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USF Takes On San Diego Thursday at Noon in 2007 WCC Tournament Opening Round

Feb. 27, 2007

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NO. 7 USF OPENS 2007 WCC TOURNAMENT AGAINST NO. 2 SAN DIEGO: San Francisco opens the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament as the No. 7 seed for the second consecutive season and looks for its second straight opening round upset when it faces No. 2 seed San Diego in opening round action Thursday, March 1 at noon. Last season the Dons shocked No. 2 seed and tournament host Gonzaga (75-67) in Spokane and now turn their focus to the Toreros, who swept the season series against USF en route to the most successful regular season in school history (21-7, 10-4 WCC). San Francisco and San Diego have met just once during postseason play, a 66-54 victory by the Toreros in 2003 in quarterfinals action at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Dominique Carter PASSES 1,200 CAREER POINTS: A three-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, sophomore and junior. 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 the 2007 WCC Tournament opener against San Diego with 1,228 career points in 85 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 (.474). 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 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament with 1,228 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.

THREE DONS EARN 2007 ALL-WCC ACCOLADES: Junior guard Dominique Carter headlines three USF players named to the 2007 All-West Coast Conference Team as announced by the league office. Carter is the 18th player in league history to earn three first team selections and first since three players accomplished the feat in 2002. Carter ranked fifth in scoring (14.2), second in field goal percentage (.474) and 10th in free throw percentage (.767) among 2007 WCC regular season leaders. Sophomore guard Shay Rollins earned All-WCC Honorable Mention selection after ranking second on the team in scoring (10.3) and assists (2.6), while freshman guard Heidi Heintz was named to the WCC Freshman Team after averaging 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds during league play.

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.

USF WEST COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT NOTES DONS PREPARE FOR 14th WCC TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: USF enters the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 San Diego in opening round action Thursday, March 1 at Noon in the Chiles Center. Below is a year-by-year breakdown of the Dons in WCC Tournament play and tourney series records. San Francisco won a league record nine consecutive games from 1995-97 en route to back-to-back-to-back WCC Tournament titles. USF owns a 13-10 overall record in the conference postseason showcase.

GAME #30 - SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros (21-7, 10-4 WCC) completed the best regular season in program history, but have stumbled slightly, posting a 2-3 record in their last five games. The Toreros enter the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament after earning a split in Pacific Northwest during the final week of the regular season. USD fell at WCC regular season champion Gonzaga (71-58) and needed overtime to dispatch Portland (81-75) in the finale. The Toreros average 64.4 points per game and convert on .407 from the field and .327 from 3-point distance. One of the league's top post players, sophomore center Amber Sprague leads the team in scoring (14.6), rebounds (8.1), blocked shots (2.1) and is second in field goal percentage (.444). One of the elite point guards in the nation, Amanda Rego scores 9.1 points and leads the nation with a remarkable 7.6 assists per game - 214 overall. For perspective, USF as a team has dished out 379 assists this season, led by junior guard Nykia Peace with 77. Sophomore guard Kelly Winther adds 10.9 points and connects at a .357 (35-98) clip from long distance, while senior center Sabine Loewe chips in 7.5 points and 4.4 boards. Cindy Fisher is in her second season at the Torero helm and owns a record of 30-26 at Alcala Park and a 89-107 career record in her seventh year as a Division I head coach.

LAST FOUR MEETINGS: USD 66, at USF 60 (2/3/07); at USD 52, USF 45 (1/7/07); at USD 69, USF 65 (2/11/06); at USF 59, USD 56 (2/15/06)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 23-22/USD won two

WCC TOURNAMENT SERIES RECORD: USD leads 1-0

WCC TOURNAMENT SERIES RESULT: No. 5 USD 66, No. 4 USF 54 (3/7/03) at San Diego

NO. 7 USF vs. NO. 2 SAN DIEGO GAME INFORMATIONON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoRadio Talent: George Devine (PBP)Internet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com

LAST TIME AGAINST USF IN THe WCC TOURNAMENT: After earning a No. 4 seed and a first round bye under the old West Coast Conference Tournament format, USF was dispatched 66-54 in the 2003 quarterfinals by tournament host San Diego. Junior forward Carey Sauer scored a team-high 14 points, including a 10-of-10 showing at the free throw line, while freshman guard Joy Hollingsworth added 13 points for the Dons. Sophomore center Mary Jane Krueger narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. San Francisco shot a chilly .320 (16-50) from the field, while the Toreros connected at a .453 (24-53) clip. San Diego led 29-23 at the break and never looked back after limiting the Dons to just six field goals in the first half. Erin Malich scored a game-high 22 points, while current USF assistant coach Marta Menuez scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Toreros.

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 eighth in career scoring with 1,228. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 48 times, reached double-digit scoring 63 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), second in field goal percentage (.474) and 10th 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). 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). Since her arrival, Warren has reached double-digit scoring 23 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds in seven games. This season, Warren averages 8.6 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game in 29 starts.

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 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 then broke it with 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 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 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 5.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Dons.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 57-37 loss at Gonzaga (2/24/07) in the 2007 regular season finale dropped the Dons to 1-14 on the season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 4-39 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-74 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.

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 7.7 points and 5.6 boards per game for the Dons in 29 starts.

OLDEN SMART, VERY SMART: Junior center Lisa Olden earned selection to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine All-District VIII Third Team. A Business Administration major, Olden carries a 3.92 GPA and is the first Don to earn all-region honors since USF standout Toni Russell in 2004.

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 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists on the year and ranks fifth on the team in WCC scoring at 7.4 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 (29) and 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).

GUERRA, MIHALCO OUT FOR THE SEASON: Freshmen guards Ashley Guerra (knee) and Katie Mihalco (knee) are lost for the remainder of the 2006-07 season. Guerra has not played since January 27 against Portland, while Mihalco has been out since the Dons' December 30 game against Columbia in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational.

THIS GLASS IS HALF FULL AND HALF EMPTY: USF enters the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament ranked third in the league in team defense, allowing just 63.5 points per game and rate fourth in overall and 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot at a .407 clip, .320 from beyond the arc. Unfortunately the Dons rank last in scoring (58.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (.256) are seventh in field goal percentage (.403) this season. San Francisco averaged 60.0 points during WCC play, but allowed 64.5.

KeLicia Shorts TALLIES 370TH CAREER BLOCK: Senior center KeLicia Shorts recorded the 369th and 370th block of her career at Gonzaga (2/24/07). A four-year middle blocker on the Dons volleyball squad, Shorts finished her volleyball career with 355 blocks - good for fifth place in the career record books. A 2005 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention selection, Shorts joined the women's basketball team prior to league play and enjoyed the best game of her hoops career at Santa Clara (2/17/06) with six points, a team-high 10 rebounds and a blocked shots in 22 minutes.

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 the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament with 84 (2.9) on the year. Last season San Francisco managed just 55 (1.9) from beyond the arc, easily the worst in the WCC. On the season, the Dons average .256 (84-328) from deep.

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. Peace is the first Don to record 10 assists since former Dons standout Toni Russell (2002-05) recorded 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 IN THE EXTRA SESSIONS: With a 89-83 double overtime loss at Santa Clara (1/20/07) USF dropped to 3-4 since the start of the 2004-05 season in games featuring "bonus basketball". The Dons posted a 1-1 record during the 2006-07 regular season, dispatching Bay Area rival San Jose State 53-48 (11/29/06). San Francisco went 1-1 three years ago, highlighted by a thrilling 84-81 double overtime win at Pepperdine (2/3/05) and dispatched the Waves in overtime once again last season in the 2006 West Coast Conference opener for both teams, 69-65 (1/6/06).

USF VERSUS THE TOP-25: USF did not face a top-25 opponent in 2006-07 and posted an 0-2 record against the national elite in 2005-06. The Dons dropped a tough 53-51 loss to No. 22 Oklahoma (11/26/05) in the title game of the odwalla Classic, a week after falling 80-62 at No. 17 Minnesota in the first round of the 2005 Subway Classic. San Francisco played a pair of top-25 opponents in 2004-05, falling at No. 25 New Mexico (63-52) and fell at home to No. 2 Stanford (80-51). USF's last victory against a top-25 opponent came with a 66-60 victory against No. 19 Oregon (1/2/00) at War Memorial Gym. USF tallied a 67-64 victory against Florida State (12/20/06) three days after the Seminoles fell out of the top-25.

NEW FACES ON THE DONS BENCH: Tanya Haave is not the only new face on the USF coaching staff this season. Former Tennessee captain Abby Conklin enters her first season as the top assistant, while former Kansas State All-American and former WNBA player Shanelle Stires also begins her first year in San Francisco. Former San Diego standout Marta Menuez returns for her second season on the Hilltop.