Ducks' Big Second Half Secures 74-66 Win at USC

Feb. 25, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The University of Oregon women's basketball team's second-half surge propelled the Ducks to a 74-66 win Sunday afternoon over USC at the Sports Arena.

Oregon forward Angelina Wolvert scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as the Ducks (14-11, 7-8 Pac-10) shot 58 percent from the floor after halftime. Oregon ended its six-game road losing skid and three-game losing streak to the Trojans (9-15, 4-10).

'We've been struggling on the road all year,' said Wolvert, who shot 10 of 13 from the field. 'The effort wasn't there against UCLA (on Friday). It was good that our team played tough.'

Wolvert, who also pulled down five rebounds, did her damage in just 23 minutes of action.

Oregon led 67-64 with 1:52 left in the game. A Brianne Meharry free throw and a three-point play on a driving lay-in by Angelina Wolvert with 53 seconds remaining, making it 71-64, helped clinch the win.

'We definitely needed this one really bad,' said Meharry, who had a double-double with 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. 'This was the last chance to play them. We just kept on fighting and fighting and attacking.'

The Trojans dominated much of the first half, taking a 20-8 lead with 7:58 left in the half. The cold-shooting Ducks got hot, though, putting together several rallies to cut the USC lead to 34-27 at halftime.

'We've had some adversity and we just need to fight through it,' Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'Today, we did that.'

Tashara Carter and Jessica Cheeks each scored 12 for the Trojans, who have lost four straight. Oregon contained USC freshman center Ebony Hoffman, the Pac-10's leading rebounder, to just nine points and three rebounds. Hoffman, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds against the Ducks in Eugene, didn't record a rebound in the first half.

Senior forward Lindsey Dion chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Ducks, who outscored USC 47-32 in the second half. The Trojans managed just a 31 percent mark from the floor.

'We just didn't do it,' USC coach Chris Gobrecht. 'We weren't in the passing lanes, we weren't aggressive we didn't get around the post (players).'

Senior center Jenny Mowe played in her 120th career game for Oregon, tying Lauri Landerholm's school record.

Oregon will try to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive, returning home to take on conference-leader Arizona State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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