Women's Basketball Downs UCLA, 71-58

Feb. 9, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team swept crosstown rival UCLA with a 71-58 victory in front of 3,217 at the Sports Arena Saturday afternoon. This is the first series sweep for the Women of Troy against the Bruins since the 1996-97 season and the first under head coach Chris Gobrecht. With the win, the Trojans improve to 9-5 in the Pac-10, 13-10 overall. The Bruins fall to 3-11 in conference play, 7-16 overall.

With the win, USC also earns the final five points in women's basketball for the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. The Trojans currently lead 35-25.

The Women of Troy were led by sophomores Aisha Hollans (24 points) and Jessica Cheeks (15 points). Freshman Rachel Woodward added 13 points and seven boards. UCLA was led by sophomore Whitney Jones, who scored 21 points.

The Trojans never trailed in the game and were dominant for much of the contest. Cheeks scored 13 points in the first half, surpassing her season-best point total, as USC jumped out to a nine-point lead. In the final four minutes of the half, USC went on a 12-6 run to take a 34-27 lead into the break.

UCLA managed to come within four (34-30) in the first minute of play of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Jones, but the Bruins could get no closer. The Women of Troy responded with consecutive three-pointers of their own and built the lead back up to 10 (40-30) at the 18:04 mark. Capitalizing on 25 points off of Bruin turnovers, USC was up by as much as 17, twice in the contest. A final three-pointer by UCLA junior Natalie Nakase cut USC's lead to 12, 62-50, with 3:58 remaining but the Bruins never got any closer.

This afternoon's game will be rebroadcast by TrojanVision on Channel 36 on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Women of Troy travel to desert next week to face Arizona State on Thursday (Feb. 14) and Arizona on Saturday (Feb. 16).

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