Sun Devils Too Hot For Women of Troy

Jan. 20, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. -- Despite a 19-point effort from freshman forward Ebony Hoffman, the Arizona State women's basketball team defeated USC 66-59 tonight, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Lyon Center. The Women of Troy fall to 6-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play, while the Sun Devils improve to 12-6 and 4-2 in the Pac-10.

ASU quickly took a 18-8 lead in the first nine minutes of the game. The Women of Troy responded by pulling within three (15-18) at the 8:25 mark, but eight turnovers in the remainder of the half negated the Trojans' effort. ASU entered halftime with a 32-24 advantage.

Refreshed from the break, the Sun Devils stepped up their defense, holding USC scoreless in the first four minutes of the half to take a 41-26 lead. Led by Hoffman, the Women of Troy got as close as five points 40-45 at the 11:26 mark and 49-44 at the 8:55 mark, but once again, turnovers and missed shots down the stretch proved too much for the Women of Troy to overcome.

Hoffman was the only one to score in double figures for USC. She added a season-high four blocks to compliment seven boards, while guard Aisha Hollans led on the glass with nine. Arizona State was led by guard Amanda Levens (15 points), center Melody Johnson (14 points, nine rebounds) and guard Betsy Boardman (12 points) who each finished in double figures.

USC and ASU shot a comparable 43.6 and 44.4 percent and matched each other with 32 rebounds apiece. The Women of Troy recorded 24 turnovers in the game, while the Devils finished with 21.

USC will face Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Eugene, then travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 27.

- GO SC -

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