USC Starts New Year With 77-72 Win Over Oregon

Jan. 2, 2005

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LOS ANGELES - The USC women's basketball team notched its first Pac-10 victory of the year with a 77-72 win over Oregon in front of 1,357 on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Arena. Led by point guards Jamie Hagiya and Camille LeNoir, the Women of Troy shot 50.0 percent from the field to surprise the Ducks in the first match-up of 2005.

Oregon, who upset fifth-ranked Stanford last week, falls to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Trojans improve to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

USC, the Little Tokyo Recreation Center and the Rafu Shimpo, a Los Angeles Japanese bilingual daily, joined to sponsor today's contest in order to raise funds for the LTRC Building Fund. As a result, the Women of Troy donated $1,400 (40 percent of the proceeds generated by ticket sales) to the Little Tokyo Recreation Center.

Hagiya and LeNoir led the Trojans with 14 and 10 points, respectively, while the entire bench contributed to the score. Hagiya also led with five assists and junior guard Meghan Gnekow led with six rebounds.

Ducks' guard Chelsea Wagner led her team with 21 points, Andrea Bills contributed 19 and Cathrine Kraayeveld posted a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds.

The Women of Troy were outrebounded 44-to-28, but forced an additional seven turnovers (20-13) and benefited from a much-improved shooting effort from the field (50.0) and from three-point range (50.0).

Oregon led for much of the first half, but the Trojans remained close behind. After trailing by six points, 24-18, at the six-minute mark, USC worked its way back thanks to a three-pointer by Hagiya and Kim Gipson's layup. After knotting the score at 28-28, the Trojans closed out the half on a 9-2 run to enter the break ahead 37-30.

The Women of Troy never trailed in the second half, leading by as much as 11 points, 70-59, with 3:21 remaining. Oregon did manage to close the gap to one, 41-40, early in the half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Gnekow and freshman Brynn Cameron slowed the Ducks' momentum and kept USC on top.

Next up, the Trojans host Oregon State on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Lyon Center. The pre-Orange Bowl match-up will be FREE to all fans and pizza and drinks will be provided.

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