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Dons Play Final Tune Up Versus Gators

Nov. 4, 2007

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THE STORYLINE: USF closes the 2007 preseason with its final exhibition game versus the NCAA Division II San Francisco State Gators Tuesday evening. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

THE SERIES VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO STATE: In regular season play, USF has an all-time record of 8-3 record versus Sonoma State.

Tuesday's game marks the second straight year the two teams have battled during the preseason. The Dons won last year's game 91-61 after shooting .565 from the field. Senior forward Dominique Carter and Shay Rollins collected 16-points apiece to lead five Dons in double-figure scoring. Carter and Nickie Warren also registered double-doubles with 10 and 11 rebounds, respectively. The Gators were paced by 18 from Brio Rode.


• Head Coach: Joaquin Wallace, 3rd Year

• 2006-07 Record: 6-21

• Conference: NCAA DIV. II California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)

San Francisco State finished last year on a three game losing streak. In the finale, UC San Diego topped the Gators 83-61. San Francisco State was led by Brio Rode who had 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting.

Rode and Krystle Mays are the Gators top returners. Mays chipped in 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while Rode made 10.7 points per game and amassed 66 assists. Mays is also a key on defense for San Francisco State collecting a team-high 80 steals in 2006-07.

Opponents outscored the Gators 1905 to 1636 and outshot them .425 - .348 last season.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Dominique Carter scored 24 and junior forward Necolia Simmons collected 19 points, seven rebounds in her Dons' debut as San Francisco defeated Sonoma State 81-53 in exhibition play last Thursday evening.

Simmons made her presence felt early scoring the first nine of the Dons' eleven points. The second frame belonged to Carter, who had 16 of her game high point total after halftime. In the last 20-minutes, Carter shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-4 from three.

Junior Shay Rollins would finish the night with a double-double, 10-points and 10 assists. The Dons as a team collected 24 dimes.

The Dons shot 58.2% from the field, 40% from behind the arc. Sonoma State didn't shoot bad, hitting 45.2% of their attempts, but 25 turnovers added to the Dons' success.

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.