The University of San Francisco women’s basketball program is in a re-building year.
Head coach Molly Goodenbour, signed to a multi-year extension through 2024 this summer, went 34-28 over her first two years at the helm, but this season has been a grind, with the Dons coming home for a game this Thursday at 6-14 overall, and in eighth place in the West Coast Conference.
The crop of freshmen she brought in this year, though, is immensely promising, and one of those freshmen — Lucija Kostic — earned her first career conference Player of the Week award on Monday after a close loss to Portland, and a resounding win over local rival Santa Clara.
This season, Kostic, a 6-foot-2 forward out of Zagreb, Croatia, had been averaging a respectable 5.1 rebounds and 6.0 points per game, but had the biggest game of her career Saturday, logging her first career double-double by going off for 22 points and 12 rebounds on the road in a 57-49 win over the Broncos. It was her first career double-digit rebounding performance, and her first career 20-point game.
Kostic also had two blocks, two assists and a steal in the game while going 11-for-14 (78.6 percent) from the floor.
In the 78-73 loss to the Pilots in Portland, Kostic scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out seven assists in 31 minutes.
Next up, the Dons host Pepperdine — the third-place team in the conference — at 7 p.m. on Thursday, then Loyola Marymount on Saturday, before heading on the road to other local rivals Pacific (Feb. 14) and St. Mary’s (Feb. 16). The Tigers (14-7, 7-4) are tied for place in the WCC along with the Waves (13-8, 7-4) and the Gaels (14-8, 7-4).