Last season, the Dons counted 11 wins and seven losses in conference play. To put that into perspective, Gonzaga finished in first place with 14 wins and four losses. Last season, the Dons averaged 68.7 points per game (PPG) while giving up an average of 69.3 PPG. With four seniors graduated, there is a lot of talent to be filled by the rising class.
The 2016-2017 Dons out-rebounded their opponents throughout the season, but they also committed more turnovers on average. This year, the women will need to improve on their overall record from last year, but more specifically their 4-10 away record. The Dons struggled on the road against teams. A majority of the road games in conference were decided by less than 10 points.
Additionally, this year USF’s own Anna Seilund, senior guard, was selected to play on the 2017-18 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Basketball Team. This is quite an honor, as only the top players of the WCC are chosen to play on the team. Seilund is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and has been a huge success for the Dons. In addition to earning the WCC All-Academic honorable mention and being named as WCC player of the week, she also finished with an average of four assists per game, making her a top-ten assist leader in the WCC.
The women’s basketball season begins Nov. 10 with a kick off match against Cal Poly at War Memorial Gym. According to the WCC Women’s Basketball Standings, Cal Poly did not make the final top ten list of the 2016-17 season, while USF came up fourth. The last time USF faced Cal Poly, the Dons claimed a 73-67 victory. Hopefully history will repeat itself this weekend.
Following the opening game against Cal Poly, the Dons will host another home game on Nov. 15, this time against Washington State. Washington State has proven to be a more competitive opponent to the Dons. Last November, USF fell hard to Washington State in a 35-73 loss. However, Washington State did not make the WCC final top-ten list of last season, meaning that USF could have a chance at redeeming themselves. Nevertheless, Nov. 15 will be an exciting challenge for USF.
Featured Photo: Dons’ womens’ team lines up at HoopSFest DonsAthletics/Flickr