Ronnie Boyce, shown playing against Santa Clara, led the Dons with 19 points on Jan. 7 against Saint Mary's. (Courtesy USF Athletics)

USF men’s basketball prepares for biggest tests on conference schedule

University of San Francisco’s men’s basketball team is preparing for its biggest conference games of its season, starting tonight against the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs before they host Saint Mary’s College at War Memorial Gym.

The Dons started their West Coast Conference schedule 1-1 after beating San Diego and losing to Santa Clara last week.

Tip-off against the Zags is 6 p.m. and the game will be on ESPN2.

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From USF Athletics Dept:

Michaela Rakova Nabs Two Player of the Week Honors

Junior forward Michaela Rakova was named Jesuit National Player of the Week and West Coast Conference Player of the Week after registering double-doubles in each of the Dons’ wins this past week to help USF (8-5, 2-0 WCC) open conference play 2-0. In USF’s 82-67 win at San Diego this past Thursday, Rakova shot 5-for-9 from the field en route to an 11-point, 12-rebound night, while also adding three blocks. She followed that up by going 10-for-17, while knocking down her first three-pointer of the year, in leading USF with 21 points and 13 boards in a 77-68 overtime win against fellow-Jesuit institution Santa Clara on Saturday. It was her second-highest point total of the season and matched her career high in rebounds, which she established earlier this year in the season opener against Sacramento State. Rakova averaged 16.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .577 (15-of-26) from the field for the week.

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