USC Falls To UCLA, 65-53

Jan. 14, 2001

The UCLA women's basketball team posted a 65-53 win over USC thisafternoon in a Pac-10 game played in Pauley Pavilion before a crowd of4,010. Michelle Greco, the conference's leading scorer at 18.8 points pergame, topped UCLA with 23 points to pace three Bruins in double figures.

Greco scored 15 of her game-high point total in the second half whichhelped UCLA rally from a 30-25 halftime deficit. USC upped its advantage toas many as nine at 42-33 with 14:59 remaining in the game before UCLA stagedits comeback. The Bruins outscored the Women of Troy 16-1 over the next fiveminutes to take a 49-43 lead with 9:40 to play. Greco scored eight of the 16points herself during that five minute stretch. Bruin sophomore point guardNatalie Nakase added six points of her own during the run and ended the gamewith a career-high matching 11 points to go along with five assists andthree steals.

USC, now 5-8, 0-3 on the year, managed to tie the game at 49 with 6:26to play when freshman forward Ebony Hoffman converted a pair of free throws.Hoffman, who totaled 13 points for the game, hit a shot in the lane for a51-50 Trojan margin at the 5:45 mark, but it was the last lead of thecontest for the visitors.

UCLA sophomore forward Kristee Porter scored a lay-in on an assist fromGreco as the Bruins regained the lead at 52-51. Greco then hit five out ofsix free throws to close out the Trojans, who were held scoreless for thefinal 3:31 of the game. The win marked the sixth UCLA win in the last sevenmeetings in the series, which USC leads 29-24.

Junior center Malika Leatham added 13 points and nine rebounds forUCLA, which upped its record to 2-12, 1-2. Freshman guard Aisha Hollanspaced USC with 14 points.

The two teams will host the Arizona schools next week in Los Angeles.Arizona State (10-6, 2-2) will meet UCLA at 7 p.m. on Thursday night inPauley. Arizona (14-2, 4-0) will be at USC on Thursday.

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