Women's Basketball Suffers 72-64 Loss To Bruins

Jan. 12, 2003

WESTWOOD, Calif. - USC's three-game win streak against UCLA came to an end today as the Women of Troy suffered a 72-64 loss to the Bruins in front of 6,172 at Pauley Pavilion. With the victory, UCLA earns the first five of 10 points awarded in women's basketball for the 2002-03 Lexus Gauntlet.

The Trojans fall to 6-10 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improves to 10-4, 5-0 in conference play.

It was a fast-paced game from the start. Led by guard Aisha Hollans, USC quickly established control of the boards and converted second-chance opportunities to build a six-point lead, 19-13, at 8:10. But UCLA responded with an 11-2 run to take its first lead, 24-21, with 4:56 remaining in the half. A pair of Bruin three-pointers, including one with seven seconds remaining, increased the margin to five points, 32-27, at the end of the half.

UCLA maintained its advantage throughout the second half, leading by as much as 13 points, 60-47, at the 7:24 mark. At that point, the Women of Troy responded with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 60-57, then came within one point, 65-64, thanks to a pair of free throws by Ebony Hoffman with 1:41 left on the clock. But on the following possession, UCLA's Michelle Greco gave her team some breathing room when she hit a layup and was fouled to complete a three-point play. Greco hit four more free throws in the remaining minute to seal the victory for UCLA.

Hollans and Hoffman led the Women of Troy with double-doubles. Hollans posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Hoffman contributed 10 points and 16 rebounds. Greco led the Bruins with 28 points, including 12-of-12 at the line.

USC travels to face Arizona and Arizona State this week. The Trojans will face the Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 16, then take on the Sun Devils Saturday, Jan. 18.

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