Rachel Woodward Hits Last-Minute Three-Pointer To Give USC 59-58 Victory Over No. 19 Colorado State

Nov. 17, 2002

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Sophomore forward Rachel Woodward hit a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to lift the USC women's basketball team (2-0) to a 59-58 victory over 19th-ranked Colorado State on Sunday, Nov. 17, in Fort Collins, Colo. With the win, the Women of Troy advance to the semifinals of the Preseason Women's NIT and will play at Kansas State on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. Kansas State defeated Georgia Tech 83-59 in the quarterfinals to advance.

Six of the first nine possessions in the game resulted in a turnover for each team, but the Rams hit a two and three-pointer in between to take the first lead, 5-2, with 18:12 on the clock. CSU continued to pull away throughout the first half and held the Trojans scoreless for two to three minutes at a time. USC did manage to put together a 10-2 run as time ran down and entered the break down by 10 points, 30-21.

Returning to the court, the Women of Troy held Colorado State to only two field goals in the first nine minutes of the second half and used a 15-5 run to knot the score at 36-36 (13:08). USC again tied the score at 53-53 and 56-56 on free throws by Erin Young and a layup by Aisha Hollans. With 23 seconds remaining on the clock, CSU center Shannon Strecker hit a layup to put the Rams ahead 58-56. Guard Jessica Cheeks then pushed the ball down court on the final USC possession and dished to Woodward who hit the game-winning three-pointer. The Rams tried to get a shot off in time, but instead turned the ball over as the Trojans celebrated the win.After shooting only 24.3 percent from the field in the first half, the Women of Troy bounced back with a 57.7 effort in the second half. Woodward finished the game with a team-leading 20 points and eight rebounds, while Cheeks followed with 11 points and seven assists.

Colorado State was led by forward Ashley Augspurger who collected 15 points and hit 6-of-11 from the field.

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