Women of Troy Suffer 55-51 Loss At Drake

Nov. 19, 2000

Des Moines, Iowa -- In a closely contested match-up, the USC women's basketball team fell to Drake, 55-51, in front of 2,579 at the Drake Knapp Center on Sunday (Nov. 19).

The Bulldogs took a quick lead in the game hitting their first three field goals and increasing the advantage to seven points (22-15) with 5:08 remaining. USC returned with a 8-2 run of its own, led by Lauren Smith Hams' consecutive field goals. The Women of Troy entered the break down by just one point, 24-23. Despite shooting 31.3 percent, the Trojans out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 25 to 18, in the half.

USC took its first lead (30-29) in the second half following a shot by guard Tiffany Elmore at 16:36. To regain the advantage, Drake was sent to the line five times, making nine consecutive free throws. The Bulldogs took a 48-43 lead and never looked back after earning those nine points in nearly eight minutes without a shot from the field. In a last minute effort, USC pulled within two (53-51) with 0:11 on the clock after Elmore was fouled on a three point attempt and sank two.

The Women of Troy shot 31.9 percent in the game and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers. Drake out-rebounded the Trojans in the final stats, 47 to 41, and shot 34.6 for the afternoon.

Elmore led the Women of Troy with 11 points, while freshman Ebony Hoffman collected 11 boards in the contest. Elmore and Hoffman each forced two turnovers. The Bulldogs were led by a 25-point effort from point guard Stephanie Schmitz. The 5-foot-7 freshman also led the team with 11 rebounds.

USC returns home to face UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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