Oregon State Puts An End To USC's Win Streak

Jan. 29, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Despite a 19-point effort from senior Ebony Hoffman, the USC women's basketball team fell to Oregon State, 73-66, in front of 589 at the Sports Arena on Thursday night. With the loss, the Women of Troy drop to 10-8 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-10, and put an end to their three-game win streak. The Beavers improve to 11-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

With four players in doubles figures, Oregon State gained the edge by shooting 53.4 percent from the field, including a 75.0 percent (6-8) effort from three-point range. The Beavers out-rebounded the Trojans, 32 to 30, and held USC to 40.0 percent shooting from the field and a dismal 27.8 percent (5-18) from beyond the arch.

USC trailed 38-35 at the half and was never able to put together a solid run in the second half to surpass the Beavers.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, OSU extended its lead to 12 points, 56-44, thanks to a series of shots by senior guard Leilani Estavan. Estevan, who contributed 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, hit a driving layup with 7:34 remaining to give Oregon State its largest lead of the game, 60-47.

The two teams alternated shots on the following possessions until USC embarked on its strongest effort of the night. Hoffman hit back-to-back three-pointers and sophomore guard/forward Meghan Gnekow answered with a lay-in to bring USC within four points, 70-66, with just under two minutes left on the clock.

But that was as close as the Women of Troy would get. The Beavers continued to hit their shots down the stretch as USC struggled to make up for lost time. USC missed four three-point attempts in the final minute.

In addition to Hoffman's 19 points, senior guard Rometra Craig finished with 12 points and Gnekow added 10 points and led with nine rebounds.

USC returns to action this Saturday, Jan. 31, when it hosts Oregon at 4 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

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