Women Get Past Oregon State, 69-59

Jan. 27, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The USC women's basketball team withstood Oregon State's last-minute efforts to beat the Beavers, 69-59, at Gill Coliseum on Thursday night. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 14-5 overall and 8-2 in the Pac-10 to hold onto second place. The Beavers fall to 5-14 overall, 1-9 in conference play.

While trying to embark on a late comeback, Oregon State forced USC to spend the final two minutes of the game entirely at the free throw line. Led by senior Rachel Woodward who hit 7-of-8 attempts during the stretch, the Trojans scored their final 12 points at the line.

Freshman Brynn Cameron finished with a team-best 12 points, while Woodward and junior Meghan Gnekow added 11 apiece. Sophomore Jamie Funn led with nine boards and Jamie Hagiya dished out five assists.

Guard Shannon Howell led Oregon State with 20 points, scoring eight points in the final stretch.

Oregon State's sloppy play allowed the Women of Troy to score 29 points off turnovers and tally 13 second-chance points. The Beavers committed 26 turnovers in the game, while the Trojans capitalized on 13 steals.

USC led from the start, taking an early 13-3 advantage while holding OSU without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the game.

Following a 32-22 halftime score, USC extended its lead to as much as 16 points in the second half. A 12-6 run with 9:37 remaining gave the Women of Troy their largest lead of the game at 50-34.

USC wraps-up its road trip at Oregon this Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m.

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