WSU Women Fall To USC 84-51

March 10, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Aisha Hollins recorded 21 points to lead a contingent of five USC players that scored in double figures as the Women of Troy defeated the Washington State Cougars 84-51 Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

With the loss, the Cougars ended the season at 11-17 and 6-12 in the Pac-10. USC finished the year at 13-15 and 8-10 in conference.

Hollins recorded her game-high point effort on 10-of-13 shooting to lead a USC team that shot 50 percent from the floor (28-of-56). Tashara Carter recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Denise Woods just missed out on a double-double of her own with 14 points and nine rebounds. Ebony Hoffman and Jessica Cheeks each scored 10 points to round out the USC double-digit point quintet.

While USC found the bucket a hospitable place, the Cougars found it to be anything but that. Brittney Hawks led WSU with 14 points but she was the only Cougar player to reach the double-digit threshold. WSU tied season lows in field goals made (18) and percentage (.290).

The Cougars never led in the game as USC jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening 3:36 of the contest. WSU would cut its deficit down to 14-9 at the 12:49 mark of the half but that was as close as the Cougars would come the rest of the way.

USC broke the game open when, ahead by a 23-16 margin with 7:11 remaining in the half, the Women of Troy went on an 11-0 run to take a 34-16 lead with 5:25 remaining in the half. WSU would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

With seven assists against USC, Katie Nyseth finished her career with 405 assists. She became only the second Cougar in the history of the women's basketball program to reach the 400 career assists mark. Darla Williamson (448 assists, 1989-92) is the only Cougar to rank ahead of Nyseth.
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