Feb. 1, 2007
USF OPENS SECOND HALF OF WCC PLAY AT HOME AGAINST SAN DIEGO: San Francisco opens the second half of West Coast Conference play Saturday afternoon when it hosts San Diego at War Memorial Gym. The Dons look to bounce back after a tough first half of the conference slate, but must do so against one of the league's hottest teams. USF is coming off back-to-back home losses to league-leading Gonzaga (58-53) and Portland (64-61), while the Toreros had won seven straight before falling to the Bulldogs (87-82) at home. San Diego dispatched the Dons 52-45 in the WCC opener for both teams January 7.
Dominique Carter ECLIPSES 1,100 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 against San Diego with 1,135 career points in 78 career games (14.5). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection, Carter leads USF in scoring (14.5) and is second in field goal percentage (.476). 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 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, including a career-high 17 points against Pepperdine (1/13/07). Heintz is shooting a remarkable .629 (22-35) from the field, including .500 (5-10) from 3-point range.
Nykia Peace SURGING OFFENSIVELY: Junior guard Nykia Peace has emerged offensively for the Dons the last three West Coast Conference games, averaging 13.3 points per game. Peace erupted for a strong day against Portland (1/27/07) with a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Peace averages 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on the year.
FIRST HALF REVIEW: Despite a rough first half of the West Coast Conference schedule, there are some positives for USF. The Dons improved offensively, averaging 65.7 points per game, up from 60.0 points for all games, with a season-high 83 points in a double overtime loss at Santa Clara (1/20/07). San Francisco is shooting at a .422 pace, up from .407 in overall contests. The Dons need to improve their rebounding where they trail 39.7 - 37.1 and must get to the free throw line more often. USF attempts just 14.1 free throws a game, while WCC opponents average 23.4 per night. The Dons also struggle to finish games and are out-scored in the second half 262-233.
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 #23 - SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros (17-4) suffered its first loss of 2007 in its last outing against league-leading Gonzaga (87-82) last Saturday, but still have won 11 of 13, including a seven game winning streak. The Toreros average 64.5 points per game and convert on .418 from the field and .344 from 3-point distance. One of the league's top post players, sophomore center Amber Sprague leads the team in scoring (14.7), rebounds (7.5) and is second in field goal percentage (.457). One of the elite point guards in the nation, Amanda Rego scores 9.0 points and leads the nation with a remarkable 8.3 assists per game - 176 overall. For perspective, USF as a team has dished out 302 assists this season, led by junior guard Shay Rollins with 56. Sophomore guard Kelly Winther adds 11.7 points and connects at a .456 (31-68) clip from long distance, while senior center Sabine Loewe chips in 8.2 points and 4.9 boards. Cindy Fisher is in her second season at the Torero helm and owns a record of 26-23 at Alcala Park and a 85-104 career record in her seventh year as a Division I head coach.
PREVIOUS 2006-07 MEETING: at USD 52, USF 45 (1/7/07)
2005-06 MEETINGS: at USD 69, USF 65 (2/11/06); at USF 59, USD 56 (2/15/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 23-21/USD won one
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: No.Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio/Video: 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 13th in career scoring with 1,135. Carter needs nine 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 57 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 (14.5) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.476).
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 added an 11-board effort against Gonzaga (1/25/07) averages 8.8 points and a team-high 6.6 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). Rollins recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Santa Clara (1/20/07) and averages 10.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-high 2.8 assists per game this season.
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). Peace scored a career-high 18 points against Portland (1/27/07) and averages 5.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Dons.
THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 58-53 loss against Gonzaga (1/25/07) dropped the Dons to 1-10 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-35 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-70 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.
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 Saturday's game against San Diego with 70 (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 .326 (28-86) clip from downtown. On the season, the Dons average .268 (70-261) 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 at Santa Clara (1/20/07) and averages 7.8 points and 5.7 boards per game for the Dons in 22 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 6.8 points, 4.1 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 (26) 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).
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.