Frankie Ferrari goes up for a layup against Gonzaga. (Courtesy Christina Leung/USF Athletics)

College Notebook: Dons ready to start basketball season

USF Dons MBB picked fourth:

San Francisco’s men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth by coaches in the West Coast Conference this week at the conference’s media day. It’s the second straight year the Dons have been tabbed fourth, Senior guard Frankie Ferrari was named to the WCC Preseason Men’s Basketball team at the event, and will lead four returning starters from last year’s 22-win team.

San Francisco begins the season on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at UC Davis, and then play six straight home games, highlighted by a Nov. 16 visit from Arizona State.

USF Dons WBB picked eighth:

After back-to-back top five finishes, the USF women’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth in this season’s West Coast Conference preseason poll. That is more due to the youth San Francisco will bring to bear this season than anything else.

The Dons add eight newcomers — all true freshmen — for the 2018-19 season, and have lost three starters and six letterwinners from last year’s team. Seven freshmen of those have come from outside the United States and had international success, headlined by Lucija Kostic of Croatia.

Kostic was named newcomer of the year in the WABA Senior League this past season. In 2017, she was the best post player and rebounder in the U18 Croatian National Championship F4. She has been named MVP four times – twice in the WABA leagues (2017, ’15) and twice on the Croatian National Championship F4 teams (2016, ’14) on the U16 and U14 rosters.

ART U: Hasna Kaarour Claims Third PacWest Runner of the Week Honor (WXC):

After winning UC San Diego’s Triton Classic outright, Academy of Art graduate student Hasna Kaarour has been named Pacific West Conference Runner of the Week for the third time this season. In an Oct. 20 race that featured No. 7 Chico State, Kaarour was more than two full seconds faster than the second-place finisher, coming in first of 121 runners with a 6k lifetime-best of 22:04.5.

ART U: Kris Jensson Earns PacWest Defender of the Week (MSOC):

Sophomore goalkeeper Kris Jensson earned Pacific West Conference Defender of the Week honors after posting his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Holy Names on Oct. 16 and surrendered just a single goal to No. 14 Azusa Pacific while collecting seven saves. He now ranks second in the PacWest and is just one save back of the leader.

SF State’s Kwong named CCAA POW: 

Sophomore Tami Kwong scored a pair of goals for the Golden Gators, as they secured their first postseason berth since 2010. Kwong netted the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Stanislaus State, then scored the tying goal in the 74th minute in a 2-1 comeback win over then-undefeated Chico State.

SF State’s Lawson named CCAA Runner of the Week (MXC):

After a third-place finish on Saturday, senior Cal transfer John Lawson has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Runner of the Week, along with Chico State’s Wyatt Baxter.

The senior took third place overall at the WWU Classic in Bellingham, Washington, finishing the 10K course in 31:55.0. He finished just 15 seconds off the first-place finisher.

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