Women's Basketball Falls To 11th-Ranked Minnesota, 84-61

Nov. 29, 2003

FREEPORT, Bahamas - The 11th-ranked Minnesota women's basketball team proved too difficult to stop as it rolled to a 84-61 victory over USC in the championship game of the 2003 Junkanoo Jam Grand Bahama Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 29, on the island of Freeport.

With the loss, the Women of Troy fall to 1-2 this season, while the Golden Gophers improve to 5-0.

Minnesota shot nearly 50 percent from the field and 71 percent at the free throw line in a consistent offensive display. USC was held to 32.8 percent shooting from the field, 63 percent at the line and only five assists in the effort. The Gophers collected 14 assists.

The Women of Troy trailed by only two points at the start of the game (10-8), before a 14-2 Minnesota scoring run put the Trojans at a 14-point deficit, 24-10, by the eight-minute mark. The Trojans could not combat the Gopher's quick offense, which continued its run in the final minutes of the half.

USC did head into halftime energized by Jamie Haigya's three-point shot from beyond halfcourt, to trail by only 11 points, 40-29, at the break.

Minnesota only got stronger upon returning to the court. The Gophers led by as much as 34 points with 4:18 remaining before posting the 84-61 final score.

USC was led by freshman Jamie Hagiya who tallied 12 points. Rometra Craig and Ebony Hoffman also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Hoffman led with nine rebounds.

Center Janel McCarville led Minnesota with a game-high 27 points and Liz Podominick led the Gophers with 13 rebounds.

For their performances in the two tournament games, Hoffman and Craig were named to the all-tournament team.

The Women of Troy return to Los Angeles this week to prepare for their home opener versus No. 1 Connecticut on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

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