Dec. 5, 2006
USF HOSTS BOISE STATE BEFORE BREAKING FOR FINALS: San Francisco takes on Boise State in a Sunday matinee before taking a week off for final exams beginning Monday. The Dons collected a road split last week, taking a 53-48 overtime win at San Jose State (53-48) Wednesday for the inaugural road win of the season and the first for head coach Tanya Haave. USF's offense struggled mightily all week and suffered an ugly setback at Cal Poly (60-38). Now San Francisco prepares for its first test of Finals Week when the Broncos (4-3) visit. Boise State owns a 2-1 record against West Coat Conference foes this season with victories against Portland (72-62) and San Diego (47-29) with its only setback coming to Santa Clara (67-65). The Dons look to avenge a 61-50 loss last season at Taco Bell Arena and collect the program's first win against BSU.
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 Cal Poly game with 937 career points in 64 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 (15.3) and rates second in field goal percentage (.441). 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 10.3 points and leads the team with 8.1 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 #9 - SCOUTING BOISE STATE: The Broncos (4-3) play three games this week, two before facing San Francisco on Sunday. Boise State earned a split last week falling at Utah Valley State (81-66), before bouncing back and handing San Diego (47-29) its first loss of the season. The Broncos shoot .366 (161-400) from the field, but do a strong job on the boards, averaging 42.1 per game. BSU also does a great job taking care of the basketball, committing just 14.7 turnovers per night. Sophomore guard Jessica Thompson leads three Broncos in double-digit scoring at 13.6 points and adds 4.7 rebounds. Senior center Michelle Hessing averages 11.0 points and 5.1 boards while sophomore guard Tasha Harris chips in with 10.6 and dishes out a team-high 3.1 assists per game for BSU. Gordie Presnell is in his second season as the Bronco boss and owns a career record of 19-18 and in his first season at the helm helped Boise State to a 15-15 record, 6-10 during WAC play.
LAST MEETING: at Boise State 61, USF 50 (12/28/05)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: BSU leads 2-0/BSU won 2
BEFORE USF: vs. Denver (12/5/06); at UC Davis (12/8/06)
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio/Video: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.comStreaming Video: Yes - USFDons.com
UP NEXT FOR THE DONS: After taking on Boise State Sunday, USF takes final exams, beginning Monday, December 11. The Dons return to action with a two-game road trip beginning Saturday, December 16 at Fresno State. After taking on the Bulldogs in a 2:00 PM contest in the SaveMart Center, the Dons travel to Southern California for a showdown against Cal State Fullerton Monday night. Tip-off against the Titans is set for 7:00 PM at Titan Gym. USF dropped a 61-50 decision to the Bulldogs (12/28/05) last season at war Memorial Gym and took a 70-63 win against Cal State Fullerton (12/11/05) in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO VICTORIES IN THE EXTRA SESSIONS: With a 53-48 overtime win at San Jose State (11/29/06), USF improved to 3-3 since the start of the 2004-05 season in games featuring "bonus basketball". San Francisco went 1-1 three years ago, highlighted by a thrilling 84-81 double overtime win at Pepperdine (2/3/05) and dispatched the Waves in overtime once again last season in the 2006 West Coast Conference opener for both teams, 69-65.
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 fifth 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 63 points to become the 16th player in program history to surpass the grand mark. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 36 times, reached double-digit scoring 46 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 10.3 points and a team-high 8.1 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 a career-high 18 points last Saturday at Cal Poly (12/2/06) and averages 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
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 4.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Dons.
THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 60-38 road loss to Cal Poly (12/2/06) dropped the Dons to 1-5 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 4-30 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-65 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 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 turned in her second at San Jose State with 14 points and 12 rebounds in USF's overtime win. Olden averages 8.6 points and 6.5 boards per game for the Dons in eight starts this season.