Nov. 26, 2006
USF OPENS TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP AT SAN JOSE STATE: San Francisco posted its third consecutive runner-up showing in the odwalla Classic with a 71-47 loss against Delaware in the title game last Saturday night at War Memorial Gym. San Francisco has qualified for all four championship games in the odwalla, winning the first event against Kentucky in 2003 before posting back-to-back runner-up showings to Oakland (82-65) in 2004 and No. 22 Oklahoma (53-51) last season. Junior guard Dominique Carter earned all-tournament honors, averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Now USF prepares for a two-game road trip opening Wednesday, November 29 at Bay Area rival San Jose State. The Dons then travel to San Luis Obispo for a Saturday matinee at Cal Poly.
Dominique Carter SURPASSES 900 CAREER POINTS: 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 surpassed 900 career points in the Dons 67-60 win against Southern Illinois (11/24/06) and enters the fourth week of the season with 914 career points in 62 career games (14.7). 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 (16.5) and is second in field goal percentage (.482). The Tracy native owns 16 career 20-point games with three already this season, the last a 24-point effort against the Salukis. Carter earned odwalla Classic All-Tournament honors, averaging 18.5 points on .556 (15-27) from the field to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
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 11.8 points and leads the team with 8.3 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 #7 - SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans (0-5) have struggled mightily out of the gate this season and are still in search of their first win of the 2006-07 campaign. San Jose State dropped both games last weekend at the Hoops for the Cure Classic, hosted by Southern Methodist. The Spartans fell to Wisconsin-Milwaukee (66-63) in the opener, before losing to Bradley (72-56) in the consolation game. SJSU averages 58.6 points per game, but shoot at a modest .347 (107-308) from the field. Sophomore guard Natalie White leads the Spartans in scoring at 14.6 per game, while freshman guard Brittany Helm adds 14.4 per night to go along with 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists. Greg Lockridge is the interim head coach for San Jose State as Janice Richard has taken a medical leave of absence. SJSU posted a 13-15 overall mark last year and finished fourth in the WAC (8-8).
LAST MEETING: SJSU 48 at USF 47 (12/2/04)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SJSU leads 21-12/SJSU won 2
THE LAST TIME: USF hosted San Jose State to close a four-game homestand and dropped a heartbreaking 48-47 decision at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (3-3) fell to their Bay Area rival Spartans (3-1) for the second straight season. Freshman center Lisa Olden scored a team and career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds, while senior center Mary Jane Krueger scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for San Francisco. Freshman guard LaShaunte Stephens scored eight points off the bench, while freshman guard Dominique Carter added seven points. San Francisco was cold from the field in the second half, converting on just .263 (5-19) but stayed in the game by converting on .940 (16-17) from the charity stripe for the contest. For the game, USF hit at a .350 (15-43) percentage, while San Jose State connected on .440 (20-45). The contest featured 52 combined turnovers (27 by the Spartans in the win) and 29 personal fouls.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)
GAME #8 - SCOUTING CAL POLY: The Mustangs (3-2) enter the week riding a two-game winning streak after downing San Jose State (71-59) and hanging on for a thrilling overtime road victory at Portland (77-75) last Saturday at the Chiles Center. Cal Poly averages 66.4 points per game and connect on .369 (120-325) of its attempts from the floor. The Mustangs do impressive board work, pulling down 41.0 per contest. Senior guard Jessica Eggleston leads the Mustangs offensively, scoring 11.6 points with 6.8 rebounds, while freshman forward Bria Fields adds 11.0 points and a team-high 8.0 boards. Senior guard Sparkle Anderson chips in with 9.6 points and a team-high 3.0 assists. Faith Minmaugh is in her 10th year at the Mustang controls and owns a record of 97-154 in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly posted a 13-14 record last season and finished third in the Big West at 7-7.
LAST MEETING: at USF 71, Cal Poly 67 (11/29/05)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 8-0/USF won 8
BEFORE USF: vs. Loyola Marymount (11/28/06)
THE LAST TIME: Sophomore guard Dominique Carter matched a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Dons in a 71-67 victory against Cal Poly. Freshman guard Shay Rollins also enjoyed a fine night, scoring a career-high 17 points to go along with three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Rollins put the Dons ahead for good with her third and final 3-pointer at the 6:36 mark, 55-54. Junior forward Nickie Warren chipped in four points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard LaShaunte Stephens added four points and seven rebounds. USF shot .377 (23-61), but converted on a season best .625 (5-8) from long distance. The Mustangs managed a .346 (27-78) clip, .188 (3-16) from beyond the arc. Cal Poly enjoyed an enormous 54-43 rebound edge, including 25-14 on the offensive glass. The two teams combined for 32 turnovers and 42 personal fouls.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB: Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)
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 fourth 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 86 points to become the 16th player in program history to surpass the grand mark. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 35 times, reached double-digit scoring 45 times with 16 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 900 career points with 24 against Southern Illinois (11/24/06) in the opening round of the 2006 odwalla Classic - her third 20-point game of the season.
Nickie Warren PRODUCING FOR THE GREEN AND GOLD: Senior forward Nickie Warren made an instant impact for USF last season, 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). Warren averages 11.8 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game so far this year.
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 4.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Dons.
THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 71-47 loss to Delaware (11/25/06) in the title game of the 2006 odwalla Classic dropped the Dons to 0-4 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 3-29 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 14-64 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 8.5 points and 6.5 boards per game for the Dons in six starts this season.
2006-07 ODWALLA CLASSIC RECAPS: San Francisco posted its third straight odwalla Classic runner-up showing, downing Southern Illinois 67-60 in the opener before falling to Delaware 71-47. The Blue Hens advanced to the final by upsetting No. 20 Kentucky 86-70. The Wildcats bounced back to take a 78-59 win against the Salukis in the consolation game. Junior guard Dominique Carter led the way for the Dons with 18.5 points on .556 (15-27) from the floor to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Senior forward Nickie Warren added 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for San Francisco.
USF FALLS 71-47 TO DELAWARE IN 2006 ODWALLA CLASSIC FINAL: Delaware exploded out of the gate, connecting on 19 field goals in the first half and sprinted past USF in the championship game of the 2006 odwalla Classic Saturday night at War Memorial Gym. The Dons (2-4) shot the ball respectably well, but could not slow down the Blue Hens (4-1). Junior guard Dominique Carter was the lone Don to reach double-figure scoring, finishing with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior forward Nickie Warren and sophomore guard Shay Rollins finished with nine apiece. San Francisco connected on 15-of-34 (.441) from the field but the field goals and attempts were the lowest this season. Delaware led by as many as 26 points in the first half at 39-13 with 5:10 remaining and were never challenged, leading wire-to-wire. The Blue Hens steam-rolled No. 20 Kentucky, 86-70 last night in the first game of the tournament. Senior guard Tyresa Smith earned tournament MVP honors and scored a game-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. After a 28-point night against the Wildcats, Smith owns the tournament scoring record with 51 points surpassing Oaklands Nicole Piggott, who scored 48 in the 2004 event. Senior forward Chrissy Fisher added six points and seven rebounds against the Dons to go along with a 22-point, eight-board night against Kentucky, en route to all-tournament honors.
USF DISPATCHES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 67-60: USF women's survived a late Southern Illinois rally and took a 67-60 non-conference victory in the first round of the 2006 odwalla Classic Friday night at War Memorial Gym. Junior guard Dominique Carter led the way for the Dons with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 from the field to go along with six rebounds and a pair of assists in 36 minutes. Carter scored 14 points after intermission. Junior center Lisa Olden added 13 points, while senior forward Nickie Warren rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11. San Francisco took a 29-18 lead into the locker room at halftime after converting on .500 (12-24) from the field and limited SIU to .429 (9-21). The Dons increased its lead to 12 points at 40-28 before the Salukis went on a 16-2 outburst, taking a 44-42 advantage with 9:32 on the clock. It turned out to be SIU's last lead of the game, as the Dons broke a 46-46 tie with 7:56 left and seized a 10-point lead, 64-54 with 2:08 remaining. USF shot at a .511 (24-47) rate for the game, while SIU managed a .488 (21-43) clip. Both teams were ice cold from 3-point range converting on a combined 3-for-18, but made up for it at the stripe as the Dons connected at a .818 (18-22) while the Salukis hit at a .889 (16-18) rate.
USF FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT: Freshmen guards Heidi Heintz (3.8 ppg, 2.3 apg), Katie Mihalco (6.0 ppg, 1.0 apg) and Randi Richardson (2.2 ppg, 1.8 apg) are enjoying respectable starts to their Green and Gold careers, combining for 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.8 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.
2006 ODWALLA CLASSIC All-Tournament Team: MVP - Tyresa Smith - Delaware; Dominique Carter - USF; Sarah Elliott - Kentucky; Chrissy Fisher - Delaware; Carlai Moore - Southern Illinois