BYU Overcomes Deficit To Register 75-73 Overtime Win Against Women's Basketball

Nov. 29, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Stacy Jensen scored BYU's last six points in overtime to help the Cougars overcome an 11-point second-half deficit Thursday in a 75-73 overtime win over USC in non-conference action at the Sports Arena.

BYU improved to 3-2 on the season while USC fell to 2-4 overall. It was BYU's first-ever win against the Women of Troy in five meetings.

Erin Thorn led the Cougars with 15 points while Jensen and Jennifer Leitner each had 14 points. Leitner also added 10 rebounds.

Tiffany Elmore led the Women of Troy with a game-high 17 points while three other Trojans had double-doubles: Aisha Hollans (15 points, 10 rebounds), Ebony Hoffman (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Rachel Woodward (13 points, 10 rebounds).

'I thought we played much better in the second half,' said BYU Head Coach Jeff Judkins, whose team trailed 32-21 at half. 'USC is probably the best rebounding team we have played and we were fortunate to get some key rebounds at the end of the game.'

USC held a 53-42 lead with 10:35 remaining in regulation before BYU used a 12-1 run to tie the game at 54-54 on two free throws by Leitner with 7:07 to play. The Cougars then opened up a five-point lead, 63-58, with 4:43 remaining on a basket by Lisa Osguthorpe, but Hoffman hit a pair of free throws with 1:11 remaining to tie the game at 65-65.

Jensen made a driving layup with eight seconds remaining in regulation to give the Cougars a 67-65 lead, but Hoffman scored a bucket with three seconds left to send the game into overtime. BYU was down by a point in overtime, 70-69, before Jensen began her six-point run with a three-pointer with 2:36 remaining to give the Cougars the lead for good.

BYU won despite being outrebounded, 54-31, and shooting 14 less free throws than the Trojans. USC turned the ball over 22 times and missed 15 of their 40 free throws.

The Women of Troy will next host Cal State Northridge on Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Sports Arena at 5 p.m. as the first part of a doubleheader with the USC men's basketball team that will face Rhode Island.

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