USC Women Suffer 75-65 Loss At Oregon

Jan. 24, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - In its worst shooting performance since nonconference play, the USC women's basketball team suffered a 75-65 loss to Oregon on Thursday (Jan. 24) in front of 4,521 at MacArthur Court. The Women of Troy shot 33.3 percent from the field, while Oregon had its way in the paint and shot 54.7 on the night.

With the loss, the Trojans fall to 10-9 overall and 6-4 in conference play, while Oregon improves to 11-8 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10.

USC was led by Aisha Hollans (15 points), Ebony Hoffman (13 points) and Jessica Cheeks (12 points). Hoffman led on the boards with seven and senior Carmen Krause added a career high six assists.

With the exception of the game's first two-and-a-half minutes, the Ducks led the rest of the way. At the 14-minute mark and down by only three (9-6), USC allowed Oregon to embark on a 20-6 run which gave them a 16-point advantage (29-13) - their largest lead of the game.

The Women of Troy entered the break down 39-28.

Oregon kept its lead in tact at the start of the second half before USC made three consecutive shots and hit two at the line to narrow the gap, 52-48, at 11:22. After the Ducks jumped back out by 14 (68-54), the Trojans fought back a second time, this time coming within five (70-65) thanks to consecutive three-pointers by Hoffman and Hollans.

But with only 1:19 remaining, the Women of Troy were forced to send Oregon to the line. The Ducks combined to hit 3-of-4 from the foul line to secure the win.

Oregon was led by guards Shaquala Williams and Edniesha Curry who contributed 18 and 14 points, respectively. Freshman Andrea Bills added 10 rebounds.

USC travels to face Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in Corvallis.

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