Women of Troy Rout Cougars, 87-66

Jan. 4, 2002

Pullman, Wash. -- In what continues to be its best start in the Pac-10 since 1997, the USC women's basketball team defeated Washington State, 87-66, on Friday (Jan. 4) at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. With five players finishing in double figures, the Women of Troy improved to 8-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Cougars drop to 2-12 overall and remain winless (0-4) in the Pac-10.

Sophomore Aisha Hollans led the Trojans with 23 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double this season. Rachel Woodward (15 points), Kim Gipson (12), Carmen Krause (10) and Ryane Alexander (10) all contributed in the win. Alexander's 10 points are a career high for the sophomore guard. USC -- one of the top rebounding teams in the Pac-10 -- collected 54 boards and shot 42.9 percent in the game.

Washington State finished with 42 rebounds and 36.4 percent shooting.

USC sophomore starting forward Ebony Hoffman sat out due to a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

The Women of Troy used a 12-2 run to start the game and never looked back, taking a 42-20 lead into halftime. The Trojans forced 14 turnovers in the first half and scored on their first 4-of-5 possessions.

The Cougars quickly reduced the lead to 11 (44-33) at the start of the second half. The 13-2 WSU run was largely due to four USC turnovers and a six straight points by Cougar freshman guard Francine McCurtain who finished with a season-best 23 points in the game after going scoreless from the field in the first half.

But the Trojans weathered the Cougars' rally and came away with the 19-point victory.

USC continues Pac-10 play on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Washington. The Huskies and Women of Troy tipoff at 7 p.m. in Seattle at .

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