Huskies Win Triple OT Thriller with USC

Jan. 7, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) _ Megan Franza scored six of her 18 points in the third and final overtime period as Washington finally pulled away for a 91-79 victory over Southern California on Sunday afternoon.

Franza moved into ninth place on Washington's career scoring list in the first triple-overtime game in Washington history. USC had previously played in one triple-overtime game, an 89-84 loss at Long Beach State on March 1, 1982.

Loree Payne scored 21 points while Kellie O'Neill and Giuliana Mendiola added double-doubles for Washington (9-3, 2-0 Pac-10). O'Neill scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds, Mendiola had 12 points and ten rebounds.

The Huskies have won eight of their last nine games.

Aisha Hollans scored 18 points, with Ebony Hoffman scoring 14 points and Tashara Carter and Denise Woods contributing ten points apiece for USC (5-7, 0-2), which lost its fifth straight game.

Carter had a chance to win it for USC in the second overtime period, but missed the second of two free throws with .5 seconds remaining in the period and the score tied 75-75.

Washington failed to convert on late opportunities to win at the end of regulation and the first overtime period.

With the score tied at 66-66, Jill Pimley missed a short runner and Payne a 15-foot fadeaway jumper in the final five seconds of the first overtime.

Mendiola missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation and O'Neill missed a short put-back jumper at the buzzer with the game tied at 58-58.

Washington outscored USC 16-4 in the third overtime period.

Four Trojans - Jessica Cheeks, Hoffman, Carter and Carmen Krause - fouled out of the game.

Hollans, USC's leading scorer, and Hoffman, the Trojans' leading rebounder, were removed from the starting lineup after arriving late for an 8:00 team shootaround on game day. Hollans and Hoffman, freshmen who room together, missed the team bus after sleeping late and had to take a cab to the shootaround.

Both were inserted into the USC lineup five minutes into the game.USC led for most of the first half. Washington took command with a 22-5 run that started with 5:19 remaining in the first half and wrapped around halftime, ending 4:14 into the second half with the Huskies ahead 40-30. The Trojans responded with a 24-9 run over the next ten minutes and the lead changed hands three times late before O'Neill scored the final points of regulation with an eight-foot fadeaway that tied the game at 58-58 with 36.3 seconds remaining.

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