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USF Women's Basketball Hosts 2006 odwalla Classic

Nov. 20, 2006

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SAN FRANCISCO HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL ODWALLA CLASSIC: USF continues its four-game homestand when it hosts the 2006 odwalla Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Dons welcome Delaware, No. 20 Kentucky and Southern Illinois to the Hilltop for the popular event, now in its fourth year. San Francisco hosts the Salukis in the second game on Friday, following the Delaware/Kentucky game scheduled for a 5:00 PM tip. USF is 0-1 all-time against Southern Illinois and owns a 1-0 advantage against Kentucky after capturing a thrilling 67-59 victory in the title game of the inaugural odwalla Classic. The Dons have never faced Delaware. San Francisco won the first event and have posted back-to-back runner-up showings to Oakland (82-65) in 2004 and dropped a close decision to No. 22 Oklahoma (53-51) last season. USF posted a split last weekend, downing Colorado State 62-51 last Friday before falling 69-59 to Miami (11/19/06).

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 2006 odwalla Classic with 877 career points in 60 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 leads USF in scoring (15.5), field goal percentage (.448) and 3-point field goal percentage (.455). The Tracy native owns 15 career 20-point games with two this season, the last a 20-point effort against Miami (11/19/06).

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). Warren pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in her fourth career double-double night against Colorado State (11/17/06), the highest tally since Mary Jane Krueger (1999-05) accomplished the same feat against New Mexico (12/11/03). It is the fifth best single-game tally in program history. Linda Walsh (1980-84) ripped down a record 25 against Cal Poly (12/15/81), while USF legend Mary Hile (1977-81) pulled down 23 three times. Warren averages 12.8 points and leads the entire West Coast Conference with 10.5 rebounds per game this season.

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. Former USF standout point guard Jamie Shadian will add color commentary for selected broadcasts. 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 #5 - 2006 odwalla Classic - SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: The Salukis (1-1) dropped their season opener against Missouri (71-60) before downing Murray State (77-68). Freshman forward Dana Olson (17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) leads three Southern Illinois players in double-digit scoring, followed by senior forward Carlai Moore (15.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and junior guard Jayme Sweere (13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg). In the early going, the Salukis shoot .514 (57-11) from the field, including .421 (8-19) from beyond the arc. Last season, SIU posted a 10-18 overall record, 6-12 in the Missouri Valley, good for eighth place in the standings. Dana Eikenberg is in her third season at the helm in Carbondale and owns a record of 14-43 at SIU and is 52-117 in her seventh season as a head coach.

LAST MEETING: SIU 71, USF 46 (11/23/90)


BEFORE PLAYING THE DONS: vs. Saint Louis (11/21/06)

THE LAST TIME: Valencia Hedgepeth scored a team-high 12 points and six rebounds, but the Dons suffered a 71-46 loss in the 1990-91 season opener in the opening round of the UNLV Classic.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.comStreaming Video: Yes - USFDons.com

TANYA HAAVE ON THE 2006 ODWALLA CLASSIC: "We are very excited about the odwalla Classic. We have a strong field with two postseason teams coming in and we look forward to a great weekend of basketball. Kentucky is a rising power in one of the toughest conferences in the nation and advanced to the second round of the NCAA's last season. Delaware reached the second round of the WNIT last year and returns four starters, while Southern Illinois also brings back four starters. This should be a great event for our fans at War Memorial Gym."

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 third 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 123 points to become the 16th player in program history to surpass the grand mark. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 33 times, reached double-digit scoring 43 times with 15 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 surpassed 850 career points with 16 at Wyoming (11/12/06) and turned in her second 20-point game of the season against Miami (11/19/06) with an even 20 to go along with six boards.

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 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).

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 scored 11 points and added three rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists against Miami (11/19/06) in her first start of the 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 nine points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists against Colorado State (11/17/06). On the year, Peace averages 5.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Dons.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 69-59 setback against Miami (11/19/06) dropped the Dons to 0-3 on the young season when they fail to score more than 60 points. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, San Francisco owns a 3-28 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 14-63 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 collected her first career victory with a 62-51 victory against Colorado State (11/17/06) in the 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. 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 posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Colorado State (11/17/06) and averages 9.0 points and 7.8 boards per game for the Dons heading into the odwalla Classic.

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.

2006-07 WEEK TWO RECAPS: San Francisco recorded a split to open the 2006-07 home schedule, posting a 62-51 victory against Colorado State (11/17/06) before dropping a 69-59 decision to Miami (11/19/06). Junior guard Dominique Carter averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds and freshman guard Katie Mihalco added 12.0 points. Senior forward Nickie Warren averaged 11.0 points and 14.5 rebounds, with a 21-board effort against the Rams. Junior center Lisa Olden chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.

USF DOWNS COLORADO STATE 62-51 IN HAAVE'S FIRST CAREER WIN: USF women's basketball bounced back from a slow start to roll past Colorado State 62-51 in the 2006-07 home opener. The Dons helped head coach Tanya Haave pick up her first career victory and snap a three-game losing streak against the Rams. Senior forward Nickie Warren pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass to go along with 10 points for her fourth career double-double performance. The 21 rebounds were the most for San Francisco since Mary Jane Krueger (1999-05) collected 21 against New Mexico December 11, 2003 and ranks tied for the fifth highest single-game tally in program history. Freshman guard Katie Mihalco scored a game-high 22 points, converting on 7-of-13 from the field, including a remarkable 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in 31 minutes of action off the bench. "It's a great win because it's at home," Haave said. "To win the home opener is huge for us. We really want to establish the home court advantage here, so it's a great feeling to be able to do that even with the slow start. We didn't have a good start tonight, but no one ever panicked." Junior center Lisa Olden turned in the first double-double of her career scoring 10 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds, eight offensive. Junior guard Nykia Peace turned in a solid night with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes.

HURRICANES SWEEP PAST DONS, 69-59: USF women's basketball kept rallying, but Miami countered each time and held on for a 69-59 non-conference win Sunday. The Dons (1-3) dug an early hole for the second straight game, but unlike their victory against Colorado State on Friday, were unable to come all the way back against the Hurricanes (4-1), who completed their three-game west coast road trip at 2-1. Junior guard Dominique Carter scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-17 from the field, with 13 points coming after intermission. Senior forward Nickie Warren added 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Shay Rollins added 11 points, two steals and two assists in her first start of the season. Junior center Lisa Olden was one board shy of her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. USF shot at a .339 clip from the field and were ice cold from 3-point range, connecting on just .143 (2-14). The Hurricanes hit at a .424 (28-66) pace and went .391 (9-23) from long distance. Miami won the battle of the boards 42-40 and both teams committed 13 turnovers. The Dons did a nice job attacking the rim in the contest and made 17-of-24 (.708) from the charity stripe.

USF FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshmen guards Heidi Heintz (4.0 ppg, 1.8 apg), Katie Mihalco (6.5 ppg, 1.5 apg) and Randi Richardson (2.0 ppg, 2.5 apg) are enjoying respectable starts to their Green and Gold careers, combining for 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game for the Dons. Mihalco scored a career-high 22 against Colorado State (11/17/06).

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.

2005 ODWALLA CLASSIC All-Tournament Team: MVP - Courtney Paris - Oklahoma, Ashley Paris - Oklahoma; Erin Higgins - Oklahoma; Crystal Smith - Iowa; Lisa Olden - USF; Nickie Warren - USF