Dec. 29, 2007
San Francisco (9-4) on a six-game winning streak, it's longest in nearly a decade, faces Nevada (7-3) Sunday in Reno, Nev. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. PT. Live audio can be found at usfdons.com.
GAME 14 DECEMBER 30 AT NEVADA (7-3)ALL-TIME SERIES: USF leads 9-5LAST FOUR: 12/16 NEV 82, vs CS Fullerton 57 12/9 NEV 62, at UC Riverside 52 12/7 at UC Irvine 77, NEV 74 12/2 NEV 74, vs Idaho State 66
LAST TIME VERSUS THE WOLFPACK: (December 1, 2005) USF women's basketball took on Nevada in its final non-conference game of the season and seized a 65-55 victory at War Memorial Gym.
San Francisco did an outstanding job shooting the ball, converting on .512 (21-41) for the game, but were even more impressive at the free throw line, connecting on .870 (20-23), including 16-of-17 in the second half. The Dons made eight consecutive free throws - all in the final 1:07 in the contest to seal the win.
Sophomore guard Shay Rollins scored a team-high 16 points. Rollins converted on 4-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Junior guard Dominique Carter added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while senior center Nickie Warren scored 11 points to go along with four boards. Junior center Lisa Olden also enjoyed a strong effort, scoring eight points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Brandi Fitzgerald scored a team-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Dellena Criner chipped in 10 for the Wolfpack. Nevada shot .349 (22-63) from the field for the game. San Francisco won the battle of the boards 38-29, helping to offset 30 turnovers as the two teams combined for 52 in the contest.
IN RENO: Nevada leads the series, 4-2. The last time San Francisco played in Reno on December 31, 2005 USF suffered a 59-53 setback against Nevada.
Junior center Nickie Warren turned in her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nykia Peace added a team-high 11 points for the Dons, while sophomore guard Danae Wellander chipped in nine.
USF .355 (22-62) from the field, while Nevada connected at a .338 (22-63) and converted on four of its 11 attempts. The Dons held a 48-44 rebound edge, offset by 17 turnovers. Nevada came into the contest averaging 24.2 turnovers, but coughed it up just 11 times in the ballgame.
TEAM PPG MARGINFG %3FG %FT %RPG APGTOSPGBPGNEV68.5+4.7.396.370.69536.19.518.104.22.168USF 72.5+1.0.427.359.70439.113.822.214.171.124
HEAD COACH: Kim Gervasoni / Fresno State `89 RECORD AT NEV: 48-83 / 5th Year CAREER RECORD: Same
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic 2006-07 RECORD: 17-15 , 10-6 in conference
Nevada has won two consecutive games and at home boast a record of 4-1 entering Sunday's game versus USF. Prior to battling the Dons, who are on their longest win streak in nearly a decade, the Wolfpack will take on UNLV Friday.
In pre-Christmas break action, Nevada topped Cal State Fullertion on December 16 by a score of 82-57. The Wolfpack had five players score in double figures led by 14 from Cherlanda Franklin. Shavon Moore had 11, Mikail Price, Dellena Criner and Johnna Ward all had 10 points. In total, 15 Wolfpack players saw action versus Cal State Fullerton. Nevada outshot the Titans, 56 percent (31-55) to 35 percent (23-66), and outrebounded CS Fullerton, 40-29.
On the year, Criner has averaged 16.4 point per game. Price is second on the team with 11.7 ppg. Additionally, Criner and Price are the team's top assist and steal collectors with 28 and 23, and 16 and 27, respectively. Brandi Fitzgerald is the Wolfpack's top rebounder at 4.4 rebound per contest. Moore and Marianne Lombardi also average over four rebounds a game at 4.2 a game.
Nevada made the WNIT tournament last season after losing to the Dons at War Memorial Gym at the end of the team's non-conference slate.
The Wolfpack was selected to finish second in the nine team Western Athletic Conference on the preseason coaches poll.
THE DONS' LAST WEEK: San Francisco went 2-0 in games against Eastern Washington and UC Davis on December 18 and 20... USF opens post-Christmas play on a six game winning streak... against UC Davis, Dominique Carter had 25 points and five rebounds, while shooting 10-of-13 from the field, 4-for-5 from three point... senior Nykia Peace collected 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks... in the game versus Eastern Washington, Carter provided 23 points and seven rebounds... Peace had 16 points, four rebounds and shot 3-of-3 from long range.
THE STREAK AT SIX STRAIGHT: USF's 81-72 win over UC Davis extended the Dons' current winning streak to six straight, the longest for San Francisco since the 2001-02 season. The 1996-97 squad was the last Dons' team to win seven or more game in a row, topping off their streak at nine straight. USF's longest streak of consecutive victories was 16 in 1994-95.
CONSECUTIVE STRONG SHOWINGS FROM PEACE: The play of senior Nykia Peace was a deciding factor in wins over Eastern Washington and UC Davis. The guard compiled an average of 16 points and seven rebounds per game on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, 6-for-8 shooting from long range.. Versus the Eagles, Peace had 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Against the Aggies, Peace registered 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
CARTER EARNS THIRD WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Francisco's Dominique Carter was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season by the conference office on December 27.
Carter led USF to a pair of victories last week, averaging 24.0 points per game as the Dons stretched their winning streak to six straight games. The senior paced USF to a 95-86 win over Eastern Washington, scoring a team-high 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and pulling down seven boards. In an 81-72 victory over UC Davis, Carter dropped in 25 points and grabbed five rebounds, while shooting 10-for-13 from the floor. For the week, Carter shot a blistering .720 (18-for-25) from the field, and shot an equally impressive .750 (6-for-8) from beyond the arc.
Last time Carter earned Co-Player of the Week after USF wins versus Sacramento State and San Jose State on December 5 and 8, in which she averaged 28 points and eight rebounds, while shooting .575 from the field.
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.