Women's Basketball Records First Win Of Season In Home Opener

Nov. 21, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans scored 19 points Wednesday to lead the USC Women of Troy in an 87-39 win against the Morgan State Lady Bears in non-conference action in front of 374 at the Sports Arena. It was the first meeting between the two schools as USC improved to 24-2 all-time in home openers.

USC improved to 1-2 on the season while Morgan State fell to 0-3 overall. It was the largest margin of victory for the Women of Troy since a 91-44 win on Jan. 21, 1995, against Arizona State.

All five Trojan starters scored in double figures. Sophomore center Portia Mitchell made her first career start, recording a personal best 10 points while sophomores Jessica Cheeks and Ebony Hoffman contributed 15 and 13 points, respectively. Hoffman, Carmen Krause and Rachel Woodward each added nine rebounds.

Morgan State trailed by only nine points halfway through the first half as USC led, 20-11, before Hollans scored eight of her 16 first-half points to give the Women of Troy a 38-20 lead going into the break.

USC shot 42 percent (13-for-31) from the floor in the first half while Morgan State shot 19 percent (5-for-27).

Sherie Cornish led the Lady Bears with 15 points.

Returning to the court, USC pushed the tempo from the start and opened with a 15-0 run. The Women of Troy shot 51 percent (20-for-39) in the half and finished the game, shooting 47 percent from the floor.

The 39 points scored by Morgan State were the fewest allowed by USC since Dec. 11, 1999, when Sacramento State scored 42 against the Women of Troy.

The Women of Troy will have no time to rest as they will travel tonight to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam tournament. USC will face No. 13 Florida on Saturday (Nov. 24) at noon (Pacific time) and either Wisconsin or Texas on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 3:30/6 p.m. Pacific.

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