Women Of Troy Use Come-From-Behind Effort To Defeat Arizona State

Jan. 18, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The USC women's basketball team outscored Arizona State 40-to-19 in the second half to capture a 58-53 come-from-behind victory on Saturday night in front of 2,358 at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena. The win put an end to the Women of Troy's four-game losing streak.

USC improves to 7-11 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 11-6, 3-5 in conference play.

After taking a brief 4-0 lead to start the game, USC never led until the final minute of the game when Ebony Hoffman's jumper put the Trojans ahead 54-53 and ASU was never able to recover. The Sun Devils, who shot 59.1 percent in the opening half, were held to only five field goals and a 16.7 shooting percentage in the second period as the Women of Troy pulled ahead.

It took the Sun Devils a few possessions before they found their rhythm in the first half, as the Women of Troy made three consecutive steals and converted on two to start the game. But Arizona State took command of the half and held USC to only 10 points in a 13-minute span. The Trojans shot 27.6 percent in the period and watched as ASU took a 34-18 lead into the break.

USC returned to the floor reenergized and used a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 34-28 by the 16-minute mark. Trailing by four, 47-43, with five minutes remaining, USC cut the lead to three at 4:14 with a Jessica Cheeks jumper. Following Hoffman's shot at 1:03, the Trojans hit four free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Hoffman led USC with 16 points and Rachel Woodward led with a career-high 13 rebounds. Cheeks and Aisha Hollans also finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Women of Troy return home to face Cal and Stanford this week at the Sports Arena. USC hosts the Golden Bears on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., then face the Cardinal on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.

-- GO SC --

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