Women Of Troy Beat San Diego, 68-47

Dec. 7, 2004

SAN DIEGO - For the third-straight game, the USC women's basketball team notched a double-digit victory by defeating San Diego, 68-47, on Tuesday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion. With scoring contributions from the entire bench, the Women of Troy improved to 4-2 overall, while the Toreros fell to 3-4.

Senior Rachel Woodward and freshman Brynn Cameron led the team with 11 points apiece. Meghan Gnekow posted a team-best nine boards and Jamie Hagiya led with four assists. Jamie Funn and Camille LeNoir each contributed four steals on the night.

San Diego was led by forwards Amber Sprague and Sabine Loewe, who contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.

USC forced 31 San Diego turnovers on the night, but committed 22 of its own. Both teams struggled offensively as the Trojans hit 37.0 percent of their shots from the field and the Toreros finished at 34.6 percent. But USC's eight three-pointers, a mark that ties for seventh among Trojans all-time game records, proved to be a major factor in the contest.

A number of USC mistakes early in the game allowed San Diego to jump out to a 9-2 lead, but the momentum shifted dramatically when Gnekow first entered the game with a little more than 12 minutes remaining. The junior guard hit a three-pointer on USC's first possession following a time out, launching a 33-8 USC run to close out the half.

The Toreros were held scoreless for streaks of five and seven minutes at a time as the Trojans began to hit their shots. USC forced 21 USD turnovers in the first 20 minutes and entered the break ahead 35-17. Gnekow had five points and six rebounds in the stretch.

The Women of Troy extended their lead to as much as 31 points, 61-30, before closing out the 21-point victory.

Up next, USC returns home to host South Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Lyon Center.

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