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Dons Face Buffs And Titans This Week

Nov. 15, 2007

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GAME 3 • NOVEMBER 16 • VS. COLORADO (0-0)ALL-TIME SERIES: Tied 2-2LAST FOUR: vs. Texas A&M 62, COL 45 (3/7/07)   COL 71, vs. Texas Tech 67 (3/6/07)   at Nebraska 90, COL 70 (2/27/07)   at COL 59, Kansas 50 (2/24/07)

LAST TIME VERSUS THE BUFFS: (November 10, 2006) USF women's basketball opened the 2006-07 season on the road with a tough 62-56 loss at Colorado in the Coors Event Center. The Dons battled in the head coaching debut of Tanya Haave, but could not get the result against the Buffs (1-0), a team she spent four seasons with as an assistant coach.

Dominique Carter wasted no time in asserting herself on both ends of the floor, finishing with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc to go along with six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes. Center Nickie Warren scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Dons who owned a narrow 34-33 board advantage, 9-6 on the offensive glass.

San Francisco shot .421 (24-57) from the field for the game, while Colorado shot .521 (25-48) including a sizzling .714 (15-21) after the intermission. Kara Richards also had 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting for the Buffs. Jackie McFarland collected 17 points, 12 rebounds while shooting 70 percent (7-10).

AT HOME: USF is 1-1 against Colorado all-time. The last time the Buffs vistied San Francisco was during the 1995-96 season. Holding a No. 8 ranking, the Buff disposed of USF by a score of 66-55.

SCOUTING COLORADO:

• HEAD COACH: Kathy McConnell-Miller (Virginia `89) RECORD AT COL: 22-38 / 3rd Year CAREER RECORD: 113-126 / 9th Year

• CONFERENCE: Big-12• 2006-07 RECORD: 13-17, 6-10 in conference

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGCOL (06-07)63.9-3.3.421.317.69138.211.820.97.53.5USF 76.0-9.5.353.294.72144.013.013.55.53.0

Friday's game versus the Dons will be the season opener for the Buffs. In exhibition play, Colorado defeated the Colorado School of mines 58-31 at the Coors Events Conference Center on Thursday, November 8. Senior Jackie McFarland had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Colorado to victory. Freshman Brittany Spears added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.Colorado hit eight of their first 14 shots to take a 23-7 lead in the first half which the Orediggers could not overcome. The Buffs held Colorado School of Mine to just 25 percent shooting from the field and forced them into 24 turnovers.

McFarland returns as one of the top players in the Big -12. A 2007 All-Big 12 selection and Associated Press Honorable mention All-American, McFarland averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as a junior while ranking third in the nation and leading the Big-12 in field goal accuracy at 60.5 percent.Junior Kara Richards was the top shooter in conference play last year and only trailed McFarland on the overall Big-12 charts in field goal percentage. Richards averaged 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.

The Buffs return eight letterwinners and five players that started at least 13 games from its 2006-07 squad that finished 13-17 overall and tied for seventh place in the Big 12 Conference at 6-10. Colorado enjoyed their best overall and league showing since 2003-04, which was also CU's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

GAME 4 • NOVEMBER 19 • AT CAL STATE FULLERTON (0-1)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 6-4LAST FOUR: at Utah Valley State 89, CSF 69   vs UC Santa Barbara 57, CSF 52   CSF 75, vs Cal State Northridge 65   CSF 69, vs Pacific 58 

LAST TIME VERSUS THE TITANS: (December 18, 2006) Cal State Fullerton had four players in double figures and tied a school single-game record with 32 made free throws on the night as the Titans overcame a 15-point second half deficit to defeat visiting San Francisco, 72-69, in a non-conference women's basktball contest at Titan Gym.

The Titans were a combined 32-of-34 from the free throw line, matching the school record for free throws made last accomplished on Feb. 18, 1984, in an 82-64 win over Arizona State.

Senior India McDaniel, who finished with a career-high 20 points, was a perfect 15-for-15 at the line while sophomore Toni Thomas finished 9-for-9 at the line to go with her 17 points and nine rebounds on the night.

San Francisco was led offensively by Carter, who had a game-high 21 points, including 11-for-11 from the free throw line, to go with five rebounds off the bench. Heintz and Nykia Peace were also in double figures, scoring 10 and 12 points, respectively.

IN FULLERTON: USF is 1-4 all-time.

SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON:

• HEAD COACH: Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah RECORD AT CSF 156-167 / 12th Year CAREER RECORD: 419-312 / 28th Year

• CONFERENCE: Big West• 2006-07 RECORD: 16-16, 7-7 in conference

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGCSF69.0-20.0.358.176.94736.012.018.011.02.0USF76.0-9.5.353.294.72144.013.013.55.53.0

Prior to facing the Dons on Monday, the Titans will play San Jose State on Saturday.

On November 10, Cal State Fullerton junior Toni Thomas narrowly missed a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds, but a cold-shooting first half sent the Titans to a 89-69 loss at Utah Valley State.

Thomas hit on 7-of-14 from the field and was an almost perfect 9-of-10 from the free throw line to pace Fullerton's offense. She extended her double-digit scoring streak to 22 consecutive games dating back to last season. It was Thomas' 51st career double digit scoring game in 61 career games and her 17th career 20-point game.

Sophomore guard Jasmine Scott added 11 points and five rebounds while freshman Lyndsey Grove added 11 points off the bench.

A 2007 All-Big West First Team selection, Thomas averaged 17.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She became only the 10th Titan to earn all-conference first team honors and the first since Dee Braxton in 1996-97. She finished the year ranked 48th in the nation in scoring She led the team last year in 14 different statistical categories.

The Titans return five letterwinners and one stater that started on a 2006-07 squad that finished 16-16 overall and placed fifth in the Big West Conference at 7-7. Senior guard Dayana Frias is the best returning player for Fullerton behind Thomas having averaged 6.3 points per game in 2006-07.

BROADCASTS: USF women's basketball returns to the airwaves and cyberspace for the 2007-2008 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 12th year behind the microphone. Former USF standout point guard Jamie Shadian and former head coach Mary Hile-Nepfel 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. Road games will also be available at 88.7 FM with frequency subject to change depending on the venue.

THE DONS IN HOME OPENERS: San Francisco has posted a 24-7 record in season openers during it's history. The Dons have won their last five home openers including a 62-51 win over Colorado State in 2006-07.

In last's year's home opener, guard Katie Mihalco scored 22 points on 5-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. Center Lisa Olden and forward Nickie Warren each collected double-doubles with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 points, 21 rebounds, respectively. Warren's rebound total was the most by a Dons' player since Mary Jane Krueger collected 21 versus New Mexico in 2003.

FIRST TIME TO THREE OT: The Dons' 101-96 victory marked the first time ever in school history that USF had played into triple overtime. USF all-time has played in 23 single overtime and four double overtime contests. USF's all-time record in extra frames is 15-13.

GOING OVER 100: Against Colorado State, USF surpassed 100 points for the first time since the 2000-01 season when USF defeated UC Riverside, 105-51. In total, the Dons have eclipsed 100 points four times. In those games, USF is 4-0.

SMILES FOR SIMMONS: Junior transfer Necolia Simmons made up for a low key start at Northern Colorado which saw her score only four points by collecting a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds against Colorado State. Both numbers were team highs. Simmons shot 7-for-16 from the field and hit 10-of-12 from the line.

NEW HIGH FOR HEINTZ: Sophomore Heidi Heintz scored 23 points versus Colorado State to outdistance her previous high of 17 set last season at Pepperdine on January 13, 2007. For the game, Heintz shot 7-for-13 from the field, 7-for-7 from the line and 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

MIHALCO VERSUS COLORADO STATE: In her time with the Dons, sophomore Katie Mihalco has played her best ball versus the Rams of Colorado State. A native of Englewood, Colo., Mihalco has averaged 17 points per game and hit 9 of 16 three point attempts in two games versus CSU. Her performance was key Tuesday in securing USF's first win of 2007-08. With 10-seconds remaining and the score 62-59 in favor of Colorado State, Mihalco hit a three to send the game into overtime. The Dons would go on to victory in 3OT by a score of 101-96.

CARTER'S PURSUIT: USF's Dominique Carter, a three-time West Coast Conference First Team selection, has a chance of doing something only one other player in WCC history has ever done - earn four first team nods. The other player to accomplish the feat is San Francisco's all-time great Brittany Lindhe. Carter has dominated the league since becoming a Don in 2004-05, winning the WCC Newcomer of the Year award following an initial campaign where she scored 15.3 points per game and shot .470 from the field. Entering the 2007-08 season, Carter sits seventh on the Dons' career record list for points with 1,298. Over her career she's had 21 games scoring 20 or more points, including two with 30.