USC Falls At Oregon, 81-59

Jan. 29, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's offense proved too difficult to stop, as the USC women's basketball team endured an 81-59 loss to the Ducks in front of 4,096 at McArthur Court on Saturday afternoon. The Women of Troy fall to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in the Pac-10, while Oregon improves to 14-6, 7-4 in conference play.

Ducks forward Catherine Kraayeveld and center Andrea Bills each posted double-doubles with an identical 22 points and 11 rebounds apiece. Oregon shot 61.7 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from three-point range, while the Trojans finished shooting at a 34.3 percent clip. USC forced 21 turnovers and only committed eight of its own, despite being unable to capitalize on the opportunities.

Forward Eshaya Murphy and guard Brynn Cameron led the Women of Troy with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Murphy also led with eight rebounds.

The Ducks used a 9-0 run to start the second half and increase their lead to as much as 25 points, 54-29, with 17:30 on the clock. In their best series of the game, the Women of Troy answered with a 12-0 run of their own. Fueled by Meghan Gnekow's five points, the run brought the Trojans within 14 points, 58-44, at the nine-minute mark. Unfortunately that was as close as USC would get.

Kraayeveld and Bills each hit a pair of three-pointers down the stretch to rebuild the Ducks' lopsided advantage en route to the 22-point win.

The Women of Troy got themselves into a 16-point hole (45-29) after allowing Oregon to score at will in the paint for most of the first half. The Ducks, who shot 57.7 percent in the first 20 minutes, also hit key three-pointers to end any USC attempt at a run.

USC returns home this week to host Washington State and Washington. The Women of Troy will face the Cougars on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. and then take on the Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Both games will be played at the Sports Arena.

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