Women's Hoops Wins Fifth-Straight

Jan. 14, 2005

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Sophomore forward Eshaya Murphy finished with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the USC women's basketball team to a 67-54 victory over Arizona in front of 1,007 at the Lyon Center on Friday night. The victory marks the first time since 1997 that the Women of Troy have won five consecutive games.

Arizona, the defending Pac-10 champion, falls to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans improve to 11-4 and 5-1 in conference play.

The Women of Troy used an 8-2 run to start the second half and take the lead for good. Gnekow sparked USC's efforts out of the lockeroom by scoring six of the eight points. USC continued pushing, increasing its lead to as much as 10 (50-40) by the five-minute mark.

USC, which shot 75 percent from the line, hit seven-straight free throws in the final minutes to seal the 13-point victory. Conversely, the Wildcats converted only 9-of-20 free throw attempts (45%) on the night.

After staying close for most of the first half, a 6-0 Arizona run (25-19) with 1:15 left seemed to give the Wildcats momentum. USC's Rachel Woodward responded by hitting consecutive jumpers and Jamie Hagiya hit 2-of-3 at the line after being fouled from three-point range to put the Women of Troy within one, 26-25, at the half.

USC returns to the court on Sunday, Jan. 16, to face No. 25 Arizona State at noon at the Lyon Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports West.

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