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USF Women Host Saint Mary's and Santa Clara

Feb. 13, 2007

USF HOSTS SAINT MARY'S AND SANTA CLARA: San Francisco hosts ancient Bay Area West Coast Conference rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara this week in the final home games of the 2006-07 regular season, beginning Thursday night with a showdown against the Gaels at War Memorial Gym. USF tackles Santa Clara Sunday live on Comcast. The Dons secured a league road split last week, dispatching Pepperdine (64-60) in Malibu, completing the season series sweep of the Waves before falling at Loyola Marymount (65-52). The Gaels and the Broncos each recorded home splits last weekend against the Pacific Northwest schools with both beating Portland and falling to league-leading Gonzaga. The Dons looks for its first win of the season against a WCC Bay Are foe after suffering a road sweep at Saint Mary's (84-77) and a double overtime loss at Santa Clara (89-82).

Dominique Carter SURPASSES 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 against Saint Mary's with 1,168 career points in 81 career games (14.4). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection, Carter leads USF in scoring (14.1) and is second in field goal percentage (.472). 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 CRACKS DONS TOP-10 CAREER SCORING CHART: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters the seventh week of the West Coast Conference schedule with 1,168 points, good for 10th place on the USF career scoring charts. USF Legend of the Hilltop Valerie Gillon (1993-96) currently sits in ninth place with 1,188 points. One of the league's most prolific scorers since her arrival on the Hilltop, Carter ranks fifth in career scoring at 14.4 points per game.

Shay Rollins ROLLING OFFENSIVELY: Sophomore guard Shay Rollins has been on an offensive tear of late and over her last four West Coast Conference games averages 14.3 points per game, including a career-high 20 in USF's 64-60 victory at Pepperdine (2/8/07). Rollins ranks second on the team in scoring during WCC games at 12.3 to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Heidi Heintz HEATING UP THE HOOP: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has enjoyed a sizzling start to West Coast Conference play, averaging 8.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, including a career-high 17 points against Pepperdine (1/13/07). Heintz is shooting .592 (29-49) from the field, including .500 (6-12) from 3-point range.

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 #26 - SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels (11-12, 5-5 WCC) have won every other game during West Coast Conference play and have neither won two in a row or lost two in a row in 2007. Saint Mary's picked up a home split last week in West Coast Conference action, falling to league-leading Gonzaga (78-68) before downing Portland (72-66). SMC averages 69.9 points per game, converting on .402 from the field, .329 from 3-point range and do a nice job on the boards, pulling down 39.9 rebounds per night. Sophomore guard Jontelle Smith leads the team at 11.9 points and converts on .393 (44-112) from beyond the arc. Senior center Sheridan Arredondo adds 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds, while senior forward Eghosa Obaiza chips in 8.5 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds. Paul Thomas is in his first year as head coach for the Gaels after compiling an impressive resume of success at Division II power Cal Poly Pomona. Thomas earned D-II National Coach of the Year honors in 2002.

LAST THREE MEETINGS: at Saint Mary's 84, USF 77 (1/18/07); Saint Mary's 68, at USF 63 (1/29/06); at Saint Mary's 74, USF 46 (1/14/06)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SMC leads 25-22/SMC won four

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF built an early lead but could not sustain it, dropping a 84-77 decision at Saint Mary's. A season-high five reached double-digit scoring for the Dons, but the Gaels scored 50 points in the second half to take their fourth straight win against their Bay Area rivals. Junior guard Dominique Carter poured in a game-high 23 points off the bench, converting on 9-of-16 from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Shay Rollins matched a career-high with 18 points, connecting on 8-of-17 from the floor. Senior forward Nickie Warren scored 10 points and pulled down eight boards before fouling out in 25 minutes, while freshman guard Heidi Heintz and junior center Lisa Olden each chipped in 10 points.

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 #27 - SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: The Broncos (13-12, 5-5 WCC) have won three of six and earned a home split last weekend, downing Portland (90-73) before falling to defending league champion Gonzaga (79-68). The Broncos fully embrace the live by the 3-pointer philosophy, averaging 71.0 points on .423 from the field and a .381 pace from long distance. Santa Clara averages a staggering 9.0 3-pointers per game with 224 already this season. For comparison the Dons have attempted 304. Junior guard Chandice Cronk leads the way at 17.2 points per game and converts on a mind-numbing .448 (87-194) from deep. Senior guard Ashley Graham adds 10.7 points, connecting on .370 (50-135) from long distance, while junior forward Jen Gottschalk adds 11.5 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds. Michelle Bento-Jackson is in her fifth season on the Mission Campus and owns a 78-69 overall record.

LAST FOUR MEETINGS: at SCU 89, USF 83-2OT (1/20/07); SCU def. USF 75-63, WCC Tournament Semis (3/4/06); at SCU 67, USF 53 (2/17/06); SCU 66, at USF 61 (1/26/06)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SCU leads 39-31/SCU won six

BEFORE USF: at San Diego (2/15/07)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: San Francisco battled mightily, but dropped a 89-83 double-overtime decision to ancient West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara. The Dons missed some opportunities to win the game outright in regulation and the first overtime period and the second overtime session belonged to the Broncos. Junior center Lisa Olden poured in a career-high 20 points, while senior forward Nickie Warren matched her season-high with 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Junior guard Dominique Carter added 14 points, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins turned in her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: ComcastRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)Streaming Video: NoGameTracker: 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 10th in career scoring with 1,168. Carter enters Thursday's game against Saint Mary's needing 22 points to move into eighth place. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 45 times, reached double-digit scoring 59 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 (14.1), sixth in field goal percentage (.472) and ninth in free throw percentage (.779).

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 8.4 points and a team-high 6.4 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 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 a career-high 20 points in a big win at Pepperdine (2/8/06). Rollins recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Santa Clara (1/20/07) and averages 11.0 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 5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Dons.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 65-52 loss at Loyola Marymount (2/10/07) dropped the Dons to 1-11 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-36 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-71 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.

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.

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 against Saint Mary's with 77 (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. On the season, the Dons average .258 (77-298) 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 5.6 boards per game for the Dons in 24 starts.

PASS THE HEINTZ: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has been a pleasant surprise for USF this season. The Washington native scored 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 1.5 assists on the year and ranks third on the team in WCC scoring at 8.3 points.

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 ranks second on the team in steals (27) and is third in assists (1.9).