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USF Women's Basketball Hosts Colorado State and Miami in 2006-07 Home Openers

Nov. 14, 2006

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USF PREPARES FOR ITS 2006-07 HOME OPENING WEEKEND: San Francisco opens a four-game homestand Friday, November 17 when it hosts Colorado State in a 6:00 PM contest at War Memorial Gym. The game against the Rams is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team, which hosts Fresno State at 8:00 PM. After taking on CSU, the Dons will host Miami in a Sunday matinee set for a 2:00 PM tip-off. USF prepares to play Colorado State for the fourth time since 2001-02 and trail the all-time series 3-1, capturing the first ever meeting 53-45 in 1989. The Rams took a 72-64 decision November 19, 2004 at Moby Arena in the last meeting between the two teams. USF has never played the Hurricanes. San Francisco dropped a pair of road contests to open the season, falling 62-56 at Colorado (11/10/06) and 71-58 at Wyoming (11/12/06).

Dominique Carter LEADS DONS OFFENSE: Junior guard Dominique Carter enters the 2006-07 season focused on leading USF to the top of the conference standings. A two-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, 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 enters the opener at Colorado with 815 career points in 56 career games (14.6). A 2006 WCC All-Tournament Team selection after leading the Dons to a thrilling upset of regular season co-champion Gonzaga, Carter led the team with 19 double-digit scoring nights and surpassed 20 points seven times as a sophomore. The Tracy native averaged a team-high 19.0 points and 5.0 rebounds during week one of the 2006-07 season, and surpassed 850 career points with a 16-point outburst at Wyoming (11/12/06).

Nickie Warren LOOKING FOR A STRONG FINISH: Senior forward Nickie Warren is looking to wrap up her final season in the Green and Gold with a flourish. A two-time all-tournament team selection last season, Warren led the Dons in rebounding (5.8) and was second in scoring (8.5) and field goal percentage (.486). The Boston College transfer and Bay Area native paced USF with three double-double nights last season, her first on the Hilltop. During the opening weekend of the 2006-07 season, Warren averaged 14.5 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.

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.

USF ON THE RADIO AND THE NET: USF women's basketball returns to the airwaves and cyberspace for the 2006-2007 season and all games will be 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 courtside. 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 #3 - SCOUTING COLORADO STATE: After earning a 1-1 record in exhibition play, the Rams (1-0) opened their regular season with an 89-72 victory over UMKC (11/13/06). Against the Kangaroos, Colorado State went 32-69 (.464) from the floor and pulled down 47 rebounds. The Rams shot .500 (8-16) from 3-point range and went 17-22 (.773) from the line to secure their first win. Junior guard Sara Hunter, Colorado State's top returner (9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg), went 9-for-19 from the field, 6-for-10 from 3-point range, scoring a game high 26 points, a new school record for a season-opening game. Freshman guard Kelly Jo Mullaney and senior guard Molly Nohr also each reached double-figures. Mullaney scored 22 points and pulled down five rebounds and Nohr had 17 points to go along with seven rebounds. Jen Warden (Colorado, 1993) enters her second year at the helm of the women's basketball program. In the 2005-06 season, Warden guided the Rams to a 9-20 overall record and an eighth place finish (2-14) in the Mountain West.

LAST MEETING: at Colorado State 72, USF 64 (11/19/04)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Colorado State leads 3-1

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: San Francisco incurred a tough 64-72 loss to Colorado State in the 2004-05 season opener. Despite rallying late in the second half to a seven point lead with three minutes left, the Dons were unable to earn the victory at Moby Arena. The Dons shot .475 (29-61) from the field and held the Rams to a .396 (23-58) pace, however Colorado State went 8-16 (.500) from 3-point range and 18-27 (.667) from the line to garner the win. Mary Jane Krueger had 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Dons and Leeane Jensen followed with 10 points and pulled down three rebounds. In her collegiate debut, Dominique Carter went 4-4 from the field, scoring eight points.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio/Video: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: YesTelevision: No

GAME #4 - SCOUTING MIAMI: The Hurricanes (2-0) face the San Francisco Dons at the tail end of a three-game, five-day road trip in California. Miami opened the season with two victories at home, first dispatching Georgia State 68-60 (11/10/06). The Canes then fended off a second-half comeback attempt by Wisconsin-Milwaukee to topple the Panthers 78-71 (11/13/06). Miami went 27-61 (.443) from the field and pulled down 33 rebounds in the close contest against the Panthers, who despite shooting .640 (16-25) in the second half failed to capture the win. Miami's top returner, senior guard Renee Taylor (15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg), led three Canes in double digit scoring with a game-high 23 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard LaToya Cunningham scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds and junior guard Albrey Grimsley had 10 points and four steals for the Hurricanes. Katie Meier (Duke, 1990) enters her second season at the reigns of the women's basketball program at Miami. In the 2005-06 season, Meier guided the Hurricanes to 17-13 overall record and a sixth place finish (6-8) in the ACC en route to earning a berth into the second round of the 2006 Postseason WNIT.

LAST MEETING: First Meeting

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: First Meeting

BEFORE PLAYING THE DONS: Miami takes a tour of the Bay Area and the West Coast Conference, playing three games in five days. The Hurricanes take on Santa Clara Wednesday at the Leavey Center and then tackle Saint Mary's Friday in Moraga at the McKeon Pavilion. Miami wraps its West coast swing against the Dons Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Radio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio/Video: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: YesTelevision: No

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 has 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 enters the second week of the 2006-07 season looking to become the first junior since Lindhe to surpass 1,000 career points in her third season in the Green and Gold and needs 147 points to become the 16th player in program history to surpass the grand mark. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 32 times, reached double-digit scoring 42 times with 14 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 averaged 19.0 points on .485 (16-33) from the field in the opening weekend and recorded a team-high 22 points at Colorado (11/10/06) and surpassed 850 career points with 16 at Wyoming (11/12/06).

Nickie Warren PRODUCING FOR THE GREEN AND GOLD: Senior forward Nickie Warren made the most of her first season for USF after sitting out all of 2004-05 after transferring from Boston College. A Bay Area native, Warren made an instant impact, 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 14.5 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game and narrowly missed her fourth career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds in the opener at Colorado (11/10/06).

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). The Alameda native reached double-digit scoring six times and twice dished out six assists against Bay Area league rivals Santa Clara (1/26/06) and Saint Mary's (1/29/06). Rollins averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 assists per game in exhibition wins against San Francisco State (11/1/06) and Sonoma State (11/4/06).

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 averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds during the opening weekend of the 2006-07 season.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 71-58 setback at Wyoming (11/12/06) dropped the Dons to 0-2 on the young season when they fail to score less than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 3-27 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 14-62 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. The 43 points in the victory against the Lobos were the fewest scored in a win since a 32-14 victory against Santa Clara in the 1976-77 season.

TANYA HAAVE BEGINS THE COACHING JOURNEY: First-year head coach Tanya Haave looks for the first victory of her collegiate coaching career as she leads USF into the 2006-07 season. Haave will become 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. Jan Ternyik (1980-82) is the only coach in USF women's basketball history to earn a win in her debut after taking an 82-32 decision against Lethbridge in the inaugural game of 1980-81 - Hile-Nepfel's senior All-American season.

Lisa Olden READY FOR STRONG 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 scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a win against Saint Mary's (1/27/05) and turned in a career-high 17 points at Loyola Marymount (2/5/05). Olden averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during the opening week of the 2006-07 season.

KeLicia Shorts TALLIES 364TH CAREER BLOCK: Senior center KeLicia Shorts recorded the 364th block of her career at Gonzaga (3/2/06) in the first round of the 2006 West Coast Conference Tournament. 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. In a pair of exhibition wins against San Francisco State (11/1/06) and Sonoma State (11/4/06), Shorts averaged 2.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

DONS FRESHMEN LOOKING TO CONTRIBUTE: Four USF freshmen look forward to their first action in the Green and Gold this weekend. The Dons boast a highly decorated group of first year players to the Hilltop and three of the four earned a total of five all-state first team selections, seven league player of the year honors and three McDonald's All-America nominations. Freshman forward Ashley Guerra (San Jose, CA) comes to the Hilltop after four standout seasons at perennial Bay Area prep power Archbishop Mitty, averaging 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Monarchs as a senior. Freshman guard Heidi Heintz (Spokane, WA) was a two-time All-Greater Spokane League selection at Central Valley and will bolster the Dons backcourt.Freshman guard Katie Mihalco (Englewood, CO) capped her outstanding prep career with a McDonald's All-America nomination after averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals as a senior at Regis Jesuit. Randi Richardson (Arlington, WA), captured three first team all-state selections and was named Everett Herald's Player of the Year, averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior at Arlington High School.

USF VERSUS THE TOP-25: USF posted an 0-2 record against top-25 opponents 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 FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshman guard Randi Richardson enjoyed a solid opening weekend to her Green and Gold career, averaging 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.0 assists per game in back-to-back starts. Freshman forward Heidi Heintz added 4.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in her first outings in a USF uniform.

USF IN SEASON OPENERS: San Francisco dropped a 62-56 decision at Colorado (11/10/06) in the 2006-07 season opener and now owns a 13-18 record in season openers in its 31st year. The Dons have dropped their last three lid-lifters, falling 80-62 at No. 17 Minnesota (11/19/05) and a 72-64 setback at Colorado State (11/19/04). USF's last opening win came in a convincing 72-46 victory against South Carolina State (11/21/03). After starting the decade with a 105-51 dismantling of UC Riverside (11/19/00), the Dons have managed just one win in their last six season debuts.