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USF Women Battle Sonoma State In Exhibition Thursday

Oct. 31, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: The San Francisco Women's Basketball squad continues preparations for the 2007-08 season with the first of two exhibition games Thursday evening. The contest will pit USF versus the Sonoma State Seawolves, a NCAA Division II tournament participant in 2006-07. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

THE SERIES VERSUS SONOMA STATE: In regular season play, USF has an all-time record of 4-0 record versus Sonoma State.

Thursday's game marks the second straight year the two teams have battled during the preseason. The Dons won last year's game 70-38 behind 20-points from senior forward Dominique Carter. Former USF player Danae Wellander led Sonoma State with eight points.

SCOUTING SONOMA STATE:

• Head Coach Mike Rigby, 11th Year

• 2006-07 Record - 14-13

• Postseason - NCAA Division II Regionals

After winning 11 of their final 16 games of the 2006-07 season, the Seawolves found themselves in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since the 2004 season. Their stay in the dance was short lived as Seattle Pacific the GNAC Champions dispatched Sonoma State, 69-60.

Leading the Seawolves into the new season will be their returning All-CCAA conference first team honoree Danae Wellander. Wellander, who transferred from San Francisco prior to last season, averaged 13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Sonoma State in 06-07. All-conference second team members Chelsey Armacost and Lauren Redfield are also back. Armacost netted 10.3 ppg, while Redifled averaged 9.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

USF'S RETURNERS: Leading USF's eight returning letterwinners is senior forward Dominique Carter. For the third straight year, Carter was the Dons' top scorer in 2006-07, averaging 14.4-points per game on a .468 shooting percentage and for her efforts she earned her third All-West Coast Conference First Team selection. Carter ranks seventh on USF's career records list with 1,262-points.

2007-08 could be a special one for Carter as she has the chance of becoming just the second WCC player ever to earn four All-WCC First Team nods. The other player, Brittany Lindhe, has her number 40 hanging on the wall of War Memorial Gym.

06-07 WCC Honorable Mention guard Shay Rollins will be an impact player for USF once again. Rollins was key in USF's upset of San Diego in the first round of the WCC Tournament last year, dropping in 21-points on 8-for-14 shooting. Last year, Rollins averaged 10.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.25 steals per game.

Forward/guard Heidi Heintz, a WCC All-Freshman team member, wears the green and gold for a second year. Heintz collected 6.4 ppg on a .489 shooting percentage, .435 from behind the arc, in 2006-07.

Center Lisa Olden, guard Nykia Peace and guard Katie Mihalco are other notable returners.

WHO'S NEW?: A name which could be heard around the WCC this season is Necolia Simmons. Simmons, a forward/center who transferred from San Joaquin Delta College, was a Kodak JC All-American a year ago averaging 16-points and nine rebounds per game. She has the ability to make an immediate impact on the inside for the Dons.

Alexis Musante transferred to USF from DePaul this offseason as well. Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg, Jordan Kuzma, Donnisha Taylor and Keshia Suhail are this year's freshmen class.