Women of Troy Bury the Bears, 91-74
March 3, 2001
Berkeley, Calif. -- Led by Berkeley High standout Aisha Hollans, the USC women's basketball team buried the Cal Golden Bears 91-74 in front of 2,690 at Haas Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The win completes a USC sweep in the Bay Area and marks the first time the Women of Troy have defeated both Stanford and Cal on the road since 1986.
USC improves to 11-15 overall and 6-10 in the Pac-10, while Cal drops to 8-8 overall and 2-14 in conference play.
USC entered the break with a 40-25 advantage - its second-largest first-half lead of the season. Led by a 12-point effort from Hollans (a career-best first half performance), the Women of Troy took advantage of the Bears by forcing 13 turnovers while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.
Even after the half, USC came out firing. Cal was held to only a single field goal in the first four minutes while the Women of Troy embarked on a 25-8 run which put the team up by 30 with 10:25 remaining. Cal did try to get back in the game with a string of fouls in the final three minutes and a strong effort from Courtney Johnson and Lauren Ashbaugh who managed to cut the lead to 17 by the final buzzer.
Hollans contributed a career-high 28 points and five steals, while collecting a team-best eight rebounds. Denise Woods tied a career-high with five blocks. Three players finished with nine points, including Tiffany Elmore, Jessica Cheeks and Ebony Hoffman who also had four rebounds before being forced to leave the game with a twisted left ankle she suffered two minutes into the second half.
The Trojans' final 91 points and 56.4 shooting percentage were both season-highs for the team.
Cal had three players finish in doubles figures, including Johnson (22 points), Ashbaugh (13 points) and Kenya Corley who posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
USC returns home for its last series of the season. The Women of Troy host Washington on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m., then face Washington State on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m.
- GO SC -