USC Hammers Cal, 103-69

Feb. 20, 2005

Led by freshman Brynn Cameron's 19 points and Rachel Woodward's 16 on 8-of-8 shooting, host USC scored its most points since 1994 in a 103-69 win over California in front of 868 at the Sports Arena on Sunday (Feb. 20).

USC improved to 17-9 overall and 11-6 in the Pac-10 and moved into sole possession of third place, a half game behind second-place Oregon (11-5). Cal fell to 9-16, 3-13. Arizona State and Arizona are tied for fourth at 10-6 while UCLA is sixth at 10-7.

USC hosts UCLA on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the regular-season finale, which also culminates the 'A Day In Troy' festivities on campus that day.

In one the school's greatest offensive showings, USC shot 59.7% from the field (59.5 % in the first half and 60.0% in the second) en route to the most points for the school since Troy defeated Arizona State, 105-67, on Feb. 18, 1994. It's also the first time USC cracked the century mark since a 101-59 win against Washington State on March 6, 1997.

'The law of averages caught up with us,' said first-year USC coach Mark Trakh about Troy's blistering shooting. 'But more importantly, we're 17-9 and 11-6 and we've got a huge game against UCLA on Saturday. We ask everyone in the community to come out and support us.

'Who would've thought that on Feb. 20, we'd have a legitimate shot at the NCAA Tournament. I couldn't ask for anything more from this team.'

USC's 17 wins is its most since the 1997 squad went 20-9, which is also the last Trojan team to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Cameron led five Trojans in double figures and tied her career-high of five three-pointers. Her first trey, in fact, broke the school season record for most three-pointers in a season, which previously belonged to Tammy Story (56 in 1991). Cameron now has 61 and counting. Woodward's perfect night from the field and season high in points was complemented by eight rebounds in only 20 minutes.

Both of USC's point guards had career days sharing the ball. Sophomore Jamie Hagiya posted a career-high 12 assists, which ties for the eighth most ever for the Women of Troy and the most since Jennifer Dunbar had that many against Arizona in 1989. Freshman Camille LeNoir finished with seven assists, also good for a career-high.

Junior Meghan Gnekow and sophomore Eshaya Murphy each finished with 12 points while sophomore Jamie Funn had 10.

The game was close at the start, but USC turned a 7-6 deficit two minutes into the game into a 14-point lead at 24-10 with 11:41 to go in the first half. USC just got hotter as the half progressed and its lead never dipped into single digits again.

The second half featured more of the same as coach Trakh played all 12 Trojans who suited up at least 12 minutes (and none more than 26). USC's lead grew to as many as 42 points twice in the second half, the last time at 96-54 with 5:34 to go.

The win was USC's biggest against Cal since a 91-57 win at the Sports Arena in 1997. It was the biggest overall since defeating Washington State, 83-47, in 2004.

USC dished out 31 assists, the most since 32 against Sacramento State in 2000.

'I knew (the point total) seemed high. I couldn't remember the last time we scored 100 points,' Woodward said. 'I think we spread out who was scoring points and it really showed that there isn't just one or two people who can score. Tonight we proved that we are the type of team that can score on the break and get the shot off. We utilize people like Brynn with her great three-point shot. We did really well at shot distribution.

'Coach Trakh always says the shots will go in sometime. So we just keep shooting. We had that seven-game winning streak and we want to continue a winning streak into and through the tournament. We didn't have that great of a game against Stanford so we came out to win today.'

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