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Dons Play Spartans on Sunday

Dec. 7, 2007

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GAME 10 • DECEMBER 9 • VS. SAN JOSE STATE (1-7)ALL-TIME SERIES: SJSU leads 21-13LAST FOUR: 12/6 @ CS Bakersfield 89, SJSU 66   11/30 SJSU 59, @ CS Northridge 55   11/27 @ Sacramento State 60, SJSU 57   11/23 Long Beach State 64, @ SJSU 60 

LAST TIME VERSUS THE SPARTANS: (November 29, 2007) Dominique Carter shook off a slow start and scored 10 points in overtime to lead USF to a 53-48 overtime victory in non-conference women's action at the Event Center. The Dons overcame a poor shooting night and several miscues to post their first road win of the season at the expense of the Spartans.

Carter finished with a team-high 18 points, connecting on 6-of-12 from the floor and hit all six attempts at the free throw line to go along with five rebounds. Lisa Olden turned in her second double-double night of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 boards in 34 minutes. Nickie Warren chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds, while Heidi Heintz tallied seven points and five boards off the bench.

AT WAR MEMORIAL GYM: The series is tied 8-8. The last time the two schools met on the University of San Francisco campus, on December 2, 2004, San Jose State squeaked out a 47-46 victory. Guard Lindsay Harris hit a jumper with 36-seconds left in regulation to give the Spartans a 46-44 lead. She would seal the win with two free throws with :15 on the clock. 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.

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGSJSU60.8-9.7.365.230.62342.914.322.07.93.0USF 68.4-4.2.393.314.67540.412.916.25.02.6

• HEAD COACH: Pam DeCosta / Metropolitan State College `91  RECORD AT SJSU: 1-7 / 1st Year  CAREER RECORD: 46-73 / 5th Year

• CONFERENCE: Western Athletic• 2006-07 RECORD: 5-27, 4-12 in conference

The Spartans hope to rebound Sunday from a 89-66 loss to Cal State Bakersfield Thursday night in Bakersfield. Turnovers killed San Jose State as the Spartans had 25, 15 in the second half alone. The Spartans trailed just 42-36 at halftime. However, five turnovers in the first 2:15 of the second half allowed the Roadrunners to jump out to a 52-36 lead which the team never relinquished. Overall, San Jose State is committing 22.0 turnovers per game compared to their opponents average of 16.2.

Natalie White led the Spartans in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 13 points while also grabbing seven boards. Sayja Sumler added 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and Emily Nichols had 11.CSUB had four players score in double figures, led by Kelley Tarver with 22 points. Naomi Johnson had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

For the season, White leads the Spartans with a scoring average of 16.1 and a rebounding average of 7.1. Brittany Powell, who enters Sunday's game having shot. .500 from the field (31-62), is second on the team in scoring with an average of 8.4 points per game. Powell also has a team high 13 blocks on the year.

Brittany Imaku has collected 36 assists (4.5 pg) and 10 steals (1.25 pg). Alisha Hicks has the team high with 14 steals (1.75 pg).

SJSU was selected to finish eighth in the nine team Western Athletic Conference on the preseason conference coaches poll.

USF DEFEATS SACRAMENTO STATE: The Dons won the opening match-up of their five game homestand Wednesday, topping Sacramento State 70-57. Senior guard Dominique Carter recorded a game-high 24 points with 10 rebounds to complete the double-double performance. The honors candidate went 12-of-21 from the field with four assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes. Junior guard Shay Rollins chipped in a career-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

THE DONS' LAST WEEK: 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.

CARTER TAKES OVER SIXTH, COULD MAKE NEXT STEPS VERSUS SPARTANS: 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 San Jose State with 1,438 total points and could reach as high as fourth place on the all-time record list during the game's play. Carey Sauer (1999-04) stands fifth with 1,443 (+5) points, while Sue Corder (1981-85) is fourth with 1,451 (+13).