Women Defeat UCSB, 60-56, In Home Opener

Nov. 25, 2000

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tiffany Elmore scored the go-ahead shot at the line with 2:17 left, and Ryane Alexander followed with a key defensive play, as the USC women's basketball team hung on to beat UC Santa Barbara 60-56 on Friday (Nov. 24) in front of 703 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

In a back-and-forth game, USC (1-2) overcame a seven-point deficit in the first half to gain a 30-27 advantage at the break. The two teams would tie the game 11 times and exchange leads six times before the final buzzer.

Returning from the break, the Women of Troy extended the lead to six points at 16:46, 16:19 and 11:59, before the Gauchos began to close the gap. With the score knotted at 56-56, Elmore was sent to the line consecutively, hitting 2-of-4 and giving USC a defining 58-56 advantage. UCSB had possession with less that 15 seconds on the clock, before Alexander forced the Gauchos' Debby Caine to turn the ball over, ensuring the Trojans' victory.

USC center Denise Woods led all scorers with 16 points, while Elmore added 14 and freshman Ebony Hoffman contributed 12. Caine led Santa Barbara with 15 points.

Despite shooting 27.7 percent on the night, the Women of Troy forced 35 turnovers and collected 18 offensive boards en route to their first win of the season. UCSB shot 44.7 percent, including a 66.7 effort from three-point range.

- GO SC -

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