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USF Women's Basketball Travels to Saint Mary's and Santa Clara for WCC Action

Jan. 23, 2008

USF TRAVELS TO SAINT MARY'S AND SANTA CLARA THIS WEEK: San Francisco takes it's first road trip of the West Coast Conference season when it visitys Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. USF opens play Thursday night against the Gaels in a 7:00 PM contest at McKeon Pavilion and then tackle the Broncos Saturday at 7:00 PM in Santa Clara. The Dons finished week two of league play 1-1, dispatching the Portland Pilots 65-51 last Thursday. Junior Necolia Simmons and senior Dominique Carter each scored 20 points in the contest. On Saturday, USF fell in a close one to Gonzage, 74-70. Simmons put up 23 in the loss.

CARTER CONTINUES ASSAULT ON CAREER SCORING CHART: A three-time West Coast Conference First Team selection, senior guard Dominique Carter enters week three of the 2008 league schedule against Saint Mary's with 1,592 career points, good for fourth place on the USF career scoring list. The Tracy native needs 4 points to pass USF Hall-of-Famer Margaret Walsh (1983-87), who currently owns the third spot with 1, 595 and is 27 shy of cracking the league's top-10. Carter only needs 11 points to surpass Portland's Khalila O'Rielly-Williams (2000-2004) for 12th place on the WCC career points chart. 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 18.3 points per contest and is seventh in rebounding (6.9).

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 12.7 points and a team-high 7.5 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). She then posted three consecutive games of 20 or more points, starting with 23 versus San Diego (1/12/08), 20 against Portland (1/17/08) and posted a double-double versus Gonzaga with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

ROLLINS CONTINUES TO ROLL FOR THE DONS: Junior Shay Rollins continues to produce as a floor general and has helped USF to a strong start. A 2007 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection, Rollins poured in a career-high 22 points against Sacramento State (12/5/07). The Bay Area native poured in 18 points with four assists in 28 minutes in San Francisco's 80-62 victory against San Diego (1/12/07). On the year, Rollins ranks third on the team in scoring (11.9) and leads the team in assists (3.1) to go along with 3.4 rebounds per game.

IT'S RAINING THREES: In the preseason, head coach Tanya Haave challenged her team to improve its three point shooting. So far they've listened. Through 18 games of the 2007-08 season, USF has made 94 3-pointers - beating last season's tally. The Dons are currently hitting threes at a .352 (94-267) clip, good for second place in the West Coast Conference standings. Last season San Francisco shot an anemic .254 from deep. Senior guard Dominique Carter leads the WCC from beyond the arc, shooting a sizzling .532 (25-for-47).

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: San Francisco remains in the Bay Area following Thursday's game with Saint Mary's when it heads south to Santa Clara for a 7:00 PM tip-off on Saturday.

Dominique Carter NAMED WCC 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 2001-02.

Heidi Heintz BREAKS OUT: Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz is enjoying an outstanding year for USF. The Dons fourth-leading scorer (9.1), Heintz has poured in 163 points through 18 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).

GAME #19 - SAINT MARY'S GAELS

SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels enter week three of the West Coast Conference season with a 9-10 overall record and are 1-0 in conference play. In week two, the Gaels fell to Pepperdine (80-67) and dropped a close one to Loyola Marymount (73-71). Saint Mary's won their first game of the WCC slate, beating Santa Clara 74-71. On the leaderboard for the Gaels, junior guard Jontelle Smith averages 16.5 points-per-game and 2.9 rebounds. Freshman forward Louella Tomlinson averages 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds every game. Through 19 games, Saint Mary's averages 71.4 points on .387 from the field, and a .665 (280-421) clip from the free-throw line. Paul Thomas is in his 2nd year at the helm for the Gaels. He owns a 23-24 record in Moraga and a 14-year overall record of 258-132.

TEAM COMPARISONS - 2007-2008 SEASON (As of 1/22/08):

TeamPPGMarginFG%3-FG%FT%RPGAPGTOPGSPGBPGUSF69.6+0.9.426.352.70138.713.616.95.72.1Saint Mary's71.4-4.8.387.342.66542.213.122.48.46.8

SAINT MARY'S PROBABLE STARTERS (As of 1/22/08)

F.   2  Louella Tomlinson, 6-4, Fr. (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 apg)G. 11 Lauren Shaughnessy, 5-4, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2 spg)G. 20 Serena Benavente, 5-6, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg)G. 22 Jontelle Smith, 5-5, Jr. (16.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg)C. 25 Lindsay Ellis, 6-6, So. (3.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.6 bpg)

2007 SERIES MEETINGS: Saint Mary's 61, at USF 51 (2/15/07); at Saint Mary's 84, USF 77 (1/18/07)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SMC leads 24-21/SMC won five

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:

Radio Broadcast: KUSF 90.3Television: NoneInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: YesPortland Official Website: www.SMCGaels.com

GAELS AND DONS - THE SERIES: - The last time USF beat the Gaels was January 27, 2005 when then freshman Dominique Carter scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the 54-52 win . - Dominique Carter averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game against the Gaels last season, including a 23 point game in Moraga (1/18/07). - Shay Rollins scored 28 points and added four rebounds and six asssits in two games versus the Gaels in 2007.

GAME #20 - SANTA CLARA BRONCOS

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: The Broncos enter week three of the West Coast Conference season with a 13-4 overall record and are 2-1 in conference play. In week two, Santa Clara took a 81-57 victory over Loyola Marymount and also defeated Pepperdine 71-66. Santa Clara fell in their first game of the WCC slate 74-71 to Saint Mary's. On the leaderboard for the Broncos, senior forward Jen Gottschalk leads all Bronco scorers with 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Senior Chandice Cronk is second on the team in scoring with 16.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Through 17 games, Saint Mary's averages 71.6 points on .444 from the field, and a .744 (218-293) clip from the free-throw line. Michelle Bento-Jackson is in her 6th year at the helm for the Broncos. She owns a 91-78 record in Santa Clara.

TEAM COMPARISONS - 2007-2008 SEASON (As of 1/22/08):

TeamPPGMarginFG%3-FG%FT%RPGAPGTOPGSPGBPGUSF69.6+0.9.426.352.70138.713.616.95.72.1Santa Clara71.6+9-4.444.387.74435.216.918.98.92.5

SANTA CLARA PROBABLE STARTERS (As of 1/22/08)

G.   3 Chandice Cronk, 5-8, Sr. (16.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg)G. 12 Tracey Walker, 5-11, Sr. (10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.1 apg)G. 30 Elizabeth Doran, 6-0, Jr. (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)G. 34 Sara Majors, 5-9, RS Jr. (7.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.8 apg)F.  43 Jen Gottschalk, 6-0, Sr. (17.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 apg)

2007 SERIES MEETINGS: at Santa Clara 89, USF 83 (2OT) (1/20/07); at USF 64, Santa Clara 58 (2/18/07)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SCU leads 35-30/SMC won one

BRONCOS AND DONS - THE SERIES: - USF and Santa Clara hold an identical 15-15 record when playing in Santa Clara. - Dominique Carter averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game against the Broncos last season. - Lisa Olden averaged 13 points and added 5.5 rebounds per game against Santa Clara, including a 20 point, six rebound night in a two overtime 89-83 loss in Santa Clara. - The Dons outscored the Broncos 144-140 while going 1-1 against them in 2007.