Women of Troy Stun Beavers, 60-58

Jan. 26, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - With two shots in the final seconds, sophomore guard Jessica Cheeks led USC to a 60-58 comeback victory over Oregon State on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The win lifted the Women of Troy (11-9, 7-4) back into a second place tie in the Pac-10 with Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State.

The Beavers never trailed throughout the game and even held a nine-point advantage (47-38) with 8:14 remaining. But in the final minutes, the Trojans cut the lead to two, 57-55, thanks to consecutive three-pointers by Cheeks and Ebony Hoffman.

OSU led 58-55 with just under one-minute remaining in the game but USC pulled down two consecutive offensive rebounds on missed 3-point field goal attempts (first by Hoffman, second by Cheeks) before Cheeks buried a three from the left wing to knot the score with just 20 seconds left on the clock.

The Beavers committed their 24th turnover of the game on the ensuing possession, which allowed the Women of Troy to play for the final shot. Cheeks hit the driving lay-up to win it for USC.

Oregon State was up 27-24 at the half.

Hoffman led the Trojans with 16 points and freshman Kim Gipson led with eight rebounds. Cheeks and Hollans also finished in double figures with 14 points apiece. Playing a career high 22 minutes, Alexander collected a career best four assists and five rebounds.

The Beavers' Leilani Estevan was the only OSU player to finish in doubles figures with 16 points. Guard Felicia Ragland - the Pac-10 leading scorer - was held to only nine points.

As a team, USC out-played Oregon State in nearly every category except shooting. The Beavers finished shot 58.1 percent from the field, while the Women of Troy hit 37.9 percent.

USC returns home to host Washington and Washington State this Friday (Feb. 1) and Sunday (Feb. 3) at 7 and 2 p.m., respectively.

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