Dons Ease Past Urban Knights In Home Opener

USF improves to 1-1 with 80-50 victory

Freshman guard Rheina Ale led all scorers with 18 points

Nov. 18, 2008

(San Francisco) - Three Dons scored in double-digits Tuesday as the USF women's basketball team opened the home slate of the 2008-09 campaign with an 80-50 victory over Academy of Art at War Memorial Gym. With the victory over the Urban Knights (0-2), San Francisco (1-1) improves to 24-7 in home openers since 1976, including earning a win in four of the past five seasons.

San Francisco held the Academy of Art scoreless until the 14:26 mark en route to opening the game on a 22-5 run through the first 10 minutes. After taking a 44-23 lead into the locker room at halftime, USF continued to roll in the second stanza, eventually taking a 40 point lead with 6:02 remaining thanks to a Vania Singleterry layup.

For the game, San Francisco shot at a .493 clip, including hitting 18-of-34 in the first half for a .529 average. The Dons' defense held the Urban Knights to a .083 percentage from 3-point territory and a .283 average overall. For the evening, USF out rebounded Academy of Art 51-30 and also outscored the Urban Knights 41-16 in the paint.

Freshman Rheina Ale led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, including going a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The guard also pulled down eight rebounds while dishing out three assists and one steal. Senior center Necolia Simmons and senior guard Shay Rollins rounded out double-digit scorers for San Francisco in the contest with 10 and 17, respectively. Simmons also earned nine rebounds with three assists, while Rollins recorded three rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.

USF freshman guard Singleterry posted a game-high 10 boards with nine points and three assists. Junior guard Danesha Wright also posted nine points for the Dons while posting a game-high four assists. Alexis Musante added five points for USF, while Leslie Walker, Donnisha Taylor and Katy Keating each added four apiece.



The Urban Knights were led by Jaqui Heck, who posted a team-high 13 points and five rebounds. Sondra Stilwell scored 12 points and Vanessa Wilkins added 10 to round out double-digit scorers for Academy of Art.

San Francisco returns to the floor Friday as they travel to Cheney, Wash. to take on Eastern Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Dons will then face UC Davis in Davis next Tuesday, before returning to the Hilltop¬ to host the annual Odwalla Classic Nov. 28-30.

Related Stories