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USF Women's Basketball Hosts Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount This Week

Jan. 29, 2008

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USF HOSTS PEPPERDINE AND LOYOLA MARYMOUNT THIS WEEK: San Francisco returns to War Memorial Gym to host both southern California teams this week. USF opens play Thursday night against the Waves in a 7:00 PM contest, and then tackles the Lioins Saturday at 2:00 PM. The Dons finished week three of league play 1-1, downing Saint Mary's 80-61 on Thursday (1/24). Senior Dominique Carter scored a career high 35 points and sophomore Heidi Heintz earned her first career triple-double with 17 point, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. On Saturday, USF fell to Santa Clara, 57-50. Carter put up 21 in the loss.

CARTER CONTINUES ASSAULT ON CAREER SCORING CHART: A three-time West Coast Conference First Team selection, senior guard Dominique Carter enters Thursday against Pepperdine with 1,648 career points, good for second place on the USF career scoring list. The Tracy, CA native trails USF Hall-of-Famer Mary Hile (1977-81), who holds a comanding lead with 2,324 career points. In Conference charts, Carter surpassed Gonzaga's Ashley Burke (2002-05/1,631 points), and now resides firmly in the number nine spot. She need just 15 points to take the eighth spot from Loyola Marymount's Bryn Britton (1998-2002). Carter leads the league in scoring this season at 19.3 points per contest and is tenth in rebounding (6.6).

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 11.8 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). 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.

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 191 points through 20 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), and earned her first ever triple-double in a 80-68 win over Saint Mary's (1/24/08) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

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 (11.5) and leads the team in assists (3.1) to go along with 3.5 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 20 games of the 2007-08 season, USF has made 105 3-pointers - beating last season's tally. The Dons are currently hitting threes at a .350 (105-300) 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 .519 (28-for-54).

A LOOK AHEAD: The Dons have next Thursday off, but continue play on Saturday (2/9) in San Diego. Tip-off againts the Toreros is set for 2:00 PM.

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.


SCOUTING PEPPERDINE: The Waves enter week four of the West Coast Conference season with a 6-12 overall record and are 1-4 in conference play. In week three, Pepperdine fell 71-66 to Santa Clara and also lost to Loyola Marymount 70-57. Pepperdine's lone conference win came over Saint Mary's (80-67) on January 17. On the leaderboard for the Waves, senior guard Daphanie Kennedy averages 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Sophomore foward/center Miranda Ayim earns 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. Through 18 games, Pepperdine averages 64.6 points on .409 from the field, and a .742 (207-289) clip from the free-throw line. Julie Rousseau is in her 4th year at the helm for the Waves. She owns a 46-69 record in Malibu, CA.

TEAM COMPARISONS - 2007-2008 SEASON (As of 1/28/08):TeamPPGMarginFG%3-FG%FT%RPGAPGTOPGSPGBPGUSF69.2+1.1.421.350.71138.413.816.86.21.9Pepperdine64.6-0.2.409.288.74240.212.520.99.14.3

PEPPERDINE PROBABLE STARTERS (As of 1/28/08)G.    22 Daphanie Kennedy, 5-7, Sr. (17.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.7 apg)F/C.  21 Miranda Ayim, 6-3, So. (11.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg)F/C.  44 Teiosha George, 6-4, Sr. (9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.7 bpg)F/C.   4 Teena Wickett, 6/3, So. (6.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 apg)G.    31 Jessica Ross, 5-10, Jr. (5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apg)

2007 SERIES MEETINGS: at San Francisco 77, Pepperdine 65 (1/13/07); San Francisco 64, at Pepperdine 60 (2/8/07)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 29-25/USF won two

WAVES AND DONS - THE SERIES:USF holds a 14-10 advantage in games played at War Memorial Gym... Shay Rollins averaged 18 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists against the Waves in 2007, including a 20-point game at Pepperdine (2/8/07)... Dominique Carter 12.5 points,5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in the 2007 series versus the Waves.


SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Waves enter week four of the West Coast Conference season with a 11-9 overall record and are 3-2 in conference play. In week three, LMU defeated Pepperdine 70-57, in their only game of the week. On the leaderboard for the Lions, freshman guard Renahy Young averages 10.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Senior guard Amanda DeCoud earns 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Through 20 games, Loyola Marymount averages 69.2 points on .391 from the field, and a .570 (236-414) clip from the free-throw line. Julie Wilhoit is in her 13th year at the helm for the Lions. She owns a 178-186 record at LMU and is 299-256 for her 20 year career.

TEAM COMPARISONS - 2007-2008 SEASON (As of 1/28/08):TeamPPGMarginFG%3-FG%FT%RPGAPGTOPGSPGBPGUSF69.2+1.1.421.350.71138.413.816.86.21.9LMU69.2-2.3.391.309.57041.812.417.99.43.9

LMU PROBABLE STARTERS (As of 1/28/08)G.  10 Renahy Young, 5-8, Fr. (10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg)G.  11 Cassady Moore, 5-7, Jr. (4.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg)G.  12 Lisa Helmers, 5-9, So. (8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.9 apg)G.  13 Amanda DeCoud, 5-7, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 apg)F.  34 Valerie Ogoke, 6-2, Sr. (7.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.6 apg)

2007 SERIES MEETINGS: LMU 70, at USF 64 (1/11/07); at LMU 65, USF 52 (2/10/07)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 27-22/LMU won eight

LIONS AND DONS - THE SERIES: USF holds a 14-9 advantage in games played at War Memorial Gym... The Dons have not won a game against the Lions since a 71-49 victory at home on February 28, 2003... Dominique Carter averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in the 2007 series versus the Lions, including a 21-point game (1/11/07).