Late Run Comes Up Short For Women Of Troy

Feb. 27, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Despite a late second-half run, the USC women's basketball (12-16, 7-10 Pac-10) team came up short against Oregon, 75-70, in front of 547 on Thursday night at the Sports Arena.

The loss puts the Women of Troy in a must-win situation against Oregon State on Saturday, March 1. A victory would give USC a chance at earning at top-six seed to the Pac-10 Tournament, avoiding the early play-in game. The Ducks (12-14, 8-9 Pac-10) can now finish no worse than sixth place in the conference race.

After trailing by as much as 15 points, 62-47, with 9:27 remaining in the game, USC embarked on a late run thanks to the scoring contributions of Ebony Hoffman and a series of Oregon turnovers. The 22-9 run brought the Women of Troy within three, 73-70, with 28-seconds left on the clock.

Oregon missed to free throws to leave the door wide open in the final seconds, but the Trojans were unable to convert on their last two possessions, giving the Ducks the win.

USC entered halftime down 44-34 after a very slow start. The Women of Troy trailed by as much as 18 points, 38-20, at 4:47 in the first half.

Hoffman tied her career-high with 27 points to lead the Women of Troy, while guard Aisha Hollans collected a team-best 10 rebounds. Oregon had three players finish in double figures, including forward Catherine Kraayeveld and center Andrea Bills who each posted seven rebounds and tallied 19 and 10 points, respectively.

The Women of Troy host the Beavers on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their final game of the 2003 season. Senior Erin Young will be honored prior to tip-off.

- GO SC -

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