Dec. 20, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Dominique Carter hit four three-pointers and scored a team-high 25 points on Thursday while San Francisco hit 11 treys overall, as the Dons won their sixth straight game with an 81-72 nonconference women's basketball victory over UC Davis at War Memorial Gym.
Wing Jessica Campbell scored a game-high 29 points for UC Davis - which fell to 6-4 with the loss - while teammate Haylee Donaghe added 22. It was the second straight game with at least 20 points for both players who had 28 and 23 points, respectively, in the Aggies' 98-91 win over Saint Mary's on Monday. USF, which made 8 of 10 three-point attempts in the second half, improved to 9-4.
The Dons shot extremely well from the field, converting 56 percent of their shots, including 11 of 19 (68.2 percent) from three-point territory. Carter led the way for USF, making 10 of 13 shots overall and 4 of 5 from three-point.
She was one of four Dons in double figures, a quartet that also included guard Nykia Peace with 16 points, guard Shay Rollins with 15 and forward Heidi Heintz with 13. Both Peace and Rollins had a trio of three-pointers with Peace completing a double-double by grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
"When a team shoots like that, there's not a lot you can do," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson.
The teams were tied twice in the first half before a three-point play from Campbell gave the Aggies their biggest lead at 17-14 with 8 minutes to go. However, a 9-0 run by the Dons - keyed by four points from Carter - put USF up 23-17 less than three minutes later. The Aggies twice trailed by seven points before going into the break with a 29-24 deficit.
UC Davis shot just 30.3 percent in the first half, including making just 1 of 8 from three-point.
"We had good shots but we didn't finish them aggressively," said Simpson. "We were very tentative offensively."
Donaghe - who was 9 of 16 from the field - scored on a driving layup to make it a three-point deficit early in the second half but Carter hit a pair of treys and Rollins added another to help the Dons build a 10-point advantage at 38-28 less than two minutes in.
Campbell's three-pointer with 12:32 left cut the deficit to 47-41, while Monica Mertle's layup also made it a six-point game at 49-43 but that would be as close as the Aggies would get the rest of the way. The Dons led by as many as 13 points down the stretch while UC Davis was able to climb within seven points on three occassions.
Campbell hit 9 of 14 shots and made all nine of her free throw attempts while also adding six rebounds. Her 29 points were just one shy of her career-best of 30. Donaghe was 4 of 4 from the line as she tied her career-high scoring total.
The Aggies will return to action on Dec. 28 when they visit Bradley. UC Davis will face Drake on Dec. 30 to conclude a two-game road trip to the midwest.