Women of Troy Beat TCU, 71-70, In Final Seconds
Dec. 21, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore guard Jamie Hagiya hit a jumper with seconds remaining to give USC its first and only lead as the Women of Troy defeated TCU, 71-70, on Tuesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. With the victory, the Women of Troy complete the nonconference schedule with a 6-3 record for its first winning mark upon entering Pac-10 play since 1998.
Thanks to the defensive efforts of junior guard Meghan Gnekow, USC held the Frogs scoreless for the final three minutes of the game en route to the victory. Gnekow posted her first career double-double and the team's second of the year with 16 points and 13 rebounds. She also finished with four steals and a block.
Down by seven at the five-minute mark, the Women of Troy managed to knot the score at 68-68 thanks to a layup by Chloe Kerr and Gnekow's two free throw shots and a three-pointer with 3:40 left. TCU's Sandora Irvin answered with a layup to go ahead 70-68, but it marked the last shot the Frogs would hit.
The Trojans had their share of opportunities in the final minutes thanks to four TCU turnovers and two fouls, but missed four shots at the line. Hagiya's jumper left four seconds on the clock, but Irvin missed a layup and Gnekow grabbed the defensive board to secure the win.
USC capitalized by scoring 34 points off of 31 TCU turnovers. The Women of Troy shot 40.0 percent from the field and 50.0 from three-point range, hitting 10-of-20 three pointers. The 10 three-pointers ties for third among USC game records.
Irvin led TCU with 26 points and 17 rebounds.
TCU (7-5), which fell out of the AP Top 25 on Dec. 13, led by as many as 12 points in the first half and entered halftime with a 33-26 lead.
Following a five-day holiday break, the Women of Troy begin the Pac-10 schedule at crosstown rival UCLA on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The Lexus Gauntlet match-up will be played at Pauley Pavilion.