Women Of Troy Sweep First Pac-10 Series With 83-73 Win Over Oregon

Dec. 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With a career-high 27 points from sophomore forward Ebony Hoffman, the USC women's basketball team earned its second-straight Pac-10 victory with an 83-73 win over Oregon on Saturday (Dec. 22) afternoon in front of 802 at the L.A. Sports Arena.

Hoffman earned her fifth double-double of the season with a team-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans also posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards to tie a career-high in rebounds. The Trojans shot 48.2 percent on the game and outrebounded the Ducks 43 to 25. Oregon shot 68.4 percent.

USC held a slight edge from the start. Leading by as much as eight points (28-20) midway through the half, the Trojans increased the lead to 12 with just seconds remaining thanks to a three-pointer by Jessica Cheeks who was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc in the first half. The Women of Troy entered the break ahead 43-34. Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans combined for 24 first-half points.

Oregon stormed back at the start of the second period and cut the lead to four (43-39) in the first minute. After allowing the Trojans to build a nine-point cushion, the Ducks came back again with two break-away layups and a shot in the paint by guard Shaquala Williams to tie the score, 56-56, at 8:33. The Women of Troy regained the advantage for good with two shots at the line and even led by as much as 12 points (68-56 at 5:40) in the final stretch.

Williams led Oregon with 29 points, five assists and three steals.

Following the holiday, the Trojans continue Pac-10 play in the Bay Area. USC will face Cal on Friday (Dec. 28) at 2 p.m. in Berkeley, then take-on sixth-ranked Stanford on Sunday (Dec. 31) at 2 p.m. in Palo Alto.

- GO SC -

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