Feb. 5, 2007
USF TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR WCC ROAD SWING: San Francisco leaves the Bay Area for the first time in almost a month for a Southern California West Coast Conference road swing beginning Thursday in Malibu against Pepperdine. The Dons play four of their final six league games on the road, which has not been at all friendly this season and search for their inaugural WCC road victory of the 2007. Pepperdine enters the contest riding a three-game winning streak after upsetting previously unbeaten Gonzaga (70-56) and downing Portland (72-45) last week in the Pacific Northwest. LMU earned a split dispatching the Pilots (74-52) before falling in Spokane to the Bulldogs (66-56). USF won its first meeting against the Waves (77-65), but fell to the Lions (70-64) for the seventh consecutive time during week two of the conference slate.
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 Thursday's game at Pepperdine with 1,146 career points in 79 career games (14.5). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection, Carter leads USF in scoring (14.4) and is second in field goal percentage (.477). 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).
CARTER ABOUT TO CRACK TOP-10 CAREER SCORING CHART: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters the sixth week of the West Coast Conference schedule with 1,146 points and needs just 14 to crack the top-10 on the USF career scoring charts. Amy Touli (1989-93) currently sits in 10th place with 1,159 points. One of the league's most prolific scorers since her arrival on the Hilltop, Carter ranks fifth in career scoring at 14.5 points per game.
Heidi Heintz HEATING UP THE HOOP: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has enjoyed a sizzling start to West Coast Conference play, averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, including a career-high 17 points against Pepperdine (1/13/07). Heintz is shooting a remarkable .615 (24-39) 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 four West Coast Conference games, averaging 13.0 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 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on the year.
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 #24 - SCOUTING PEPPERDINE: The Waves (11-13, 4-5 WCC) were bit hard by the injury bug, but have gotten healthier of late. Pepperdine has won three straight after posting a Pacific Northwest sweep at previous West Coast Conference unbeaten Gonzaga (70-56) and Portland (72-45) last weekend. The Waves average 62.0 points per game and convert on .401 from the field and .303 from 3-point distance. Junior guard Daphanie Kennedy leads the way at 11.5 points per game, while freshman forward Teena Wickett adds 10.5 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Teiosha George averages 9.8 points and 6.7 boards, while sophomore guard Jessica Ross chips in 8.5 points. Julie Rousseau is in her third season as the Waves boss and owns a record of 37-47 in Malibu and guided Pepperdine to the NCAA Tournament last season after upsetting Santa Clara in the 2006 WCC Tournament title game.
LAST THREE MEETINGS: at USF 77, Pepperdine 65 (1/13/07); at Pepperdine 75, USF 55 (2/4/06); at USF 69, Pepperdine 65, OT (1/6/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 28-25/USF won one
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF started strong but finished even stronger, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit to stun Pepperdine 77-65 in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons scored a remarkable 57 points in the second half, connecting on .654 (17-26) from the field at the expense of the Waves. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz and junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 16. It is a new career-high for Heintz, who scored all of her points in the final 20 minutes. Carter scored 14 in the second half, while senior forward Nickie Warren chipped in 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior forward Jasmane Clarendon and sophomore guard Jessica Ross each scored a team-high 11 points for the Waves, while three players scored 10 off the bench.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com
GAME #25 - SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Lions (13-10, 5-4 WCC) have won three of five and salvaged a road split in the Pacific Northwest last week, dispatching Portland (74-52), before falling at league-leading Gonzaga (66-56). The Lions average 62.0 points per game and convert on .404 from the field and .343 from 3-point distance. One of the league's top post players, junior forward Jennifer Hall leads the team in scoring (13.0) and rebounds (7.3). Senior guard Amanda Patton adds 11.1 points and connects at a .394 (52-132) clip from long distance, while junior guard Amanda DeCoud chips in 8.3 points and a team-high 3.3 assists per game. Julie Wilhoit is in her 13th season at the Lion helm and owns a record of 161-175 in Los Angeles and a 282-245 career record in her 20th year as a Division I head coach.
LAST THREE MEETINGS: LMU 70, at USF 64 (1/11/07); at LMU 63, USF 56 (2/2/06); LMU 64, at USF 59 (1/8/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 27-18/LMU won seven
BEFORE USF: vs. San Diego (2/8/07)
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF roared out of the gate with 45 points in the first half, but managed just 19 in the second dropping a 70-64 decision to Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference women's basketball action at War Memorial Gym. The Dons managed just six points in the first 13 minutes of the second period as the Lions collected their seventh straight win against San Francisco. Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 21 points with six rebounds , while junior center Lisa Olden added 13 points on 6-of-7 from the field. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz turned in nine points as did sophomore guard Shay Rollins.Senior guard Amanda Patton scored a game-high 24 points, going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc to lead four Lions in double digit scoring. Senior forward Ashlee Dunalp added 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior forward Jennifer Hall chipped in with 13 points and seven boards.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com
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.
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 12th in career scoring with 1,146. Carter enters Thursday's game at Pepperdine needing 14 points to crack the top-10 list. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 44 times, reached double-digit scoring 58 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 fifth among WCC scoring leaders (14.5), sixth in field goal percentage (.477) and ninth in free throw percentage (767).
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) and averages 8.6 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 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-high 2.9 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 5.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 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 three from long distance against San Diego (2/3/07) and enter Thursday's game at Pepperdine with 73 (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 .316 (31-98) clip from downtown. On the season, the Dons average .267 (73-273) 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 7.6 points and 5.5 boards per game for the Dons in 23 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, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 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 10 points against San Diego (2/3/07) and leads the team in steals (27) and is third in assists (1.9).
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).
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.