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Dons Finish 2007 Home Slate With Eagles, Aggies

Dec. 17, 2007

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San Francisco (7-4) will look to extend their four-game win streak as they host Eastern Washington (3-7) Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT. The Dons' weekly set also has a matchup against UC Davis (5-3) Thursday at 7 p.m. PT. Live stats and audio for both games will be available at usfdons.com.

GAME 12 • DECEMBER 18 • VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON (3-7)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 1-0LAST FOUR: 12/15 EWU 73, Great Falls 57   12/8 at Portland 85, EWU 58   12/5 EWU 65, vs. Idaho 53   12/2 vs. Utah State 74, EWU 55

LAST TIME VERSUS THE EAGLES: (1980) USF won 77-55 at War Memorial Gym under Head Coach Walt Bugler. For the season, the Dons went 28-5, 11-1 in Northern California Athletic Conference play.

SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGEWU61.0-5.9.386.358.68238.312.419.95.84.6USF 69.7-0.5.407.319.69340.013.317.25.22.2

• HEAD COACH: Wendy Schuller / Fresno Pacific `92  RECORD AT EWU: 83-98 / 7th Year  CAREER RECORD: 83-98 / 7th Year

• CONFERENCE: Big Sky• 2006-07 RECORD: 10-19, 5-11 in conference

Eastern Washington, a member of the Big Sky Conference, has struggled to a 3-7 record during the first third of the year. They are looking to continue recovery following a six game losing streak collected from November 11 to December 2. The Eagles have won two of their last three games including a win over Great Falls last week.

On Saturday, the Eagles topped Great Falls 73-57 behind 22 points from Kyla Evans. Evans shot 6-for-14 from behind the arc as Eastern Washington made 40.7-percent of their three-point attempts. Sydney Benson also had a great game for the Eagles compiling 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and seven steals.

Evans leads EWU in scoring with an average of 12.9 points per game. She has season three-point percentage of .437 (31-71). Katy Baker and Nicole Scott share much of the offensive load with Evans as they average 11.9 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.

Benson collected a team-high 7.2 rebounds a game. Jessica Huntington is the Eagles' top assists artist with 4.6 a game.

Opponents have forced the Eagles into 19.9 turnovers per game while only making 15.3. The opposition has also had 100 steals to EWU's total of 58.

The Eagles were picked to finish seventh in the nine team Big Sky on the conference's preseason coaches poll.

GAME 13 • DECEMBER 20 • VS. UC DAVIS (5-3)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 3-1LAST FOUR: 12/9 at Arizona State 77, UCD 56   12/6 vs. Gonzaga 71, UCD 58   12/2 at Stanford 62, UCD 41   11/27 UCD 80, Portland State 62

LAST TIME VERSUS THE AGGIES: (December 1, 2005) USF got 21 points from sophomore guard Dominique Carter, but it wasn't enough as UC Davis collected a 69-55 non-conference victory at The Pavilion.Carter converted on 10-of-18 from the floor to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Nickie Warren added eight points and nine rebounds.

USF connected on .411 (23-56) from the field, but UC Davis hit at a .457 (21-46) and did plenty of damage from long distance, converting on .417 (5-12) from 3-point range. Junior forward Ellen Porshneva led four Aggies in double figures with 18 points, while junior guard Jackie Turpin added 17.

AT WAR MEMORIAL GYM: San Francisco leads the series, 3-0. The last time USF and UC Davis faced off on the San Francisco campus the Dons won 80-61. USF used a strong defensive effort, forcing 27 turnovers by the Aggies .

Senior center Mary Jane Krueger led the way for USF with a game-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and 21st of her career. Freshman guard Dominique Carter added 16 points, while sophomore guard Jennifer Katsuyama added 12 points off the bench to go along with three assists and two steals.

SCOUTING UC DAVIS:

TEAM COMPARISON

TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGUCD64.1+ 5.0.422.319.75031.811.617.811.42.3USF 69.7-0.5.407.319.69340.013.317.25.22.2

• HEAD COACH: Sandy Simpson / UC Davis `81  RECORD AT UCD: 181-106 / 11th Year  CAREER RECORD: 181-106 / 11th Year

• CONFERENCE: Big West• 2006-07 RECORD: 13-16 (07-08 First Year Big West Members)

Prior to Thursday's game versus the Dons, the Aggies will take on West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's Monday. Heading into the matchup versus the Gaels, UC Davis has lost three straight. Their most recent setback came on December 9 as Arizona State defeated the Aggies 77-56. Before that UC Davis lost 71-58 to Gonzaga and 62-41 to Stanford.

Versus the Sun Devils, UC Davis was led by 13 points, four assists from Haylee Donaghe and 10 points, three steals from Heather Bates. The Aggies shot 42-percent from the field, 50-percent from three-point range, but were unable to contend with Arizona State's hot 55.6-percent shooting.

Jessica Campbell, who had nine points in the loss to ASU, has averaged a team-best 12.1 points per game on .486 shooting. Donaghe has collected 10.6 ppg.

Bates is the Aggies top rebounder with 5.5 per contest. Kirsten Cummins has dished 2.9 assists a game thus far, while also pick-pocketing 2.0 passes. In total, UC Davis has averaged 11.4 steals a game, 47th best in the nation.

UC Davis was selected to finish third in the nine team Big West Conference on the conference's preseason coaches poll. The media selected the Aggies to finish one spot lower, tied for fourth with Long Beach State.

THE DONS' LAST WEEK: San Francisco went 1-0 in a game against Cal Poly last Saturday... the win was USF's fourth straight... senior forward Dominique Carter tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore forward Heidi Heintz tied Carter for the team scoring lead with 17 of her own. Junior guard Shay Rollins added 15 points and junior forward Necolia Simmons had 14 points, eight rebounds.. as a team USF shot 56-percent from the field (23-for-41) and made 29-of-39 free throws.