Women Upset 19th-Ranked Arizona, 81-67
Jan. 18, 2001
Los Angeles, Calif. -- With three players in double figures, the USC women's basketball team upset 19th-ranked Arizona 81-67 for its first Pac-10 win of 2001. In front of 555 at the L.A. Sports Arena, the Women of Troy improve to 6-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while the Wildcats drop to 14-3 and 4-1 in the Pac-10.
'We got beat in every phase of the game,' said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. 'SC just wanted it more and it showed in everything... their hustle, defense and steals.'
Arizona led only once in the game following a layup by Reshea Bristol to put the Cats up 10-8, 5:35 into the game. Ahead by as much as 11 points (25-14) at 7:52, USC's Tennille Grant sank 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:30 to give the Women of Troy a seven point advantage (39-32) at the half.
Upon returning to the floor, Coach Bonvicini was charged with a technical, giving USC two quick points at the line. The Women of Troy extended that lead with an 11-3 run which put the team ahead by 17 (52-35) at 16:19. The Trojans never looked back, extending the lead to as much as 20 points following two more free throws by Grant with six minutes remaining.
'Maybe it takes hitting rock-bottom before you can start turning things around,' said USC head coach Chris Gobrecht whose team started the Pac-10 season winless before tonight's game. 'Arizona is a very explosive team and we knew they could turn things around in a hurry so we tried to squash their momentum and focus on our game.'
USC was led by career-high performances from Grant and freshman Jessica Cheeks who added 10 and 18 points, respectively. Freshman forward Ebony Hoffman also contributed 17 points and five rebounds in the effort. The Wildcats were led by LaKeisha Taylor and Bristol who posted 17 points apiece.
The Women of Troy host Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Lyon Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on KMPC-AM 1540.
- GO SC -