Women Get Past Washington State, 69-62
Feb. 3, 2005
LOS ANGELES - With the help of a 11-3 run to close-out the game, the USC women's basketball team defeated Washington State, 69-62, in front of 510 on Thursday at the Sports Arena. With the win, the Women of Troy improve to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars fall to 5-16 overall and 1-11 in conference play.
The Trojans, who led by as much as 13 points in the second half, allowed the Cougars to climb back in the game and take their first and only lead, 59-58, with 2:55 remaining. At that point, Camille LeNoir sparked USC on its final run by scoring eight of the Trojans final 11 points. LeNoir hit two jumpers and made four-of-four shots at the line to seal the win.
The Cougars were held without a field goal during the three-minute span, collecting their final three points at the free throw line.
Turnovers plagued the Women of Troy in the first half. After leading by 10 points (21-11) at 10:27, USC was held scoreless for nearly nine minutes and committed five turnovers during the span. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Washington State managed to tie the score at 23-23 with a 12-2 run of its own. Brynn Cameron ended the drought with a three-pointer and Jamie Funn buried a layup to give USC a 28-23 lead at the half.
Cameron led the Women of Troy with 19 points, including five three-pointers, a mark which ties for fifth among USC game records. LeNoir and senior Kim Gipson finished with 12 points apiece. Gipson and Meghan Gnekow each posted seven rebounds.
The Cougars were led by guard Charmaine Jones, who finished with a game-best 26 points.
The two teams, who shot a comparable 38.6 (USC) and 35.1 (WSU) percent from the field, have matched up well this season. On Jan. 9, USC escaped with a 77-75 overtime victory in Pullman, Wash.
The Women of Troy wrap up this week's homestand on Saturday, Feb. 5, against Washington at 4 p.m. at the Sports Arena.