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Dons Open Homestand Versus Hornets

Dec. 4, 2007

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GAME 9 • DECEMBER 5 • VS. SACRAMENTO STATE (1-5)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 3-2LAST FOUR: 12/1 Santa Clara 67, @ SAC 60   11/27 @ SAC 60, San Jose State 57   11/24 @ UC Irvine 78, SAC 44   11/18 @ Iowa State 99, SAC 45 

LAST TIME VERSUS THE HORNETS: (January 4, 1996) The Dons defeated the Hornets 88-70 in front of a crowd of 312 seated at War Memorial Gym. Valerie Gillon scored 30 points and collected 12 rebounds to lead USF.

AT WAR MEMORIAL GYM: USF leads the series 2-1.

SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGSAC50.0-26.3.337.281.62636.210.823.84.01.7USF 68.2-6.4.390.326.67540.212.416.34.62.6

• HEAD COACH: Dan Muscatell / Western Washington `83  RECORD AT SAC: 22-95 / 4th Year  CAREER RECORD: Same

• CONFERENCE: Big Sky• 2006-07 RECORD: 3-27, 1-15 in conference

The Hornets went 1-1 in home contests versus San Jose State and Santa Clara last week. After beginning the season with four straight road losses, Sacramento State won it's home opener last Tuesday against the Spartans by a score of 60-57. Junior Atty Boyer recorded her second career double-double to pace the Hornets, scoring a game-high 19 points, while securing a career-best tying 12 rebounds. Sacramento State shot 20-of-50 from the field, their best percentage (40 percent) of the year.

On December 1, Santa Clara's Chandice Cronk scored a career-high 33 points paving the way to a Broncos 67-60 comeback victory. The Hornets were in the lead for a large amount of the game and led by as many as seven in the second half. However, at 1:20 Cronk hit three free throws after being fouled behind the arc to give Santa Clara the win. Sophomore Erika Edwards led the Hornets with 17-points in the loss.

Sacramento State's primary offensive weapon thus far has been Boyer with an average of 13.5 points per game. In addition, she tops the Hornets with eight boards a game. Charday Hunt and Edwards each score seven points per game. Edwards also adds 7.3 rebounds.The Hornets have struggled to score, averaging as a team 50.0 points to their opponents' 76.3.

Sacramento State was selected to finish eighth in the nine team Big Sky Conference on the conference's preseason coaches poll.

THE DONS' LAST TWO: San Francisco went 1-1 in games at No. 4 Stanford (L - 96-61) and Oregon State (W - 64-62) last week... USF lost to the Cardinal for the 14th straight time... to win over Oregon State, the Dons had to battle back from at most a 17-point deficit. In the final six minutes of play, USF went on a 22-4 run, capped by a game winning shot by senior Dominique Carter with five seconds left in regulation... Carter had a game-high 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 4-for-5 from behind the arc, against the Beavers.

MARKS MET VERSUS OREGON STATE: With the win over the Beavers, USF has had four victories in eight games, the earliest such occurrence since 2004-05 when the Dons finished 12-16. The away win is the third for San Francisco this season, already one of USF's best road win totals in the last 11 seasons. USF's last winning road record was during the 1996-97 season when the Dons were 25-6 overall, 9-2 away from home.

TOP AWAY RECORDS SINCE 1996-971996-97 - 9-22002-03 - 7-62001-02 - 5-72007-08 - 3-21997-98 - 3-72004-05 - 3-7

Also big for USF is the fact they last defeated a Pac-10 opponent in 2001-02, a 55-52 win over California at War Memorial Gym.

CARTER TAKES OVER SIXTH: San Francisco's Dominique Carter surpassed Joy Boyenga (1988-92) for sixth on the Dons' career scoring list after hitting a mid-range jumper at the 1:55 mark in the first half of Sunday's contest at Oregon State. Carter enters the game against Sacramento State with 1,414 total points and could reach as high as fourth place on the all-time record list during USF's pre-holiday homestand. Carey Sauer (1999-04) stands fifth with 1,443 (+29) points, while Sue Corder (1981-85) is fourth with 1,451 (+37).

SHINING AT STANFORD: Juniors Shay Rollins and Necolia Simmons were blinding high lights in USF's loss to No. 4 Stanford on November 28. Rollins made a career-best five three pointers in 11 attempts to collect 19 points versus the Cardinal. She also tied a career mark with four steals. Simmons grabbed a game-high 11 boards to go along with 12 points, her second double-double of the year.

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.

MAKE IT RAIN THREES: In the preseason, Head Coach Tanya Haave challenged her team to improve it's three point shooting. So far they've listened. Through eight games of the 2007-08 season, USF has made 42 three pointers close to half as many as they collected all last year (89). The Dons are currently hitting threes at a .326 clip, compared to last year's .254. Dominique Carter leads USF from behind the arc, shooting .524 (11-for-21). Heidi Heintz is not far behind with a .500 percentage (7-for-14).