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.
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 --