ASU Downs USC, 66-59

Jan. 20, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Despite a 19-point effort from freshman forwardEbony Hoffman, the Arizona State women's basketball team defeated USC 66-59tonight, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Lyon Center. TheWomen of Troy fall to 6-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play, while the SunDevils improve to 12-6 and 4-2 in the Pac-10.

ASU quickly took a 18-8 lead in the first nine minutes of the game. TheWomen of Troy responded by pulling within three (15-18) at the 8:25 mark,but eight turnovers in the remainder of the half negated the Trojans'effort. ASU entered halftime with a 32-24 advantage.

Refreshed from the break, the Sun Devils stepped up their defense, holdingUSC scoreless in the first four minutes of the half to take a 41-26 lead.Led by Hoffman, the Women of Troy got as close as five points 40-45 at the11:26 mark and 49-44 at the 8:55 mark, but once again, turnovers and missedshots down the stretch proved too much for the Women of Troy to overcome.

Hoffman was the only one to score in double figures for USC. She added aseason-high four blocks to compliment seven boards, while guard AishaHollans led on the glass with nine. Arizona State was led by guard AmandaLevens (15 points), center Melody Johnson (14 points, nine rebounds) andguard Betsy Boardman (12 points) who each finished in double figures.

USC and ASU shot a comparable 43.6 and 44.4 percent and matched each otherwith 32 rebounds apiece. The Women of Troy recorded 24 turnovers in thegame, while the Devils finished with 21.

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