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USF Women's Basketball Travels to the Islands for Hawaii Invitational

Dec. 27, 2006

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USF TRAVELS TO THE ISLANDS TO COMPETE IN HAWAII INVITATIONAL: San Francisco travels to the Islands to compete in the 2006 Hawaii Invitational, beginning Friday, December 29 when the Dons take on the host Wahine in a 9:00 PM (PT) at the Stan Sheriff Center. USF is coming off its most impressive victory of the season, a 67-64 decision against rising ACC power Florida State December 20 at War Memorial Gym. Columbia and Oklahoma State round out the tournament field and the consolation game is set for a 6:00 PM (PT) start followed by the title game at 8:00 PM. The Dons look to avenge a 71-63 loss to Hawaii (5-5) last season in the City. The Lions (3-7) and the Cowgirls (10-1) will square off in the first contest on Friday. USF owns a 3-2 edge in the series against the Wahine and a 2-0 slate against Columbia. The Dons have never faced Oklahoma State.

Dominique Carter HEADS TO THE ISLANDS WITH 995 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 game at Hawaii with 995 career points in 68 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 (15.0) and rates second in field goal percentage (.449). 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 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 8.3 points and leads the team with 6.9 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 #13 - SCOUTING HAWAII: The Wahine (5-5) prepare to host their fourth tournament of the 2006-07 season when it takes on USF in opening round action Friday. Hawaii owns a 4-3 record at home and are 1-2 away from the Islands, having dropped three of its last four. The Wahine earned a split at the Paradise Classic, taking an overtime victory against Evansville (71-68) before falling in the title game to Chattanooga (65-62). Hawaii averages 63.2 points per game on .373 shooting, while opponents tally 66.0 points on .379 from the floor. Senior guard Pam Tambini leads the way for the Wahine, averaging 14.3 points on .408 shooting and adds 6.1 rebounds. Senior guard Janevia Taylor chips in 14.2 points on .402 from the field to go along with 4.4 boards and a team-high 3.5 assists. Jim Bolla is in his third season at the helm for the Wahine and owns a 34-30 record in Honolulu and a 334-150 slate in his 17th season as a Division I head coach. Bolla guided Hawaii to a 18-10 record last season with a 9-7 WAC mark.

LAST MEETING: Hawaii 71, at USF 63 (12/8/05)

SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USF leads 3-2/Hawaii won one

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF women's basketball opened its four-game homestand with a 71-63 loss to Hawaii. The Dons (2-6) shot .500 (26-52) from the field but coughed up 26 turnovers as the Rainbow Wahine (4-2) collected its first win against the Green and Gold since a 85-79 victory January 7, 1978. San Francisco got solid offensive contributions off the bench as sophomore guard Dominique Carter scored a team-high 18 on 9-for-15 from the floor, while junior forward Nickie Warren added 13 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman guard Shay Rollins chipped in eight points in 27 minutes. Senior guard Jenni Jones dished out a game-high six assists, setting a new career-high in the process, while sophomore guard Nykia Peace scored four points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists.

ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:Television Broadcast: Hawaii Local - KFVERadio Broadcast: KUSF (90.3 FM) - San FranciscoInternet Audio: Yes - USFDons.com (Yahoo Broadcast)Internet Video: Yes - WACTV.comGameTracker: Yes - USFDons.com

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 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 eighth 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 just five points to become the 16th player in program history to surpass the grand mark. Since her arrival, Carter has led the team in scoring 39 times, reached double-digit scoring 49 times with 17 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 8.3 points and a team-high 6.9 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). Rollins scored a career-high 18 points at Cal Poly (12/2/06) and added 16 off the bench in USF's 67-64 win against Florida State (12/20/06). On the year, Rollins averages 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.6 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 a season-high 12 points at Cal State Fullerton (12/18/06). On the year, Peace averages 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Dons.

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 notched her team-leading third double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Boise State (12/10/06) and averages 8.0 points and 6.3 boards per game for the Dons in 12 starts this season.