Dec. 19, 2006
USF HOSTS FLORIDA STATE IN FINAL HOME GAME OF 2006: San Francisco welcomes Florida State Wednesday night in its final home game of 2006 and the last before taking a five-day break for the Christmas holiday. The Dons looks to bounce back after a rugged road trip against a Seminole squad ranked No. 23 last week in the USA Today Coaches Poll. USF dropped back-to-back games at Fresno State (55-48) and Cal State Fullerton (72-69), while Florida State also looks to return to the win column after a setback at Washington (84-65) last Saturday. Wednesday's game will be the first meeting between the Dons and Seminoles. 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 Florida State game with 979 career points in 67 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 (14.9) and rates second in field goal percentage (.430). The Tracy native owns 17 career 20-point games with four already this season, the last a 21-point effort at Cal State Fullerton (12/18/06). Carter earned odwalla Classic All-Tournament honors, averaging 18.5 points on .556 (15-27) shooting with 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Nickie Warren LOOKING FINISHING STRONG: 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 8.7 points and leads the team with 7.5 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 #12 - SCOUTING FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles (10-2) entered last week ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and look to rebound from a road loss at Washington (84-69) last Saturday to kick off their West Coast swing. Florida State boasts a prolific offense, averaging 72.0 points per game on remarkable .466 shooting. The defense is also a strength as FSU limits its opponents to 58.0 points per game on .376 from the field and owns an enormous 43.9-32.7 rebound edge. Sophomore center Brittany Miller leads the way for the Seminoles with a team-high 13.8 points on .546 (71-130) from the field and is the team's leading rebounder (6.0) and shot blocker (2.3). Senior guard Alicia Gladden adds 13.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while sophomore guard Tanae Davis-Cain chips in 10.5 points per night. Sue Semrau is in her 10th season at the helm for Florida State and owns a 146-130 overall record. Semrau guided the Seminoles into the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
LAST MEETING: First meeting
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: First meeting
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.com
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.