No. 24 USC Tops Loyola Marymount 59-53
Dec. 6, 2005
WESTCHESTER, CALIF -- The USC women's basketball team improved their record to 4-2 overall with Tuesday's 59-53 win over Loyola Marymount behind 13-point efforts from Jamie Hagiya and Camille LeNoir. The Trojans nailed eight 3-pointers in the victory at LMU's Gersten Pavilion. The Lions move to 1-6 on the season with the loss.
USC had to overcome slow starts in both halves in order to lock away the win. The Trojans went just over six minutes without a score from the field in the first half and didn't take the lead until the 6:25 mark of the half. Camille LeNoir finally pushed the Women of Troy ahead with a jumper that made it 17-15 USC, and the Jamie Funn got hot and scored USC's next six points. Funn finished the game with her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
USC powered to a 30-19 halftime lead, but the Lions fought back to open the second half while the Trojans stuggled to score once again. LMU cut the score to 32-19, but Brynn Cameron padded USC's lead back to 35-29 on a 3-pointer -- one of three by Cameron in the game. With five minutes left to play, Hagiya stepped in and scored eight straight points for USC, following up a pair of free throws with two long 3-pointers to boost the Trojans ahead 56-44 with 2:25 on the clock. That put Hagiya well on her way to a season-high 13 points, and with three 3-pointers, she also notched another season best.
USC outrebounded LMU 45-39, with Meghan Gnekow (8), Cameron (4) and Funn (11) all nabbing season highs. Eshaya Murphy matched Gnekow's mark on the boards with eight as well. LMU was led in scoring by Ashlee Dunlap with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Bianca Ziemann scored 11 points for the Lions.
USC next returns home for five straight home games, beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Cal State Northridge on Friday (Dec. 9) and then facing No. 4 Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 11).
USC 30 - 29 --- 59LMU 19 - 34 --- 53