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USF Hosts The 2007 Odwalla Classic This Friday and Saturday

Nov. 21, 2007

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2007 ODWALLA CLASSIC SCHEDULE

FRIDAYVillanova vs. South Alabama 5 p.m.UMKC at San Francisco 7 p.m.

SATURDAYConsolation Game 5 p.m.Championship Game 7 p.m.

GAME 5 • NOVEMBER 23 • VS. UMKC (3-1)ALL-TIME SERIES: First MeetingLAST FOUR: UMKC 73, at Central Arkansas 63   at UMKC 65, Air Force 59   at Kansas 64, UMKC 58   at UMKC 76, Colorado State 62 

SCOUTING UMKC:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGUMKC68.0+6.0.371.253.66742.513.519.010.56.0USF 68.2-6.7.375.282.67143.213.018.05.03.3

• HEAD COACH: Candace White-Whitaker / Texas Tech `02  RECORD AT UMKC: 10-20 / 2nd Year  CAREER RECORD: Same

• CONFERENCE: Summit League• 2006-07 RECORD: 10-20, 6-8 in conference

To record a 3-1 record to open the season the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos defeated Central Arkansas 73-63, Air Force 65-59 and Colorado State 76-62. UMKC's one loss came at the hands of Kansas despite a valient effort which saw the `Roos battle back from a 25-point deficit on the road. The Jayhawks topped UMKC 64-58 on November 14.

Last time out versus the Rams, UMKC was led by 23 points, five rebounds from Chazny Morris and a 10 point, seven rebound performance by Taushelle Rushing off the bench. Heather Wimberly added nine points and seven assists. As a squad. UMKC shot 43.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded Colorado State 45 to 35.

For the week, Morris totaled 36 points, shooting 5-for-16 from behind the arc.

Morris is UMKC's top offensive threat scoring an average of 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Alysa Klein has also been an option for the Kangaroos with 10.3 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Klein and Rushing are strong defensively having collected 11 blocks and 13 steals, respectively.

In the Summit League's preseason coaches poll, UMKC was selected to finish seventh. Klein was a Preseason All-League First Team selection, while Morris was selected to the Preseason All-League Second Team.

POSSIBLE GAME 6 • NOVEMBER 24 • VS. VILLANOVA (2-1)ALL-TIME SERIES: First MeetingLAST FOUR: at VIL 66, Providence 47   VIL 64, at La Salle 58   at Loyola (Md.) 49, VIL 47   VIL 53, at Monmouth 39

SCOUTING VILLANOVA:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGVIL54.7+6.0.370.289.88929.313.79.06.03.0USF68.2-6.7.375.282.67143.213.018.05.03.3

• HEAD COACH: Harry Perretta / Lycoming `78  RECORD AT VIL: 536-313 / 30th Year  CAREER RECORD: Same

• CONFERENCE: Big East• 2006-07 RECORD: 8-21, 2-14 in conference

The 2006-07 season was something to forget for the Wildcats as they collected an 8-21 record, which included a 13-game losing streak from January 9 - February 26. Since breaking the streak on the final date of the 06-07 schedule with a 66-47 victory over Providence, Villanova is 3-1.

The Wildcats began this year with a 64-58 win over La Salle before losing to Loyola of Maryland 49-47. Villanova's most recent game was a 53-39 win at Monmouth on November 18. With the win over Monmouth, Villanova is now 20-1 all-time versus NEC opponents.

Stacie Witman was the high scorer for Villanova with 17 points. Witman shot 6-for-15 in the game, 3-for-10 from behind the arc. Lisa Karcic added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Witman leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 19.0 points per game. Karcic sits second offensively with an average of 11.3 points per game. On the glass, Witman (5.3), Laura Kurz (5.3) and Maria Getty (5.7) average above five rebounds a game.

After three games, Villanova is 24-of-27 from the foul line (88.9 percent). The Wildcats have committed just 27 turnovers in three games for an average of 9.0 per game.

Villanova was selected to finish 12 out of 16 schools in the Big East on the conference's preseason coaches poll.

POSSIBLE GAME 6 • NOVEMBER 24 • VS. SOUTH ALABAMA (4-0)ALL-TIME SERIES: First MeetingLAST FOUR: at USA 98, Spring Hill 35   at USA 72, Sam Houston State 54   USA 73, at Ohio 59   at USA 42, Tulsa 34

SCOUTING SOUTH ALABAMA:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGUSA71.2+25.8.408.269.59046.817.014.011.81.5USF 68.2-6.7.375.282.67143.213.018.05.03.3

• HEAD COACH: Rick Pietri / South Alabama `87  RECORD AT USA: 113-90 / 8th Year  CAREER RECORD: Same

• CONFERENCE: Sun Belt• 2006-07 RECORD: 14-16, 7-11 in conference

South Alabama has begun the 2007-08 season with four consecutive wins defeating Spring Hill, 98-35 in the opener then taking Sam Houston State, 72-54, Ohio, 73-59, and Tulsa, 42-34. The 4-0 start is the first for USA since the 1984-85 club won 12 straight. It is also only the third time South Alabama has began the season with four straight wins. Through the first four the Jaguars have outscored their opponents 285 to 182, a margin of 25.8 per game.

Assists and steals have also played an important part in South Alabama's spring board start. The Jaguars have stolen 11.8 passes per game, while collecting 17 assists per contest. Their opponents have only managed 5.8 steals and 9.3 assists a game thus far.

The Jaguars offense is spread out as all 12 players on the South Alabama roster has seen at least six minutes of playing time per game. Shakira Nettles leads the scoring along with Ra'Shawna Sippio. The two average 12. 5 and 11.8 points per game, respectively.

Sippio also leads the Jaguars defensively. She tops her team in rebounding having grabbed 7.5 boards per game to this point, while collecting ten steal. Nettles tops the Jaguars with 11 steals and Patriece Brunner is second on the team with 6.8 rpg.

On the season, teams from the Sun Belt have faired well against non-conference opponents recording a 25-15 record.

South Alabama was voted to finish fourth in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference on the preseason conference coaches poll.

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.

ODWALLA GAMETRACKER: All four games of the 2007 Odwalla Classic can be followed using gametracker at USFDons.com. Just click on the button labeled Odwalla Classic on the main USFDons.com page or the USF women's basketball homepage and follow the link to the appropriate game.

THE DONS IN THE ODWALLA: San Francisco has a 5-3 record in the Odwalla Classic's four seasons. Since the Classic's inception during the 2003-04 season, the Dons have played in all four championship games but only have won once. The victory came in the first year as the Dons' defeated Kentucky, 67-59.

Last season, the Dons topped Southern Illinois in game one by a score of 67-60. Dominique Carter led the way for the Dons with a game-high 24 points. Delaware won the championship after posting a 71-47 win over USF.

SAN FRANCISCO TIES ROAD WINS FROM 06-07: With the win over Cal State Fullerton this past Monday, San Francisco has two road wins in four games as many road victories as it collected all of last season. In 2006-07, USF was 2-12 away from War Memorial Gym.

OLDEN'S BLOCK PARTY: San Francisco's Lisa Olden collected four blocks, a career-best, for the second time this season in USF's victory over Cal State Fullerton. Olden first set her mark in the Dons' season opener versus Northern Colorado. She entered the year with a high of two blocked shots set on multiple occasions.

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 1,329. Over her career she's had 22 games scoring 20 or more points, including two with 30.