Women Of Troy Take Care Of Bruins, 67-57

Jan. 13, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Led by senior forward Carmen Krause in her final game as a Trojan in Westwood, the USC women's basketball team defeated UCLA, 67-57, in front of 5,331 on Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. The victory is the Women of Troy's first at Pauley since 1997, and Chris Gobrecht's first-ever in Westwood as USC's head coach.

The victory also moves the Trojans back into second place in the Pac-10 with a 9-7 overall record and 5-2 mark in conference play. The Bruins fall to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10.

The game seemed one-sided from the start as the Women of Troy took a 43-23 lead into the break. USC shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half and held the Bruins to 24.2 percent shooting. Krause scored a career-high 14 points just in the first 20 minutes.

The Bruins were not ready to surrender the victory and returned to the court with renewed intensity for the second half. But with each field goal UCLA managed to sink at the start, the Trojans responded and maintained a 17-point advantage after the first 10 minutes.

What was to follow was a series of fouls and technicals which allowed the Bruins to come within 10 (67-57) as time ran out after hitting 6-of-10 shots at the line down the stretch.

USC's Ebony Hoffman and UCLA's Shalada Allen were ejected from the game with 5:32 on the clock. Both players were charged with fighting and will not be allowed to play in the next regular season game. Gobrecht was charged with her first technical foul at 4:56 and a second at 1:12, leading to her ejection.

Krause, who finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds, led four Women of Troy in doubles figures. Hoffman posted her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks.

USC will return home to face Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 17, and Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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