Feb. 20, 2007
USF CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AT PORTLAND AND GONZAGA: San Francisco closes the 2006-07 regular season in the Pacific Northwest, beginning Thursday, February 22 at Portland, followed by a Saturday matinee at league-leading Gonzaga. The Dons picked up a split last weekend falling to Saint Mary's (61-51) before toppling ancient Bay Area rival Santa Clara (64-58) Sunday in the 2007 home finale. Last weekend, Gonzaga downed Portland in the Rose City 88-58 in the only game of the week for the two squads. The Dons suffered a home sweep to the Bulldogs (58-53) and Pilots (64-61) during week four of the West Coast Conference schedule and now look to earn series splits on the road this weekend.
Dominique Carter NEARS 1,200 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 Portland with 1,198 career points in 83 career games (14.4). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection, Carter leads USF in scoring (14.2) and is second in field goal percentage (.473). The Tracy native owns 19 career 20-point games with six this season, the last a 23-point effort at Saint Mary's (1/18/07).
CARTER EIGHTH ON USF CAREER SCORING CHART: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters the final week of the West Coast Conference schedule with 1,198 points, good for eighth place on the USF career scoring chart, after passing USF Legend of the Hilltop Valerie Gillon (1993-96 - 1,188) and Melinda Harrison (1985-90 - 1,190) against Santa Clara (2/18/07). Next up on the list is 1987 WCC Player of the Year Teri Hunt (1984-87), who scored 1,255. One of the league's most prolific scorers, Carter ranks fifth in Dons career scoring at 14.4 points per game.
PEACE ENJOYS STRONG DAY AGAINST SANTA CLARA: Junior guard Nykia Peace enjoyed one of the best games of her career, helping USF topple Santa Clara (2/18/07) 64-58. Peace dished out a career-high 10 assists to go along with seven points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in 35 minutes. Peace is the first Don to record 10 assists since former Dons standout Toni Russell (2002-05) handed out 11 against Portland (2/19/05).
SENIORS SENT OUT WINNERS: USF women's basketball sent its senior class out with a thrilling 64-58 victory against Santa Clara (2/18/07) in the 2007 home finale. The Dons celebrated its four seniors - Kasia Kurzatkowska, KeLicia Shorts, Breann Sitton and Nickie Warren - in a special pre-game ceremony. Warren scored 12 points to help USF to its first win against the Broncos since 2005.
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 #28 - SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots (9-18, 1-11 WCC) have lost five straight after beating San Francisco (1/27/07) and have one just once in their last 13 games. Portland suffered an ugly home loss to league-leading Gonzaga (88-58) in its last outing. The Pilots have struggled with injuries this season and convert on .395 from the field and a .318 pace from long distance. The Pilots have struggled offensively in league play, averaging 56.9 points per game. Freshman guard Laiken Dollente leads the way at 15.6 points per game and converts on an impressive .447 (38-85) from deep and ranks in the top-25 nationally in free throw accuracy at .885 (146-165). Freshman forward Laura Thomas adds 7.9 points, and a team-high 6.2 rebounds. Jim Sollars is in his 21st season at the Pilot's helm and owns a 284-315 record on the Bluff and carries a 307-372 Division I record in his 23rd year on the sidelines.
LAST THREE MEETINGS: Portland 64, at USF 61 (1/27/07); at USF 80, Portland 70 (2/23/06); USF 57, at Portland 54 (1/19/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 23-20/Portland won 1
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF women's basketball watched a 15-point second half lead evaporate as Portland seized a 64-61 West Coast Conference victory at War Memorial Gym. The Dons led by as many as 16 in the first half, but the Pilots broke through for their first league win of the season, snapped a seven-game losing streak and beat San Francisco for the first time since 2005. Junior guard Nykia Peace continued with her hot hand, matching a career-high with 18 points, while junior guard Dominique Carter turned in a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. Sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 12 points for the Dons.USF built an 18-4 lead with 12:24 in the first half and headed to the locker room with a 32-19 lead at the intermission. It was all Portland and freshman guard Laiken Dollente in the second half. The Pilots outscored USF 45-29, connected on .615 (16-26) from the field, while Dollente, who managed just six points in the first half, poured in 24 in the second for a game-high 30.
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GAME #29 - SCOUTING GONZAGA: The league-leading Bulldogs (19-9, 11-1 WCC) have won four straight and 14 of 15 and have lost just once in 2007 (Pepperdine, 2/1). Gonzaga has made short work of West Coast Conference foes, out-scoring its opponents 71.2-59.7 per game and pounded Portland (88-58) last weekend. On the season, the Zags average 70.1 points on .418 from the field hit at a .338 pace from long distance. Senior forward Stephanie Hawk leads the way at 14.9 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.6 rebounds and a remarkable 2.1 blocked shots. Junior guard Michelle Elliott adds 10.1 points, while freshman forward Heather Bowman chips in with 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds. A two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Kelly Graves is in his seventh season in Spokane and guided his club to back-to-back WCC regular season titles. Graves owns a 181-118 overall record in his 10th season and is 115-92 at the Bulldog helm.
LAST FOUR MEETINGS: GON 58, at USF 53 (1/25/07); USF def. GON 75-67, WCC Tournament First Round (3/3/06); GON 71, at USF 53 (2/25/06); at GON 54, USF 42 (1/21/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 25-16/Gonzaga won 1
BEFORE USF: vs. San Diego, Thursday, Feb. 22
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF got off to a slow start, rallied late, but could not come all the way back, dropping a 58-53 decision to league-leading Gonzaga. The Dons did not score their first points of the game until the 13:24 mark of the opening half, but the Bulldogs managed just three points to that point. Junior guard Nykia Peace led the Dons with 14 points, while senior forward Nickie Warren added nine points and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. USF took its first lead of the game on a Peace lay-up with 14:24 remaining and led by as many as five points three times, the last coming at 39-34 on a lay-up by junior guard Dominique Carter with 10:12 left in regulation. The Zags used an 11-2 run to take a 45-41 advantage they would not surrender.
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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 eighth in career scoring with 1,198. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 46 times, reached double-digit scoring 61 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 (14.2), sixth in field goal percentage (.473) and ninth in free throw percentage (.771).
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 6.3 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 10.7 points, 3.7 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 shattered her career-high with 10 assists against Santa Clara (2/18/07) - the first time a Don has reached 10 in a game since 2005. On the season, Peace averages 5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Dons.
THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 61-51 loss against Saint Mary's (2/15/07) dropped the Dons to 1-12 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-37 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-72 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 enter Thursday's game at Portland with 79 (2.9) 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 .255 (79-310) 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 scored a team-high 17 points in a win against the Broncos (2/18/07). On the season, Olden averages 7.6 points and 5.6 boards per game for the Dons in 28 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 6.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists on the year and ranks fifth on the team in WCC scoring at 7.8 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 third on the team in steals (27) and assists (1.9).
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.