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Dons And Mustangs Take To The Hard Wood Satuday

Dec. 13, 2007

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GAME 11 • DECEMBER 15 • VS. CAL POLY (3-7)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 11-3LAST FOUR: 12/12 vs. Santa Clara 79, CP 72           12/8 at Loyola Marymount 80, CP 64   12/1 vs. San Diego 62, CP 53   11/29 vs. San Diego State 80, CP 70

LAST TIME VERSUS THE MUSTANGS: (December 2, 2006) The Dons closed out a two-game road trip with a 60-38 loss to Cal Poly in non-conference action at Mott Gym. The Dons did not score until the 14:19 mark in the first half and the Mustangs never trailed in the contest, snapping an eight game losing streak against USF.

San Francisco shot at a dismal .255 (14-55) from the field, including a woeful .231 (6-26) rate in the second half. USF connected on just one three-pointer in 15 attempts (.067).

Guard Shay Rollins was the lone bright spot for the Dons, tallying 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Senior forward Nickie Warren pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

The Mustangs' high scorer, Megan Harrison, had 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

AT WAR MEMORIAL GYM: San Francisco leads the series 9-1. USF and Cal Poly last played against each other on the University of San Francisco campus during the 2005-06 season. Dominique Carter recorded her second career double-double to send USF to its ninth straight victory against the Mustangs, 71-67. Carter matched a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Dons.

Freshman guard Shay Rollins also enjoyed a fine night, scoring 17 points to go along with three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Rollins put the Dons ahead for good with her third and final three-pointer at the 6:36 mark, 55-54. Junior forward Nickie Warren chipped in four points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard LaShaunte Stephens added four points and seven rebounds.

San Francisco shot at a .377 (23-61), but converted on a season best .625 (5-8) from long distance. The Mustangs managed a .346 (27-78) clip, .188 (3-16) from beyond the arc. Cal Poly enjoyed an enormous 54-43 rebound edge, including 25-14 on the offensive glass. The two teams combined for 32 turnovers and 42 personal fouls.

SCOUTING CAL POLY:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGCP66.3-7.2.364.307.67740.314.419.08.92.9USF 69.0-1.5.397.326.68339.913.616.65.22.4

• HEAD COACH: Faith Minmaugh / Loyola `85  RECORD AT CP: 111-173/11th Year  CAREER RECORD: 118-235/14th Year

• CONFERENCE: Big West• 2006-07 RECORD: 14-14, 9-5 in conference

Cal Poly enters Saturday having lost four straight games including a 79-72 decision to Santa Clara Wednesday evening in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly attempting to defeat Santa Clara for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign, trailed the Broncos, 62-46, with 12 minutes remaining. The Mustangs then recorded a 15-5 run during the ensuing seven minutes to shorten their deficit to 67-61. The Broncos, however, proved too much for Cal Poly, keeping back the Mustang advance to send them to their seventh loss of the year. Santa Clara's Jen Gottschalk shot 10-for-17 from the field and finished with a game best 25 points. The Mustangs' Sparkle Anderson and Rebecca Tratter each recorded a team-high 14 points. Megan Harrison added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Through 10 contests Harrison leads the Mustangs with 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Lisa McBride is Cal Poly's second threat with 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Ashlee Stewart has a season-high 32 assists, 3.2 per game.

The Big West's second-leading scorer entering the week, Harrison has topped the 20-point barrier three times this season including a 34-point performance on November 29 versus San Diego State.

The Mustangs were picked to finish fourth in the nine team Big West Conference on the preseason conference coaches' poll.

THE DONS' LAST WEEK: San Francisco went 2-0 in games against Sacramento State (W - 70-57) and San Jose State (W - 74-51) last week... Senior Dominique Carter recorded a game-high 24 points with 10 rebounds to complete the double-double performance versus the Hornets. 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... facing the Spartans Carter dropped in a career-high 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting, including 5-for-5 from behind the arc. Junior Necolia Simmons recorded 15 points, eight rebounds.

CARTER SECURES FOURTH ON USF CAREER POINTS LIST VERSUS SPARTANS, 50 POINTS FROM TOP 15 IN WCC HISTORY: With 32-points versus San Jose State, San Francisco's Dominique Carter brought her career point total to 1,470 surpassing Carey Sauer (1999-04) and Sue Corder (1981-85) to secure fourth on the Dons' career scoring list. Margaret Walsh (1983-87) sits third with 1,595 (+125) and Brittany Lindhe (1994-99) is second with 1,619 (+149).

Carter also is on the door step of cracking the West Coast Conference's all-time list needing 50 points to tie Aimee McDaniel of Pepperdine (1990-94) for 15th.

CARTER BECOMES 11TH DON WITH 1,000 / 500: After collecting 16 rebounds last week, Dominique Carter became just the 11th Dons' player in history to record over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds during their career. At present, Carter has 1,470 points and 507 rebounds. She's 13 boards from passing Andrea Kagie (1993-97) for 15th on the Dons' all-time career rebounding list.

The last player to join the group of 11 was Carey Sauer in 2004. Sauer finished her time on the hilltop with 1,443 points, 559 rebounds.

CARTER EARNS SECOND WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Francisco's Dominique Carter was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season by the conference office Monday. In USF wins versus Sacramento State and San Jose State on December 5 and 8, Carter averaged 28 points and eight rebounds, while shooting .575 from the field.

Carter made 11-of-19 shots (.579) against the Spartans including 5-of-5 behind the arc and added six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal.

Against the Hornets last Wednesday, Carter collected her third double-double of the year with 24 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 12-of-21 from the field (.571) and collected four assists and a steal.

Michelle Elliott of Gonzaga was the other WCC Player of the Week honoree announced Monday. She averaged 25 points and 4.5 rebound per game in wins over UC Davis and Sacramento State.

Carter earned her first WCC Player of the Week after three games from Nov. 18 - Nov. 24, in which she averaged 23.0 points and 9.7 rebounds, while shooting .590 from the field.

At that time, 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.

NATIONAL RANKS: Currently, Carter stands 14th in the nation in points per game at 20.8 ppg, 35th in shooting percentage at .561.

ROLLINS SETS CAREER HIGH VERSUS SACRAMENTO STATE: Junior Shay Rollins set a personal high for points scored with a 22-point out pour versus Sacramento State last Wednesday. Rollins' previous best was 21-points, set against San Diego on March 1, 2007.

CARTER AND ROLLINS VERSUS CAL POLY: For the most part, over their USF careers Shay Rollins and Dominique Carter have had their way with the Mustangs. In two games versus Cal Poly, Rollins has averaged 17.5 points per game, while shooting .521 from the field (12-for-23). In two of three games Carter has faced the Mustangs, she has dumped in point totals of 30 and 17, an average of 23.5. She shot .531 in those games (17-for-32) and collected 24 rebounds.

In last year's contest versus Cal Poly, a 63-30 loss, Carter was held to five points on 2-for-14 shooting.

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.