the sidelines.
2005-06 MEETINGS: at USF 80, Portland 70 (2/23/06); USF 57, at Portland 54 (1/19/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 23-19/USF won three
BEFORE USF: at San Diego (1/25/07)
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF played tough on Thursday, beating Portland 80-70 in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial Gym. With the win, the Dons sweep the season series with the Pilots. The Dons were down 12-15 six minutes into the first half before erupting for a 20-0 run to make the score 32-18. They took their half-time break leading the Pilots by 19, 47-28. The Pilots made a run in the second half, coming to within five points (69-64) with four and a half minutes left, but couldn't finish.Sophomore guard Dominique Carter, scored a team-high 21, while sophomore guard Nykia Peace added 15 points. The Pilots leading scorer, junior center Rachel Warren, scored all of her 23 points in the second half.
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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 13th in career scoring with 1,116. Carter needs 28 points to surpass Linda Walsh (1980-84) for 12th place on the list. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 44 times, reached double-digit scoring 56 times with 19 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 (15.1) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.469).
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 9.0 points and a team-high 6.5 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 during WCC games, matching her career-high with 18 points at Saint Mary's (1/18/07) and scored 16 points in a big win against Pepperdine (1/13/06). On the year, Rollins averages 10.3 points, 3.2 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 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 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 enter Thursday's game against Gonzaga with 63 (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 .356 (21-59) clip from downtown. On the season, the Dons average .269 (63-234) 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). Olden scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her fourth double dip of the year and averages 8.3 points and 5.7 boards per game for the Dons in 20 starts.
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 6.9 points, 4.3 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 (23) and is third in assists (1.7).