Women of Troy Drop Overtime Decision At Washington, 80-79

Jan. 6, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - The USC women's basketball team dropped an 80-79 overtime decision to Washington thanks to the Huskies' Loree Payne whose sharp shooting first sent the game into OT then sealed the win for Washington in front of 3,104 on Sunday (Jan. 6) night at Bank of America Arena.

Despite the loss, the Women of Troy are still enjoying their best Pac-10 start since 1997 with a 4-2 mark in conference play and an 8-7 overall record. Washington improves to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10.

Payne shot just four-for-13 in regulation but hit the Huskies two biggest shots of the game -- a buzzer-beater to tie the score at 71-71 and the winning basket in overtime.

The Women of Troy managed to outdo the Huskies in shooting (47.0 to 46.9 percent), rebounding (43 to 32) and assists, but suffered due to 26 team turnovers and only seven steals. Washington collected 21 turnovers and 18 steals.

Sophomore guard Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 26 points, including a career-best 7-of-7 at the line. Hollans also led with eight rebounds and two blocks, but was held scoreless after the 7:22 mark in the second half after playing a personal record 38 minutes.

At the start of overtime, three USC players were in foul trouble and the Women of Troy were playing without senior starting guard Tiffany Elmore. Elmore suffered a possible fracture of her left ankle after being fouled on a layin underneath with 11:08 left on the clock. She will be reexamined on Monday.

The game featured 26 lead changes and 17 ties, including an 11-minute span in the middle of the second half in which neither team led by more than two points. The Trojans opened up a six-point lead, 67-61, with 4:16 remaining, but the Huskies forged a 10-4 run to end the half, capped by Payne's leaning 18-footer in the final second of regulation.

Junior Kellie O'Neill followed a pair of free throws by USC's Carmen Krause opened the extra period with a pair of free throws but the two teams swapped the lead six times over the next three minutes, the last on Payne's layin.

The Women of Troy return to Los Angeles this week but face one more game on the road. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Trojans battle crosstown rival UCLA for the Lexus Gauntlet. The game will be played at Pauley Pavilion at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KMPC-AM 1540.

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