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USF Women Take to the Road For Games at Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton

Dec. 13, 2006

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USF TAKES TO THE ROAD FOR A PAIR: San Francisco travels to Fresno for a Saturday matinee at Fresno State after taking five days off for final exams. After taking on the Bulldogs, USF travels to Orange County for a Monday night contest at Cal State Fullerton. The Dons dropped its second straight game last Sunday to Boise State (80-58). USF hopes some time off may assist the teams's offensive woes as the Dons have averaged an anemic 49.0 points per game in its last four outings while posting a 1-3 record. With five games remaining before New Year's, the Dons play just one contest at home - a December 20 matchup against rising ACC power Florida State. USF closes the year in the Islands at the Hawaii Invitational and open against the host Wahine Friday, December 29. Colombia and Oklahoma State round out the tournament field.

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 Fresno State game with 943 career points in 65 career games (14.5). 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 (14.3) and rates second in field goal percentage (.448). 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 10.0 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 #10 - SCOUTING FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs (4-4) look to rebound from back-to-back road losses with a return to the friendly confines of the SaveMart Center. Fresno State is unbeaten in the Central Valley and has defeated two ranked opponents - No. 18 BYU (61-51), and No. 23 Texas Tech (74-65) - at home this season. The road is a different story where the Bulldogs own a 1-4 ledger with the lone win coming in the season opener at Utah (61-55). The Bulldogs average 72.0 points per game and limit opponents to 55.3 points per game in home contests so far this season. Senior guard Chantella Perera leads the way offensively, averaging 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds, while junior guard Tierre Wilson adds 14.3 points and 4.5 boards per game. Adrian Wiggins is in his second full season as the Bulldogs boss and owns a 35-16 record. Wiggins guided Fresno into the 2006 WNIT postseason tournament.

LAST MEETING: Fresno State 73, at USF 53 (12/20/05)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 16-10/FSU won 2

THE LAST TIME: USF women's basketball closed its season-long four-game homestand with a 73-53 loss against Fresno State. Playing in their final game before the Christmas break, the Dons (4-7) appeared sluggish and the Bulldogs (7-3) took advantage, scoring 30 points off USF's 21 turnovers in winning their fourth of five outings. Sophomore guard Danae Wellander led USF with a career-high 17 points off the bench in just 14 minutes, but did not get much offensive help. Sophomore guard LaShaunte Stephens added eight points and three others chipped in with six apiece. San Francisco struggled shooting the ball, managing a dismal .326 (15-46) from the field, while the Bulldogs shot lights out at .537 (29-54) from the field and converted on half of their eight attempts from 3-point range, while USF shot just two threes.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.comStreaming Video: No.

GAME #11 - SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON: After opening the season with a 1-5 record, the Titans (4-6) have won three of four heading into Saturday's showdown against San Diego. Cal State Fullerton dispatched Fresno State (61-56), fell at home to UCLA (84-74) before winning back-to-back games against Colorado (89-77) and Northern Colorado (75-63). The Titans have averaged 74.8 points per game in their last four games and have limited opponents to 70 a night. Sophomore forward Toni Thomas leads the way offensively, averaging 18.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while senior forward Charlee Underwood adds 15.1 points and 4.3 boards. Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah is in her 11th year as the top Titan and owns an overall record of 407-301 in her 27th year and is 144-156 during her tenure at Fullerton.

LAST MEETING: at USF 70, Cal State Fullerton 63 (12/11/05)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 6-3/USF won 5

BEFORE USF: vs. San Diego (12/16/06)

THE LAST TIME: USF women's basketball watched a 25-point lead evaporate, but recovered just in time to seize a 70-63 non-conference victory against Cal State Fullerton. Sophomore guard Dominique Carter led the Dons offensively once again with a team-high 18 points and added four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Junior forward Nickie Carter chipped in 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore center Lisa Olden and sophomore forward LaShaunte Stephens added eight apiece for USF. San Francisco shot a blistering .696 (16-23) from the field in the first half and jumped out to a 42-26 lead at the intermission. USF took a 56-31 lead with 14:23 on the clock and Fullerton erupted for a 27-4 run to close to within two, 60-58 with 2:42 left in regulation. San Francisco found the key stops to snap a three-game losing streak.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: NoRadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)GameTracker: Yes - USFDons.comStreaming Video: No.

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 sixth 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 56 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 10.0 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 at Cal Poly (12/2/06) and averages 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.0 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 3.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Dons.

THE 50'S NOT FABULOUS FOR USF: USF's 80-58 home loss to Boise State (12/10/06) dropped the Dons to 1-6 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 4-31 record when stuck in the 50's. Dating to 2000-01, USF owns a 15-66 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.

THE TANYA HAAVE SHOW: Each Monday at 9:30 AM (PT) throughout the 2006-07 regular season, veteran USF Dons play-by-play man George Devine will sit down with first-year head coach Tanya Haave to discuss the team, players and a scouting report on upcoming opponents. To access the broadcasts, log on to USFDons.com, click on the women's basketball page and click on the "Tanya Haave Coaches Show" link. Then select the date under the women's basketball heading on the Yahoo Sports Menu. Special thanks to Yahoo for hosting the Tanya Haave Show on USFDons.com.

Lisa Olden LOOKS STRONG DURING 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 notcher her team-leading third double-double with a 14 points and 10 rebounds against Boise State (12/10/06) and averages 9.2 points and 6.9 boards per game for the Dons in nine starts this season.

MIHALCO CONNECTING FROM DEEP: Freshman guard Katie Mihalco has shown signs of producing for USF in her first season in the Green and Gold. Mihalco scored a career-high 22 points in her third collegiate game against Colorado State (11/17/06). Mihalco leads the team in 3-pointers (9) and long range accuracy (.346). The Colorado native ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 5.0 points per game.

PASS THE HEINTZ: Freshman guard Heidi Heintz has been a pleasant surprise for USF this season. The Washington native scored a career-high 11 points against Boise State (12/10/06) and averages 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists on the year.

Randi Richardson AT THE POINT: Freshman guard Randi Richardson is contributing in her first season at USF. The Washington prep standout ranks second on the team in steals (1.0) and is third in assists (1.6).