Women of Troy Post First Win on the Season
Nov. 16, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C.-The Women of Troy beat the Milwaukee Panthers 77-65 in the consolation round of the Wolfpack Invitational at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday (Nov. 16). This brings USC’s overall record to 1-1 on the road trip and for the season. Milwaukee fell to 0-2 on the season.
The Women of Troy started off the game slow, getting into a 7-3 hole, in part to Milwaukee senior forward Traci Edwards, who had 5 of their first 7 points. USC soon came roaring back with senior guard Camille LeNoir got a steal and then was fouled at the other end to hit two free throws at the 16:24 mark to bring USC within two. freshman guard Briana Gilbreath tied it up 7-7 at 16:09 with her first two points of the night. The Women of Troy went ahead 9-7 with a jump shot from junior forward Aarika Hughes . At the 13:37 mark Milwaukee went ahead by 3 with a two-point basket from Edwards. The Women of Troy fought back from that point on and got the go-ahead basket with a three-pointer from junior guard Oliver, to make the score 14-12. USC would never look back and although the Panthers would sustain a few runs, the Women of Troy would not relinquish the lead again. USC’s lead would swell to 7, 19-12 with a layup from Gilbreath and a 3-pointer from senior guard Brynn Cameron at the 10:42 mark. Milwaukee made a run to cut the lead to two, 21-19 with a three-pointer from sophomore forward Lindsay Laur with 8:30 left in the half. The Women of Troy would answer with a layup from Gilbreath, two more points from Hughes and another basket by Gilbreath for a 6-0 run to bring the lead back to eight with 6:19 to go in the half. The Panthers again surged at the end of the half to cut the lead to two with 1:11 left thanks to three-pointers by Laur and Edwards. A basket by freshman forward Michelle Jenkins with 23 seconds left would cap the score at 38-34 going into halftime. At the break, USC was led in scoring by LeNoir with 9 and in the rebounding category by Hughes, who pulled down 9.
USC came out strong in the second half, bringing the lead back to eight with a layup by Gilbreath and two free throws by LeNoir at the 16:52 mark. With 14:07 in the half, a three by Cameron brought the lead to 11, 36-47. For about four minutes from 13:22 to 9:16 the Women of Troy and the Panthers traded baskets, with USC’s lead hovering around 9 points. A layup from Oliver at 8:48 ballooned the lead to 13, 62-49. A three by Milwaukee’s sophomore guard Jineen Williams cut the lead to 10 at 7:51, but the Women of Troy would answer with a 6-1 run, thanks in part to a quick outlet pass by LeNoir to sophomore center Kari LaPlante with 6:40 left on the clock to bring the lead to 15; the largest USC would post today. Milwaukee would bring the lead down to 10 with 4:29 left, but that is as close as they would come. Free throws made down the stretch by LeNoir, a 10-ft jumper from LePlante at the 1:06 mark and two free throws by freshman guard Ashley Corral with 36 seconds left solidified the 77-66 win for the Women of Troy. USC was led by LeNoir for the second straight game with 15 points and 3 assists. Gilbreath followed with 14 points and Hughes finished with 13 rebounds. The Panthers were led by Edwards with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
The Women of Troy had help from three true freshmen playing their first collegiate games this weekend; guards Corral and Gilbreath and forward Jenkins. All three players logged significant minutes in the two-game tournament.
will head home back to Southern California to face Coach Trakh’s former team, Pepperdine at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in Malibu, Calif.
USC 77, Milwaukee, 65
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