USC Wins 77-75 In Overtime At Washington State

Jan. 9, 2005

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The USC women's basketball team scored the first six points of the overtime period to secure a 77-75 victory over Washington State in Pullman on Sunday afternoon. The win completed the Women of Troy's first conference road sweep since the 2001 season.

Back-to-back shots and two made free throws to start the extra period proved too difficult for the Cougars to overcome as the Trojans' withstood their comeback efforts in the final minutes.

With the victory, the Women of Troy improve to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars fall to 4-11 and 0-6 in conference play.

As usual, USC relied on a team effort as four players finished in double figures. Freshman Camille LeNoir, coming off a 17-point performance against Washington on Friday, led the team with 14.

Kim Gipson and Eshaya Murphy both accounted for their first career double-doubles. Gipson finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and Murphy collected 10 points, 11 rebounds.

USC went 0-for-16 to start the second half, allowing Washington State to work its way back from a five-point (37-42) halftime deficit and take a 50-46 lead. Murphy collected the team's first field goal of the half on a fastbreak layup with 9:05 remaining. The shot sparked an 8-5 run to get the Trojans back in the game.

Gipson's free throw shot at the one-minute mark tied the score at 65 apiece. Following a WSU layup, LeNoir kept the score knotted by driving the lane for a layup. Final possession belonged to the Women of Troy, but LeNoir's jumper with seconds remaining went in and out to send the game into overtime.

The teams nearly matched each other point for point in the first half until two key Washington State turnovers allowed USC to hit back-to-back layups and distance itself, 29-23, with 6:41 left on the clock.

The Women of Troy return home this week to host Arizona and Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Jan. 16. Both games will be played at the Lyon Center. The USC-Arizona State match-up will be broadcast on Fox Sports West.

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