Streak Continues As USC Defeats Cal, 76-71

Jan. 20, 2005

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- The USC women's basketball team used a 16-0 second-half run to ensure a 76-71 victory over California on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion. The victory marks the Trojans' seventh-straight and keeps the team tied for first place in the Pac-10.

USC (13-4, 7-1 Pac-10) was led by freshman Brynn Cameron who contributed 14 points in addition to five rebounds. Sophomore Jamie Funn and senior Kim Gipson each had career-high nights, tying their personal bests with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Chloé Kerr led with seven rebounds, Jamie Hagiya provided six assists and Fun had a game-best five steals.

Forward Leigh Gregory led the Golden Bears (8-9, 2-6 Pac-10) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

At 43-43 with 13:54 remaining, Rachel Woodward hit a layup that ignited the Trojans deciding run. Complete with back-to-back three-pointers and scoring contributions from five different players, USC held Cal scoreless for more than four minutes as it built a 59-43 advantage.

The Bears made a final push at the five-minute mark thanks to the efforts of freshman Jessica Lawson. Lawson, who played only 12 minutes, scored seven of her nine points in a three-minute span as Cal came within five, 67-62, with 1:55 left on the clock.

The Bears opened the game with an 11-4 lead before the Trojans fought back to knot the score at 13 apiece. The teams reached five tie scores alternated leads eight times in the remaining minutes as Cal entered the break ahead by one, 35-34.

The Women of Troy meet conference co-leader and fifth-ranked Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. to complete their road trip in the Bay Area.

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