Women's Basketball Falls To National Team of China, 84-78

Nov. 12, 2000

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Junior guard Tiffany Elmore led with 19 points as the USC Women's Basketball team dropped a close exhibition game, 84-78, to the national team of China this afternoon at the USC Lyon Center. China, which failed to qualify for the medal round at the 2000 Olympic Games, has not yet lost a game (6-0) on an eight-game exhibition tour of the United States.

The Women of Troy entered the break down by four (48-44) despite shooting 60 percent (17-28) from the field and 75 percent (3-4) from three-point range. China shot 60 percent (20-33) and also hit 3-of-4 three-pointers.

In the second half, USC saw the gap increase to 14 with 7:16 left in the game, but slowly began to chip away at the lead. The Women of Troy closed the margin to one (76-75) by forcing six China turnovers and taking advantage of five consecutive fouls, only to fall behind again with a turnover and two fouls of their own. In the end, it was accurate shooting and a 87.5 effort at the line by China that gave USC a 84-78 loss.

Four players finished in double figures for USC - Elmore (19), Ebony Hoffman (15), Tashara Carter (12) and Jessica Cheeks (12). Elmore also led with five assists.

USC opens the regular season on the road against Creighton (Nov. 17) and Drake (Nov. 19). The home opener will be on Friday, Nov. 24, against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in the L.A. Sports Arena.

-- GO SC --

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