USC Grabs 75-67 Win Over Washington State
Feb. 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- USC senior Meghan Gnekow closed down her career on the Trojans' home court with a win, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and ending up as USC's third player of the day in double figures in USC's 75-67 win over Washington State on Saturday at the Sports Arena. Eshaya Murphy and Camille LeNoir provided some potent scoring power for the Women of Troy in the win, pouring in 22 and 21 points, respectively, to improve USC to 15-9 overall and 9-6 in Pac-10 play. Washington State moves to 7-16, 1-3 with the loss.
With her effort from the 3-point arc, Gnekow moves up to No. 5 all-time in career 3-pointers with 92. Murphy pumped in three on the day to increase her hold on the No. 4 all-time slot with 96. She has now scored in double figures for 18 straight games. LeNoir also dished up a career-high eight assists for the Trojans.
Some hot 3-point shooting from the Cougars had the Trojans in a five-point hole during the first half. Amanda DuRocher drilled four threes in the half, and another from Dani Montgomery made it 37-31 WSU with 2:30 to go in the half. The Women of Troy got their act together soon after, however, with Camille LeNoir nabbing a pair of steals and converting on the ensuing layups while Gnekow and Murphy eached nailed a 3-pointer apiece to get USC back on top and on an 11-0 run going into the locker room.
The Trojans put the Cougars in a 12-point hole when Chloe Kerr comverted a three-point play for USC with 10:23 left in the game, but Washington State ate into that lead and got to within five at 67-62 when Keisha Moore scored in the paint with five minutes to go. The Trojans took good care of the ball the rest of the way and closed out the win with a 50-percent shooting effort from the floor -- marking just the second time this season that the Trojans have hit that mark.
USC next faces UCLA at Pauley Pavilion at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 18).
WSU 37 - 30 -- 67USC 43 - 32 -- 75