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Dons Take On The Cardinal, Beavers

Nov. 27, 2007

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GAME 7 • NOVEMBER 28 • AT NO. 4 STANFORD (5-1)ALL-TIME SERIES: Stanford leads 19-9LAST FOUR: STAN 63, vs. Temple 54   STAN 69, vs. Old Dominion 61   Connecticut 66, STAN 54   STAN 81, Utah 77 (2OT)

LAST TIME VERSUS THE CARDINAL: (December 12, 2004) Freshman Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and also had four steals, two assists and a blocked shot, and second-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten with a 80-51 win over San Francisco. USF leading scorer and sixth-year senior Mary Jane Krueger, a 6-foot-2 center who came in averaging 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, was held to four points and went 0-for-6 from the field. Dominique Carter led the Dons with 17 points, 15 in the second half. The Stanford win marked the 13th straight time USF had lost to the Cardinal. The Dons last beat Stanford on Dec. 9, 1983, a 69-63 victory.

IN PALO ALTO: USF has a 3-10 record against Stanford in Palo Alto with the last meeting on the Cardinal campus coming during the 2003-04 season. San Francisco lost that game 75-50. Nicole Powell scored 28 points and Kelley Suminski added 11 points for the Cardinal USF was led by Mary Jane Krueger's 12 points.

SCOUTING STANFORD:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGSTAN71.2+11.2.408.194.72745.212.713.27.23.8USF 70.2-3.0.389.284.69643.312.517.34.52.5

• HEAD COACH: Tara VanDerveer / Indiana `75  RECORD AT STAN: 542-134 / 22nd Year  CAREER RECORD: 694-185 / 29th Year

• CONFERENCE: Pac-10• 2006-07 RECORD: 29-5, 17-1 in conference

Entering the week Stanford ranks fourth on the national polls having won five of their first six games. Their only loss came at the hands of No. 2 Connecticut, a 66-54 first round loss in the Paradise Jam held in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Last time out Stanford rallied from a large halftime deficit to top Temple, 63-54, and take third place in the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Cardinal who were behind 39-22 at halftime, opened the second period with a 17-0 run, capped by Kayla Pedersen's reverse layup that gave them a 41-39 lead with 12:45 to play. Guard Candice Wiggins had 22 points in the Cardinal comeback. Jayne Appel had 16 and Jillian Harmon added 13 points, 10 rebounds.

Appel leads the Cardinal in scoring with an average of 18 points per game. Wiggins, whose older brother Alan Jr. played center for San Francisco from 2003-2007, is second in scoring at 15.2 points per game. Kayla Pedersen and Appel are Stanford's top rebounders. Pedersen has averaged 10 per game and Appel 9.7.

In the early going, the Cardinal have a +11 scoring margin, holding their opponents to 60 points per contest while scoring 71.2. Stanford has a team shooting percentage of .408 and has outrebounded their opponents 271 - 227.

Prior to the start of the season, Stanford was selected to win the Pac-10 title by both coaches and media.

GAME 8 • DECEMBER 2 • AT OREGON STATE (4-1)ALL-TIME SERIES: Oregon State leads 6-2LAST FOUR: OSU 66, @ Southern Oregon 46   OSU 68, @ UNLV 65   vs Montana 57, OSU 42   @ OSU 66, Western Oregon 46

LAST TIME VERSUS THE BEAVERS: USF and Oregon State last played during the 1991-92 season. Taking on the Beavers at home, San Francisco won 72-64. Center Marlene Henderson led USF with 17 points and 19 rebounds.

IN CORVALLIS: The last time USF visited Corvallis was in 1988. San Francisco lost 72-56 to the Beavers. Center Melinda Harrison was the high scorer and rebounder for the Dons with 14 and six, respectively. Overall, the Dons are 1-3 in game played on the Oregon State campus.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGOSU63.0+7.4.411.344.66033.014.218.29.64.2USF70.2-3.0.389.284.69643.312.517.34.52.5

• HEAD COACH: LaVonda Wagner / Mars Hill College `86  RECORD AT OSU: 29-35 / 4th Year  CAREER RECORD: Same

• CONFERENCE: Pac-10• 2006-07 RECORD: 9-19, 4-14 in conference

Like Stanford, Oregon State has lost only one game through the early part of the season. The Beavers were defeated by the Big Sky's Montana Grizzlies, 57-42 on November 23.

In their last contest, Oregon State won at Southern Utah, 66-46. Ashley Allen was two off tying a career-high, scoring 23 points. Allen was 10-of-18 from the field and connected on two three-pointers while grabbing six rebounds .Talisa Rhea had 17 points off 6-of-10 shooting, including an OSU season-best five three-pointers on eight attempts.

Allen and Rhea paced the Beavers' hot shooting, which saw the team make better than 43 percent of its baskets. Oregon State connected on nine three-pointers compared to Southern Utah's three. The Thunderbirds made just 34 percent of their shots.

For the season, Allen leads OSU in scoring collecting an average of 17.2 points per game. Rhea is second on the team with 12.6 per game. Starting all five of the Beavers' games, Tiffany Ducker has shot .568 from the field while averaging 9.8 ppg and collecting a team-high 7.6 rebounds per contest.

OSU has forced opponents into 114 turnovers, 22.8 a night, and the Beavers have collected 9.6 steals and 4.2 blocks a game. Oregon State has a team shooting percentage of .411.

Prior to the start of the season, Oregon State was selected to finish ninth in the Pac-10.

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.

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. Currently, Carter sits seventh on the Dons' career record list for points with 1,374. Over her career she's had 23 games scoring 20 or more points, including two with 30.

CARTER EARNS WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Francisco senior forward Dominique Carter was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week Monday afternoon by the conference office. In three games from Nov. 18 - Nov. 24, Carter averaged 23.0 points and 9.7 rebounds, while shooting .590 from the field.

Carter scored a game-high 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting and collected 10 rebounds in the Dons' win over Cal State Fullerton on Monday. On Friday, she turned in her second straight double-double with a superb 27-point, 10-rebound, effort in USF's 78-66 win over UMKC. Carter finished the week with 18 points and nine boards in the Dons' 73-70 overtime loss to Villanova Saturday evening.

Carter shared the conference award with Gonzaga's Heather Bowman who averaged 21.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg, while shooting .519 from the floor.

CARTER, HEINTZ NAMED TO 2007 ODWALLA CLASSIC TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior Dominique Carter and sophomore Heidi Heintz were named to the 2007 Odwalla Classic Tournament team. The remainder of the team included three Villanova players, Tournament MVP Laura Kurz, Stacie Witman and Lisa Karcic.

ODWALLA CLASSIC PRODUCTION

PLAYER PPGFG%3PT%FT%RPGAPGSPGDominique Carter 22.5.548.2501.0009.51.50.0Heidi Heintz14.0.538.500.7227.01.50.0

OLDEN JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER: USF center Lisa Olden set a new career high in rebounds per game versus UMKC on November 23, grabbing 14. Her previous best had been 13 on two separate occasions last season.

Two weeks ago, Olden collected a career-best four blocks 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 multiple times.

ROLLINS SETS PERSONAL ASSISTS HIGH: San Francisco guard Shay Rollins tallied a personal best seven assists to go along with nine points and three steals in USF's victory over UMKC on November 23. Rollins previous best had been six, set twice, the last being versus Saint Mary's on January 29, 2006.