The Dons continued their three-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 8, visiting the Brigham Young Cougars. BYU was the West Coast Conference coming into the game with a per-game average of 86.7, but USF limited the Cougars to only 68. Unfortunately, the Dons only put up 63 points themselves.
The San Francisco women’s basketball team upset BYU with a 65-56 victory Saturday afternoon in front of an energetic crowd of 557 at War Memorial Gym. The Dons improved to 9-11 on the season (2-5 in Conference play) and BYU fell to 13-6 overall (4-2 in the WCC).
The Dons were led by two of their youngest players: freshman guard Zhané Dikes and freshman forward Taylor Proctor. Dikes had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Proctor added 17 points, eight rebounds, and a pair of assists, blocks, and steals.
Senior guard Mel Khlok also notched 14 points and five assists in the win.
Saturday’s victory was surprising, given that BYU pummeled the Dons to an 80-58 victory Jan. 5 in Utah.
“Last game [against BYU], it didn’t seem like we wanted it, and we didn’t really get after it,” Dikes said after Saturday’s win.
“But this game, you saw it in our eyes. I saw fire in my teammates’ eyes. We really just wanted it. We went hard every possession,” she said.
The Dons jumped out to an early 12-5 advantage and led 33-17 at halftime following an 11-0 run to close out the half.
Despite the big lead, Head Coach Jennifer Azzi did not want her players feeling too comfortable.
“We went in the locker room and wrote up ‘0-0’”, Azzi said after the game.
“We [couldn’t] think about the first half. However, [we had] confidence from the first half because our defense was outstanding.”
Indeed, San Francisco held BYU to 24.1% shooting through the first 20 minutes of play.
BYU scored seven unanswered points to open the second half, however, trimming the Dons’ lead to 33-24. BYU graduate guard Haley Steed, who lead the NCAA as of Jan. 24 with 8.0 assists per game, hit a deep three that reduced USF’s lead to 49-45 with 7:58 remaining. Another three-pointer from Steed and a BYU layup made it 58-53 Dons with 2:16 left to play. Steed collected 13 of her 19 points, two of her three assists, and all five of her steals in the second half.
“I didn’t get nervous. I knew we’d shake it off. We didn’t let that rattle us at all,” Dikes said of BYU’s comeback efforts.
Dikes hit a key jumper that made it 60-53 Dons with 1:39 remaining, and San Francisco made five free throws in the final minute to wrap up the 65-56 victory.
Azzi spoke highly of both teams after the game.
“BYU is such a good program, so for us to beat that caliber of a team…was pretty outstanding. I’m really proud of our players,” she said.
She also complimented her emerging freshmen.
“[Proctor] had a tremendous game. I think she’s getting better at reading what the defense is giving her…She’s becoming more of a complete player and she wants it,” Azzi said.
“Both [Dikes and Proctor] are so open to getting better. They’ll stay after practice, they’ll work on anything they need to work on, they’ll come in and watch film…They’re into it, and that’s what’s exciting because…the big change [when becoming a successful program] is when the players really start to own the program,” Azzi said.
With the win, San Francisco improved to 7-3 overall (2-1 in Conference play) at War Memorial Gym this season.
“We had a really good crowd today…that helps our energy a lot,” Azzi said.
“[Playing at home] just brings a whole new energy. Once we get that same intensity away, we’ll be a great team,” Dikes said after the game.
San Francisco hosts WCC opponent San Diego this Saturday, February 2nd, at 2 p.m.
It was an exciting weekend for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Fernhill Park in Portland. The women won their fourth straight WCC title and the men finished in fourth place behind Portland, BYU, and Gonzaga.
The women: Junior Eva Krchova finished in first place for the Dons with a time of 20:35 for the 6k course. Freshman Elena Burkard was a close second behind Krchova with a time of 20:36, followed by senior Alice Baker finishing 6th with a time of 20:40, senior Laura Suur finishing 7th with 20:43, and senior Chloe Treleven finishing 10th with 20:53.
Other outstanding performances on the women’s side were made by junior Maor Tiyouri, placing 11th with a time of 20:57, sophomore Kate Jamboretz, finishing 30th with 21:39, and junior Sarah Pearson and senior Hillary Kigar, finishing with a time of 22:16 (41st place) and 22:33 (47th place), respectively.
The USF women finished first at the West Coast Conference with 26 points, while Portland finished second with 52 points, and BYU at third place with 85 points. The Lady Dons had a strong finish and won their fourth straight WCC title. With their competitive mindset and positive attitude, the Dons worked hard to achieve this victory.
The Dons ran together as a group in the top ten, with Krchova leading the way, followed closely by Burkard.
“We both ran together during this race, and kept pace with the other girls in the front. My focus was to stay in the front all the way through and then see what happens at the end,” Burkard said.
“In general, I just thought during the race ‘I want this, I can do this’. It was funny because at Conference was Laura Hottenrott-Freitag (Portland) who beat me at Nationals, and I was like ok, you are not going to beat me again. I was focused on beating her, which I did,” said Burkard.
The rain poured down during the races for both the men and the women, causing lots of mud and rain and making the race both fresh and exciting.
“I really liked this race because it was muddy and rainy, and that is usually what cross country is like in Germany,” said Burkard.
“At the beginning, I thought the course was going to be very flat and fast, but was flat with some hills and a lot of mud…then I really liked it.”
In a few weeks, the Dons will be back again for the NCAA West Regionals, and ready to compete against some of the best runners in the country.
“I’m getting into it, and it’s getting a lot more fun,” Burkard said, “I’m really looking forward to West Regionals, and I’ve only raced in three races up until now. Which, for me, is not that much because I’m used to racing more. I’m very excited.”
The men: In an exhilarating men’s race, the Dons finished fourth, narrowly missing third place by two points behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs with 105 points. Portland finished first with 32 points, followed by BYU with 33, and Gonzaga just two points ahead of USF with 103 points. Jose Madera placed 15th overall with a time of 24:21, with senior Steven Garboden finishing 16th (24:22) and senior Ganbileg Bor finishing 17th (24:24).
“The goals coming into the WCC meet was to perform as well as we could as a team and see how we compared with the rest of the conference,” freshman Eric Causey said.
“We all performed well, but we could have done better. We finished 4th in the conference with a close defeat to Gonzaga.”
Causey finished 25th with a time of 24:46, followed by sophomore Jarrett Moore placing 32nd (25:13), junior Charlie Johansen finishing 40th (25:57), and freshman Nick Hicks placing 43rd (26:13).
“This year has been a huge encouragement to do my best because all they [my teammates] have given and sacrifices made for the team. This year has been so much fun and I’m loving every second of it,” Causey said.
The NCAA West Regionals is a 10k race on the men’s side, a race that is both long and challenging. With two weeks until Regionals, the men are excited and anxious to race again.
“We are all looking forward to Regionals because it will be the race that we peak for and that means our performance will be best. It will be my first 10k and our first 10k as a team this year so it will be a whole different experience.”
The USF men and women’s cross country teams are set to compete at the NCAA West Regionals on Friday, November 9th.
The Dons losing streak continued last week with a tough 3-1 loss to the
Brigham Young Cougars on Thursday and a 3-1 setback against the University
of San Diego Toreros in San Diego.
San Francisco rallied back after losing the ﬁrst two sets against BYU, but
were unable to pull through for a ﬁfth set in their annual “Dig Pink” match. The
Dons were defeated 25-29, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23. The match raised money for
breast cancer awareness.
The Dons played the ﬁrst two sets with little energy, but came back strong in the
third and fourth sets, rallying the pink-clad crowd.
“We really responded well after the second game we didnʼt play well, I
thought we made some changes, had some great energy, started to play some
better defense,” head coach Gilad Doron said.
Sophomore middle blocker Malina Terrell and freshman opposite hitter Anja
Segota shared the team lead in kills with 11 each, followed by freshman middle
blocker Valentina Zaloznik with 10 kills. The Dons struggled to hit from the
outside and hit for a .139 clip to the Cougars .215. USF had errors in every
aspect of the game, including 30 attack errors and 12 missed serves, ﬁve of
which came in the fourth set. The Cougars recorded 16 attack errors and eight
service errors, yet easily made up for these with a 13.0 – 4.0 blocking advantage.
“It came up to one or two points,” Doron said, “I thought we had it in game
four.” Sophomore setter Joan Coloiaro recorded a double-double for the Dons
with 38 assists and 15 digs. Freshman libero Rebecca Kopilovitch led the team
in digs with 26.
“Our girls battled,” Doron said. “Weʼre deﬁnitely going through a little
rough patch, but thatʼs the only way were going to get back up. We ﬁnished
stronger today and Iʼm happy about that, hopefully we can get our conﬁdence
back up and win some matches.”
The Dons conﬁdence did not return for their next match, a 25-11, 22-25, 25-19,
25-13 loss to the No. 17 USD Toreros. It was the ﬁfth straight West Coast
Conference loss for San Francisco. The Dons (13-11, 5-6 WCC) swept the
Toreros (23-3, 8-3 WCC) on opening night, but didnʼt have the spark or the
momentum of that ﬁrst conference meeting this time around.
The Dons hit at just .115 and put down 8 blocks, while San Diego hit at an
impressive .317 clip and totaled 11 blocks. San Francisco recorded 24 errors in
the match, 11 of them as missed serves and 7 on receiving errors.
Segota once again led the team in kills with 10, and added 10 digs to
reach a double-double. Zaloznik chipped in seven kills and ﬁve blocks (one solo),
and junior outside hitter Alycia Cox added six more kills.
San Francisco plays its next match in Provo, UT, once again facing off against
the BYU Cougars. They play Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 PM.
It was reported on March 4 that Brandon Davies, a star basketball player for Brigham Young University in Utah, was suspended for the rest of the season from playing on his nationally ranked college basketball team because of an honor code violation. The fact that the Davies had intimate relations with his girlfriend, it turned out, was against the school’s requirement for all its students to lead a “chaste and virtuous life” in accordance with the Mormon principles upon which Brigham Young University was founded.
The Foghorn staff, upon learning of the reason for the basketball player’s suspension, had an internal discussion about the role colleges should have in when it comes to the private lives of students. Like Brigham Young, USF is a private religious institution of higher education. And just as Brigham Young grounds its honor code in the Mormon tradition, USF looks to the Jesuit Catholic tradition when it comes to policy ranging from its broader mission of social justice to more specific rules regarding dormitory visitation policies.
The purpose of this editorial is not to argue whether or not Davies should have been suspended for a personal decision that went against a commitment he already made by attending Brigham Young. Rather, the Foghorn wants articulate what we feel is role of colleges in the personal lives of its students.
As college students who are preparing to enter as educated citizens into the real world, we feel very much that increased responsibility is an important part of that process. We also feel that with this increased responsibility is the freedom needed to exercise that power.
The Foghorn does recognize that it is in the best interest of the university to see to its students’ welfare and to keep them safe. We therefore recommend that in personal matters (i.e., sexual ones), the university’s focus should be on promoting greater responsibility and awareness on the part of the student body.
The emphasis should not be on requiring students, in the name of safety, to embrace a potentially narrow view of moral acceptability with respect to sex. The staff, for instance, feels that the university’s current focus on awareness of sexual and gender issues and on responsible personal decision-making is far more favorable to prohibiting premarital relations altogether.
USF’s leadership recently has shown that they are willing to recognize college students as capable, discerning adults who can handle the extra responsibility that comes with the territory.
Last semester, for example, the school’s Office of Residence Life reviewed and amended an on-campus overnight visitation policy to now allow a limited number of overnight visitors of the opposite sex to visit a student’s dorm room over a period of time. (Before this, there was an outright ban of opposite sex overnight guests in general.)
While we cannot comment intelligently on the honor codes of universities like Brigham Young, we can say that USF is heading on the right path, and steadfastly should continue to do so.
Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta
Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino
Brigham Young University has decided to join the West Coast Conference and will start competing within the conference starting next year, the 2011-2012 season. BYU made the decision last week after going independent in football while leaving the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars will compete in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. So what does this mean for the WCC and more specifically USF?
This is a significant move for the West Coast Conference because BYU is perennially a top ranked program, which strengthens the competition in the WCC. The WCC is not a big-time conference with powerhouse athletic programs but the conference has certainly become deeper and more competitive with the addition of BYU. In an interview with KNBR, head Basketball coach Rex Walters discussed the benefits of adding BYU to the WCC, citing that the move solidifies the conference and “raises the bar for the entire league in terms of what you have to do to be successful.” Walters also thinks the move will help USF basketball because it will allow them to recruit more, saying “kids want to play against good teams, kids want to fill like they’re [playing] in a high-profile league and this definitely boosts our image in a tremendous way.” Also, having to play BYU every season strengthens your schedule, which is important if you’re trying to make the postseason. During the basketball season USF will play Gonzaga, St.Mary’s and BYU (all of which made the NCAA tournament, with St.Mary’s advancing to the Sweet 16), who are all very competitive programs that rank in the top 25 each season. The WCC usually isn’t a large draw for out of conference scheduling because it has been viewed as a weaker conference, but now with BYU joining, the WCC teams don’t have to place a high importance on out of conference games since the league is significantly more competitive. And this is true for every sport in the WCC that BYU will compete in. The move strengthens the league from top to bottom, making the WCC much more respectable and competitive.
BYU signed an eight-year contract with ESPN that will allow the network to televise the school’s Football games. Yeah, I know USF doesn’t have a football team but anytime you can add a team to your league that regularly plays on television it’s a huge win. Playing on television puts BYU’s name out there to a wider audience, drawing in more recruits to the conference because student’s want to play on television. Although the other BYU sports don’t have a T.V. contract with ESPN, they will still get exposure because of BYUtv, the university television station that broadcasts worldwide. The station obviously isn’t in the same caliber as ESPN but it still broadcasts to a large audience, giving exposure to USF and the rest of the WCC that otherwise wouldn’t be available. The Gonzaga-BYU games should definitely be nationally televised, given each program’s success recently, which is great because those teams will showcase the talent of the WCC. I think this will help tremendously with recruiting, potential recruits will now be able to be sold on playing on television, who could turn that down?
Finally the Mormon community will greatly raise attendance and viewer ship for the WCC. BYU, if you didn’t know already, has the largest population of Mormon students than any other university. In 2009 alone, there were 32,516 Mormon students enrolled in the school. There are approximately 5.7 million Mormons in the United States, that’s a lot of people, who most likely are fans of BYU. BYU always sells out games, the fans are extremely loyal and are always present, even during road games. I don’t think War Memorial is all of sudden going to be packed with BYU fans and Mormons but the fact that millions of people relate to BYU and its values will mean that anytime BYU plays the stands will be packed. People want to see them play and having such a strong relationship to a religious group is a large factor in why BYU is a well-known program that sells out games.
Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain
Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach