USC Women Fall To Irish, 62-49

Dec. 9, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Despite struggling offensive performances from both teams, the Notre Dame women's basketball team edged USC, 62-49, in front of 7,595 at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind., on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Fighting Irish break a three-game losing streak with the win and improved to 3-4, while the Women of Troy drop to 3-5 overall.

Both teams accounted for a combined 53 turnovers (USC 27, ND 26) in the game. The Trojans shot 32.8 percent from the floor hitting 20 of 61 shots. The Irish shot 40.7 percent off of a 22-of-54 shooting effort. Notre Dame held a slight edge on the boards, grabbing 41 rebounds to USC's 39. Both teams posted an identical 13 steals, but the Women of Troy were out-blocked 10 to 4 (the 10 blocks are the fourth-most ever recorded by a USC opponent). USC's 49 points were the least scored by the Trojans since falling to Louisiana Tech, 66-47, on Dec. 7, 1996.

Senior Tiffany Elmore led USC with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ebony Hoffman and Aisha Hollans finished with 10 points apiece. Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast led all with 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

The first two minutes were plagued with turnovers before a put-back by Hollans put USC on the board first. But at the 10-minute mark the Trojans found themselves at an 11-point deficit (17-6) after missing 11-of-13 field goal attempts. The Irish managed to hold on to the margin to enter to break up 33-22.

In the second half, Notre Dame led by as much as 16 (44-28) before a 13-5 run pulled the Trojans within eight (49-41) with 10:19 remaining in the game. USC would come no closer as the two teams only added 11 and eight additional points, respectively, in the final 10 minutes.

The Women of Troy return home this week to host Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at the L.A. Sports Arena.

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