Women Of Troy Notch 86-73 Exhibition Victory
Nov. 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Under first-year head coach Mark Trakh, the USC women's basketball team notched an 86-73 win over Love & Basketball in its first exhibition game of the year.
For Love & Basketball, the loss marked its first of the 2004 exhibition season. The AAU team previously defeated UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Fullerton. Love & Basketball featured former USC assistant coach Colleen Matsuhara and former Trojan center Denise Woods (2000-01) and guard Jessica Cheeks (2001-04).
It was a balanced effort for the Women of Troy who played the available bench (Jamie Hagiya, Eshaya Murphy and Jazlyn Davis are temporarily sidelined due to injuries) and saw five players finish in double figures. Senior forward Rachel Woodward led with 18 points and sophomore forward Jamie Funn led with nine rebounds. USC shot 45.9 percent from the field and 73.7 percent at the line.
Love & Basketball was led by former UCLA Bruin Michelle Greco, who posted 24 points, and Woods, who contributed eight rebounds.
With a tie score after the first 20 minutes of play, freshman Brynn Cameron's three-pointer to start the second half sparked a 17-7 USC run. Ahead 50-40 with 13:01 remaining, the Women of Troy extended the lead to as much as 13 points en route to the final 73-86 victory.
USC will play its final exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 14, when it hosts Play Mode All-Stars at 2 p.m. at the Lyon Center.
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